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WHO ARE THEY?
Freemasonry is an ancient institution. Many of its desires are noble and genuine. Many of its members have been men of renown and position. The preface to a Freemasonry Bible complied by C.FL Stauffacher, D.D, L.L.D., 33° and Charles P. Roney, D.D., puts it like this,
...Freemasonry involves an elaborate system of symbolic ritual, beginning at the point of the first initial step, and continuing throughout Craft Masonry. All the work of a Masonic Lodge is carried on through symbols and symbolic procedures. lndeed, the "symbolic constitutes the very essence of Freemasonry." Fremasonry is essentially the science of symbolism; it is a system of morality developed and indicated by the science of symbolism. It is this peculiar character as a symbolic institution... which gives peculiarity to Freemasonry and marks its distinctive difference from every other institution devised by the ingenuity of man. -
In 1984 the United Lodge offered its own official definition,
One of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. A society of men concerned with spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas which follow ancient forms and use stone-mason's customs and tools as allegorical ideas. The essential qualification for admission... is a belief in a "Supreme Being".'
There are many theories concerning the origins of Freemasonry, some even try and link it back to Adam! The English Constitution of Freemasons seeks a link with the building of Solomon's Temple.
The ritual and symbols are replete with the days of king Solomon of Israel and the building of the Temple... Rev. James Anderson. whose writings were published in England in 1723. says that.,. King Solomon was Grand Master of the lodge at Jerusalem'. - Stauffacher and Roney, p.9.
More modern writings establish a link with the stone masons who built the great cathedrals of England. Indeed all Freemasons at the beginning were stone masons. The Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1717 after most Cathedrals were finished, although there is evidence of local lodges throughout Britain prior to this. The Grand Lodge sought to unite these many individual lodges. As time went on too many started joining the lodges who had nothing to do with stone masonry.
Today the power of Freemasonry extends its infuence through government, administrations of Justice, professional bodies, all levels of management, local authorities and sadly too, the church. The Royal Family has been involved in Masonic ritual since its foundation, the Duke of Kent holding the title Grand Master for over twenty-five years.
When confronted with some fact masons will say you are totally wrong. However, do remember it is a secret society and only as you progress do you find out more. In common with many cults, the mason will only listen to a Masonic teacher and would regard all that he reads in books etc. as wrong. Indeed some of what you read may not be wholly true but in much there is at least some truth.
EXTENT OF INFLUENCE
Some would claim today that it is no longer a secret society. The Duke of Kent encouraged fellow Masons in the early 1980’s to be more open and explain the "Craft" to those interested. With a great blaze of publicity they opened their doors to outsiders at Earls Court in 1992. However some of the ceremonies were performed in secret before the meeting and these are areas that are still not discussed. This includes not talking about the ceremonies, with masons who have not been through them, let alone outsiders. There are also special handshakes and initiation ceremonies. There are ways of standing and sayings that identify one mason to another the world over. For instance a mason asked, are you on the level?' Would reply, ‘I'm on the square.’
In some lodges there can be influence from the occult. Some people also might suffer because help is given to masons by fellow masons in business, government, or the police force. It is even claimed that judges have been known to give lighter sentences to fellow masons. These problems have inspired several attempts to bring masons out into the open. It was the major talking point in the police force at the end of the 1980's but little appears to have changed.
In Januaiy 1995 The Nolan Committee began its probe into standards of public life and they are threatening to probe the secrets of the "Craft". It is reported, for instance, that one lodge is made up almost entirely of men from the Ministry of Defence department. If true this could have an effect on the way they carry out their duties.
Another example of concern that has been noted came from the minutes of the Birmingham City Council in March 1985 discussed under the heading "potential conflicts between Freemasonry and the wider interests of Birmingham citizens.
Even more serious could have been the contact that came to Commander Michael Higham in Britain from the Grand Lodge of Argentina during the Falkland crisis. He wanted them to work together to forestall any British military effort. In this instance he was referred to the Foreign Office.
You cannot apply to join your local lodge but must be invited by someone already in the Society. Still there are an estimated 3,000,000 masons world-wide with probably 500,000 of these in the 8,500 British lodges.
There are different reasons why people become masons, e.g. good works or business prospects. If you are not a Christian you may feel that there is no reason to leave. There are different practices in different countries or even parts of a country. It is important to distinguish between the practice of Freemasonry and what a particular individual mason does. Do not accuse every mason of being of the devil!
Masonry started with a Christian base but has been influenced away from this over the years. Especially responsible for this is Albert Pike who was the Supreme Commander of Freemasonry from 1839-1891. Pike came into Freemasonry from an occult background. He first ‘de-christianised' the ritual and then added paganism to it.
… the basic and fundamental principles of Freemasonry are found in what is ordinarily known as "BIue Lodge Masonry.' Blue Lodge Masonry consists of three Degrees: The Apprentice, the FellowCraft. the Master. Royal Arch Masonry, which now forms a part of what is known as "York Rite" was formerly a part of the Third Degree of 'Blue Lodge Masonry," and belongs more distinctly within Craft Masonry than do the higher Degrees of either the "York Rite" or the "Scottish Rite." - Stauffacher and Roney, p.9.
In Britain most masons go no higher than the Third Degree called Master Mason. The first two degrees being the Entered Apprentice and Fellow-Craft. When first initiated into the Lodge the candidate will take off any jacket, tie etc., and unbutton his shirt to the waist to bare his left breast. His right sleeve is rolled up above the elbow and his left trouser leg rolled up above his knee. He is blindfolded and a noose placed around his neck with its end hanging down his back. This symbol reminds the candidate of the dark, helpless state he is in now, but at the same time that freemasonry will enrich his life in the future. In Scottish Rite masonry the Master Mason is the third of an unlikely but possible thirty three degrees. [Some other branches would boast of 90 degrees or more!] John Lawrence writes,
Only about 40% of masons go any further than the three craft degrees. For those who would progress further the most usual avenue is through the Holy Royal Arch (or going into chapter' as it is known by many within the craft). The Holy Royal Arch is the only other Masonic order officially recognised and administered from Grand Lodge in London. Its officers are included in the Grand Lodge Yearbook, along with the craft degrees' hierarchy. This situation arose as one result of the Union of the two rival Grand Lodges, the Antients and the Moderns, in 1813. The Antients had practised the Royal Arch as a fourth degree, and as the two Grand Lodges came together it was agreed that this order would be considered a part of 'pure Antient Masonry', an extension of the three degrees. Freemasonry - A Religion?, John Lawrence, p.95
The system of advancement through the degrees is complex with each order and level having its own passwords and secrets not known to the other or lower degrees. This causes the ignorance and deception to the initiates.
The Blue Degrees... (craft masons)... are intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. - Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Albert Pike, Grand Commander 1859-1891;, Reprinted 1966. [emphasis added]
THE MASTER MASON
The raising, or third degree, to become a Master Mason is conducted like so many Masonic rights in near darkness. A human skull and bones are placed nearby and a sheet depicting a coffin is laid on the floor. The candidate is symbolically killed by the Worshipful Master and laid out 'in death' on the sheet. He is 'raised back to life' or resurrected from the dead into Masonic life by the Master. This is one ceremony that was originally based on Christianity but is now nearer to occult practice.
As a Master Mason, he is taught the last, the most important, and the most necessary of all Truth, that having been faithful to all his trusts, he is at last to die, and to receive the reward of his fidelity. Foremost of all the truths taught and emphasized in this Degree is the Immortality of the soul of man and the certainty of the resurrection of his body to eternal life. - Stauffacher and Roney, p.11.
As already stated Royal Arch Masonry used to be part of the Third Degree of Blue Lodge Masonry. As such a Master Mason is regarded as a fully fledged Mason in the highest sense without taking any of the further degrees in York Rite or Scottish Rite Masonry.
It is impossible to place with certainty the date when the work of the Royal Arch was severed from the Third Degree of the Blue Lodge, or when Royal Arch Masonry was set up as a distinct branch of the Order... The Royal Arch is known as the "Chapter", and consists of four degrees... These degrees are implementations of the Third Degree of the Blue Lodge; they are a continuance rather than an amplification of Ancient Craft Masonry; they belong within the scope of Speculative Masonry in a much more decided sense than any other higher Degrees. -Stauffacher and Roney, p.11.
The names of the other degrees are as follows;
5. Perfect Master
6. Intimate Secretary
7. Provost and Judge
8. Intendant of the Building
9. Elected Knight of the Nine
10. Illustrious Elect of the Fifteen
11. Sublime Knights Elect of the Twelve
12. Grand Master Architect
13. Knight of the Ninth Arch, or Royal Arch of Solomon
14. Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason
15. Knight of the East
16. Prince of Jerusalem
17. Knight of the East and West
18. Price Rose Croix
19. Grand Pontiff
20. Grand Master of Symbolic Lodges
21. Noachite, or Prussian Knight
22. Knight of the Royal Ax, or Prince of Libanus
23. Chief of the Tabernacle
24. Prince of the Tabernacle
25. Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26. Prince of Mercy
27. Knight Commander of the Temple
28. Knight of the Sun, or Prince Adept
29. Grand Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
30. Knight Kadosh
31. Inspector Inquisitor Commander
32. Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
33. Sovereign Grand Inspector General
THE TAKING OF OATHS
Oaths were added to masonry sometime during the 18th century. Up until 1986 the new candidate while going through the initiation ceremony of the Entered Apprentice would commit himself to the oath ". .. binding myself under no less penalty than that ofhaving my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water mark."
The Fellow Craft degree follows a sirnilar pattern and the Master Mason puts himself "…
under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes being scattered before the four winds of heaven... ' The Master Mason also swears to keep a brother’s secrets .... . murder and treason excepted," but- in the later Royal-Arch degree murder an treason are not excepted. Thus, the Masonic oath is placed above the law and our country, with staggering implications if followed to the letter.
Whereas today the candidate does not actually verbalise these oaths the reference to the physical penalties are retained elsewhere and spoken by the mason leading the initiation. What can be seen from this is that the new candidate is still put under these oaths whether he actually speaks them or not.
OUESTIONS CONCERNING FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry is an exclusive group that shuts out many. The Constitution of the United Grand Lodge of England states it is for a free man, and in reputable circumstances.' Women have no part of it except a few offshoot women's lodges - and as such it can easily come between husband and wife. Its power can easily be misused for evil and favouritism simply because being a mason it would appear normal practice to do these things.
IS IT OPEN?
Masons will say they are not secretive, in the sense of hiding the existence of the Lodge. There are secrets though within Freemasonry such as passwords, handshakes, etc.
The Apprentice is entrusted with certain secrets of the Order, all of them moral, ethical, and wholesome, and is pledged to "keep counsel of all things spoken in Lodge or chamber by any Masons, Fellows, or Free Masons.He is invested with certain "Secrets," which, of course, he must keep inviolate and communicate them only in accordance with Masonic Law. - Stauffacher and Roney, p.10.
Masonry, like all the religions... conceals its secrets from all except the adepts and sages or the elect and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the truth which it calls light... Fike, p.104-105.
Such secrecy of course can lead to real problems with friends and family. It is this issue of secrecy that has been a prime point of opposition to Freemasonry by many, including the Police, and Parliament and is one of the stated reasons (along with oath taking) put forward by the Vatican for outlawing Freemasonry amongst its faithful.
IS IT A RELIGION?
Many deny that Freemasonry is a religion, for example the pamphlet 'Freemasonry and Religion', 1985. However, other writings proclaim it so. It seems to depend on the social climate of the day. Whatever is said they still have hymns and prayers which incidentally are ended, 'so mote it be' similar to some satanic groups. Many with their own form of communion~service these practices are definitely religious.
Probably in the strict definition of the word it could be argued that Freemasonry is not a religion. However, in its beliefs and practices there is no question that it is a religious institution. Many masons would believe that by their good deeds and giving to charity they are living a Christian lifestyle.
The 'religion' of Freemasonry is a bizarre mixture of pagan beliefs from Egyptian, Greek, Hindu and other cultures. Some of these practices allude to a satanic nature whose origins must be in serious doubt to any Christian. It bears no relation to, nor is it compatible with any belief in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry states:
Freemasonry is not Christianity... Masonry then, is indeed a religious institution and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Mason defend it. – Albert J.Mackey, 1921, pp.618-9 [emphasis added]
An interesting sidelight is that much of the symbolism of Freemasonry is from Scripture and therefore you would believe it wanted to be shown to be religious. For instance the Holy Royal Arch is all set around the three Old Testament characters, Zerubbabal, Haggai and Joshua. The explanation of the Master mason Degree already mentioned. Also, most of the passwords are biblical too, including, 'Jah'. One way of explaining the religious side often used is that,
Masonry is not a religion; it is a handmaiden to true religion. Masonry, properly understood and lived, supports and sustains a man in his relieious affiliations, better qualifies him for his religious activities, encourages and strengthens him in the performances of his religious duties, and opens up to him many opportunities for genuine services of a religious character for his fellow-men. A man should be a better church member because of his Masonry, not a poorer one. Stauffacher and Roney, p.29.
IS IT COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY?
Most major denominations including the Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Church of Scotland and Methodists have all clearly stated at one time or another that Freemasonry and Christianity are definitely incompatible. Why?
We have already mentioned several points that show why they are not compatible.
First the Oaths taken are shown in Scripture to be wrong [Matthew 5:34,37 & James 5:12]. More than this they are putting the candidate under fear and bondage whereas Jesus Christ always sets free from that. [Matthew 11:28 & Romans 8:1ff.] Second, it is selective whereas the Gospel of Jesus Christ is open to all people everywhere. [John 3:16.] Third there is nothing secretive about the gospel but we are encouraged to walk in the light and be totally open. [Ephesians 5:8-14 & 1 John 1:5-7.]
