The Priory states that it is independent,
but the Order was not. The Alpha Galates was part of the
Grand Loge du Rite Rectifié and was therefore a Masonic
order. It is therefore quite intriguing to read that the Order was
officially not open to Masons – and it underlines that the statutes
were more than likely paying lip service to the Nazi regime. The
reference to “mutual support” in the statutes thus also takes on a
Freemasonic cachet. Furthermore, December 27 has Saint John the
Evangelist as a patron saint, who is, together with John the Baptist,
the main protector of Freemasonry.
How did Plantard accomplish this Masonic alliance? The consensus is that two co-operators were instrumental in this: Robert Amadou and Camille Savoire. Much later – in 1989 – Plantard would claim that another person, George Monti, was the real inspiration for the Order, and that its foundation occurred on February 6, 1934. This predates 1937 by three years and it therefore seems to unlikely to be true. Still, it seems that it is what Plantard either saw as the “cause” that gave rise to the Order, or what he wanted the Order to be originating from. February 6, 1934 was an auspicious day, as it was remembered as a outbreak of violence on the streets of Paris, with right wing demonstrations of up to 40,000 people. During the demonstrations, the police opened fire, killing 16, injuring 650 – with 1600 policemen injured. The event caused the resignation of Prime Minister Dedouard Daladier.
Plantard had regarded George Monti as his mentor to whom he had been introduced in 1934 by his family doctor Camille Savoire . Plantard would have been only fourteen Savoire was the Grand Executive of Gaul and reformed the Great Scottish Symbolic Lodge and was involved in the Chevalier bienfaisant de la Cité sainte. However it is on record that Plantard did indeed speak about this in 1942, but the problem is that Monti died in October 1936 so Plantard did not know Monti long, however Camille Savoire died in April 1951 and the 'Files of George Monti' (stolen by Gerard de Sede) may well have been left to Plantard ( The Priory of Sion was founded 5 years after Camille Savoire's death).
Monti died quite young at the age of 56 and he is believed to have been poisoned and this is just a few days after a bulletin in the journal of the Grand Lodge of France denounced him as an impostor and a Jesuit spy (he was in fact raised by the Jesuits). There has been a campaign to discredit Monti but what is true is that he became secretary to Josephin Péladan, who had created a Catholic Order of the Rose and the Cross after having been a Martinist, and he was also closely associated with Gerard Encausse, better known as Papus, the founder of the Martinist movement. Indeed Papus had dispatched Monti to Egypt in 1908 for some unspecified reason and Monti also became involved in the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis) and through this had met Aleister Crowley, the self styled beast (666). Indeed Monti was described by one person as Crowley’s French representative who himself had spent an awful lot of time in the French Pyrenees in 1908. Monti called himself ‘Count Israel’ and formed a group called ‘Groupe Occidental d’Etudes Ésotériques’ – Western Esoteric Study Group and you will remember that Papus had also founded a Group called the Independent Esoteric Study Group. These groups, and according to some also the Priory of Sion, was linked to an ultra right wing group called the Hiéron du Val d’Or. Jean Luc Chaumeil states in his book Le tresor du Triangle d’Or that the Hiéron du Val d’Or practiced a version of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry and that the upper degrees of this order constituted the lower degrees of the Priory of Sion. The Hiéron du Val d’Or was vehemently pro-Monarchist and sought the re-establishment of the Holy Roman Empire. This new empire would have a reflection of heaven on earth that was specifically a Hermetic Arcadian Ideal. Chaumeil described the Hiéron du Val d’Or ideals as:
“…a theocracy wherein nations would be no more than provinces, their leaders nothing but proconsuls in the service of a world occult government ruled by an elite. For Europe, this regime of the Great King implied a double hegemony of the Papacy and the Empire, of the Vatican and of the Habsburgs, who would have been the Vatican’s right arm.”
(This sounds uncannily like a blueprint for the European Union)
In Philippe de Cherisey's letter he says that Monti was with Claude Debussy (Debussy died in 1918 - Monti would have been 38.) It must be remembered that Debussy (a Prieure de Sion Grandmaster) spent some time touring with Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky's benefactor and a fierce atheist.
You are reminded that the influence of the Chevaliers Bienfaisants de la Cite Sainte can be found in Rennes les Bains graveyard.