This article will simply outline a few things stated in articles and letters. The program of the Theosophical Society was from its inception the antithesis of the Catholic Church and “papism.” We will not get into personal opinion on the subject, outside from quotes.
A magazine in Paris, May 12, 1888 lauded the Le Lotus article of Helena P. Blavatsky, about heterodox priest of the Diocese of Perpignan, Father Paul Roca (1830-1893). This piece can be viewed separately in Notes on Abbé Roca’s Esotericism of Christian Dogma, and Reply of the Abbé to Blavatsky in Le Lotus, Paris, Vol. III, 1888.
“The thirteenth number of Le Lotus [Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism?, Lucifer, June, 1888], the recognised organ of Theosophy, among many articles of undeniable interest, contains one by Madame Blavatsky in reply to the Abbé Roca. The eminent writer, who is certainly the most learned woman of our acquaintance, discusses the following question: “Has Jesus ever existed?” She destroys the Christian legend, in its details, at least, with irrecusable texts which are not usually consulted by religious historians. This article is producing a profound sensation in the Catholic and Judeo-Catholic swamp: we are not surprised at this, for the author’s arguments are such as it is difficult to break down, even were one accustomed to the Byzantine disputes of theology.” (PARIS, Evening Paper of May 12, 1888.)
Helena Blavatsky said that the Theosophical “Society [was] founded to remedy the glaring evils of Christianity.” (Theosophical Mahatmas), evidently referring to its errors. H.P.B. freely discussed the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded in 1540 by Loyola in those latter days, remarking, that the “Theosophical Society (…) recognizes and knows of, and therefore avoids its representatives in its ranks” (Blavatsky, Force of Prejudice); and then speaks of one enemy – “an enemy common to all, namely, Roman Catholicism” (ibid.).
“It is vain to argue and claim a difference between Jesuitism and Roman Catholicism proper, for the latter is now sucked into and inseparably amalgamated with the former. We have public assurance for it in the pastoral of 1876 by the Bishop of Cambrai. “Clericalism, Ultramontanism and Jesuitism are one and the same thing – that is to say, Roman Catholicism – and the distinctions between them have been created by the enemies of religion,” says the “Pastoral.” “There was a time,” adds Monseigneur the Cardinal, “when a certain theological opinion was commonly professed in France concerning the authority of the Pope. . . . It was restricted to our nation, and was of recent origin. The civil power during a century and a half imposed official instruction. Those who professed these opinions were called Gallicans, and those who protested were called Ultramontanes, because they had their doctrinal centre beyond the Alps, at Rome. Today the distinction between the two schools is no longer admissible. Theological Gallicanism can no longer exist, since this opinion has ceased to be tolerated by the Church. It has been solemnly condemned, past all return, by the Œcumenical Council of the Vatican. ONE CANNOT NOW BE A CATHOLIC WITHOUT BEING ULTRAMONTANE – AND JESUIT.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism, Lucifer, June, 1888)
The regular story about the relationship of the Catholics and the Jesuits, the public is given, is that the Catholic Church has cleaned up its acts, especially having “reformed” the Jesuits. However, Helena Blavatsky remarks in her time, ‘that the Church was being honeycombed from within by the followers of Loyola,’ so that by the end of the nineteenth-century, it appeared to be “devoured by the ravenous microbes begotten by Loyola” she adds.
“One out of the three great churches of Christendom is split into atomic sects, whose number increases yearly; and a house divided against itself, as is the Protestant Church – MUST FALL. The third, the Roman Catholic, the only one that has hitherto succeeded in appearing to retain all its integrity, is rapidly decaying from within. It is honeycombed throughout, and is being devoured by the ravenous microbes begotten by Loyola.” (Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism?, Lucifer, June, 1888)
The Church “is no better now than a Dead Sea fruit, fair for some to look at, but full of the rottenness of decay and death within. Roman Catholicism is but a name. As a Church it is a phantom of the Past and a mask. It is absolutely and indissolubly bound up with, and fettered by the Society of Ignatius Loyola” (H.P.B., The Trial of the Sun Initiate).
