Freemason service at England’s Mother Church on same day as consecration to Our Lady

 

London, UK --- "Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent at a Masonic ceremony at Earls Court in London.  Freemasonry, which traces it's modern origins back to the sixteenth century is beased on principles of fraternity and secrecy. Members are sworn to keep silent on their activities and make themselves known to other Freemason's by way of signal (often a handshake)." --- Image by © Stuart Freedman/In Pictures/Corbis

London, UK — “Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent at a Masonic ceremony at Earls Court in London. Freemasonry, which traces it’s modern origins back to the sixteenth century is beased on principles of fraternity and secrecy. Members are sworn to keep silent on their activities and make themselves known to other Freemason’s by way of signal (often a handshake).” — Image by © Stuart Freedman/In Pictures/Corbis

By Deacon Nick Donnelly at EWTN

Feb 15th 2017

Justin Welby, the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, is allowing a full Masonic service to be conducted in Canterbury cathedral on the same day that Cardinal Nichols reconsecrates England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westminster cathedral on the 18th February 2017.

Canterbury cathedral was the Mother-Church of All England from 597 till the death of the last Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Pole, in 1558. It was the heart of the Catholic Church in England and one of the major shrines of Christendom because it housed the shrine of St Thomas a Becket.

The Masonic service in Canterbury cathedral marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London. It is reported that the Masonic service will last three hours, but the published order of service appears much shorter. It remains unclear whether Justin Welby has given his permission for the Masons to participate in full regalia in Canterbury cathedral.  The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, will preside at the Masonic Service. The Duke of Kent, who is the Grand Master of the Freemasons, will also be in attendance along with other High Rulers in the Craft.

Virtue online: The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism reports that Justin Welby made his controversial decision to allow the Masonic service in Canterbury cathedral because of a large donation, “Canterbury Cathedral agreed to hold the service of thanksgiving to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry after receiving a donation of £300,000 ($374,520) from the Masons for the restoration of the North-West Transept in the Cathedral.”

Justin Welby’s and Canterbury Cathedrals decision to allow a Masonic service is controversial among certain groups of Anglicans in light of the 1987 summary of the  deliberations by the General Synod of the Church of England, Freemasonry and Christianity: Are they compatible?:

It was “clear that some Christians have found the impact of Masonic rituals disturbing and a few perceive them as positively evil.” Some believed that Masonic rituals were “blasphemous” because God’s name “must not be taken in vain, nor can it be replaced by an amalgam of the names of pagan deities.” It noted that Christians had withdrawn from Masonic lodges “precisely because they perceive their membership of it as being in conflict with their Christian witness and belief. The Synod’s primary theological objection centred upon Freemasonry’s use of the word “Jahbulon,” which is the name used for the Supreme Being in Masonic rituals, and is an amalgamation of Semitic, Hebrew and Egyptian titles for God.”

Comment

Cardinal Nichols’ reconsecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westminster cathedral on the18th February 2017 inaugurates the celebrations of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The Mass at Westminster cathedral includes the crowning of a specially commissioned statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

There is a violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima since the original apparitions in 1917 in Portugal. Father John de Marchi’s account of the miraculous events at Fatima, personally verified by Sr. Lucia, recounts the hostility of local freemasons towards Our Lady and the three visionaries at Fatima. Arthur Santos, the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem who persecuted and psychologically tortured the three children, was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Leiria, and founded a new lodge in his native Vila Nova de Ourem. The Masonic Lodge at Santarem, a neighbouring town to Fatima, became the rallying point to atheistic opposition to Our Lady of Fatima. In September 1917, men from Santarem joined up with men from Vila Nova de Ourem to attack the makeshift shrine at the site of the apparitions.

In view of this history of masonic anti-Catholicism, is it more than an unhappy coincidence that a  major Masonic service is being conducted in the ancient mother Church of the Catholic faith in these lands on the very same day that England is reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima? Even if it is coincidence, it is a conjunction of events that is profoundly significant and meaningful.

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9 Responses to Freemason service at England’s Mother Church on same day as consecration to Our Lady

  1. mmvc says:

    Thirty pieces of silver come to mind.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

  2. Deacon Donnelly writes, “There is a violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima since the original apparitions in 1917 in Portugal.”

    And the author of Genesis wrote, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head.” (Douay-Rheims)

    Will it be long before Bergoglio the Merciful feels that his “conscience is at peace” with inviting the Masons to perform a service” in St. Peters? (Naturally, in return for a “donation” that is at least as large as the one Justin Welby got.)

    There’s a word for that, isn’t there? “Simony” or something? Well, I’m sure Bergoglio’s “discernment” and sense of “accompaniment” won’t let a little thing like THAT bother him.

  3. J.P, says:

    Is the Christian command to be at war with our enemies, assuming that the Masons are our enemies ? I thought there was something in the gospels about loving our enemies ?

    Maybe the Anglican Communion has a better sense of Christian sentiment than we superior Catholics have.

    [The Moderator – What do our readers make of Mr Kehoe’s sentiments here? Do you think that he actually believes this, or is this an essay in surreal humour?]

  4. LeoG says:

    This is tragic but brings things sharply into perspective for those who just can’t see the links. One bit of good news I suppose: at least Cdl Nichols isn’t rescheduling the consecration to be in Canterbury.

  5. David Hurley says:

    Does Membership of Freemasonry still elicit automatic Excommunication from The One, Holy, And Catholic Church ?

    Just asking.

  6. johnhenrycn says:

    I think it does, DH. Or should. But who knows anymore in this Era of Mercy like never seen before.

  7. toadspittle says:

    The Masons are just another gang of crackpots, if they believe in what they get up to.
    If not, they are just another lot of clowns who enjoy dressing up and conducting mysterious and mystical metaphysical mummery.
    Let them get on with it, What does it matter?

  8. J.P. should be advised that here is a world of difference between loving your enemies and encouraging them. Let alone joining them!

    As for David Hurley, the penalty of excommunication for joining the Masonic Lodge was explicit in the 1917 code of canon law (canon 2335), and it is implicit in the 1983 code, canon 1374, which reads: “A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.”

    Because the revised code of canon law is not explicit on this point of excommunication, after its promulgation on January 25, 1983 some drew the mistaken conclusion that the Church’s prohibition of Freemasonry had been dropped. As a result of this confusion, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement dated November 26, 1983, eve of the coming into effect of the new CCJ (on November 27, the First Sunday of Advent), indicating that the penalty of excommunication was still in force. This statement may be found in “Origins” 13/27 (Nov. 15, 1983), 450.

    In addition, David might like to know that the recent furore concerning the Knights of Malta began with Pope Francis telling Cardinal Burke to rid the Knights of any and all Masonic interlopers.

  9. F. Chips says:

    Freemasonry is at odds with Catholic belief. They are not compatible.

    In response to a comment written on here stating Gospel values: religious relativism is a nothing, a nonsense, because Truths are factual, objective, eternal, and not merely insubstantial opinions rooted from limited human theories. Loving one’s enemy does not mean, and cannot mean giving an ascent of faith to two opposing views. This would be a nonsense equation. Loving one’s enemy means showing compassion for the other by praying for them and helping them in the direction of humility and the knowledge of God, not the direction of pride and false idols.

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