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Antonin Scalia Died Among Members of Ancient, Secret Fraternity

CrossThe final hours of Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia‘s life were spent in the company of a centuries-old order of hunters, shrouded in secrecy, whose arcane customs, titles, and practices derive from the court of Bohemia, according to reporting in the Washington Post.

Scalia passed away at a hunting lodge in West Texas among members of the International Order of Saint Hubertus, a fraternity devoted to “hunting and activities related to the pursuit and management of game animals” According to its website, the Order was “founded in 1695 by Count Franz Anton von Sporck in what was then the Kingdom of Bohemia, then territory of the Habsburg Empire.”

According to the Post:

Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures,” according to the group’s website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.

The owner of the ranch, John Poindexter, told the Post that he was “aware of no connection between that organization and Justice Scalia.”

If nothing else, this should surely be the last word on conspiracy theories swirling around the Justice’s death.

[h/t and video Washington Post]

[image via International Order of St. Hubertus]

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