Tony Blair demands Western intervention to overthrow Assad
By Damien McElroy and agencies
The consequences of refusing to intervene are likely to be more costly for the West than participating in the drive to oust the regime.
Speaking in Israel, the former prime minister acknowledged the “predominant emotion” in the West was to stay out of Syria, where rebels are battling to oust Bashar Assad and his regime, and avoid becoming embroiled in the politics of the region. “Undoubtedly the predominant emotion in the West today is to stay out of Syria; indeed to stay out of the region’s politics,” he said. “But as every day that passes shows, the cost of staying out may be paid in a higher price later.”
The comments came a day after G8 leaders papered over differences between the West and Russia to agree that a political solution to the conflict must be an international priority.
The Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition front body, said it was committed to participation in negotiations that sought to establish a transistional government.
“The Syrian National Coalition is committed to any political solution that puts an end to the bloodshed, and achieves the Syrian people’s aspirations to bring down the Assad regime,” it said in a statement.
The group added it “reserves the right to use all means at its disposal” to bring Assad down, “chiefly military action”.
“The Assad regime has continuously killed civilians using ballistic missiles, chemical weapons and warplanes. It is the only source of terrorism in Syria.
“In order to achieve a lasting peace in Syria, efforts by all countries should be focused on fighting the regime alone.”
Mr Blair said the situation in Syria was one of many “ugly choices” facing leaders, including on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and economic policy.
“The best short-term politics will often pull in the opposite direction from the best long-term policy,” he said. “So much of the sentiment in the Western political economy is anti-business and particularly anti-the banks.
“But the best long-term policy is almost certainly to encourage business and have the financial sector back on its feet and thriving.
Mr Blair, a Middle East peace envoy for the Quartet of international powers, said the “window of opportunity” for progress on the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians would “be open only for a short space of time”.
He said: “Let us hope that over the coming weeks, a plan for progress can be put in place in which politics, economics and security are aligned.
“With (US Secretary of State) John Kerry’s fantastic energy and commitment, we’re all working hard to accomplish this.
“But we should understand: the window of opportunity will be open for only a short period of time. We must go through it together. If not the window will close and could close forever. Time is not our friend. This is urgent. This is now. This is the time for statesmen not politicians.”
At 81, Don King Is Still A Crazy Sleazeball
Inspired by former Mizzou linebacker and current boxer Ryan Coyne’s acrimonious business relationship with Don King, St. Louis’s River Front Times recently caught up with the American legend and Prince Hall Freemason, insofar as you can catch up with someone that refuses to talk to you. As it turns out, Don King is as crazy, exploitative and intractable as ever, and though his boxing empire is crumbling, he’s still pretty good at ruining lives for an octogenarian.
Boxing is the rare sport where a manager or promoter can make money by signing clients to onerous contracts and then ignoring them for months, sometimes years at a time. King perfected the art of playing fighters off against each other and waiting until they were desperate for any kind of pay-out, and throughout the piece, one is struck at how effective a sleazeball he is–con men don’t achieve world renown without a clever approach to ripping people off. John McCain introduced a bill in the Senate essentially designed to stop Don King. It passed, became law, and failed to stop Don King.
Boxing was a dirty sport long before Don King entered the scene in the 1970s, but it has resisted reform unlike any other. Despite all the shenanigans of the ’90s and the rise and dramatic fall of Tyson, there’s still no national boxing commissioner, no boxers’ union looking out for fighters’ rights, no healthcare or retirement for fighters — not even a simple online database where anyone can find the names of fighters and who represents them. Regulation occurs on a state level and varies wildly in its rules and enforcement […]
“[The Muhammad Ali Act] was written to protect fighters from the kind of exploitation that Don was guilty of,” says [boxing manger Tom] Moran. “And here we are ten, twelve years later, and he’s doing very similar things.”
Ryan Coyne told the paper the story of his first interaction with King, who would “represent” him for years. It sounds scary:
Coyne, who says he was told he couldn’t bring a lawyer, waited at a long conference room table with two of King’s employees before the man himself finally stepped in from his office, dripping in jewelry and grinning.
“Oh, Danny boy,” King trilled. “Irish eyes are smiling! Leprechauns jumping from glen to glen.”
Despite the babbling, King was warm and charming, and Coyne liked what he heard when King promised a shot at a world title within two years of signing with DKP. An assistant produced a contract and slid it in front of Coyne — eight pages of miniscule type — and asked him to sign on the dotted line. Coyne hesitated.
Although the contract states in several places that the signer should “seek the advice of an attorney,” Coyne says the mere mention of bringing a copy back to his lawyer in St. Louis completely changed the tenor of the meeting.
“If you take this contract out the room, the deal’s off the table,” Coyne quotes King saying. “You’re a nobody, you’re going to stay a nobody.”
The article ends with two vignettes of King’s slow and steady downfall: Bernard Hopkins openly taunting King at his Barclays Center press conference before his bout with King’s fighter, Tavoris Cloud last weekend, and King’s few remaining employees talking about the changes in him since his wife of more than 50 years passed away in 2010. At 81, his iron grip on boxing is loosening, which means that one man’s infirmity might soon do what the U.S. Senate couldn’t: make boxing regulable.
Can David Cameron explain why he has put us on al-Qaeda’s side?
By Peter Oborne
The longer a prime minister remains in 10 Downing Street, the more likely he or she is to go mad. Something of the sort happened to Gordon Brown and also, from 2003 onwards if not before, to Tony Blair. No prime minister has left office in full possession of his or her mental faculties since Jim Callaghan in early 1979.
One of David Cameron’s admirable qualities has been his sanity. He is unexcitable. He is not paranoid, does not conspire against his colleagues, sit up to the small hours of the morning brooding, or hurl pieces of crockery around the room when in a violent rage. He is not subject to sudden, irrational mood-swings.
None of this can or should be taken for granted, and surely Samantha Cameron can take some of the credit. “My job is to get him out of here sane,” she tells friends.
But the Prime Minister has been in the job for three years (and Tory leader for nearly eight), and watching him answer questions on the floor of the House on Monday afternoon, for the first time I started to wonder.
With Parliament back after the Whitsun recess, Mr Cameron made a statement that dealt principally with the civil war in Syria, and gave the belated parliamentary response to the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. Many of his remarks were those of a man with only a tenuous grip on reality. What was missing was common sense. We have seen this many times before.
Sir Peter Tapsell, father of the Commons, said that Syria was now enduring what is “fundamentally a religious war between the Shia and the Sunni, which has raged within Islam for 1,300 years”.
Mr Cameron would not accept this point. “When I see the official Syrian opposition,” he replied, “I do not see purely a religious grouping; I see a group of people who have declared that they are in favour of democracy, human rights and a future for minorities, including Christians, in Syria. That is the fact of the matter.”
Then Jack Straw, a former foreign secretary, asked whether the Prime Minister agreed that Iran would have to be part of any peace deal. Mr Cameron failed to deal with this essential question.
At the time of the Iraq invasion 10 years ago, something very like this happened to Tony Blair. A moment came when he too entered a virtual world.
Like Mr Blair, Mr Cameron has come to advocate policy in a macabre vacuum, devoid of truth or understanding. He too displays a reluctance to accept the irksome realities of the human condition. Like Mr Blair, Mr Cameron had taken no interest in the world outside Britain before he entered No 10. They both learnt about foreign affairs as prime minister, and both are open to the charge that they treat the subject like a grand, theoretical abstraction.
From the start, Mr Cameron (just like Mr Blair in Iraq) has been happy to entertain the proposition that this Syrian conflict is in essence a struggle between good and evil – benevolent democrats and liberals fighting a virtuous struggle against the murderous tyrant Assad. In fact, the rebels were not nearly as good (and President Assad not as evil) as Mr Cameron has thought.
As a result of this, the Prime Minister has got it wrong from the start. He massively underestimated Assad’s support and staying power. He was absurdly contemptuous of the Russians (who have outmanoeuvred us all along). Above all, he has failed to understand the rebels.
Very much as Mr Blair and his American allies were duped by the impostor Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress, so Mr Cameron has made the mistake of taking the Syrian National Coalition seriously. They are intelligent, educated, well-intentioned men in suits – hotel guerrillas – and as such irrelevant to what is now happening in Syria. The Prime Minister would do well to read the mea culpa published last week in Al-Monitor, by a pseudonymous writer from Aleppo who calls himself Edward Dark.
“So what went wrong?’ asks Mr Dark. “Or, to be more accurate, where did we go wrong?
Mr Dark describes how the revolution has been captured by a collection of gangsters and fanatics. “This wasn’t what we revolted for,” he says in despair.
The shadow of the Freemasons to the Elysee Palace
1 February 2012
Google Translate from German
(Paris) The initials seem harmless: CIU, Cercle Interuniversitair s (Inter-University Circle). But behind this tranquil sounding a Masonic Association of French academics Superloge to hide in reality. The initials are the same, but the actual name loud: Confraternite initiatique universal e (Initiastische Universal Brotherhood). If some members are university professors who are interested in the history of Freemasonry and philosophical questions, as other move in very close contact with the French policy. This revealed a report by Le Poin t. The weekly magazine published an article about Masonic multiple networks in France. In this case, Le Point examining the members Wahlkampftroß the major presidential candidates.
Candidate of the Greens and the extreme left are Freemasons
Two French presidential candidate of the second row are avowedly self-Masons: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of the extreme left is a member of the Grand Orient de France, Corinne Lepage of the Greens, wife of former Environment Minister, Freemason and CIU Allies Christian Huglo, one of the women Grand Lodge on.
Apart from the fixed network of radical and extreme left in the Masonic network, is far more interesting that Le Point 13 Masonic counts in the election campaign entourage of the incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy, including Economy Minister Francois Baroin, Labour Minister Xavier Bertrand, Minister of Defence Gerard Longuet, Interior Minister Claude Gueant, Justice Minister Michel Mercier, Sports Minister David Douillet, Minister for Relations with Parliament Patrick Ollier, Minister for International Cooperation Henri de Rainscourt and Education Minister Luc Chatel.
The Masonic friends Sarkozy
The latter two ministries were entrusted Freemasons almost without exception in the history of the French republics. Corresponding significance of membership in a lodge the civil servants in the ministries and overall French public school system. Prime Minister Francois Fillon, not a Freemason himself, however, seems to be an exception in Sarkozy’s cabinet. The Government of the French President could be aptly referred to as the Grand Lodge. Many of the ministers are close to the mysterious CIU. This does not mean that this is consistent with the direction of the majority of French Freemasonry, the Grand Orient. Sarkozy himself is closely linked to Alain Bauer. The famous criminologist, son of Georg Bauer and Monika Ejzenberg who survived the persecution of the Jews in the East, was Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France. Since his youth, a member of the Socialist Party Bauer Sarkozy was entrusted with leading tasks. Le Point know also noted that it was surprising, at least for someone who has repeatedly stressed to be a Freemason, that Sarkozy as part of its signature with three score sheet as the “brothers” to. Correspondence Interior Minister to the Chief of Police or the police union was thus “marked”. It is well known in France that are all Freemasons at the leadership level of the police.
Grand Orient of France toying with Hollande
Should the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande win the sympathies of the apparently include the Grand Orient, would change from free Moorish perspective nothing. The team that organized Hollande’s campaign included Le Point ten Masonic including President of the Senate Jean-Pierre Bel, the former Minister Michel Sapin and Jean-Yves Le Drian, the mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb and the spokesman of Hollande, Manuel Valls.
Given this expansion of the “brothers” could be someone who does not trust the French Freemasonry, may be tempted to choose the center candidate Francois Bayrou or the right candidate Marine Le Pen. As Le Point insured, the lodges have also already taken steps in this regard or are hard at work. Bayrou is on the side of the former senator and member of Auditors Alain Lambert. He belongs to the same box, from the mysterious CIU has emerged. Dominique Paillé comes from the same environment, the former spokesman of Sarkozy’s UMP party. Although he is not himself an entourage of Bayrou, but made this choice to the winner in his novel “panic at the Elysee Palace” and is regarded as particularly influential in the circles that support Bayrou’s candidacy.
Open Masonic Marine Le Pen?
Marine Le Pen seems the only candidate running for the highest office of state, which is not surrounded by “brothers”. In the train of Marine Le Pen Le Point accounted for only a Freemason. It’s Gilbert Collard. The frequently arising in the major French media law was initiated in the Grande Loge de France, then moved to the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF), which is considered “traditional” obedience of Masonic view and is the ground on which the CIU was formed. There seems to be a lot of water flowed down the Loire and the Rhone, since the Grand Orient in the 80s the “brothers” threatened with expulsion if they are a member of the National Front, which was then led by Marine Le Pen’s father. Even those who were threatened, who dared to seek the support of the FN or accept, such as the former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Soisson, of the voices of the FN was looking for the second round to his position as President of the National Council of Burgundy defend. Perhaps nothing is too it. The Great Orient discussed seriously in any case the possibility of inviting Marine Le Pen to a meeting behind closed doors, “to give her the opportunity to, brothers’ present their program” as is granted to the candidates ahead of presidential elections. Just the thought would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Jean-Marie Le Pen was this ‘privilege’ never given. Freemasonry opens Opens Marine Le Pen Le Pen and the Freemasonry? Le Pen’s environment there is a strong opposition against it: “It would end with a crushing hug,” reads from the environment of the FN candidate.
Freemasons want to retain influence even after the 2012 election year
The diverse landscape of France Freemasons has numerous differences in the positions. But there are certain threads that connect them and in the end succeeds in French Freemasonry in the policy to have more weight than in other countries. The roughly 150,000 French Masons seem around the 2012 presidential election determined to preserve their influence, which is a French specific feature.
Text: BQ / Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Bussola Quotidiana
Georgetown Fraternities: This is no Animal House
Posted on October 25, 2001 by Voice Staff
As a prospective students take their first tours at Georgetown, tour guides tell them that social fraternities and sororities do not exist here. College guides, such as The Princeton Review describe Georgetown as having a “very small frat-sorority scene.” But when students arrive on campus, they see advertisements for events with the business fraternity or the foreign service fraternity, and the number of minority fraternities that have ties on campus is growing. This leaves students wondering why some fraternities exist at Georgetown even though there is no formal Greek system.
There is not a simple answer for why fraternities and sororities do not exist at Georgetown. It is not the University’s Jesuit identity, because other Jesuit universities, such as Saint Louis University, have a social Greek system. Unlike colleges such as Amherst, a Greek system here was never officially abolished because of behavior problems. Neither is it because Georgetown is a small and urban university, because there are numerous examples of Greek systems at similar schools. However, each of these reasons, Georgetown’s Catholic identity, history, demographics and mission contribute to the current Greek life at Georgetown.
History of Frats At Georgetown
According to Manuel Miranda (SFS ‘82), historically fraternities never took root at Georgetown. A former president of Alpha Phi Omega and former president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization supporting the renewal of Catholic identity at Catholic institutions of higher education, Miranda attributes this to Georgetown’s Catholic ties. Because fraternities were seen as secular in purpose and “gave students an outlet to alumni and an external support structure [they] threatened the authority of the Jesuit prefects and their later secular heirs.”
Furthermore, during the mid-1800s, Greek fraternities appeared very similar to Masonic organizations, which were often anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant. If members of a Masonic organization pledged an oath to God at all, it was to a generic God, which Catholics saw as a denial of the Holy Trinity. In the mid-19th century, the pope issued an order that forbade Catholics from joining a society that required an oath that denied the Holy Trinity.
“This was aimed at Freemasonry which was highly anti-Catholic, but it was extended in the American context to Mason-like ‘secret societies,’ especially those Greek-lettered fraternities which were spreading on campuses,” Miranda said. “But the issue of the was the denial of the triune God, not secrecy as such. The real issue was the threat to the Church doctrine and authority.” Evidence that the Church did not object to societies is the founding in 1900 of the Knights of Columbus as alternative to Freemasonry among working Catholics.
Until about the 1970s, no organization could exist at Georgetown without the approval of the administration and a Jesuit moderator. However, in the 1920s, some pre-professional fraternities arose with the help of people within the University.
The first of these pre-professional fraternities, Delta Phi Epsilon, was formed in 1920 by four members of the first class of the School of Foreign Service. Delta Sigma Pi, the business fraternity, was formed in 1921 but died out and was re-formed in 1979. Documents in the Georgetown Archives suggest the existence of other fraternities, such as a social society Pi Gamma Mu from the 1940s and Gamma Tau Beta from the 1960s, but information on these fraternities is sporadic, and their life spans are difficult to estimate.
An article in the Nov. 5, 1958 SFS Courier reported that the administration ordered all fraternities to dispose of their homes by September 1960 or lose their recognition. First-years were forbidden to attend any fraternity function and upperclassmen could not join a fraternity unless their academic averages were 80 percent. While the article points to the fact that the University recognized these organizations’ existence, it is unclear what degree of support the University offered them.
According to an Oct. 7, 1965 article in The Hoya, “Up until the middle ‘50s, there were quite a few fraternities on the Georgetown scene. The houses which most of these frats used were, on the large part, leased from the University. Around 1958 Georgetown decided that the image projected by the fraternities was not in line with that of a Catholic university, and it refused to renew the leases of these houses.” However, Delta Phi Epsilon was able to retain its house because the fraternity itself owned it. Fraternities such as Kappa Alpha Phi, another fraternity associated with the SFS, had to give up their houses and died out shortly thereafter.
In 1981 the University separated itself from Delta Phi Epsilon because of bad behavior within the fraternity. The Voice reported on Sept. 9, 1981 that a student was taken to the emergency room due to alcohol poisoning during initiation. The group’s charter forbids the use of alcohol during the six-week initiation period, and Delta Phi Epsilon temporarily lost its national charter.
Currently, the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi is recognized through the business school. The only fraternity that is recognized through the University and eligible for benefits through the Office of Student Programs is Alpha Phi Omega. Granted a charter in 1956, Alpha Phi Omega is a service fraternity that has been admitting women since 1977
Priest Excommunicated for Membership In Masonic Lodge — Church Infiltrated by Freemasons
Friday, May 24, 2013
(Paris) Freemasons in the Catholic Church have something in common with El Diabolos: They both want to make you believe that he does not exist. The Vatican has now asked the Bishop of Annecy, Monsignor Yves Boivineau, to suspend the pastor of Sainte Anne d’Arly-Montjoie of Megeve from his office. This is due to his membership in the Grand Orient of France. Abbè Pascal Vesin, 43 years old, was ordained a priest in 1996. He was initiated into a Masonic lodge and joined the Grand Orient, the largest Masonic order in France, such as Riposte Catholique reported in 2001. Ever since Abbé Vesin had tied on the apron of the lodge, the lodge was his real home. Since then he has infiltrated the Catholic Church with Masonic ideas.
Rome’s mills grind slowly, but they grind. In 2010, the Bishop of Annecy, this is the See of St. Francis de Sales, was informed of the lodge membership of this priest. The bishop asked and the priest denied. After 2011, it was evident he belonged to the lodge, the bishop then asked him to leave the Freemasonry, to exclusively to fulfill his priestly order. “Brother” Vesin relied on an “absolute freedom of conscience” and insisted that he can belong to both the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. [Familiar, isn’t it?]
His benevolent bishop was prepared to continued to dialogue, so that the priest would reconsider its position. From the beginning, the aproned minister was informed about the planned ecclesiastical punishment. Since Vesin still clung to his lodge work, the Congregation made a decision in March. The bishop asked the Apostolic Nuncio as to the time necessary to inform his Priests. Three members of the Council were assigned the task to meet her “brother” Vesin. He still refused to leave the lodge.
Today, the Vicar-General met with the parish council of Megeve and explained these sanctions and made arrangements that the faithful will be informed at the Sunday Masses.
In the official press release of the Diocese, it was stated that “the penalty could be waived” if the priest “unequivocally expressed his will to return to the Church.”
Abbé, aka Brother Vesin, had represented progressivist positions as a priest in Megeve. He called for the abolition of celibacy, defended the secularization of state and society, artificial contraception and the introduction of “gay marriage”. In January 2013, he publicly condemned people who were against the Taubira bill, with which the socialist government was about to introduce the “gay marriage”.
On Monday, the Diocese of Annecy has called a press conference on the Vesin case. Since yesterday, the former priest has been excommunicated. It is forbidden for him to receive the sacraments.
Vatican punishes French priest for being a Freemason
Father Pascal Vesin is seen outside his church in Megeve on Friday
A Roman Catholic parish priest at an elite French ski resort has been stripped of his Church functions for refusing to renounce Freemasonry.
Father Pascal Vesin was ordered by his bishop to cease his work in the Alpine resort of Megeve, the parish said.
Bishop Yves Boivineau had warned Fr Vesin about his “active membership” of the Grand Orient de France lodge.
Freemasonry has been condemned as anti-Christian and anti-clerical by various popes through history.
Bishop Boivineau ordered the priest to cease his functions “at Rome’s request”, the parish said.
In March, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – effectively the Church’s watchdog – asked for the priest’s departure.
Three members of the diocese of Annecy then met him but Fr Vesin said he would not leave the lodge.
A statement from the diocese quoted by Le Figaro newspaper stressed that the penalty imposed on the Freemason priest was not final and could yet be lifted because “mercy goes hand in hand with truth”.
Fr Vesin has been parish priest of Sainte-Anne d’Arly Montjoie in Megeve since 2004, according to another French newspaper, Le Messager.
In an interview in January, he set out liberal views of the Church’s role. He said he favoured allowing some priests to marry and said he had refused to endorse a demonstration against same-sex marriage in Paris.
Conspiracy theories and controversy have dogged the Freemasons throughout their existence, fuelled by their secretive image, though for some they are just a gentleman’s club devoted to charitable giving.
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French priest defrocked after refusing to forsake Freemasonry
A Catholic priest at the chic French ski station of Megève was stripped of his functions at the behest of the Vatican after it was discovered he was an active member of a Masonic lodge, his parish said on Friday.
By News Wires (text)
A Catholic priest at the posh French ski station of Megeve has been stripped of his functions at the request of the Vatican for being a member of a Masonic lodge, his parish said Friday.
Father Pascal Vesin of the Sainte-Anne d’Arly-Montjoie parish was ordered by the bishop of Annecy, Yves Boivineau, to halt his functions due to his “active membership” of the Grand Orient de France, a large Masonic organisation.
A statement from the parish said the move had been “made at Rome’s request.”
It said the bishop had asked Vesin earlier to forsake Freemasonry, which he had refused to do.
In March, the Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asked for priest’s departure. Three members of the diocese of Annecy then met him but Vesin said he would not quit his membership of the Lodge.
Freemasonry of all types – regular or irregular, legitimate or “diverted” – has been condemned by many popes.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from the loose grouping of medieval masons, or stone workers, in the building industry. Early organisational forms included lodges and craft guilds.
Critics have likened it to a secret society as certain aspects are kept private.
Sean Astin to star in ‘The Freemason,” filming in Utah
By Sean P. Means
A former Hobbit is coming to Utah next week to solve a murder.
Actor Sean Astin — best known probably for portraying the loyal Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy — will be filming a murder mystery, “The Freemason,” starting Monday in the Salt Lake City area.
Astin plays Leon Weed, a detective investigating a ritualistic killing of an elder Mason, according to a press release from the film’s producers.
The movie’s executive producer, Joseph James, is a Master Mason, and aims to quench the public’s appetite for the secret society’s mysteries. James calls “The Freemason” “the first film of its kind to highlight actual initiation practices.”
Sohrab Mirmontazeri, an Iranian-born filmmaker, will direct the film. He previously made a thriller, “Blue Door,” in Utah.
It’s the second time Astin has filmed a movie in Utah. He previously appeared in Ryan Little’s well-made 2009 rugby drama “Forever Strong.”
‘GMA’ Details Guest Host Plans, As Stephen Colbert Added To The Mix
September 17, 2012 11:32 AM
ABC’s “Good Morning America” is detailing its plans for guest hosts while Robin Roberts undergoes treatment for MDS. We have already noted some of the people who will be filling in for Roberts, but today the AP has the scoop on some new names. Among the guest hosts: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.
The ‘Grand’ Entrance: Masonic Oath ‘Cutsigns’ @ 00:20, 00:47, etc.
In this interview Father Zbigniew Suchecki, a professor at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome, as well as an expert on Freemasonry, provides a brief explanation of the Church’s teaching on the topic.
The Catholic Church’s position has not changed. So said Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, close advisor of Pope Benedict XVI, during a conference on the topic Freemasonry and the Catholic Church at Rome’s Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure on March 1 this year.
The vision and philosophy of Freemasonry is incompatible with the Catholic faith and membership in the Catholic Church, Girotti said.
The meeting, presided over by Girotti, included Carlo Giovanardi, Professor Zbigniew Suchecki of the Friars Minor Conventual, Professor Domingo Andres, Professor Pietro Amata, and others.
Freemasonry of all types — regular or irregular, legitimate or “diverted” — has been condemned by many Popes in a total of about 600 documents. The question, however, is relevant today, as many Catholics have become Freemasons. I asked Professor Suchecki, a Freemasonry expert, to discuss the issue.
Briefly, what is Freemasonry?
PROF. ZBIGNIEW SUCHECKI: The word Freemasonry is derived from French maison maitre (“master of a home”). The Normans brought it to England, where it became freemason.
In various studies, the origins of the institution are traced back to ancient times, and this is supported by various legends.
The London Freemasons founded the Grand Lodge of England in the Church of St. John the Baptist on June 24, 1717.
The creation of the London Lodge, whose members were referred to as Moderns, marked a division in Freemasonry. The London Lodge opposed the older Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, whose members, according to the Old Institutions, were referred to as Ancients. The declaration of deism featured among the main differences between the London Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of France. The Grand Lodge of France was among the most violently anticlerical of the world . . .
Then anticlericalism, i.e., hostility to the Catholic Church, is a main feature of Freemasonry?
SUCHECKI: It is. Father Mariano Cordovani, in an article published on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano (M. Cordovani, La Chiesa e la Massoneria, March 19, 1950), wrote: “Freemasonry, with its growing hostility to the Catholic Church, is among those groups which are reviving and gaining force not only in Italy.”
Could you give us some examples of the anticlerical attitudes of Freemasonry?
SUCHECKI: On September 10, 1952, L’Osservatore Romano published an article, The Great Lodge of France Against the Catholic Church, dealing with the resolutions taken by the Grand Lodge of France in that period. It cited the resolutions as follows: “The Convent of the Great Lodge of France, seeing that human freedom is in danger due to the clerical intrigues of the Vatican in France, in overseas countries of the French Union and all over the world, decides . . . to unmask by every means the subtle scheming of the Vatican State Secretariat, which aims at imposing the shameful guardianship of religious and political-economic dictatorship on the whole of mankind . . . and to accept, in the relentless struggle against clericalism, every alliance compatible with the Masonic ideal.”
Nevertheless, some representatives of Freemasonry have met with Catholics . . .
SUCHECKI: Catholic-Masonic dialogue started with informal meetings between Catholic and Masonic representatives in Austria, Italy and Germany. Freemasonry representative Karl Baresch met Cardinal Franz Konig informally in Vienna on March 21, 1968. A mixed commission was later appointed, which drew up a document, the Lichtenau Declaration, of informative character, for the Roman authorities (the Holy Father and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Seper). The Lichtenau Declaration, which contained serious faults in philosophical-theological and, above all, historical terms, was never officially recognized by Cardinal Konig or the Church.
In the years 1974-1980, the German bishops appointed a commission officially entrusted with the task of examining the incompatibility between membership in the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. The commission took the Rituals of the three levels of Freemasonry, whose texts they had been allowed to have by the Freemasons, and subjected them to a long and close examination.
In the final declarations, the reasons for the incompatibility between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry were reported. Membership in the latter questions the foundations of the Christian life. A close examination of the Rituals of Freemasonry and the way of being a Freemason rules out the possibility of any dual membership. In Freemasonry’s vision of the world, a humanitarian and ethical attitude prevails. This type of subjectivism cannot harmonize with faith in God’s revealed word authentically interpreted by the Church.
Freemasonry denies the possibility of an objective knowledge of truth. The Freemason rejects all faith in dogmas; he does not admit any even in his own Lodge. He is required to be a free man without submission to dogma or passion. This concept is incompatible with the Catholic notion of truth in terms of both natural and revealed theology. The representation of a Universal Architect who dominates, remote from man, undermines the foundations of the Catholic idea of God who encounters man as a Father and Lord.
Freemasons often boast of their tolerance . . .
SUCHECKI: Freemasonry’s idea of tolerance stems from its concept of truth. By tolerance, Catholics mean sympathy with and understanding of their neighbors. Freemasons regard tolerance as respect for other people’s ideas, no matter how different they may be. This idea of tolerance undermines the Catholic’s fidelity to his faith and his acceptance of the Church’s teachings.
Could you please tell us something about the Freemasons’ rituals?
SUCHECKI: The Rituals of the three grades of Apprentice, Fellow and Master, in their words and symbols, resemble the Christian sacraments. They give the impression of man being transformed by symbolic gestures. Masonic rituals are a symbolic initiation of man which is inherently in competition with the transformation brought about by the sacraments. According to these rituals, Freemasonry’s ultimate objective is to improve man to the highest degree in both ethical and spiritual terms. This raises the doubt that man’s moral improvement is separated from grace to such a degree as to leave no room for justification as interpreted by Christian doctrine. What transformation should the sacramental communication of man’s salvation in baptism, confession and the Eucharist bring about if illumination and the defeat of death are achieved through the three Rituals? In addition, Freemasonry requires total and unconditional allegiance from its members, even as far as death. This totalitarian character makes Freemasonry incompatible with the Catholic Church. The study of even well-disposed lodges has detected insurmountable difficulties.
In the new Canon Law, Freemasonry is not explicitly mentioned, unlike the previous Code. Has the Church’s position changed?
SUCHECKI: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was questioned on this subject several times. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at the time prefect of the Congregation, explained that the non-mention of Freemasonry was traceable to an editorial criterion, also followed for other associations which had not been mentioned, as they had been included in larger categories. Clarifications are contained in the relevant document of the Congregation, Declaration on Freemasonry, November 26, 1983. (Quaesitum est)
The Declaration on Freemasonry of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was briefly illustrated by L’ Osservatore Romano on February 23, 1985. The paper published an article on the front page: Reflections One Year After the Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Incompatibility Between Christian Faith and Freemasonry. The article reports the official reasons for the Congregation’s position on Freemasonry: “Since the Church began to express her position about Freemasonry, her opinions have been inspired by several reasons, both practical and doctrinal. Not only has she held Freemasonry responsible for subversive activity against her, but, since the first papal documents on the subject, and in the encyclical Humanum genus by Leo XIII, she has denounced philosophical ideas and moral concepts in contrast with Catholic doctrine. According to Leo XIII, they could essentially be traced back to a rationalist naturalism, which inspired Freemasonry’s plans and activities against the Church. In his letter to the Italian people, Custodi, he wrote: ‘Let us remember that Christianity and Freemasonry are essentially incompatible, so that joining the former implies quitting the latter.'”
A Christian cannot therefore have a dual relationship with God: a humanitarian, extra-confessional relationship, and an inner Christian one; nor can he express his relationship through a twofold symbolism. Only Jesus Christ is in fact Master of Truth, and only in Him can Christians find the light and strength to carry out God’s plan working for their neighbor’s good.
From Our Store: Liturgical Year 2012-2013, Vol. 1: Advent and Christmas (eBook)
In this interview Father Zbigniew Suchecki, a professor at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome, as well as an expert on Freemasonry, provides a brief explanation of the Church’s teaching on the topic.