Koot Hoomi, had said in a letter (no. 30) to Alfred Percy Sinnett, that ‘The Society of Jesus’ is “the insatiable monster feeding on the brain and marrow of humanity, and developing an incurable cancer on every spot of healthy flesh it touches.” He further stated:
“As I once said before, they know that what they teach is a lie; and we know that what we impart is truth, the only truth and nothing but the truth. They work for the greater power and glory (!) of their order; we – for the power and final glory of individuals, of isolated units, of humanity in general, and we are content, nay forced – to leave our Order and its chiefs entirely in the shade. They work, and toil, and deceive, for the sake of worldly power in this life; we work and toil, and allow our chelas to be temporarily deceived, to afford them means never to be deceived hereafter, and to see the whole evil of falsity and untruth, not alone in this but in many of their after lives. They – the Jesuits sacrifice the inner principle, the Spiritual brain of the ego, to feed and develop the better the physical brain of the personal evanescent man, sacrificing the whole humanity to offer it as a holocaust to their Society – the insatiable monster feeding on the brain and marrow of humanity, and developing an incurable cancer on every spot of healthy flesh it touches. We – the criticized and misunderstood Brothers – we seek to bring men to sacrifice their personality – a passing flash – for the welfare of the whole humanity, hence for their own immortal Egos, a part of the latter, as humanity is a fraction of the integral whole, that it will one day become. They are trained to deceive; we – to undeceive.” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 33.)
“In carnalizing the central figure of the New Testament, in imposing the dogma of the Word made flesh, the Latin Church sets up a doctrine diametrically opposed to the tenets of Buddhist and Hindu Esotericism and the Greek Gnosis. Therefore, there will always be an abyss between the East and the West, as long as neither of these dogmas yields. Almost 2,000 years of bloody persecution against Heretics and Infidels by the Church looms before the Oriental nations to prevent them from renouncing their philosophic doctrines in favor of that which degrades the Christos principle.” (Notes on Abbe Roca, Le Lotus, Paris, Vol. II, No. 9, December, 1887, pp. 160-173)
In the same article, it was glaringly said, and which is not to our surprise:
“The Jesuits (…) To give one instance of their success in throwing dust into the eyes of ordinary individuals to prevent their seeing the truths of Occultism, we will point out what they did in what is now called Freemasonry. This Brotherhood [Freemasonry] does possess a considerable portion of the symbolism, formulae, and ritual of Occultism, handed down from time immemorial from the primeval Initiations. To render this Brotherhood a mere harmless negation, the Jesuits sent some of their most able emissaries into the Order, who first made the simple brethren believe that the true secret was lost with Hiram Abiff; and then induced them to put this belief into their formularies. They then invented specious but spurious higher degrees, pretending to give further light upon this lost secret, to lead the candidate on and amuse him with forms borrowed from the real thing but containing no substance, and all artfully contrived to lead the aspiring Neophyte to nowhere. And yet men of good sense and abilities, in other respects, will meet at intervals, and with solemn face, zeal and earnestness, go through the mockery of revealing “substituted secrets” instead of the real thing.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, The Trial of the Sun Initiate)
The Mahatma Letters [at first confidential correspondences, but were published years after] adds that:
“The opposition represents enormous vested interests, and they have enthusiastic help from the Dugpas [i.e., a “Black Brotherhood”] – in Bhootan and the Vatican!” (K.H., The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett)
Helena Blavatsky spoke of the origins of adversarial schools, in her 1888 work, The Secret Doctrine:
“The Bible, from Genesis to Revelations, is but a series of historical records of the great struggle between white and black Magic, between the Adepts of the right path, the Prophets, and those of the Left, the Levites, the clergy of the brutal masses (…) That there were two schools of Magic, and the orthodox Levites did not belong to the holy one, is shown in the words pronounced by the dying Jacob. (Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, pg. 211)
“The struggle of Bel and then of Merodach, the Sun-god, with Tiamat, the Sea and its Dragon, a ‘war’ which ended in the defeat of the latter, has a purely cosmic and geological, meaning as well as an historical one. It is a page torn out of the History of the Secret and Sacred Sciences, their evolution, growth, and DEATH – for the profane masses (…) It relates (…) to the systematic persecution of the Prophets of the Right Path by those of the Left. The latter, having inaugurated the birth and evolution of the sacerdotal castes, have finally led the world into all these exoteric religions, invented to satisfy the depraved tastes of the ‘hoi polloi’ and the ignorant for ritualistic pomp and the materialization of the ever immaterial and Unknowable Principle.” (The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, pg. 503)
On the Origins of the Society —
“What was the origin of that order? It may be stated in a few words. In the year 1534, on August 16th, an ex-officer and “Knight of the Virgin,” from the Biscayan Provinces, and the proprietor of the magnificent castle of Casa Solar – Ignatius Loyola, became the hero of the following incident. In the subterranean chapel of the Church of Montmartre, surrounded by a few priests and students of theology, he received their pledges to devote their whole lives to the spreading of Roman Catholicism by every and all means, whether good or foul; and he was thus enabled to establish a new Order. Loyola proposed to his six chief companions that their Order should be a militant one, in order to fight for the interests of the Holy seat of Roman Catholicism. Two means were adopted to make the object answer; the education of youth, and proselytism (apostolat). This was during the reign of Pope Paul III, who gave his full sympathy to the new scheme. Hence in 1540 was published the famous papal bull – Regimini militantis Ecclesiae (the regiment of the warring, or militant Church) – after which the Order began increasing rapidly in numbers and power.” (H.P. Blavatsky, Lucifer, June 1888; Theosophical Articles, Vol. III.)
