Léo Taxil, originally Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès (March 21, 1854–March 31, 1907), was a French hoaxster who duped the pope and the French prelates. He was born in Marseille. He first became known for writing scurrilous anti-Catholic books, notably the famous sado-masochistic titles Les Debauches d’un confesseur, Les Pornographes sacrés: la confession et les confesseurs, and Les Maîtresses du Pape in which leaders of the Catholic church were portrayed as hedonistic creatures exploring their fetishes in the manner of the Marquis de Sade; in 1879 he was tried at the Seine Assizes for writing a pamphlet “A Bas la Calotte” (”Down with the Cloth“), which was accused of insulting a religion recognized by the state, but he was acquitted.
Leo Taxil’s Books
The Amusing Gospel (La Vie de Jesus)
The Amusing Bible (La Bible amusante)
Les Debauches d’un confesseur
Les Pornographes sacrés: la confession et les confesseurs