There are other areas to be considered too.
Freemasonry is a mixture of many beliefs, so that a man of any religious background can worship at the same altar. All gods are welcome. You worship whichever one you want. Jesus is not unique to a mason but He is to a Christian.
It [masonry] reverences all the great reformers. It sees in Moses... Confucius... Zoroaster, in Jesus of Nazareth... great teachers of morality... if no more, and allows every brother of the order to assign to each such... characteristics as his creed and truth require - Pike, p.525.
The true mason is not creed bound... that as a mason his religion must be universal: Christ, is not Buddha, Mohammed, the name means little: for he recognises the 'light' and not the bearer - The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manley P.Hall.
Freemasonry is not only confined to embracing other religions, it extends to humanism, the idolatry of man, too. Freemasonry teaches perfection or 'smoothing the rough stone' through good works and exaltation of the human creation in some of its rituals.
The Supreme Being is called the Great Architect of the Universe [GAOTU] and can be whoever you want him to be. However a mason is not allowed to mention the name of Jesus Christ in a Lodge and so He is ruled out of order.
LINKS TO THE OCCULT?
In much of the symbolism of Freemasonry there are clear indications of Occult influence. We need to be aware of this danger as the following examples show. (See also C2.4.4.]
The symbols and instructions of Degree 28 are said to be full of Kabbala and Alchemy. The Kabbala has been described as 'a hand book of Hebrew occultism' and Alchemy was originally connected with the Egyptian god Osiris and magical powers.
Degree 32 brings a connection to the 'all seeing eye'. This also represents Osiris, an Egyptian god whose annual death and resurrection personified fertility.
LINKS TO SUBVERSION?
Probably the most publicised of these was the P2 Lodge affair in the 1980's. This linked the collapse of a major Italian bank with shadowy Freemasonry-Mafia-KGB dealings. Some speculate that this was a plot to destabilise the political scene in Italy, part of the southern flank of NATO.
God's secret name in masonry is Jah-Bul-On which traditionally is supposed to represent Jehovah, Baal and Osiris the Egyptian sun God. In Februnry 1989 a public statement was made that they would not use this name anymore. Considering it was used in secret it is difficult to know if this is true or not.
A password in a higher degree is 'Abaddon', the name of a king of demons; the angel of the bottomless pit, Revelation 9:11. In another degree the candidate is asked a question and his reply must be, 'I am that I am.' Could a true Christian apply God's own words equally to himself and not consider it blasphemy?
There is some question about whether Pike actually taught that Lucifer is God or whether this is a forgery. We have noted the quotation below and even if proved to be a forgery there are enough other references to conclude that this is what he believed and implied.
To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the brethren... The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Lucifer in doctrine. If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the Christian God) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man... yes, Lucifer is god, and unfortunately Adonay is also god... There is no light without shade... for the absolute can only exist as two gods... This the doctrine of Satanism is heresy and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay, but Lucifer, God of Light and God of good is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.
When the Mason... has learned the Mystery of his Craft, the seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward he must prove his ability to properly apply this energy. - Hall, p.48.
Freemasonry deliberately misleads the initiates of the lower degrees with false religious interpretations, even suggesting in some degrees that Lucifer is their light! Aleister Crowley was a mason and something he learned in the secrecy of a lodge led him and other masons to form an occult group called the Order of the Eastern Templars, or O.T.O.. Crowley became one of the most infamous Satanists of this century!
MASTER MASON A GOD?
Man is a god in the making... when his light shines out... he receives the triple crown of godhood and joins the throne of Master Masons... Isaiah 43:10-11. A Master Mason... for him the heavens, its power thrilling the Master until his own being seems filled with its divinity saying 'This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased" - Hall, pp.92, 54-~5.
There is only one for whom these words were uttered and it was not a Master Mason. Jesus Christ is God's only Son and the only mediator between man and God. [Luke 3:22, Mark 1:11 & Matthew 3:17.1 Can you be the same in Church on Sunday morning as in the Lodge on Saturday night?
The oaths are taken on the Volume of the Sacred Law [VOSL] which in Britain is normally a Bible. However, in respective countries it can equally be the Koran or any Hindu or other religious writings. John Lawrence relates that,
Lodges are permitted to use any holy writing as their sacred volume, any or all! Harry Carr states that in Lodge Singapore(No. 7178) there are four different volumes on the pedestal at any one time, whilst in the Grand Lodge of Iran there are three versions in use (the Koran, the Zend Avesta and the King James Version of the Bible). Masonry thus holds that all volumes sacred to men are equally valid. - Lawrence, p.70
The Bible is only considered as one book among many. Pike put it like this:
The teachers, even of Christianity are, in general the most ignorant of the true meaning of that which they teach. There is no Book of which so little is known as the Bible. To most who read it it is as incomprehensible as the Sohav... The Bible... expresses, in an incomplete and veiled manner only the religious science of the Hebrews... The doctrine of Moses and the prophets, identical... with that of ancient Egyptians... The Hebrew books were written only to recall to memory the traditions... thus was a second bible born... uncomprehended by the Christians: a collection they say of monstrous absurdities.
In a loving manner show from the above
information that Freemasonry and Christianity are not compatible and if one
tries to live in both camps we are trying to serve two masters.
Some years ago I was in partnership with my stepfather. He was a Freemason, a past Master of his lodge and initiated into the higher degrees of Royal Arch. I met many of his associates and noted how Freemasonry had infiltrated every social level and occupation.
At the age of twenty-one, I explored the possibility of joining a lodge. I had to be proposed then seconded and my background looked into before an interview at the Masonic Hall. The reference check into my past should not take long, I remember thinking, in view of the influential people I had met and their access to confidential data. I was accepted and went through an unnerving ceremony of initiation to become an Entered Apprentice, the first degree. The next step was to Fellow Craft and then to the third degree, of Master Mason.
It was during the ceremony of raising to Master mason that I began to feel doubt and concern. The temple was in darkness but for the light of a solitary candle. There were a skull and a pair of crossed bones positioned nearby. A sheet, depicting a full sized coffin was laid on the floor. During the proceedings I was given a 'fatal' but symbolic blow to the head by the Worshipful Master and laid out as in death on the coffin symbol. Moments passed and I was eventually 'raised back to life' by the Master of the Lodge. I had been in effect resurrected from death into a life of Freemasonry. This black parody was in contradiction to what the Bible teaches about life through Christ.
The doubts grew and the searching continued. I was led to Jesus and I committed my life to Him, it was only then that reality dawned; the cause of my spiritual numbness and dryness became clear. . . . Freemasonry! How could I, as a man professing to be a true Christian, accept the doctrines of an organisation that purposely deletes the name of Jesus Christ from all its teachings? During the raising ceremony I had been reborn into a dark and secretive order, not into the light and truth as Freemasonry deceptively teaches. The God of the Bible is Light, in Him there is no darkness at all. Yet if we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness we lie and do not live by the truth, 1 John 1:5-7
Rosicrusians, heavily influenced by the occult, went
underground around 1617 but surfaced in 1717 when the Grand Lodge was formed.
Their beliefs influenced several Lodges being formed.
ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS
This group began in 1790 with the opening of
Court No. 1 at the Old Crown Inn, Kirkgate, Leeds. They met in the Masonic Lodge
and many of its founder members were masons. They believed that no man should be
prevented from being a member provided he 'believed in the glorious Creator.'
Its aim was to unite the virtuous and good in all sects and denominations of
men. Today the AOF is one of Britain's largest and oldest Friendiy Societies
however the roots and influence of freemasonry are clearly seen.
If a mason wants to leave the Society he could face all sorts of persecutions and problems do not need to add to them by being condemnatory. Just piling everything you know on him will not help either. For a start he will not believe you and will have no reason to change his life. If the person you are talking to is not a Christian he may also have no reason to change anyway. To such a one it is probably best to make as clear presentation of the gospel and face the question of freemasonry when it arises.
To a mason who also claims to be a Christian - build a bridge of love - because you want to reach him with the gospel. Ask questions about whether he feels Freemasonry is compatible with Christianity especially centring on the fact that we cannot serve two masters. Make a loving presentation of some points in C. above.
THE OATH OF THE ENTERED APPRENTICE
A Candidate is required to take a blood curdling oath of secrecy BEFORE he can possible learn the true nature of Masonic beliefs, or what its secrets are.
THE SECRECY OF FREEMASONRY
We are told in Ephesians 5 not to have fellowship with 'the unfruitful works of darkness' but rather expose them. Christianity is God's revealed religion, has to do with light and open-ness, and secrecy is condemned. Read Isaiah 45:19 and John 18:20.
THE BROTHERHOOD IN MASONRY
Although this statement may seem surprising, the 'brotherhood' found in the movement is not that of the New Testament.
To attain 32nd degree in Freemasonry it is necessary to drink red wine from a replica of a human skull, as a symbol of allegiance. They believe that Jesus's blood dripped into Adam's skull at the base of the cross and sware an oath to that fact.
In a book written in 1889 by Albert Pike, the Grand Supreme Pontiff of Freemasonry, he pinpoints its ultimate principle:
"The true and philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer,
Another pronouncement by the same Masonic supreme dated 14 February 1889, addressed to the 23 Supreme Councils of the world, within a cloud of secrecy, is historically recorded:
"To you sovereign Grand Inspector Generals, we say this. You may repeat the following statement to the 32nd, 31st and 30th degree Masons only. The Masonic Religion should be by all of us initiates of the higher degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine, for if Lucifer were not god, would Adonai (My Lord), God of the Christians bother to spread harmful statements against him. Yes, Lucifer is god".
PRAYER OF RELEASE
If you were once a Mason or are a descendant of a
Mason, we recommend that you pray through the following prayer from your heart.
Don't be like the Masons who are given their obligations and oaths one line at a
time and without prior knowledge of the requirements. Please read it through
first so you know what is involved. It is best to pray this aloud with a
Christian witness or counsellor present. We suggest a brief pause following each
paragraph to allow the Holy Spirit to show any additional issues which may
"Father God, creator of heaven and earth, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. I come as a sinner seeking forgiveness and cleansing from all sins committed against you and others made in your image. I honour my earthly father and mother and all of my ancestors of flesh and blood, and of the spirit by adoption and godparents, but I utterly turn away from and renounce all their sins. I forgive all my ancestors for the effects of their sins on me and my children. I confess and renounce all of my own sins. I renounce and rebuke Satan and every spiritual power of his affecting me and my family.
I renounce and forsake all involvement in Freemasonry or any other lodge or craft by my ancestors and myself. I renounce witchcraft, the principal spirit behind Freemasonry, and I renounce Baphomet, the Spirit of Antichrist and the curse of the Luciferian doctrine. I renounce the idolatry, blasphemy, secrecy and deception of Masonry at every level of specifically renounce the insecurity, the love of position and power, the love of money, avarice or greed, and the pride which would have led my ancestors into Masonry. I renounce all the fears which held them in Masonry, especially the fears of death, fears of men, and fears of trusting, in the name of Jesus Christ.
I renounce every position held in the lodge by any of my ancestors, including "Tyler," "Master," "Worshipful Master," or any other. I renounce the calling of any man "Master," for Jesus Christ is my only master and Lord, and He forbids anyone else having that tie. I renounce the entrapping of others into Masonry, and observing the helplessness of others during the rituals. I renounce the effects of Masonry passed on to me through any female ancestor who felt distrusted and rejected by her husband as he entered and attended any lodge and refused to tell her of his secret activities
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the First or Entered Apprentice degree, especially their effects on the throat and tongue. I renounce the Hoodwink, the blindfold, and its effects on emotions and eyes, including all confusion, fear of the dark, fear of the light, and fear of sudden noises. I renounce the secret word, BOAZ, and all it means. I renounce the mixing and mingling of truth and error, and the blasphemy of this degree of Masonry. I renounce the noose around the neck, the fear of choking and also every spirit causing asthma, hayfever, emphysema or any other breathing difficulty. I renounce the compass point, sword or spear held against the breast, the fear of death by stabbing pain, and the fear of heart attack from this degree. In the name of Jesus Christ I now pray for healing of... (throat, vocal cords, nasal passages, sinus, bronchial tubes etc.) for the healing of the speech area, and the release of the Word of God to me and through me and my family.
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the second or Fellow Craft degree of Masonry, especially the curses on the heart and chest I renounce the secret words JACHIN and SHIBBOLETH and all that these mean. I cut off emotional hardness, apathy, indifference, unbelief, and deep anger from me and my family. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray for the healing of .. (the chest /lung/ heart area) and also for the healing of my emotions, and ask to be made sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God.
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the third or Master Mason degree, especially the curses on the stomach and womb area. 1 renounce the secret words MAHA BONE, MACHABEN, MACHBlNNA and TUBAL CAIN, and all that they mean. I renounce the Spirit of Death from the blows to the head enacted as ritual murder, the fear of death, false martyrdom, fear of violent gang attack, assault, or rape, and the helplessness of this degree. I renounce the falling into the coffin or stretcher involved in the ritual of murder. I renounce the false resurrection of this degree, because only Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life! I also renounce the blasphemous kissing of the Bible on a Witchcraft oath. I cut of fall spirits of death, witchcraft and deception and in the name of Jesus Christ I pray for the healing of... (the stomach, gall bladder, womb, liver, and any other organs of my body affected by Masonry), and I ask for a release of compassion and understanding for me and my family
York Rite Degrees
I renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses involved in the York Rite Degrees of Masonry. I renounce the Mark Lodge, and the mark in the form of squares and angles which marks the person for life. I also reject the jewel or talisman which may have been made from this mark sign and worn at lodge meetings. The Mark Master Degree with its secret word "JOPPA", and its penalty of having the right ear smote off and the curse of permanent deafness, as well as the right hand being chopped off for being an imposter.