After H.P.B.’s death, the T.S. morphed into a Catholic-like organisation with a newly founded Liberal Catholic Church and Co-Masonry.
“The T.S. is becoming enormous in its numbers, and if the false prophets, the pretenders (e.g., the “H.B. of L.,” exposed in Yorkshire by Theosophists two years ago, and the “G.N.K.R.” just exposed in America), or even the weak-minded dupes, are left alone, then the Society threatens to become very soon a fanatical body split into three hundred sects–like Protestantism—each hating the other, and all bent on destroying the truth by monstrous exaggerations and idiotic schemes and shams. We do not believe in allowing the presence of sham elements in Theosophy.” (H. P. Blavatsky, On Pseudo-Theosophy, Lucifer Magazine, March, 1889.)
The Jesuit Oath and the “Knights of Columbus Oath” cited in the House Report No. 62-1523 (1913), reprinted in the Congressional Record for February 15, 1913, at pp. 3215-3220 is said to be a hoax by Catholics. The Church have handled far great shams, and lasted, due to its power; but this doesn’t stop certain Christians from perpetually peddling the Léo Taxil hoax, as a credible source in defaming Albert Pike and demonising Freemasonry. By defaming the names of various figures, they generally aim at the whole “Pagan” structure, when their own rites and structure is based on primitive Masonry. Their adoption of names and attributes of Pagan gods, is not a thing the Protestants can put on the Catholics alone, nor brush aside (see Star-Angel Worship in the Roman Catholic Church).
Helena Blavatsky had asked, if it was possible then, that the Vatican and Jesuits would like to have had the theosophical movement disbanded:
“Does the general principle of the Vatican-Jesuitical action – infiltrating everywhere through top leaders – apply to the theosophical movement as well? In such a case, would Jesuits like to see the main leaders of a theosophical society acting under the inspiration of their own methods and piouslyc heating the public in the name of sacred Masters?” (Helena Blavatsky)
“There never was an Occult Society, however open and sincere, that has not felt the hand of the Jesuit trying to pull it down by every secret means.” (see Collected Writings of H.P. Blavatsky, Vol. XIV, 1985, 734 pp., see p. 267.)
“the hidden enemy that would-be reformers must encounter and overcome.” (Helena Blavatsky)
“The cry of an outraged public morality was raised against this Order from its very birth. (It dates from 1540; and in 1555 a general outcry was raised against them in some parts of Portugal, Spain, and other countries.) Barely fifteen years had elapsed after the bull approving its constitution was promulgated, when its members began to be driven away from one place to the other. Portugal and the Low Countries got rid of them, in 1578; France in 1594; Venice in 1606; Naples in 1622. From St. Petersburg they were expelled in 1815, and from all Russia in 1820. It was a promising child from its very teens. What it grew up to be every one knows well.” (Helena Blavatsky, Lucifer, June, 1888)
Of shifts in England during the time of H.P.B., she asserts:
“Old England is dying and her moments are counted.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to A.P. Sinnett, Letter CVI, pg. 231.)
“In former times, at least, no country has better and more successfully withstood the encroachments and treacherous designs of Popery than England. Consequently, there is no country the Jesuits would so much like to dismember and destroy. (…) They have openly avowed they will put an end, at any rate, a stop to the wheels of the English political machine by making converts of her chief men.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, Collected Writings of H.P. Blavatsky, Vol. XIV, pg. 734.)
