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4. Secret Societies (4.1-4.1.1)
Written by Messiah   
Thursday, 06 July 2006

4.1    What is a secret society?

Think a secret society as like “The Three Musketeers” whom in their cause rely on each other with the mantra: “one for all, all for one”. If their cause were secret, you could define them as members of a secret society. Normally secret societies goes further and in most cases bind each member, normally called “brothers” and/or “sisters”, with oaths and rites, to protect and preserve the secrets.

4.1.1    Definition

"By a secret society was formerly meant a society which was known to exist, but whose members and places of meetings were not publicly known. Today, we understand by a secret society, a society with secrets, having a ritual demanding an oath of allegiance and secrecy, prescribing ceremonies of a religious character, such as the use of the Bible, either by extracts there from, or by its being placed an altar within a lodge-room, by the use of prayers, of hymns, of religious signs and symbols, special funeral services, etc." (Rosen, "The Catholic Church and Secret Societies,")

- "The Catholic Church has declared that she considers those societies illicit and forbidden which unite their members for the purpose of conspiring against the State or Church; demand the observance of secrecy to such an extent that it must be maintained even before the rightful ecclesiastical authority; exact an oath from their members or a promise of blind and absolute obedience; make use of a ritual and ceremonies that constitute them sects." (Archbishop Katzer in a Pastoral - 20 Jan., 1895)

Some date societies of this kind back to Pythagoras (582-507 B.C.). The Eleusinian mysteries, the secret teachings of Egyptian and Druid hierarchies, the esoteric doctrines of the Magian and Mithraic worshippers furnished material for such secret organizations. In Christian times, such heresies as the Gnostic and Manichaean also claimed to possess a knowledge known only to the illuminated and not to be shared with the vulga (originally meant "of the common people", from the Latin vulgus).

I myself, after reading a lot about secret societies, would define secret societies as: “A number of members proven, among each others, worthy and loyal by oaths and/or rituals to the secrets, the purposes and the values of the society.”

So before we dig into the ordinary society itself, let’s enlighten us with the secret ones and their past and presents.

 

 


 
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