I also renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses involved in the other York Rite Degrees, including Past Master, with the penalty of having my tongue split from tip to root;
of Most Excellent Master Degree, in which the penalty is to have my breast torn open and my heart and vital organs removed and exposed to rot on the dung hill.
Holy Royal Arch Degree
I renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses involved in the Holy Royal Arch Degree of Masonry, especially the oath regarding the removal of the head from the body and the exposing of the brains to the hot sun. I renounce the false secret name of God, JAHBULON, and the password, AMMI RUHAMAH and all they mean. I renounce the false communion or Eucharist taken in this degree, and all the mockery, scepticism and unbelief about the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. I cut off all these curses and their effects on me and my family in the name of Jesus Christ, and I pray for... (healing of the brain, the mind etc.)
I renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses involved in the Royal Master Degree of the York Rite; the Select Master Degree with its penalty to have my hands chopped off to the stumps, to have my eyes plucked out from their sockets, and to have my body quartered and thrown among the rubbish of the Temple.
I renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses involved in the Super Excellent Master Degree along with the penalty of having my thumbs cut off, my eyes put out, my body bound in fetters and brass, and conveyed captive to a strange land; and also of the Knights Order of the Red Cross, along with the penalty of having my house torn down and my being hanged on the exposed timbers.
I renounce the other secret words of KEB RAlOTH, and MAHER - SHALAL - HASH - BAZ. I renounce the vows taken on a human skull, the crossed swords, and the curse and death wish of Judas of having the head cut off and placed on top of a church spire. I renounce the unholy communion and especially of drinking from a human skull in many Rites.
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the eighteenth degree of Masonry, the Most Wise Sovereign Knight of the Pelican and the Eagle and Sovereign Prince Rose Croix of Heredom. I renounce and reject the Pelican witchcraft spirit, as well as the occultic influence of the Rosicrucians and the Kabbala in this degree. I renounce the claim that the death of Jesus Christ was a "dire calamity," and also the deliberate mockery and twisting of the Christian doctrine of the Atonement I renounce the blasphemy and rejection of the deity of Jesus Christ, and the secret words IGNE NATURA RENOVATUR INTEGRA and its burning. I renounce the mockery of the communion taken in this degree, including a biscuit, salt and white wine.
(insert here those parts used only for American and Grand Orient Lodges of France, Italy, Central & South America, etc. from separate page.)
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the thirtieth degree of Masonry, the Grand Knight Kadosh and Knight of the Black and White Eagle. I renounce the secret passwords, "STIBIUM ALKABAR," "PHARASH-KOH" and all they mean.
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the thirty-first degree of Masonry, the Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander. I renounce all the gods and goddesses of Egypt which are honoured in this degree, including Anubis with the ram's head, Osiris the Sun god, Isis the sister and wife of Osiris and the moon goddess. I renounce the Soul of Cheres, the false symbol of immortality, the Chamber of the dead and the false teaching of reincarnation.
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the thirty-second degree of Masonry, the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret I renounce the secret passwords, "PHAAL/PHARASH-KOL" and all they mean. I renounce Masonry's false trinitarian deity AUM, and its parts; Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. I renounce the deity of AHURAMAZDA, the claimed spirit or source of all light, and the worship with fire, which is an abomination to God, and also the drinking from a human skull in many Rites.
33rd DegreeI renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the thirty-third degree of Masonry, the Grand Sovereign Inspector General. I renounce the secret passwords. "DEMOLAY-HIRUM ABIFF," "FREDERICK OF PRUSSIA" "MICHA," "MACHA." "BEALIM," and "ADONAI" and all they mean. I renounce all of the former obligations, including of having my tongue torn out by its roots, and all other penalties. I renounce and forsake the declaration that Lucifer is God. I renounce the cable-tow around the neck. I renounce the death wish that the wine drunk from a human skull should turn to poison and the skeleton whose cold arms are invited if the oath of this degree is violated. I renounce the three infamous assassins of their grand master, law, property and religion, and the greed and witchcraft involved in the attempt to manipulate and control the rest of mankind.
All other degrees
I renounce all the other oaths taken, the rituals of every other degree and the curses involved. These include the Allied Degrees, The Red Cross of Constantine, the Order of the Secret Monitor, Knights of Malta, Knights Templar, and the Masonic Royal Order of Scotland. I renounce all other lodges and secret societies such as Prince Hall Freemasonry. Mormonism, The Order of Amaranth, the Royal Order of Jesters, the Manchester Unity Order of Odd fellows, Buffalos, druids, foresters, Orange, Elks, Moose and Eagles Lodges, the Ku Klux Klan, The Grange, the Woodmen of the World, Riders of the Red Robe, the Knights of Pythias, tbe Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted" Realm, the women's Orders of the Eastern Star of the Ladies Oriental Shrine, and of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the girls' order of the Daughters of the Eastern Star, the International Orders of Job's Daughters, and of the Rainbow, and the boys' Order of De Molay, and their effects on me and all my family.
I renounce the ancient pagan teaching and symbolism of the First Tracing Board, the Second Tracing Board and the Third Tracing Board used in the ritual Of the Blue Lodge. I renounce the pagan ritual of the "Point within a Circle" with all its bondages and phallus worship. I renounce the occultic mysticism of the black and white mosaic chequered floor with the tessellated boarder and five-pointed blazing star. I renounce the symbol "G" and its veiled pagan symbolism and bondages. I renounce and utterly forsake the Great Architect Of The Universe, who is revealed in the higher degrees as Lucifer, and his false claim to be the universal fatherhood of God. I also renounce the false claim that Lucifer is the Morning Star and Shining One and I declare that Jesus Christ is the Bright and Morning Star of Revelation 22:16.
I renounce the All-Seeing Third Eye of Freemasonry or Horus in the forehead and its pagan and occult symbolism. I renounce all false communions taken, all mockery of the redemptive 'work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, all unbelief, confusion and depression, and all worship of Lucifer as God. I renounce and forsake the lie of Freemasonry that man is not sinful, but merely imperfect, and so can redeem himself through good works. I rejoice that the Bible states that I cannot do a single thing to earn my salvation, but that I can only be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross of Calvary.
I renounce all fear of insanity, anguish, death wishes, suicide and death in the name of Jesus Christ. Death was conquered by Jesus Christ, and He alone holds the keys of death and hell, and I rejoice that He holds my life in His hands now. He came to give me life abundantly and eternally, and I believe His promises.
I renounce all anger, hatred, murderous thoughts, revenge, retaliation, spiritual apathy, false religion, all unbelief, especially unbelief in the Holy Bible as God's Word, and all compromise of God's Word. I renounce all spiritual searching into false religions, and all striving to please God. I rest in the knowledge that 1 have found my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and that He has found me.
I will burn all objects in my possession which connect me with all lodges and occultic organisations including Masonry, Witchcraft and Mormonism, and all regalia, aprons, books of rituals, rings and other jewellery. I renounce the effects these or other objects of Masonry, such as the compass, the square, the noose or the blindfold, have had on me or my family, in Jesus Name.
All participants should now be invited to sincerely carry out the following:
(1) Symbolically remove the blindfold (hoodwink) and give it to the Lord for disposal;
(2) in the same way, symbolically remove the veil of mourning;
(3) Symbolically cut and remove the noose from around the neck gather it up with the cable-tow running down the body and give it all to the Lord for His disposal;
(4) Renounce the false Freemasonry marriage covenant, removing from the 4th finger of the right hand the ring of this false marriage covenant, giving it to the Lord to dispose of it;
(5) Symbolically remove the chains and bondoges of Freemasonry from your body;
(6) symbolically remove all Freemasonry regalia and armour, especially the Apron;
(7) Invite participants to repent of and seek forgiveness for having walked on all unholy ground, including Freemasonry lodges and temples, including any Mormon or other occultic Masonic organisations.
(8) Symbolically remove the boll and chain from the ankles;
(9) Proclaim that Satan and his demons no longer have any legal rights to mislead and manipulate the persons seeking help.)
Holy Spirit, I ask that you show me anything else which I need to do or to pray so that land my family may be totally free from the consequences of the sins of Masonry, Witchcraft, Mormonism and Paganism.
(Pause, while Listening to God, and pray as the Holy Spirit leads you,)
Now dear Father God, I ask humbly for the blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, to cleanse me from all these sins I have confessed and renounced, to cleanse my spirit, my soul, my mind, my emotions and every part of my body which has been affected by these sins, in Jesus' name!
I renounce every evil spirit associated with Masonry and Witchcraft and all other sins, and I command in the name of Jesus Christ for Satan and every evil spirit to be bound and to leave me now, touching or harming no one, and go to the place appointed for you by the Lord Jesus, never to return to me or my family. I call on the name of the lord Jesus to be delivered of these spirits, in accordance with the many promises of the Bible. I ask to be delivered of every spirit of sickness, infirmity, curse, affliction, addiction, disease or allergy associated with these sins I have confessed and renounced. I surrender to God's Holy Spirit and to no other spirit all the places in my life where these sins have been. I ask you, lord, to baptize me in your Holy Spirit now according to the promises in your Word. I take to myself the whole armour of God in accordance with Ephesians Chapter Six, and rejoice in its protection as Jesus surrounds me and fills me with His Holy Spirit. I enthrone you, lord Jesus, in my heart. For you are my lord and my Saviour, the source of eternal life. Thank you, Father God, for your mercy, your forgiveness and your love, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
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Unmasking Freemasonry - Removing the Hoodwink,"
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AMERICAN DEGREES (also applicable to Grand Orient Lodges of France, Italy, Central; South America; elsewhere, These words are to be prayed following the 18th Degree and prior to the 30th Degree.)
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses and penalties involved in the American and Grand Orient Lodges, including of the Secret Master Degree, its secret password of ADONAI, and its penalties;
of the Perfect Master Degree, its secret password of MAH-HAH-BONE, and its penalty of being smitten to the Earth with a setting maul; of the Intimate Secretary Degree, its secret password of JEHOVAH used blasphemously, and its penalties 'of having my body dissected, and of having my vital organs cut into pieces and thrown to the beasts of the field'
of the Provost and Judge Degree, its secret password of HIRUM-TITO-CIVI-KY, and the penalty of having my nose cut, off;
of the lntendant of the Building Degree, of its secret password AKAR-JAI-JAH, and the penalty of having say eyes put out, my body cut in two and exposing my bowel;
of the Elected Knights of the Nine Degree, its secret password NEKAM NAKAH, and its penalty of having my head cut off and stuck on the highest pole in the East; ,r.
of the Illustrious Elect of Fifteen Degree, with its secret password ELIGNAM, and its penalties of having my body opened perpendicularly and horizontally, the entrails exposed to the air for eight hours so that flies may prey on them, and for my head to be cut off and placed on a high pinnacle;
of the Sublime Knights elect of the Twelve Degree, its secret password STOLKIN-ADONAI, and its penalty of having my hand cut in twain;
of the Grand Master Architect Degree, its secret password RAB-BANAIM, and its penalties;
of the Knight of the Ninth Arch of Solomon Degree, its secret password JEHOVAH, and its penalty of having my body given to the beasts of the forest as prey;
of the Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason Degree, its secret password, and its penalty of having my body cut open and my bowels given to vultures for food;
of the Knights of the East Degree, its secret password RAPH-O-DOM, and its penalties;
of the Prince of Jerusalem Degree, its secret password TEBET-ADAR, and its penalty of being stripped naked and having my heart pierced with a poiniard;
of the Knight of the East and West Degree, its secret password ABADDON, and its penalty of incurring the severe wrath of the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth;
of the Council of Kadosh Grand Pontiff Degree, its secret password EMMANUEL, and its penalties;
of the Grand Master of Symbolic Lodges Degree, its secret password JEKSON/STOLKJN, and its penalties;
of the Noachite of Prussian Knight Degree, its secret password PELEG, and its penalties;
of the Knight of the Royal Axe Degree, its secret password NOAH-BEZALEEI-SODONIAS, and its penalties;
of the Chief of the Tabernacle Degree, its secret password URIEL-JEHOVAH, and its penalty that I agree the Earth should open up and engulf me up to my neck so 1 perish;
of the Prince of the Tabernacle Degree, and its penalty that I should be stoned to death and my body left above ground to rot;
of the Knight of the Brazen Serpent Degree, its secret password MOSES-JOHANNES, and its penalty that I have my heart eaten by venomous serpents;
of the Prince of Mercy Degree, its secret password GOMEL, JEHOVAH- JACHIN, and its penalty of condemnation and spite by the entire universe;
of the Knight -----temple Degree, its secret password SOLOMON, and its penalty of receiving the severest wrath of Almighty God inflicted upon me;
of the Knight Commander of the Sun, or Prince Adept Degree, its secret password STIBIUM, and its penalties of having my tongue thrust through with a red-hot iron, of my eyes being plucked out, of my senses of smelling and hearing being removed, of having my hands cut off and in that condition to be left for voracious animals to devour me, or executed by lightening from heaven;
of the Grand Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew Degree, its secret password NEKAMAH-FURLAC, and its penalties;
of the Council of Kadosh Grand Pontiff Degree, its secret password EMMANUEL, and its penalties;
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses and penalties involved in the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, I renounce the piercing of the eyeballs with a three-edged blade, the flaying of the feet, the madness, and the worship of the false god Allah as the god of our fathers. I renounce the hoodwink, the mock hanging, the mock beheading, the mock drinking of the blood of the victim, the mock dog urinating on the initiate, and the offering of urine as a commemoration.
