Was “Priory of Sion” all a hoax? The clip from one video (hopefully embedded above) says yes. Others see not a hoax, but disinformation which yet contains truth. (Background: The Cutting of the Elm and the Planting of the Oak, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of May 5, 2014. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/the-cutting-of-the-elm-and-the-planting-of-the-oak/)
“Priory of Sion” is a “ludibrium”, says Wikipedia. Pierre Plantard was just having some fun with us all, is the inference, much like Umberto Eco has some fun in his conspiracy novel, Foucault’s Pendulum. Example: Do you know the password? The Foucault’s Pendulum character does not know, so makes ingenious guesses. None of his guesses work. Finally he gives up. “Do you know the password?” asks the computer. “No,” he types. Voila! “No” is the password!)
But perhaps there is some truth hidden in the “ludibrium” of Priory of Sion. Here are some of the Priory of Sion stories:
The Templars are Amongst Us, by Gérard de Sède, got the ball rolling in 1962. In the Appendix of this book, de Sède interviews Pierre Plantard. It is alluded that Plantard worked for the “secret services.”
In 1967, Gérard de Sède linked Rennes-le-Château, a strange place in southern France, with the Priory of Sion in his book, L’Or de Rennes (The Gold of Rennes, later released as Le Trésor Maudit de Rennes-le-Château – The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Château).
In 1973, someone calling themselves “Mathieu Paoli” released a book called, Les Dessous d’une Ambition Politique (Behind the Scenes of a Political Ambition). Monsieur Paoli claimed that Priory of Sion was part of a monarchist conspiracy in France.
Also in 1973, Gérard de Sède came out with another book: La Race Fabuleuse (The Fabulous Race). There was a “hybrid race” of ancient Israelites and Extra-terrestrials from Sirius who had fathered the Merovingian dynasty in early France.
Of course any decent conspiracy theorist is aware of the book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent, and Richard Leigh. But did you know that soon after its publication in 1982 an Anglican priest, the Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe (nicknamed “Father Fanny”) replied with his own book, Holy Grail Revealed? Father Fanny revealed that the Priory of Sion guarded a strange artifact, an inexplicable power source created by some ancient, long-forgotten technology, brought to Earth in a “starship.”
Priory of Sion was connected with various intelligence agencies decided Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln in their follow-up to Holy Blood, Holy Grail, The Messianic Legacy, released in 1986. It now seemed Priory of Sion was connected to Italy’s Masonic “P-2” and far-right Catholic anti-Communists. (Perhaps the Catholic Opus Dei and the albino monk fits in here somewhere.)
Our old friend Gérard de Sède returned in 1988 with a new book: Rennes-le-Château: The Files, the Impostures, the Fantasies, the Hypotheses. Monsieur de Sède dismissed other Priory of Sion theories as pure fantasy.
But then one “J.R. Church” (pseudonym) blew the lid off things in 1989 with his book, Guardians of the Grail. It turns out that Priory of Sion is an anti-Christian Satanic/Masonic conspiracy! (At least if you go by what “J.R. Church” had to say.) Of course, the Knights Templar had been involved in things (as usual), but they are only the front for the hidden Priory of Sion, which lurks in the shadows. Furthermore, claimed “J.R. Church”, the Priory of Sion is actually led by the Anti-Christ himself! Their plan is to place the Anti-Christ on a newly created Throne of Europe!
What if Angela Merkel is the Anti-Christ? We wouldn’t be expecting a woman, would we?
In 1990 a booklet, Inside the Men’s Club, by one “Hawthorne Abendsen” (pseudonym) claimed Priory of Sion is in fact a homosexual sex cult. The members of the cult worship al-Shaddai, “the God of War and the subjugation of women.”
A Priory of Sion “deep throat” informed author Lynn Picknett that the Shroud of Turin in fact was a primitive photo of Leonardo da Vinci. (I personally think the Shroud of Turin contains the image of Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.) Leonardo da Vinci had once been a Grandmaster of the Priory of Sion. See Picknett’s 1994 book, Turin Shroud – In Whose Image?
In 1998 a booklet appeared: The Unknown Treasure: the Priory of Sion Fraud and the Spiritual Treasure of Rennes-le-Cheteau, by Robert Richardson. Now it was revealed that Priory of Sion had been conceived in the 1920s by one George Monti. The whole thing is merely a cover for a Synarchist conspiracy. In 2006, Lynn Picknett came out with a new book, The Sion Revelation, which also claimed the Synarchists were intertwined with Priory of Sion.
The thing is, some of the above claims about Priory of Sion could well be true! Remember what was said above, about how disinformation contains grains of truth. My friend, the late Sherman H. Skolnick, once explained to me how it works: Suppose you have ultra secret information you want to make known. You cannot just plainly tell the story, because that could get you killed. No matter how you hide, even behind say Wikileaks, they might be able to trace the information back to you. So few people know what you know, it is dangerous for you to plainly tell it. What such people do, said Skolnick, is “60/40” – sixty percent baloney, with forty percent truth. The baloney part means “they” can easily discredit what you have told, and thus are less likely to kill you. But the overall information is not entirely wrong, and discerning people can find clues in the various Priory of Sion stories.
(Acknowledgement to The Evolution of the Priory of Sion (Book 1): Captain Way, by Spartacus Paraclete. Available as a Kindle e-book.)