A private and confidential letter in 1887 written to Alfred P. Sinnett:
“It would be well perhaps, if the Jesuits contented themselves with making dupes of Freemasons and opposing the Theosophists and Occultists using for it the Protestant clergy as ‘cat’s paw’. But their plottings have a much wider scope, and embrace a minuteness of detail and care of which the world in general has no idea. Everything is done by them to bring the mass of mankind again to the state of passive ignorance which they well know is the only one which can help them to the consummation of their purpose of Universal Despotism.” (Blavatsky, The Letters of H.P. Blavatsky to A.P. Sinnett, T.U.P., 1973, pg. 404; see Letter CVI, pg. 230.)
“But what are we to think of the future of Society if it is to be controlled in word and deed by this villainous Body? What are we to expect from a public, which, knowing the existence of the above mentioned charges, and that they are not exaggerated but pertain to historical fact, still tolerates, when it does not reverence, the Jesuits on meeting them, while it is ever ready to point the finger of contempt at Theosophists and Occultists? Theosophy is persecuted with unmerited slander and ridicule at the instigation of these same Jesuits, and many are those who hardly dare to confess their belief in the Philosophy of Arhatship. Yet no Theosophical Society has ever threatened the public with moral decay and the full and free exercise of the seven capital sins under the mask of holiness and the guidance of Jesus! Nor are their rules secret, but open to all, for they live in the broad daylight of truth and sincerity.” (H.P. Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism, Lucifer, June 1888)
John Adam’s words on their Restoration:
“It [Roman Catholicism] not only obstructs the way to Theosophy and Occultism but threatens to throttle both.” (Helena Blavatsky, Letter to A.P. Sinnett)
“The Jesuits have practised not only Occultism, but BLACK MAGIC in its worst form, more than any other body of men; and to it they owe in large measure their power and influence.” (Helena Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism?, Lucifer, June 1888)
“The Order has secret signs and passwords, according to the degrees to which the members belong, and as they wear no particular dress, it is very difficult to recognize them, unless they reveal themselves as members of the Order; for they may appear as Protestants or Catholics, democrats or aristocrats, infidels or bigots, according to the special mission with which they are entrusted. Their spies are everywhere, of all apparent ranks of society, and they may appear learned and wise, or simple or foolish, as their instructions run. There are Jesuits of both sexes, and of all ages, and it is a well-known fact that members of the Order, of high family and delicate nurture, are acting as menial servants in Protestant families, and doing other things of a similar nature in aid of the Society’s purposes. We cannot be too much on our guard, for the whole Society, being founded on a law of unhesitating obedience, can bring its force on any given point with unerring and fatal accuracy.” (Kenneth R.H. Mackenzie, Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia, 1877, pg. 369)
“There is also a secret fifth class, known only to the General and a few faithful Jesuits, which, perhaps more than any other, contributed to the dreaded and mysterious power of the Order.” (Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2)
“Students of Occultism should know that while the Jesuits have by their devices, contrived to make the world in general, and Englishmen in particular, think there is no such thing as Magic and laugh at Black Magic, these astute and wily schemers themselves hold magnetic circles and form magnetic chains by the concentration of their collective WILL, when they have any special object to effect, or any particular and important person to influence. Again, they use their riches lavishly also to help them in any project. Their wealth is enormous.” (Helena Blavatsky, Theosophy or Jesuitism?, Lucifer, June 1888)
Close friend of H.P.B., Constance Wachthmeister wrote, during the writing of The Secret Doctrine:
“They are fighting for life, for the S.D. has that which will give them their death blow, they may be a long time in expiring, but they surely will in time.”
While Helena Blavatsky was writing The Secret Doctrine, a member of the Roman Catholic Church was sent to offer her 25,000 Francs, if she would agree to the bribe, not to say anything about Christianity and the Church in the book. She refused the bribe, and so then she said, one day the time will come, when their wealth will be taken from them, and be execrated before all Nations and peoples.
“They have succeeded. The Church is henceforth an inert tool, and the Pope a poor weak instrument in the hands of this Order. But for how long until the end comes, well may sincere Christians remember the prophetic lamentations of the thrice-great Trismegistus over his own country: “Alas, alas, my son, a day will come when the sacred hieroglyphics will become but idols. The world will mistake the emblems of science for gods, and accuse grand Egypt of having worshipped hell-monsters. But those who will calumniate us thus, will themselves worship Death instead of Life, folly in place of wisdom; they will denounce love and fecundity, fill their temples with dead men’s bones, as relics, and waste their youth in solitude and tears. Their virgins will be widows (nuns) before being wives, and consume themselves in grief; because men will have despised and profaned the sacred mysteries of Isis.” (Champollion: “Hermes Trismegistus,” xxvii.).” (Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol. 2., 1877, pg. 360.)