In recent weeks, a firestorm has been raging in Italy. The controversy revolves around the statements Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who made formal allegations that satanic activity is taking place inside the Vatican. When questioned by the Italian press about the allegations, he said that he stood by them. The Archbishop chose the Fatima 2000 International Congress on World Peace held in Rome in November 1996 hosted by the Fatima Crusadermagazine as a platform to first make these allegations public.
The Fatima 2000 Congress was sponsored by publisher Father Nicholas Gruner, who has spent the past 18 years attempting to persuade the Vatican to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as She requested in apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Father Gruner has also sought disclosure of the Third Secret, which has been kept under lock and key in the Vatican since it was delivered there in 1957 and read by Pope John XXIII in private.
Archbishop Milingo, who works inside the Vatican, as the Special Delegate to The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerants, is uniquely qualified to speak on the issue of Satanism. Besides his responsibilities in the Vatican, the Archbishop is a world renowned veteran exorcist. These allegations by Milingo are particularly interesting to informed Catholics because the statements that the Archbishop is making are very similar to the recent book written by the well respected Catholic writer, Dr. Malachi Martin.
Dr. Martin s new book, Windswept House, which was published in 1996, was written as fiction, but renown author and editor Father Charles Fiore, FSSP, claims in his review of the book, which was printed in the Catholic Family News, July 1996, that it is "a novel in which actual persons and events are disguised as fiction."
Dr. Martin s book is shocking because in it he describes a satanic ritual which took place at Saint Paul s Chapel inside Vatican City, on June 29, 1963. Windswept House gives a scary depiction of high ranking Churchmen taking oaths signed with their own blood, who plot to destroy the Church from within and participate in meticulously enacted rituals that blaspheme and devilishly mimic the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
When Malachi Martin was questioned in Fatima shortly after the Archbishop's speech, he said, "Archbishop Milingo is a good Bishop and his contention that there are Satanists in Rome is completely correct. Anybody who is acquainted with the state of affairs in the Vatican in the last 35 years is well aware that the prince of darkness has had and still has his surrogates in the court of St. Peter in Rome."
Dr. Martin concluded his statement by discussing the importance of the work of Father Nicholas Gainer, by saying "Father Gruner is fulfilling a desperately needed function in the ongoing perception of Mary's role in the salvation of our imperilled world. Father Gruner is absolutely correct that the consecration of Russia as- Our Lady desired, has not been executed. It may not be too late if Father Gainer's plea is heeded in time."
Dr. Martin was Secretary to Cardinal Bea in the Vatican. Dr. Martin says that Cardinal Bea was shown the Third Secret by Pope John XMII, and came out of the meeting visibly shaken, expressing his distress to Dr. Martin that the Pope was not going to reveal the Third Secret to the world. Dr. Martin also confirms that the content of the Third Secret is the unprecedented crisis in contemporary Catholicism and the failure of the Hierarchy to adequately address it.
In conclusion, it appears obvious that Satanism is now, and has been, existing inside the walls of the Vatican itself. Through the courageous and reputable testimony of Archbishop Milingo and Dr. Malachi Martin, this deeply buried Vatican secret is surfacing at long last.
WINDSWEPT HOUSE:A Vatican Novel - Malachi Martin [646 pages, US$24.95, Canadian $32.95] U.S. News & World Report, June 10, 1996, carried the following astonishing interview with Malachi Martin:
Your novel depicts an international plot by Vatican insiders and internationalists to install a new Pope and establish a "New World Order." How fictional is this story line?
Not very. There is an unspoken alliance today between powers inside the Vatican and leaders of major inter- national humanist organizations who would change the Roman Catholic Church from a sacred institution to one whose primary function is to act as a stabilizing social force ill the world. They see the church as the only global structure able to do this. The one obstacle is John Paul II. He is seen as a defender of medieval traditions. They want a Pope who shares their more liberal, globalist view.
Who are these powers?
Cardinals of the church, the men who will elect the next Pope. I describe them as conciliarists. The Church today is divided. Monolithic faith is gone. The new rival factions: traditionalists who prefer the church as it was before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and conciliarists who want to liberalize church doctrine on everything from divorce and contraception to abortio n and homosexuality. The numbers are about even, but conciliarists hold the positions of power. They think John Paul II is too conservative; traditionalists don't think he is conservative enough
What about the non-church part of the alliance? Who are they?
Academia, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, even some governmental agencies. They have vast re- sources devoted to population control, education and economic and social stabilization. If they can get the Roman Catholic Church to side with them in the social and cultural field in a world that is dysfunctional, they'll have another element of stability.
This sounds rather conspiratorial.
It's not a conspiracy, but it's deliberate. Conciliarists and non-church globalists think the same way. Neither likes the Pope's policies. They are preparing for the selection of the next Pope. Why write this as fiction? Why not name names?
Some of the cardinals involved are well respected and loved. Understandably, many people would react emotionally in defence of the cardinals and would miss the larger point.
The third Fatima 2000 International Congress on World Peace was held in Rome, November 1996. Among those participating were about 100 delegates including bishops, priests and nuns. It was there that Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo chose to make public formal allegations that satanic activity is taking place inside the Vatican, in a speech entitled "Good and Evil Toward the Year 2000". This Archbishop works in the Vatican as the Special Delegate to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerants. He is also an official exorcist and has written several books.
In his speech Archbishop Milingo said:
"The devil within the Church today is actually protected by certain Church authorities from the official devil-hunter in the Church - the exorcist. So much so that the exorcist today is forbidden to attack the devil. The devil is so protected that the one who is the hunter, the exorcist, is forbidden to do his job."
Such shocking statements from a prelate working within the Vatican naturally caused a commotion in major secular newspapers in Italy. The largest Rome daily, "Il Messaggero" gave front-page headlines to the archbishop's accusations. Three days later, in a press conference, Archbishop Milingo was asked the question, "Are there men of the curia who are followers of Satan?". His response:
"Certainly there are priests and bishops. I stop at this level of ecclesiastical hierarchy because I am an archbishop, higher than this I cannot go."
This is a powerful and alarming statement! A few words need to be said on their implications. According to Catholic moral principle the Archbishop would first be obliged in conscience to keep the matter private. He would be obligated, if possible and prudent, to admonish the guilty persons. From there he would be obligated to seek higher authority in the Vatican. He could easily inform even John Paul II himself. All else failing he could make the accusations public in a more desperate attempt to get outside help and to protect the public. It is safe to assume by his public accusation that the higher authorities HAVE BEEN informed and are doing nothing about it.
Furthermore, the words of the archbishop just quoted are carefully worded so as to avoid being asked any further incriminating questions, such as, "Is John Paul II or Cardinal Ratzinger involved in Satanism?". Unfortunately the words, "I stop at this level... because I am an archbishop", already tend to be incriminating by their silence as to the involvement of those who are higher than the archbishop.
Normally, the Press and Mass Media are known to jump at the chance to repeatedly cover scandalous and shocking stories especially when it involves apostate or heretical priests, feminist nuns, and moral scandals among the Catholic clergy. It is something they like to put the focus on. It is quite curious and suspicious that, even though this story made headlines in the major press of Italy at the time, the U.S. media completely ignored the story - a story that is quite newsworthy and even a major historical incident as it involves an archbishop in good standing who works within the Vatican itself.
A conservative, pro-christian magazine, "The New American" covered this story in their March 3, 1997 issue. They reportedly called the Associated Press office in New York and asked about Archbishop Milingo and why the AP did not cover such a sensational story:
"After checking its database, a researcher at AP's international news desk informed us, "Oh, he's got a big old mouth" and is always spouting "a lot of insanity.""
Why in this case does the Press step out of character and worry whether what someone says is true or not? Since when does the Media and press "judge" for themselves whether something is false, and censor the coverage? Would it not be normal for the Press and media to cover such a sensational story as an archbishop in the Vatican itself who makes a public accusation that there is "satanism" in the upper hierarchy? If they felt it was untrue, what would prevent the Media from covering the story with such a slant as to make the archbishop seem a little fanatical? That would not seem out of step with their usual liberal coverage of conservatives in general.
The bottom line is that this story is quite newsworthy. It is even difficult to imagine such a story being printed on page two! We can safely conclude two things from these curious actions of the Press:
1) The central control which the Mass Media has throughout the world such that they can create a complete black-out on a news item that does not suit their purposes.
2) The anti-Christian, liberal Media apparently does not want to help Archbishop Milingo in his desperate attempt to make such a fact public in order to force an investigation through the pressures of public knowledge. It would seem safe to assume that the Mass Media does in fact feel that such a thing could very well be true, and that silence on their part helps prevent anything from seriously being done to investigate and remedy any problems uncovered. It would seem quite in step with a liberal mentality to delight in the thought of the Catholic Church being infected with satanism.
The actions of the Press in regard to satanism infecting the Church can be directly compared with the actions of the world-wide Press in regard to the invasion of Communism in so many parts of the world several decades ago. In 1937 Pope Pius XI wrote in an encyclical:
"A third powerful factor in the diffusion of communism is the conspiracy of silence on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world. We say conspiracy, because it is impossible otherwise to explain how a press usually so eager to exploit even the little daily incidents of life has been able to remain silent for so long about the horrors perpetrated in Russia, in Mexico and even in a great part of Spain; and that it should have relatively so little to say concerning a world organization as vast as Russian communism. This silence is due in part to shortsighted political policy, and is favored by various occult forces which for a long time have been working for the overthrow of the Christian social order."
It can be seen that the situations are quite similar. In this same encyclical Pope Pius XI calls communism, "the satanic scourge". This kinship between communism and satanism can be seen more clearly by the words of a few knowledgeable authorities:
"Humanism is the denial of God, and the total affirmation of man... Humanism is really nothing else but Marxism." - Karl Marx
"Thus heaven I've forfeited, I know it full well. My soul, once true to God, Is chosen for hell." - from a poem by Karl Marx
"The hellish vapors rise and fill the brain, Till I go mad and my heart is utterly changed. See this sword? The prince of darkness Sold it to me. For me he beats the time and give the signs. Ever more boldly I play the dance of death." - from poem "The Player" by Karl Marx
"Every religious idea, every idea of a god, even flirting with the idea of god is unutterable vileness of the most dangerous kind, disease of the most abominable kind. Millions of sins, filthy deeds, acts of violence and physical contagions are far less dangerous than the subtle, spiritual idea of a god..." - V.I. Lenin
"Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails the destruction of faith and nationhood. Communists proclaim both of these objectives openly, and just as openly go about carrying them out." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel-Prize winning author and philosopher
"We are for a Lenin who is alive... In building our future we are basing ourselves upon the gigantic intellectual and moral potential of the socialist idea linked with the theory of Marxism-Leninism..." - Mikhail Gorbachev, 1989.
Without hearing the details behind the accusation of Archbishop Milingo no one can really make a judgment other than to research the prelate's personal history and determine his personal credibility. This can help, but such a method is faulty because even a person with a low credibility can very well speak truthfully and accurately on such a serious topic. What we must do is to determine the credibility of the allegation based on objective historical facts that have no connection with the Archbishop.
DOCTRINALLY: Can satanism infect the upper hierarchy of the Catholic Church and to what extent?
HISTORICALLY: Is there evidence of satanism infecting the hierarchy of the Church?
Taking this latter consideration first, we have the testimony of two former Communist members bearing witness to the infiltration of this "satanic scourge" into the Church.
Bella V. Dodd spent a good deal of her prime adult years working for the Communist Party in America. During the 1930's and 1940's she worked diligently for the Communist cause in America while she taught school, participated in Unions, practised law and involved herself in politics in order to bring socialism upon the country. In the early 1950's she became disillusioned by the lie of Communism, broke with the party, and was instructed in the Catholic Faith by none other than Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. She was baptized by Bishop Sheen in April of 1952.
At that time she gave lectures to expose the satanic scourge and testified that:
"In the 1930's, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within."
"Right now they are in the highest places, and they are working to bring about change in order that the Catholic Church will no longer be effective against Communism."
She also said that the changes would be so drastic that, "you will not recognize the Catholic Church."
Manning Johnson, a former official of the Communist Party in America, gave the following testimony in 1953 to the House Un-American Activities Committee:
"Once the tactic of infiltration of religious organizations was set by the Kremlin... the Communists discovered that the destruction of religion could proceed much faster through infiltration of the Church by Communists operating within the Church itself. The Communist leadership in the United States realized that the infiltration tactic in this country would have to adapt itself to American conditions and the religious make-up peculiar to this country. In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available to them, it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries. The practical conclusion drawn by the Red leaders was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen in the paths conducive to Communist purposes."
Further on in his testimony, Mr. Johnson pointed out the grim fact that:
"This policy of infiltrating seminaries was successful beyond even our communist expectations."
The Catholic Dispatch has recently corresponded with a young man who desires to enter the seminary but has been having trouble. Here are the words of his first-hand experience:
"What I really feel uneasy about is one of the vocation directors attitude toward orthodox catholics, he makes jokes about them. I also feel a bit shaken about advice I got from good priests who said that when I get to the seminary I should just nod my head and go along so I just get through, then in priesthood I can become a vocal orthodox priest. Why do we have to hide? Like I mentioned before, the interview I had during my application to the seminary was very disturbing as it was clear they wanted candidates who are out there to 'change' the church."
"He then began to ask me about how I would handle it if church teaching changed, would I be able to change also with such rigid views on things. What about social justice? I asked what he meant by this.... He then explained to me this was feeding the poor and things of the beatitudes. I was dumbfounded by this because I thought that this was all a part of being a priest anyhow."
"That's about all I can remember from this interview. It was over two and a half years ago. Since then I have found out that this particular priest is a major player in the local anti-church movement, big on changing church teaching, plenty of homosexual lifestyle change stuff from what I have seen."
"I have also talked to other holy priests about this interview and they said the same thing, it wasn't my past that kept me from the seminary, it was my firm stance for the truth"
THE EFFECTS OF
In 1937 Pope Pius XI stated that "the Papacy.... has called public attention to the perils of Communism more frequently and more effectively than any other public authority on earth."
This has also changed. The Church has become almost completely silent in regard to communism since the early 1960's at a time when it was needed more than ever. Even though Hitler died in 1945 and the danger of Nazism ended, we never cease to hear about the alleged 6 million "Jews" who were killed under his command. Yet, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records" (1979) these killings ranked only third to the mass-killings by the Communists who, during this century, have murdered more than 40 million people up to 1965 (a great portion of whom were Christians). Are not these deaths worthy of commemoration?
This threat is still upon us! The silence betokens the great extent of the influence of this satanic scourge. During the Second Council of the Vatican, 454 Council Fathers managed to sign a petition requesting that Communism receive explicit treatment. The petition was "mysteriously" misplaced, the only mention of Communism being in one footnote of its entire 16 documents.
It is interesting to note that Archbishop Milingo, during his speech, referred to a statement by Pope Paul VI in 1972 when he spoke on the damage to the Catholic Church since the Council saying, "From somewhere or other, the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." Paul VI is also reported to have said around that time that we "are witnessing the auto-demolition of the Church." The sad part about this is that, since then, nothing has been done to reverse the decline of the Church in general and stop the ever-growing instances of heresies spreading throughout the Church.
Archbishop Milingo's accusations are certainly shocking, and the average person might very well deny them simply because they are "unpleasant" or "stressful". But we all know that to ignore a threat does not make it go away, rather, it makes one more defenceless against the danger. All through Church history Christians have had to face very trying and unprecedented circumstances. Such were fought by courageous people who faced the problem without losing their heads.
History shows that the most terrible scourges damaging the Church were caused by men within the Church who fell into, and spread errors against the Faith. Such an evil is called heresy: crime worse than murder because it kills souls rather than bodies. It is Satan, the devil, who wishes to spread heresy and corrupt the Faith of the people ideally by corrupting men of the clergy whom the people more readily follow.
What does the Church teach, or allow Catholics to believe, when it comes to corruption within the Church? Most Catholics have heard of the Apparitions at La Salette, France in the mid-1800's. The Church has allowed Catholics to believe the message which Our Lady gave there. Among other things, Our Lady warned the children that:
"Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist."
"The Church will be in eclipse."
What do the Saints and Doctors of the Church teach when it comes to a Pope and corruption? We can read quotes from Saints who teach positively that a Pope can, in fact, fall into any heresy:
"...a pope who is a manifest heretic by that fact ceases to be pope and head, just as he by that fact ceases to be a Christian and a member of the body of the Church;" - St. Robert Bellarmine, "De Romano Pontifice"
"Now when he [the Pope] is explicitly a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church must either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See." - St. Francis de Sales, "A Catholic Controversy". (1596)
"(2) ob fidem (on account of his faith or rather want of faith, i.e. heresy). In point of fact however, heresy is the only legitimate ground. For a heretical pope has ceased to be a member of the Church, and cannot, therefore, be its head." - Catholic Encyclopedia (1913) [Vol. IV p.435] COUNCILS
"An heretical pope necessarily ceases to be head of the Church, for by his heresy he is no longer a member thereof: in the event of his still claiming the Roman see a general council, improperly so-called because without the pope, could remove him. But this is not deposition, since by his own act he is no longer pope." - A CATHOLIC DICTIONARY, Attwater (1954) . Deposition
The Catholic Encyclopedia article on ANTICHRIST mentions that St. Bernard, Cardinal Newman and others believed that the only way the antichrist could possibly deceive "if it were possible even the elect" is by becoming an "antipope" - one whom the world at large believes is a true Pope but in actual fact is not, due to the heresy which is promoted and to which the people will become blinded. The only Pope who has historically been condemned for heresy was a Pope Honorius - condemned immediately after his death simply for doing nothing about an error which a Patriarch was promoting in his own district, and of which the Pope had knowledge of!
THE SATANIC SCOURGE
In 1917 Our Lady specifically made mention of the errors from Russia that would be spread if people did not cease to sin, do penance and make reparation. Our Lady asked that the "third secret" be revealed in 1960. Since then differing reasons have been given to keep from revealing the message such as that, "it does not apply" today, or that it lends itself to "sensationalism".
We don't necessarily have to wait for this "secret" to be revealed by a Pope. The Divine Providence of God, if He so wills, can have this secret revealed by other means than the reading of it from a piece of paper. This accusation of "satanism" in the Vatican could very well directly concern this secret by force of events.
The following excerpts are given for the sake of interest and have been included to supplement the information already given.
Blessed Catherine Emmerick, an Augustinian nun born in Germany in 1774, spent her life suffering, and died in 1824. She bore the stigmata of Our Lord and had many visions and prophecies about the Church, including the following:
"Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it."
"I now see that in this place (Rome) the Church is being so cleverly undermined, that there hardly remain a hundred or so priests who have not been deceived. They all work for destruction, even the clergy. A great devastation is now near at hand."
"I also saw the various regions of the earth. My Guide (Jesus) named Europe, and, pointing to a small and sandy region, He uttered these remarkable words: 'Here is Prussia, the enemy.' Then He showed me another place, to the north, and He said: 'This is Moskva, the land of Moscow, bringing many evils."
"Then, I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of destruction... In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars."
"I see many excommunicated ecclesiastics who do not seem to be concerned about it, nor even aware of it. Yet, they are excommunicated whenever they cooperate to enterprises, enter associations, and embrace opinions on which an anathema has been cast"
"I saw again the new and odd-looking Church which they were trying to build. There was nothing holy about it... People were kneading bread in the crypt below... but it would not rise, nor did they receive the body of Our Lord, but only bread. Those who were in error, through no fault of their own, and who piously and ardently longed for the Body of Jesus were spiritually consoled, but not by their communion. Then my Guide [Jesus] said: 'THIS IS BABEL.'"
"...this translation of the Church from one place to another meant that she would seem to be in complete decline. But she would rise again; even if there remained but one Catholic, the Church would conquer again because she does not rest on human counsels and intelligence. It was also shown to me that there were almost no Christians left in the old acceptation of the word."
(c) 1997 The Catholic Dispatch
As a testament to the greatness of the author of this work, we ask the reader to take note of the following, from the Article "Pope Saint Pius X" in From the Housetops # 13, Fall, 1976:
"The learned Monsignor Jouin was alert to the impending success of their [the Masons] monstrous scheme, when Cardinal Mariano Rampolla, who was later discovered to have a close affinity with the French Masons and who Jouin was certain belonged to a lodge, entered the conclave of 1903 favored with sufficient popularity to become the next Pope. Jouin implored Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria to use his archaic -- yet seemingly still valid -- power of veto to block Rampolla. It is clear that the Emperor was in no way pleased in having to intervere with the sacred function of a papal election. Yet it seemed to him an unescapable task. "
The conclave was that which eventually elected one of the two canonized Roman Pontiffs of the last five hundred years of the Church's history: Pope Saint Pius X. As for Rampolla, it was later confirmed that he was a Mason of the most vile kind: He was a member of the OTO, the Ordo Templi Orientalis, a Masonic sect immersed in the illuminist and luciferian ideas of people like Madame Blavatsky and Alistair Crowley. When the Pope Pius X was presented with the proof of Rampolla's Masonic membership, he cried, "Miserable man!"
In this electronic version of the speech, we employ some of the French spellings and type-styles of the english translation we scanned. The consistant use of ALL CAPS by the translator is apparently an effort to portray the rhetorical delivery of the great Monsignior.
PAPACY AND FREEMASONRY, those are the two powers active throughout the world and each is seeking to dominate it. The solution of the struggle taking place between them is, at the present moment of the utmost importance; for we are face to face not only with the crossroads of history but also with a radical transformation of humanity itself. EITHER ROMAN CATHOLICISM WILL LIFT US UP AGAIN TO THE LEVEL OF CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION OR ELSE JUDEO-MASONRY WILL DRAG US DOWN THE PATH OF BARBARISM AND DECADENT PAGANISM. The whole world oscillates between the two: CHRISTIANISM and PAGANISM. On December 8th, 1892, Pope Leo XIII wrote to the Italian Episcopal Hierarchy:
"It is necessary to fight Freemasonry with those weapons of divine faith which in past ages vanquished paganism."
Moreover the Papacy and Judeo-Masonry are both so fully conscious of the diametrically opposed parts that they are playing that they assume that from it must issue the political, economic, intellectual and religious future of individuals as well as of nations. It is a fact and the better proof of it is their irreducible antagonism toward each other.
What is, indeed, Judeo-Masonry today if not the concentration and mobilization of all evil forces? This Sect with its threefold claim of being COUNTER-CHURCH (against the Church), COUNTER-STATE (against the State) and COUNTER-MORALITY (against traditional morality) takes pride in being above all and for all times the enemy of the Catholic Church; one of its rallying calls is that of Tigrotto, one of the Alta Vendita chiefs who, in 1822, proclaimed:
"CATHOLICISM MUST BE DESTROYED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD."
With Tigrotto also the anti-Catholic plan is expressed thus:
"LET US CONSPIRE ONLY AGAINST ROME."
Is this not expressed in an identical manner in the German "Los Von Rom" or in the English: "No POPERY?"
Monseigneur Gay, having been assigned by the Council of the Vatican the duty of writing "A MEMORANDUM ON SECRET SOCIETIES," gave the following striking definition of Freemasonry: "It is evident that in a general way, this doctrine of Freemasonry is not only a heresy, nor even the totality of all heresies, which find in it a haven; it is a fact that Masonry goes beyond the limits of what constitutes what is generally ascribed to the word 'heresy,' for it allows full play to the commission of outrageous perversion. Freemasonry is indeed the abyss of all errors, the well of perdition."
This abyss of all errors (Abyssus Errorum) is justly compared to the "abysmal well' mentioned in Revelation (abyssus putei, ix, 1-3 ), whose emanations darken the light of the sun and poison the air. It is this accursed Sect whose perversion was stigmatized by Pope Pius IX when he named it: "THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN." Due to its enormous extension and its nowadays very visible collusion with INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FINANCE, Freemasonry has indeed become the "SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN." As such it provided funds for the RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, installed in Moscow; it carried Communism from East to West, took up the leadership of States of their governments, their various administration departments or ministries, and of their parliaments and, in consequence, it is such a world power that for any discerning mind, it seems as though, today, there are on earth only two great powers, viz.: JUDEO-MASONRY in the service of WORLD JEWRY and the CHURCH in the hands of PETER'S SUCCESSOR. Those two powers are at war, face to face as though fighting an endless duel, as is clearly expressed in the stone inscription of the Masonic Grand Orient and Supreme Council of France:
"The fight taking place between Catholicism and Freemasonry is a fight to the very death, ceaseless and merciless." (Bulletin of the Grand Orient of France P. 183. 1892 and in memorandum of the Supreme Council No. 85, page 48. )
With such a rallying definite line of action, one can positively affirm that JUDEO-MASONRY IS THE UNIQUE ENEMY OF THE CHURCH. It can be detected in all anti-Catholic attacks against clergy or laity led either by Freemasons or by even Catholics whose faith has decreased due to either fear, passion or self-interest.
In his encyclical "HUMANUM GENUS" Pope Leo XIII wrote:
"There exists in the world a certain number of sects which although seemingly different one from another as to name, ritual, form and origin are, however, similar due to the analogy of their aim and chief principles. Indeed, they are identical to Freemasonry which is, for them all, the central point from which they proceed and toward which they converge."
Further, in his letter to the Italian people dated December 8, 1892, Pope Leo XIII writes:
"Let us remember that CHRISTIANITY and Freemasonry are essentially incompatible, to such an extent, that to become united with one means being divorced from the other. Let us, therefore, expose Freemasonry as the enemy of God, of the Church and of our Motherland "
At the present moment (1930) it is a fact that St. Augustine's two cities, the CITY OF GOOD and THE CITY OF EVIL are separate, each seeking to rule in the world. The CITY OF EVIL ruled by SATAN is named JUDEO-MASONRY; insistently it proclaims to all, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, to Freethinkers, Communists and Pagans, in fact to the whole world that:
"TO FIGHT AGAINST PAPACY IS A SOCIAL NECESSITY AND CONSTITUTES THE CONSTANT DUTY OF FREEMASONRY." (Masonic International Congress held in Brussels 1904, page 132 of the report. )
The City of Good and of Jesus Christ is the Catholic Church; for over 19 centuries, according to the teaching of the Roman Pontiff, She repeats to the world Her immutable creed:
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Such is the subject of my conference. From an over-all viewpoint, there should issue a solid appreciation of the work of a number of Popes done on the subject of the Sect of Freemasonry from the time it made its appearance in the 18th century. It showed its anti-religious and anti-social activities as well as its licentiousness and its aims which, from the very beginning, were susceptible of excommunication. It showed also its prodigious development leading to the situation which I already sketched, namely, the duality of forces: one, the forces of EVIL concentrating in Judeo-Masonry and the other the forces of GOOD, concentrated in one flock under the staff of the one shepherd; (representative of Jesus Christ) who, since 1738 has constantly renewed the appeal for the defense of the Church against Her mortal enemy -- EVEN THOUGH IN MANY INSTANCES THE APPEAL WAS USELESS. Surrounded by Ghettos and Masonic Lodges, in the course of a fight which has become universal, Popes have reiterated their appeal for defense and have clearly shown the place and the duty of Catholics -- ALL TOO FREQUENTLY THE PLACE HAS BEEN LEFT DESERTED AND THE DUTY HAS BEEN BETRAYED IN A SHAMEFUL MANNER.
However, even if in our day we are witnessing the terrific confirmation of these truths, it is necessary to remember that they were proclaimed by several Popes.
Founded in 1717, modern speculative Masonry took on its actual form following the publication by Anderson, a clergyman, of the "CONSTITUTIONS" in 1723. Fifteen years later, on April 28, 1738, Pope Clement XII in his Pontifical Constitution "In Eminenti" condemned Freemasonry as being Counter-Church and Counter-State. It was the Pontifical reply. Failure to heed it, whether partial or general, by the Church and the State of those days, seems to us as the primordial cause of all our political and religious present day turmoil.
Thus said Pope Clement XII:
"Let US meditate upon the serious evils which are usually the result of those kinds of Societies or centers, not only concerning the peace of temporal States, but still more as regards the salvation of souls. Those Societies are not in agreement with the civil and economic laws of the States.
"In order to close the widely open road to iniquities which might be committed with impunity and also for other reasons, just and reasonable, that have come to our knowledge . . . We have resolved and decreed to condemn and forbid such Societies, assemblies, reunions, conventions, aggregations or meetings called either Freemasonic or known under some other denomination. WE CONDEMN AND FORBID THEM BY THIS, OUR PRESENT CONSTITUTION, WHICH IS TO BE CONSIDERED VALID FOR EVER."
However, not only is the condemnation by Pope Clement XII extended to Masonic Sects, but it applies also to all the laymen who, although they are not members of Societies called Freemasonic, favor them, in any manner, thus:
"WE COMMAND TO THE FAITHFUL TO ABSTAIN FROM INTERCOURSE WITH THOSE SOCIETIES . . . IN ORDER TO AVOID EXCOMMUNICATION, WHICH WILL BE THE PENALTY IMPOSED UPON ALL THOSE CONTRAVENING TO THIS, OUR ORDER. NONE, EXCEPT AT THE POINT OF DEATH, COULD BE ABSOLVED OF THIS SIN EXCEPT BY US OR THE THEN EXISTING ROMAN PONTIFF."
The Constitution "In Eminenti" was extended throughout all the Papal States by Cardinal Ferrao's Edict of January 14th, 1739.
Pope Benedict XIV, on March 16, 1751 published the Constitution "Providas" in which he inserted in full In Eminenti, the Bull which had been written by his predecessor, Clement XII, in order to make it very evident that the condemnation of Freemasonry was IRREVOCABLE and was to be applied to the FUTURE as well as to the PRESENT.
As a matter of fact, Benedict XIV, had already denounced Masonry as being Counter-Morality in connection with the ORDER OF FELICITY of Avignon, a Secret Society of debauchers; among themselves the members of this Society spoke only in a kind of slangy language usually used by sailors. The Pope mentions it twice in his correspondence. I am here transcribing a few lines from his letter of March 25th, 1744, addressed to the Cardinal de Tencin, who was the Pontifical Ambassador at the Court of King Louis XV:
"We have received from Avignon the news that in Nimes and also at Montpellier the Freemasons gave a great entertainment in order to gain proselytes. Women and men from the Avignon Society went to it, and, doubtless, upon their return they will organize a Freemasonic Lodge as they once had already attempted to do under the name of Society of Felicity; they might have succeeded had it not been for the zeal of the Archbishop. We wish you to protest, in Our name, to His most Christian Majesty. so that He Will not authorize in His States, the Sect of Freemasons which other Princes have extirpated from their own country." (From the correspondence of Pope Benedict XIV by Gmile de Heckeren. )
Furthermore, in his Constitution, "Providas," Benedict XIV enumerates six reasons which drove Pope Clement XII to strike Secret Societies; they are 1) the Interconfessonalism (or Interfaith) of Freemasons; 2) their secret; 3) their oath; 4) their opposition to Church and State; 5) the interdiction pronounced against them in several States by the Heads of such countries; and, 6) their immorality which the Pope characterizes thus:
"Those Societies, according to men who are prudent and honest, are ill-famed, and to become a member thereof, would lead to evil and perversion."
From the outset, before the 18th century, under the efforts of Masonry which sank us into the horrors of the French Revolution, the Sect had been unmasked by the Popes and exposed before the eyes of the Catholics with its odious triple shame of Counter-Morality, Counter-State, and above all, Counter-Church. Let a Freemason, F. Limousin, in his first number of the Masonic Review called "L'ACACIA," of October, 1902, using the pen-name of Hiram, gives the following characteristic definition:
"Freemasonry is an association . . . an institution . . . so it is said . . . but it is not that at all. Let us lift up all the veils, risking even to evoke numberless protestations. FREEMASONRY IS A CHURCH: It is the Counter-Church, Counter-Catholicism: It is the other church -- the church of HERESY, of Freethought;
"The Catholic Church is considered as the arch-type church, the first church, church of dogmatism and of orthodoxy."
I wish to add that during the 18th century Pope Clement XIII condemned highly placed Masons in an ordinance of January, 1759, against the work of Helvetius and this Pope published on Sept. 3rd, 1759, his constitution "Ut Primum" directed against the "ENCYCLOPEDIE" of Diderot and d'Alembert .
Finally, in his Encyclical of November 25th, 1766, "Christianae Republicae Salus," Pope Clement XIII denounced the peril incurred by Church and State through the published works of so-called philosophers. It meant that all Voltairian and Masonic works were being anathemized in the following terms:
"The enemy of all Good," said the Pope, "has sown the evil seed in the field of the Lord and the evil grain has grown rapidly, to such an extent, that it threatens to destroy the harvest. It is time to cut it down.
"In our days nothing is free from the attacks of those who are impious. GOD HIMSELF becomes the object of their insolent audacity, they represent HIM as a BEING who is mute, inert, devoid of a sense of providence or justice; they lower HIM down to the level of animals. As far as they are concerned, matter is all or at least dominates everything. Even those among them who are opposed to such gross errors, but too frequently in our days, are not afraid, in their pride, to scrutinize our mysteries and to submit everything to nothing but their own reasoning power."
Clement XIII exposes all the sores of Masonry which at the time of the French Revolution had reached the state of gangrene, such as Materialism, Nationalism, Deism and even Atheism which is most imperfectly veiled by the "Grand Architect of the Universe," a notion which, after all, is only the spontaneous evolution of the UNIVERSAL RELIGION promised in the "Constitutions" of Anderson.
In a last but anxious appeal the Pope entreats all the Bishops in the Catholic world to link their efforts with his own and to beseech all Christian Princes to take in hand the defense of the Sorrowing Church, "GEMENTIS ECCLESIAE CAUSAM EXPOSCITE." Listen attentively, 23 years before 1789 (year of the French Revolution) the Church was in tears, due to the threats held out by Freemasonry; who can vouch for the assumption that 23 years remain to us before the Judeo-Masonry of the 20th century will add to the tears being shed by the Church -- blood tears similar to those shed during 1793? But this time it will not be in France only, BUT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD. Is this not the time to speak again of the Sorrowing Church?
During the last quarter of this 18th century during which Masonry had spent 72 years to prepare for 1789 and the bloodshed which was to last many years, Peter's Seat had been occupied by Pius VI, who was destined to die in exile. His first Encyclical of December 25, 1775, is the acknowledgment of the tears he has shed, "Nostrarum Vim Pacrymarum Exquirit," those tears caused by the so-called philosophers, fanatical enemies of the Church, professors of lies. "Magistros Mendacissimos," leaders of SECTS OF PERDITION who, with their erroneous beliefs, penetrate into the seats of the Academies, in the houses of the notables, in the Courts of Kings, and what is still more horrible, even penetrate in the LORD'S SANCTUARY, "Etiam in sanctuarium insinuant."
Alas! Those "SECTS OF PERDITION" at the hour of the Revolution dragged along too many members of the regular and secular Clergy whose names appear on the lists of Masonic lodges: "Corruptio optimi pessima." WHAT OF THE SITUATION TODAY?
Let us now enter into the 19th century. The wars of the French Revolution and of the Empire spread and favored the creation of Masonic lodges (mostly Military lodges ) and the rapid European expansion of Masonic subversive ideas.
Pope Pius VII became one of its glorious victims. It was therefore, in full knowledge of the subject, that on September, 1821, in his Encyclical "Ecclesiam a Jesu-Cristo the Pope applied to the Carbonari the following text: "THEY COME UNDER THE GUISE OF SHEEP ALTHOUGH THEY ARE, IN TRUTH, NONE BUT RAVENING WOLVES." Thus, the Pope reiterated against the Freemasons the condemnations pronounced by Clement XII and Benedict XIV because they propagandize "RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE WHICH IS, OF ALL, THE MOST PERNICIOUS"; They also grant to everyone full liberty to inaugurate for himself his own religion according to his ideas and inclinations; to also profane and sully Our Savior's Passion in some of their odious ceremonies; to hold in contempt the Sacraments of the Church to which in a horrible sacrilegious manner they substitute sacraments of their own invention and they treat with derision the Mysteries of the Catholic Religion. Lastly, urged by a particular hatred toward the Apostolic See, because of its supremacy, Freemasons form conspiracies of the darkest and most sinister kind, in order to overthrow it.
To what does Pope Pius VII refer when he makes use of the words "they hold in contempt the Sacraments of the Church"; if not to the Masonic 18° degree of the Rose Croix, which is an odious parody of the Sacrament of the Eucharist? What is it that the Pontiff stigmatises when he alludes to the substitution of Masonic sacraments to those of the Church and its ensuing horrible sacrileges if not to the "BLACK MASS" and the THEFT OF CONSECRATED HOSTS which Masons of the highest grades carry on their person as "Sacred Deposit" during the ceremony which precedes the orgy in the course of which they will profane It in the lowest, voluptuous ignominy?
Why should we thus administer such blows to this "Anti Papism"? It is because it is the unbroken chain of Freemasonry and because the Pope is, on earth, the representative of Jesus Christ whose Cross is trampled upon by Masons, and because in the course of their rites, at the 30° initiation grade, they throw upside down the Pope's tiara and figuratively pierce his heart. Such things occur at the initiation of the degree of Knight Kadosh. POPE PIUS VII WAS WELL INFORMED.
Soon after his election as Pope on March 13, 1825, Leo XII published his Encyclical "Quo Graviora" condemning the Society called Freemasonry, as well as all other Secret Societies. In this Encyclical he first of all, republished the Constitutions of Popes Clement XII, Benedict XIV and Pius VII. Their appeal had remained fruitless as far as the various governments were concerned and Pope Leo XII wrote:
"We have endeavored to discover the state, number and influence of secret societies and We easily have been able to acknowledge that, if only due to the number of new sects which have joined them, their audacity has increased. The Sect known under the name of "L'universitaire" has especially drawn Our attention: It has established a center in several Universities where young men, instead of receiving the correct teaching are perverted by a few teachers who are initiates of certain Mysteries which might be called Mysteries of Iniquity and are trained to commit crimes."
Let us note that Pope Leo XII was afraid of the MASONIC PENETRATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING and seemed to foresee the devastation that the "One School" would rapidly inflict upon both the Church and society at large.
Leo XII, in summing up the harm caused by clandestine sects, so evident in works written by their members, wrote:
"They have dared publish works on Religion and Affairs of State, they have exposed their contempt for authority, their hatred of Sovereignty, their attacks against the Divinity of Jesus Christ and the very existence of God: They openly vaunt their materialism as well as their codes and statutes which explain their plans and efforts in order to overthrow the legitimate Heads of State and completely destroy the Church.
"What is definitely ascertained is that those different sects, despite the diversity of their names, are all united and linked by the similarity of their infamous plans."
Thus speaking, Pope Leo XII, considered he was accomplishing his duty as Supreme Pontiff and he wrote further, this page, which thoroughly throws light on our actual situation:
"Let us use the words of our predecessor, Pope Clement XIII, in his Encyclical Letter of September 14, 1758, addressed to all Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and Bishops of the Catholic Church, in which he said:
'I entreat you to become penetrated of the Strength of the Spirit of God, His Intelligence and His Virtue, in order to escape being likened to the MUTE DOGS who, unable to bark, leave Our flocks exposed to the voracity of beasts roaming the fields. Let nothing stop Us, in the fulfillment of Our duty which enjoins Us to suffer all kinds of combats for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls. Let Us constantly keep before Our eyes the picture of HIM who, during HIS lifetime, was also exposed to the opposition of sinners. IF WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE SHAKEN BY THE AUDACITY OF EVILDOERS IT WILL BE THE END OF EPISCOPAL STRENGTH, THE END ALSO OF THE SUBLIME AND DIVINE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH: MOREOVER, LET US ABANDON EVEN THE THOUGHT OF BEING CHRISTIANS IF WE HAVE REACHED THE POINT OF TREMBLING BEFORE THE THREATS OR THE TRAPS LAID FOR US BY PERVERTS'."
Leo XII ends this magnificent Encyclical anathematizing Freemasons and writing:
"Those men are like those to whom, according to Saint John, the Apostle, HOSPITALITY AND GREETINGS SHOULD BE DENIED. (Second Epistle of St. John, V. 10). They are the SAME MEN whom our Fathers, without hesitation, termed the FIRST-BORN OF THE DEVIL."
Successor of Leo XII, Pope Pius VIII, in his Encyclical "Traditi", published at the time of his advent on May 21, 1829 renewed all the condemnations of his predecessors, repeating as I showed above, that all Masonic Sects are issued from the "WELL OF PERDITION." It was under his short reign as Pontiff that a new Lodge of "ALTA VENDITA" was discovered in Rome, having been formed in 1828 and headed by Joseph Picilli as Grand Master. Following Leo XII, Pius VIII most particularly mentions the Sect called "Unitsersitaire," saying:
"ITS AIM IS TO CORRUPT YOUTH IN SCHOOLS."
and he applies to Masons those words of Saint Leo the Great:
"THEIR LAW IS UNTRUTH: THEIR GOD IS THE DEVIL AND THEIR CULT IS TURPITUDE."
On August 15, 1832, Gregory XVI, addressing all the Episcopal Hierarchy of the Catholic world, in his Encyclical: "Mirari Vos" wrote:
"Truly indeed we can say that this is the hour granted to the power of darkness to grind the elect as wheat."
"EVIL comes out of Secret Societies, bottomless abyss of misery, which those conspiring societies have dug and in which heresies and sects have, as may be said, vomited as in a privy all they hold of licentiousness, sacrilege and blasphemy.
Just 18 days before his death, on may 13, 1846, Pope Gregory XVI put in the hands of Cretineau Joly, the documents of the Italian ALTA VENDITA which this author published in 1858 in his book: "L'Eglise Romaine en face de la Revolution" ( the Roman Church facing the Revolution). It would indeed be of the highest kind of interest to have a faithful and complete copy of those manuscripts which are, doubtless, in the Vatican.
Let us proceed further. The chief work of Judeo-Masonry planned by Cavour, Mazzini and Garibaldi was reaching its goal under the Pontificate of Pope Pius IX, with the downfall of Papal temporal power. According to the theories of those sectarians of Masonry, SUCH A LOSS WAS SURE TO ENTAIL ALSO THAT OF SPIRITUAL POWER; accordingly the new Pope fixed the responsibility for the conspiracy upon the Secret Societies when, in the Encyclical following his advent, he wrote on November 9, 1846:
"Venerable Brethren, you also are fully aware of the monstrous errors and devices employed by the children of this century to pursue a merciless war against the Catholic Religion, the Divine Authority of the Church and its laws in order to trample upon the rights of both the Ecclesiastical and Civil power: SUCH IS THE AIM of the guilty machinations against Saint Peter's Roman See, upon which Christ established the inexpugnable foundation of HIS CHURCH. SUCH IS THE AIM of those Secret Societies issuing from darkness for the eventual ruin of Religion and States, and which, on several occasions, have already been anathemized by preceding Roman Pontiffs in their Apostolical Letters. We confirm the importance of such Letters and wish them to be followed with great care."
Moreover, from Gaete, the place of his exile, in his allocution: "Quibus Quantisque" addressed to the Consistory of April, 1849, Pope Pius IX renewed the identical condemnation in the following terms:
"THOSE ABOMINABLE SECTS OF PERDITION which are as fatally destructive of the salvation of souls as of the welfare and peace of secular society have been condemned by Roman Pontiffs, Our predecessors; We have also personally condemned them Ourselves in Our Encyclical Letter of November 9, 1846, addressed to all the Bishops of the Catholic Church, yet today in virtue of Our Supreme Catholic Authority - WE, ONCE AGAIN, CONDEMN, FORBID AND ANATHEMATIZE THEM."
The Constitution against Freemasonry and the Secret Societies of which Pope Pius IX speaks are those of Popes Clement XII, Benedict XIV, Leo XII and Pius VIII; he adds his own of November 9, 1846 (Qui Pluribus) in his letter to Monseigneur Darboy, October 26, 1865, concerning the funeral service of Marshall Magnan, Supreme Master of the Order of Freemasons; he adds also, his communication to the Bishop of Olinda (Brazil) of May 29, 1873.
The renewed sentences of anathema by Pope Pius IX strike most particularly the SATANISM OF SECRET SOCIETIES. In his Encyclical of November 2l, 1873, the Pope writes of them as the SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN, and addressing its members he had already castigated them (Consistory of December 9, 1854) using to this effect, the words of Christ:
"YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL AND THE WORKS OF YOUR FATHER YOU WILL DO."
What are those works? Satan is a liar and a murderer from the beginning of the world, Our Lord tells us. Pope Pius IX denounced the great lie of the so-called WHITE FREEMASONRY, in his Allocution of September 15, 1865 "Multiplices inter" when he says:
"And now, in order to satisfy the desire and solicitude of Our Fatherly Heart, there remains for US only to warn and exhort the Faithful who might have associated themselves to Sects of this kind to obey wiser inspirations and to leave those evil assemblies so as to avoid being dragged in the ABYSS OF ETERNAL RUIN.
"As to all the other faithful, being full of solicitude for their souls, WE strongly exhort them to beware of the perfidious discourses of sectarians who, under a disguise of honesty, are inflamed by an ardent hatred of the Religion of Christ and of all legitimate authority: they have but one thought with the sole aim of exterminating, all Divine and human rights. Let them all be fully conscious of the fact that the affiliates of such sects are as the wolves who, as Our Lord predicted, come disguised with sheeps hide to devour the whole flock: Let the faithful know that such affiliates must be numbered among those with whom the Apostle forbade us to associate, telling us also to even avoid greeting them."
Pope Pius IX equally denounced the satanic homicide of RED MASONRY in a letter to the Bishop of Olinda (Brazil) in the following words:
"The Satanic spirit of the Sect was particularly evidenced, in the past century, during the course of the Revolutions of France which shook the entire world. Such upheavals proved that the total dissolution of human society could be expected unless the forces of this ultra criminal Sect were crushed."
That letter was dated May 29, 1873; the latest Masonic and Satanic Revolution at that time was that which in Italy had resulted in making Pope Pius IX "the prisoner of the Vatican." It seems as though the Holy Pontiff was foreseeing such an issue when he uttered his complaint concerning the dual failure of the previous Pontifical condemnations of Masonry. (September 15, 1865).
First he referred to the failure of the anti-Masonic endeavor thus:
"However, the Apostolic See's efforts have not been crowned with the success that might have been expected. The Masonic Sect of which we speak has been neither defeated nor overthrown: JUST THE REVERSE, the Sect has developed to such an extent that, in these days of great difficulty, it shows itself everywhere and with impunity and raises a more audacious countenance."
Secondly, the Pope outlined the failure of the Catholic side, thus:
"Venerable Brethren, We feel deep sorrow and bitterness, when We see that when, according to the Constitutions of Our Predecessors, action is necessary to condemn this Masonic Sect, many of those whose functions and sacerdotal duty should make them ultra vigilant and ardent over such an important cause have, alas! shown themselves INDIFFERENT and as though ASLEEP. If some among them believe that the Apsotolic Constitutions, published under sentence of anathema against the Occult Sects and their adepts and initiates carry no strength in those countries where civil authorities tolerate them, they are most assuredly laboring under a serious mistake."
"As you well know, Venerable Brethren, We have prohibited and We again today prohibit and condemn this false evil doctrine. In fact let Us ask whether the Sovereign power 'TO FEED AND LEAD THE UNIVERSAL FLOCK' which was vested in Saint Peter by Jesus and through which the Roman Pontiffs received the Supreme Authority that they must exercise in the Church depends from civil power -- can such civil power constrain and restrain them in anything whatever? Due to those circumstances and fearing that injudicious people and above all, youth, might be led astray, and in order that silence on Our part might induce anyone to lend protection to error, We have resolved, Venerable Brethren, to raise Our Apostolic Voice -- therefore, We hereby confirm before you the Constitutions of Our Predecessors and in virtue of Our Apostolic Authority We hold up to reprobation and We condemn this Masonic Society and ALL OTHER SOCIETIES of the SAME ORDER which, although different in appearance, but pursuing the same aim against the Church or legitimate Civil Power are constantly being formed. It is Our order that all Christians of any standing whatsoever, of any rank or high appointment and OVER ALL THE EARTH should be informed that the said Societies are forbidden and reproved by US, and incur the same sentences and condemnations as those that are specified in the former CONSTITUTIONS of our Predecessors."
Among the reproved societies must be included such Leagues as: the League of Human Rights (Ligue des Droits de L'homme) and the League for Education (Ligue de l'Enseistnement ) .
Pope Leo XIII, successor of Pius IX, upon instructions from the Holy Office, dealt, first of all, with the Brazilian Masonic question on July 2nd, 1878. Then later, addressing the whole Church, on April 20, 1884, Pope Leo XIII published his magnificent Encyclical "Humanum Genus." Taking up once again Saint Augustine's pages concerning the two cities which, on earth, constitute the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan, the Pontiff reviews the considerable development which Freemasonry has taken and writes:
"Today evil doers all seem allied in a tremendous effort inspired by and with the help of a society powerfully organized and widely spread over the world, it is the Society of Freemasons. In fact those people no longer even try to dissimulate their intentions, but they actually challenge each other's audacity in order to assail God's August Majesty.
"It is now publicly and overtly that they undertake to ruin the Holy Church, so as to succeed, if it is possible, in the complete dispossession of Christian nations of all the gifts they owe to Our Savior Jesus Christ.
"As a result, in the space of a century and a half, the sect of the Freemasons has made incredible progress. Making use at the same time of audacity and cunning, Masonry has invaded all the ranks of social hierarchy, and in the modern States it has begun to seize a power which is almost equivalent to Sovereignty.
In order to strengthen those enlightened observations, Leo XIII refers to his predecessors and writes:
"This peril was denounced for the first time by Pope Clement XII in 1738, and the Constitution promulgated by that Pope was renewed and confirmed by Benedict XIV; Pius VII followed in the footsteps of those Pontiffs, and Pope Leo XII including in his Apostolical Constitution 'Quo Graviora' all the deeds and decrees of the preceding Popes on that subject, RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED THEM FOR EVER. Popes Pius VIII, Gregory XVI and on several occasions Pope Pius IX spoke in the same manner."
Whereas he approved and confirmed all the Pontifical condemnations issued against Freemasonry from those of Clement XII in 1738, Leo XIII moreover more amply exposed the reason for such actions and gives as his motive for acting thus:
"It is because of the fundamental aim and spirit of the Masonic sect which has been exposed in full light through the evident manifestation of its deeds, the acquired knowledge of its principles, its rules, its rites and its commentaries to which have been added the testimonies of its own adepts . . .
"It is exceedingly important to bring to the notice of all peoples to what extent events confirmed the wisdom of our predecessors. Their foresight and paternal soticitude did not always attain the desired success. This failure must be ascribed on the one hand either to the dissimulation and cunning of men members of this pernicious sect or, on the other hand, to the imprudent lightness of character of those who should, however, have been highly interested in watching it attentively"
Leo XIII refers frequently to the HYPOCRISY which is the basis of "WHITE FREEMASONRY" and mentions the fatal evolution of its revolutionary aims which turns it into "RED MASONRY."
Upon being attentively studied this Encyclical most strikingly reveals the triple Masonic character, namely that its aims are:
The Pope defines the Masonic point of view on morality thus:
"The only thing which has found grace before the members of the Masonic sect and in which they request that youth should receive the proper teaching is what they call 'CIVIC MORALITY', independent morality, FREE MORALITY, in other words a morality in which religious beliefs find no room. This morality is insufficient and its effects are its own condemnation.
"Furthermore there have been found in Freemasonry several sectarians who have maintained that all means are to be systematically used, in order, to saturate the multitudes with licentiousness and vices; because in their opinion peoples would naturally fall into their hands and become the instruments needed for the accomplishment of their most audacious evil projects. Such counter-morality is that of civil marriage, of divorce, of free love and of irreligious education for youth.
"It aims at the complete destruction of the main foundations of justice and honesty. In this way Freemasons make themselves the auxiliaries of those who wish that, like an animal, man had no other rule of conduct than his own desires -- Such a scheme can only dishonor human kind and ignominiously cast him into perdition."
On this subject Pope Leo XIII foresaw that Freemasonry, "the power which is almost equivalent to sovereignty," and which already occupied the place of "State within the State," would soon form the Super State. It is from such a situation that there was issued the Masonic dogma of separation of Church and State; thence, issued also the anti-religious laws which Brother Bethmont, member of Parliament of the department of Charente Inf'erieure and former President of the Cour Des Comptes, in 1878 was explaining to Monseigneur Pie, Bishop of Poitiers. The prelate then said to him: "Sir, I believe you want to inaugurate anew the fight against the Church; have you any hope of succeeding there, where Nero, Julian the Apostate and your great ancestors of the 1793 French Revolution failed? -- He replied:
"Your Eminence, at the risk of seeming too bold, I will say that those ,you have mentioned did not quite know how to act. We shall do much better. Violence against the Church leads nowhere, we shall use other means. We shall organize a persecution which shall be both clever and legal; we shall surround the Church with a network of laws, decrees and ordinances which will stifle it without shedding one drop of blood."
