Of the archetypal “Catholic” figures in the modern era who embodied the Neoplatonic-Hermetic and Kabbalistic mandate of the papacy in the Renaissance, among the most prominent are two Frenchmen, Alphonse Louis Constant (1810-1875), who wrote under the pen name Éliphas Lévi, and Pope John Paul II’s Cardinal Henri de Lubac. We have a study of De Lubac’s esotericism in the book.
Regarding Lévi, he truly was a spectacular modern embodiment of the occult depravity of popery as it was overthrowing the Catholic Church, beginning in the 15th century. He was ordained a deacon of the Church of Rome, spreading his contagion from within its corridors, under Pope Pius IX. He remains the focus of intense interest and study by 21st century occultists, including “traditional Catholics.” What is perhaps most revealing about Lévi’s life is that in spite of his very public heresies of syncretism and demonism, he was never disciplined by Rome. He was considered an “always faithful Catholic,” as one leading spokesman of the “traditional Catholic” movement termed him in the 1990s.
The record shows that Lévi was patronized by the hierarchy and never obstructed by any formal Church authority. It was smooth sailing for this Hermetic-Kabbalist inside the Church of Rome. This repeats a pattern from the Renaissance, when papist-Kabbalists, Hermeticists and Neoplatonists escaped serious interdict, and in many cases were promoted by the popes, as long as they firmly stood for popery and did not challenge the suzerainty of the pontiffs.
Papist-occultists often went to extremes to prove their loyalty (flattery being an effective subversion tool). Increasing pride in priests and megalomania in popes is is a diabolic means for perverting and subverting the men who hold those offices. Concerning priests, Lévi wrote, “Representing the moral authority, and realizing it by the moral authority of its ministry, the priesthood is as holy and infallible as humanity is subject to vice and to error. The priest, qua priest, is always the representative of God.” This inflated image is an inducement to the sin of pride in priests, and a mark of the clericalism in the Catholic Right-wing.