The original title of this book, which was compiled from
a series of lectures delivered in Edinburgh in October, 1884
by Mgr. Dillon, was The War of Antichrist with the Church
and Christian Civilization.
The author wrote it "in order to do his part in carrying
out the instruction given by the Sovereign Pontiff in the
Encyclical Humanum Genus when he called upon the pastors
of souls, to whom it was addressed, to 'instruct the people
as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing
men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to the depravity
of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts'. Mgr.
Dillon's work has already been honoured by the Holy Father
himself with so marked and so unusual an approbation that
there is no need for us to accord it any further praise than
merely to take note of the fact. The book was presented to His
Holiness, accompanied by an Italian version of its table of
contents, and of long extracts from its principal sections,
and Leo XIII was pleased to order that the Italian version
should be completed, and the book printed and published
at Rome at his own expense." (The Month, Sept. 1885).
Despite the fact that the lectures were delivered by a
Catholic prelate to an audience composed mainly of members
of his own faith, we feel that the subject of international
political skullduggery is one which cannot fail to interest
Catholic and non-Catholic alike, the more so indeed since
events in the course of the decades following the original
publication of this book have confirmed the lecturer's thesis.
The last four editions have appeared under the title of
Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked.