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.
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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.
Queen’s Jubilee guest list draws criticism due to inclusion of Bahrain, Swaziland kings
Raphael Satter, The Associated Press
Caption: Queen Elizabeth II, right, looks on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat with King Hussein and Queen Rania of Jordan as guests arrive at a lunch for sovereign monarchs of the world, held in honour of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Friday May 18, 2012. Critics are aghast at the choice of some guests for the lunch _ among them a king whose Gulf nation has been engaged in a brutal crackdown on political dissent.(AP Photo/ Arthur Edwards, Pool)
LONDON – Britain has come under criticism for inviting the king of Bahrain, whose Gulf state has engaged in a brutal crackdown on political dissent, to a lunch Friday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The lunch in Windsor Castle was the largest gathering of foreign royals in Britain since Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince William, was married to Kate Middleton last year. Then, as now, the decision to extend an invitation to members of the Bahraini royal family has angered those who are upset by the deadly violence deployed against demonstrators since protests erupted in the Gulf state.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa eventually skipped the royal wedding, saying he didn’t want the controversy to tarnish the couple’s happy day. But on Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that his father, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, attended the queen’s lunch — along with some 45 other royal guests from around the world.
He did not attend a more formal banquet hosted by heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at Buckingham Palace on Friday evening.
Labour lawmaker and former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane said diplomats should have tried to keep Al Khalifa away from the queen, “rather than expose her to having to dine with a despot.” Republic, the anti-monarchy group, called the lunch invitation “a catastrophic error of judgment” which “seriously damages Britain’s reputation.”
The Foreign Office, which advised Buckingham Palace on the invitations, said that Britain’s ties to Bahrain allowed U.K. officials to talk frankly with the strategic island nation’s rulers about “a range of issues including those where we have concerns.”
Al Khalifa wasn’t the only controversial guest dining at Windsor Castle. Swaziland’s King Mswati III, who is accused of living in luxury while his people go hungry, also attended the lunch. Earlier this week, protesters gathered outside the exclusive London hotel where he was rumoured to be staying with a large entourage.
There wasn’t anything in the way of protest outside Windsor Castle on Friday. Sky News television footage showed a handful of royal supporters clutching red-and-white Bahraini flags.
The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of Elizabeth’s reign as Britain’s monarch and is being celebrated around the country with concerts, pageants and military displays. Song writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow have written a Diamond Jubilee song that will be performed at a celebration concert on June 4.
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