Inside the Vatican
Pages: 44 – 45
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Urbi et Orbi Communications, New Hope, KY, August / September 2007
Former Muslim Brotherhood member: Brotherhood took a lot from Freemasonry
13 Nov, 2012
Tharwat Al-Kherbawi, a Lawyer, a writer and a former leader in Muslim Brotherhood movement wrote a book under the name of “The Secret of the Temple: Hidden Secrets of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Kherbawi says that the Brotherhood has secrets kept only with “adult priests”, as an organization similar to “Masonic”. Ordinary Mason members do not know the great secrets of high organization.
Through his experience in this movement, he found that it shackles the creative energies of its members and cuffs them in a long human chain like slaves that were transferred to the United States at the beginning of the sixteenth century. But this time, the slavery is to souls and minds and not only to bodies.
Al-Kherbawi reveals an old edition of a Sheikh Mohammed al-Ghazali’s book, who wrote that the counselor’s leader Hassan Hudaibi was a Mason,
The author assures that there is an article written by Sayyid Qutob in “the Egyptian crown,” newspaper which was then found to be the mouthpiece of the Egyptian Masonic Lodge! And that no one out of the mason society can post in. And while reading “The Myth of Freemasonry” written by the American author “JK” who tells about the rituals of join after allegiance in a dark room, he found it similar to Brotherhood rituals, and that even the quintet Brotherhood logo might be influenced by the Masonic one. Al-Kherbawi then keeps on listing the similarities between the two organizations.
In this regard, Al-Kherbawi claims that the freemasonry affected Brotherhood to turn them away of their real approach, and his speech doesn’t mean that Brotherhood are masons, since most of its members are of goodwill intentions, but there might be some leaders with relation to masons.
John Ivison: Trudeau’s incoherent gun registry position is a gift to his Liberal rivals
Dec 3, 2012
Bro. John Ivison
Sometime between now and the 2015 election, expect to see a Conservative Party attack ad featuring a YouTube clip of a rookie MP debating the long-gun registry with some university protesters on the steps in front of Parliament.
“The registry saves lives,” argues a young Justin Trudeau, passionately.
Cut to an interview on the Liberal leadership campaign trail. “The long-gun registry, as it was, was a failure and I’m not going to resuscitate it,” says a slightly older Mr. Trudeau.
In Hawkesbury, Ont., on Friday, Justin Trudeau threw the long-gun registry under his campaign bus.
This downright reasonable position simultaneously illustrates how unserious Canadian politics can be, and offers a strange glimmer of hope for improvement — strange because it’s coming from someone many people assumed, not without reason, was a fairly insubstantial, middle-of-the-road Grit, as wedded as any other to the party’s various myths and talismans.
A year ago at this time, po-faced Liberals were making political hay out of Conservatives being deliberately excluded from a Parliament Hill memorial for the 14 victims of the École Polytechnique massacre.
“I think everything we fought for after 22 years is being actively dismantled,” moaned Carolyn Bennett, suggesting the registry’s impending demise was the “ultimate” manifestation of the Conservatives’ preference for “ideology over evidence.” (This statement itself is the ultimate manifestation of the equation, correlation + policy preference = causation.)
Cut to a still picture of Mr. Trudeau looking like he’s about to drive off in the getaway car, accompanied by a Conservative Party voiceover: “Justin Trudeau will tell you whatever he thinks you want to hear, whenever you want to hear it. He’s not a leader.”
And that will likely be the ball game.
The best attack ads crystallize that nagging feeling people have about a candidate – that deep-seated concern that turns brows bleak as voters have their worst fears validated.
They work especially well when they throw the candidate’s own words back in his or her face.
The only prospect of the above scenario not playing out is if Mr. Trudeau either loses the Liberal leadership or drops an even bigger clanger before it’s over. Both are real possibilities, despite the in-built advantage of the Liberals’ ridiculous “supporter” category voting system, which means you don’t even need to be a party member to elect the leader.
Mr. Trudeau has already contributed, by his own admission, to the Liberals losing a by-election in Calgary Centre they may well have won without his comments about Albertans controlling Canada’s “socio-economic agenda.”
Expect to see that one come back to haunt him too.
Now, he has put himself in a position where he has to reconcile his years of support for the registry with a new position that states it was a failure and he won’t re-introduce it if he ever wins government.
The case for the defence is that this is the Liberal Party’s position – that it was a divisive solution to gun control. By coming out against the party’s former orthodoxy, the belief is that Mr. Trudeau has wiped the slate clean and can now bring forward new policy of his own. He has already done this once in this campaign, when he disowned his father’s National Energy Program before heading to Calgary to come out in favour of foreign takeovers in the oilpatch.
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