CP&S: There are clear indications that Freemasonry continues its assault on the Catholic Church, and that there are members of this dangerous cult still active within the hierarchy today. Between Clement XII in 1738 and the promulgation of the first Code of Canon Law in 1917, a total of eight popes wrote explicit condemnations of Freemasonry. All provided the strictest penalty for membership: automatic excommunication reserved to the Holy See. What Clement XII described in his original denunciation of Freemasonry was its aim to spread and enforce religious indifferentism: the belief that all religions (and none) are of equal worth, and that in Masonry all are united in service to a higher, unifying understanding of virtue. Catholics, as members, would be asked to put their membership of the lodge above their membership of the Church. The strict prohibition, in other words, was not for political purposes but for the care of souls. In the encyclical ‘Humanum Genus’, Pope Leo XIII described the Masonic agenda as the exclusion of the Church from participation in public affairs and the gradual erosion of her rights as an institutional member of society. During his time as Pope, Leo wrote a great many condemnations of Freemasonry, pastoral and legal. He outlined, in detail, what the Church considered to be the Masonic agenda and, reading it with contemporary eyes, it is still shockingly relevant.
St Maximilian Kolbe formed the Knights of the Immaculate after seeing masonic celebrations in Rome
by Francis Philips in the CATHOLIC HERALD
[…] I have been reading Freemasonry and the Christian Faith by Fr Ashley Beck, first published in 2005 and revised this year. This has been prompted by a friend emailing me a couple of weeks ago to tell me she had discovered an out of print book detailing all the ways that Freemasons have been secretly and maliciously orchestrating world events, from the French Revolution to the overthrow of the late Shah of Persia.
I am suspicious of conspiracy theories, partly because I recognise how easily they can take hold of the imagination with their vast, compelling fictions, and partly because they fly in the face of salvation history. I have occasionally come across devout Catholics who speak sotto voce about masonic machinations and have privately concluded that, in this area at least, they are slightly unhinged.
This does not mean that I dismiss the diabolical and the way it tries to influence humans in an underhand way. Evil has been part of the human story from the very beginning. The good news is that Christ has conquered death and, as the children of Fatima showed so beautifully in their innocent trustfulness of Our Lady of Fatima’s directives, reciting the rosary daily as she appealed is always the surest way to defeat the Church’s enemies.
Fr Beck’s booklet shows conclusively that being a Freemason is completely incompatible with being a Christian. Why Catholics (and to a greater extent Anglicans) should ever have been tempted to join them is a mystery to me. Although the English branch of masonry, known as the Grand Lodge, believes in “the Great Architect of the Universe”, this is simply a form of Deism – and a heresy. There is no Trinity, no Christ (and therefore no Incarnation and Redemption) and, to return to Our Lady of Fatima, no love or reverence for the Mother of God.
I was very interested to learn from Fr Beck that St Maximilian Kolbe was so horrified by the public celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the start of modern speculative Freemasonry in 1717 that he had witnessed on the streets of Rome as a seminarian there in 1917, that it led him to establish the Knights of the Immaculate* – reminding Catholics yet again that so much of what is lovely and hopeful in the world comes to us from Christ through His Mother.
A further footnote from Fr Beck refers to “the controversy about the omission of any reference to God or the Christian faith in the draft Constitutional Treaty of the European Union agreed in 2004, about which the Catholic Church made strong representations: the convenor of the convention which drafted it, former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, was a mason.”
* UPDATE – What is the Militia of the Immaculata?
The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) [which translates as ‘Knights of the Immaculate] is a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society. The MI movement is open to all Catholics over 7 years old. It employs prayer as the main tool in the spiritual battle with evil. Members of the MI also immerse themselves in apostolic initiatives throughout society, either individually or in groups, to deepen and spread the knowledge of the Gospel and our Catholic Faith. [Militia of the Immaculata Official Site -http://missionimmaculata.com]
The first words of the Militiae’s founding document are: “She shall crush thy head” (Genesis 3:15). “Thou alone [Mary] have crushed all heresies in the whole world” [Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary]. “Purpose: Pursue the conversion of every person living in sin, heresy, schism and especially Freemasonry, and the growth in holiness of all persons, under the sponsorship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate.”