Who, may I ask, is making those closely woven nets of laws, decrees and ordinances? The State, of course, but it is a Masonic State, an irreligious State under the power of a Super State which at the present moment is the Ruler of the World.
When Leo XIII adjures his Venerable Brethren to unite their zeal to his own efforts in order, "to ANNIHILATE THE IMPURE CONTAGION OF THE POISON WHICH FLOWS IN THE VEINS OF HUMAN SOCIETY AND CAUSES A STATE OF TOTAL INFECTION," it is with a feeling of fear that one brings to mind the death sentence pronounced against humanity in the "PROTOCOLS of the ELDERS OF ZION."
"When we introduced into the State organism the poison of Liberalism its whole political complexion underwent a change. States have been seized with a mortal illness --BLOODPOISONING. All that remains is to await the end of their death agony."
Thus, while States are gravitating toward a Universal Republic, the Super-State becomes an infrangible dictature, which according to its will grinds them down or else thoroughly infects them; that Super State is called JUDEO-MASONRY.
Hence the supreme aim of the Sect, as it has been pointed out by the Popes, is none other than the complete destruction of the Church and the Papacy. Pope Leo XIII persistently underscores this rigorous consequence and says:
"Since the proper and very special mission of the Catholic Church consists in the safeguarding of the incorruptible purity of the doctrines revealed by God, as well as that of established authority for their teaching and other God given help for the salvation of mankind; it is inevitable that the major antagonism and most violent attacks of the Sect should be directed against the Church . . . Therefore, even at the cost of a lengthy and opinionated labor the Sect's purpose is to reduce to naught the teaching, and authority of the Church among the civilian population. . .
"The enmity of the sectarians against the Apostolic See of the Roman Pontiff has increased its intensity . . . until now the evil doers have reached the aim which had, for a long time that of their evil designs, namely, their proclamation that the moment has come to suppress the Roman Pontiff's sacred power and to completely destroy this Papacy which was divinely instituted."
Lastly, Leo XIII concludes in unmasking the Satanism of Judeo-Masonry:
"The facts which we have reviewed throw sufficient light upon inner constitution of Freemasons and show clearly the road they are following in order to reach their goal. Their chief dogmas are so completely and manifestly opposed to sane reason that it is difficult to imagine deeper perversion. In reality is it not the peak of madness and of the most audacious impiety to be so presumptuous as to want to destroy the religion and the Church created by God Himself: and assured of His perpetual protection; and after 18 centuries to want to replace it with the customs and institutions of pagans?
"Still no less horrible nor easy to bear to witness the repudiation of those gifts which, in His mercy, Jesus Christ bestowed first on individuals, then to human beings grouped both in families and in nations. Even the enemies of Christianism acknowledge the supreme value of those gifts.
"There is no denying that in this foolish and criminal plan it is easy to understand the implacable hatred and passion for revenge which animate Satan toward Jesus Christ. We refuse to follow the dictates of such iniquitous masters that bear the names of Satan and of all evil passions."
Pope Pius X, successor of Pope Leo XIII, gave his greater attention to SILLONISME and to MODERNISM, but, nevertheless he did not forget the destructive work of Freemasonry. He requested the Polish people to abstain from joining any conspiracy schemed by the malevolent Sects.
Later he extended words of consolation to the faithful of France in the following words:
"And now it is to you, Catholics of France, that We speak; may Our words reach you as a testimony of the tender feeling of Our love for your country and as a consolation in the midst of the terrible calamities through which you must pass. You are well aware of the self-assigned aim of the impious sectarians who hare subjugated you under their yoke. With cynic audacity they themselves proclaimed their aim which was 'UPROOT CATHOLICISM IN FRANCE.' They want to extirpate from your hearts, namely its last root, the FAITH which covered your ancestors with glory; the FAITH which brought prosperity and greatness to your Fatherland amidst all other nations; the FAITH which will be your support in the hours of your tribulation, which maintains calm and peace in your homes and opens for you the way toward eternal happiness. IT IS THIS FAITH WHICH YOU YOURSELVES FEEL HAS TO BE DEFENDED."
Lastly, Pius X loudly affirms that as he has lifted his voice:
"It is not the Church who first raised the standard, she did so only because war had been declared against her.
"For the last 25 years she has only had to bear the struggle. Such is the Truth. Declarations, a thousand times published and republished in the Press, in congresses, in Masonic conventions, in the very halls of Parliament, are proof in themselves that attacks against the Church have been led progressively and systematically. Such facts cannot be denied and against them mere words cannot prevail . . ." (From letter of Pope Pius X to France, January 6, 1907.)
Fundamentally just as did his predecessors, Pius X denounces the maneuvers of the Counter-Church, moreover in his Letter of condemnation of the SILLON, he deliberately designates the Masonic lodges in the following terms:
"We all but too well know the dens of darkness wherein those pernicious doctrines are elaborated . . . Clear minds should not be seduced by them." (From letter of Pius X to the French Episcopate August 25, 1910.)
War, Armistice, Peace, all took place under the Pontificate of Benedict XV. In connection with our own viewpoint on Judeo-Masonry, we must point out the Papal condemnation of Ludovic Keller's book: "Le Basi Spirituali Della Massone-Ria E La Vita Publica" (The spiritual foundations of Masonry and the life of the people) published in 1915. That book was condemned on June 15, 1916. Moreover, the letter from the Holy Office of the Vatican to the Ordinaries called upon their vigilant attention because of special new machinations being directed against the Faith by anti-Catholic associations. The association particularly indicated is the Y.M.C.A. (YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION) which on many occasions has been singled out as being fundamentally Masonic in the "Revue Internationale Des Societes Secretes." The letter from the Holy Office of November 5, 1920 particularly mentions that according to its declaration of principles, the Y.M.C.A. "INTENDS TO PURIFY AND SPREAD A MORE PERFECT KNOWLEDGE OF REAL LIFE PLACING ITSELF ABOVE ALL CHURCHES AND OUTSIDE ANY RELIGIOUS JURISDICTION." Such anticlerical transcendentalism is none other than the manifestation of Judeo-Masonry.
Furthermore, on the inside cover of our Revue Internationale Des Societes Secretes are reproduced the two letters addressed to me by the Holy See, which are an affirmation of the viewpoint which Pope Benedict XV held on Masonry, the same viewpoint carrying the same condemnations already pronounced by his predecessors since Pope Clement XII.
The two letters from the Vatican are herewith reproduced.
"Beloved Son-Greetings and Apostolic Blessing. The eminent virtues which, in the course of your long sacerdotal career, you have shown with such resplendent light added to the high consideration in which you are held by Our Venerable Brother, Jauvier Granito di Belmonte, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Bishop of Albano, as also by the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, have prompted Our decision to honor you with a great homage.
"We do know that you fulfill the obligations of your sacred ministry in the most exemplary manner; that you have the most ardent solicitude for the eternal salvation of the faithful and that with constancy and courage you have upheld the rights of the Catholic Church -- and have done so even at the peril of your own life. You have worked against the enemies of religion and We know that you spare neither work nor expenses to spread among the people your great works on those questions . . ."
"The Sovereign Pontiff with his paternal benevolence has accepted the homage of your new study on 'La guerre Maconnique' (The Masonic War).
"It is with unerring judgment that in the work which you have undertaken, you have endeavored to project light, by means of documentation and irrefutable proofs, upon the inept and essentially anti-Catholic doctrine of Freemasonry, a doctrine issued from deism born of the Reformation, a doctrine which, as it is today clearly evident, leads fatally to the very denial of God, to social atheism, to irreligious teaching and impiety and is greatly detrimental to nations; it aims at removing from every association every trace of religion and every church mediation.
"Above all, in spite of all lies which oftentimes deceive the Catholics themselves, you have carefully and most particularly clearly shown the identity of Freemasonry evident everywhere and always, and the continuity of the plans set by the Sects and whose master design is the destruction of the Catholic Church.
"His Holiness takes pleasure in congratulating you and encouraging your work whose influence can, indeed, be so fruitful. It can induce the faithful to be vigilant and help them to fight efficaciously against everything tending to the destruction of the social order as well as of religion.
"As evidence of the celestial gifts bestowed upon you and as a testimony of his paternal benevolence, the Holy Father, from his heart bestows upon you the Apostolic Blessing.
"Thanking, you also for the copy of your book which you graciously sent me, and with my personal congratulations, I pray you to believe, Monseigneur, in the assurance of my complete devotion.
(signed) + P. Cardinal Gasparri."
For the first time the word "LAICISM" (which means irreligious teaching) is to be found in a Pontifical document; it is the fatal and sought for result of both the Masonic doctrine and its direct action. This fact allows me to add to the list of all the Sovereign Pontiffs who denounced and condemned Judeo-Masonry; the name of our present Pope, Pius XI, in his Encyclical "Maximam grasissimamque" of July 18, 1924, the Pope most clearly has lifted his voice against "Laicism" (irreligious teaching) in the following terms:
"Whatetier Pius X did condemn, We likewise condemn it. Every time that the word 'Laicite' (irreligious teaching) is used to convey a feeling or an intention contrary or foreign to God or religion, We condemn it. We fully reprove this 'Laicism' and We openly declare that it must be reproved."
In my own case, during the private audience which on November 16, 1923, he granted me, His Holiness, Pius XI, asked me to continue my fight against Freemasonry because, said he:
"MASONRY IS OUR MORTAL ENEMY."
Later, as I was recollecting the kind words addressed to me by Pope Benedict XV in the decree "Proestantes":
"WITH CONSTANCY AND COURAGE YOU HAVE UPHELD THE RIGHTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND HAVE DONE SO EVEN AT THE PERIL OF YOUR LIFE." and adding that so far I had not yet become the victim of Freemasons, His Holiness replied in a paternal manner:
"Did not Saint Augustine, who is the patron of your parish in Paris, speak of the martyrs of the pen? (The Parish of which Monseigneur Jouin was head for many years and until his death was called Saint Augustine.)
Such a denunciation of "Laicism" as well as the encouragement given me to continue the fight against Masonry confirm the Pontifical condemnations pronounced since Pope Clement XII; it also follows the inspired words of Pope Leo XIII:
"IN THE REALM OF SPIRITUAL SALVATION, THERE IS NO MIDDLE WAY: ONE EITHER FOLLOWS THE ROAD TO PERDITION OR ELSE FIGHTS WITHOUT LIMIT TO THE VERY END."
Therefore, our conclusion is contained in just two words: unity of purpose and viewpoint and unity of action shown by the Sovereign Pontiffs in regard to Freemasonry. Fifteen years after the publication of the Constitutions of Anderson in 1723, there appeared the constitution "In Eminenti" of Pope Clement XII April 28, 1738. Is there in the history of the Church a heresy which met with such a swift condemnation? Another fact equally remarkable is that all the Popes based their ulterior condemnations on this Pontifical act of Clement XII showing clearly that there was but one Voice, but one cry of disapproval when it came to pronounce the anathema against Secret Societies and striking their members with the most rigorous censure which the Church can apply.
Even though incomplete, here follows a list of documents as proof of the above:
Add to this the condemnation of the Y.M.C.A. by the Holy Office, Nov. 5, 1920 and also the decree through which I was made a Prelate, signed by Pope Benedict XV, followed by the Letter of Cardinal Gasparri, praising my book: Guerre Maconnique (Masonic War). Then again remember the Encyclical of His Holiness Pius XI against irreligious teaching in schools and his encouragement to me to continue my anti-Judeo-Masonic fight, and you will thus have before you a chain whose links are inseparably united.
It is this unity of viewpoints which demonstrates that the Papacy has but one voice and is the judiciary power of those Societies which actually form the whole of Judeo-Masonry.
As to the unity of action of the Popes, it is also worthy of attention. EVER SINCE 1738 all the Sovereign Pontiffs have denounced, stigmatized and condemned the great harlot of the 20th century, that "Well of Perdition," "Bottomless Abyss of Misery which was dug by those conspiring Societies in which the Heresies and Sects have, it may be said, vomited as in a privy, everything they held in their insides of Sacrilige and Blasphemy." (Leo XIII.)
EVER SINCE 1738 all the Sovereign Pontiffs denounced, stigmatized and condemned the enemy of the State which, according to Pope Leo XIII, already during the past century, possessed a power almost equivalent to "SOVEREIGNTY" and which, toady, calls itself the Super-State.
EVER SINCE 1738 all the Sovereign Pontiffs denounced, stigmatized and condemned the enemy of the Church, the Counter-Church, whose proclaimed aim is to:
"DECATHOLICIZE THE WORLD"
It seeks to rebuild on the ashes of the Christian civilization the pagan barbarism, and to build on the ruins of the Papacy the world domination of Israel; furthermore, as a sign of its victory, it wants to erect over the overthrown throne of Jesus Christ the very throne of Satan.
EVER SINCE 1738 all the Sovereign Pontiffs denounced, stigmatized and condemned what has hitherto become the world evolution of Judeo-Masonry which, now, on earth, admits that IT HAS BUT ONE ADVERSARY, NAMELY, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, whose agony it is now witnessing.
However, the Popes equally deplore the indifference of those Catholics who fail to see Their silent tears and fail to heed Their heart-rending appeals; they constitute a race of people indifferent and asleep, a string of Mute Hounds, afraid, of whom Pope Clement XIII, said:
"If We allow ourselves to be shaken by the audacity of evil-doers, then the Episcopal strength is come to an end; the sublime and divine authority of the Church no longer exists; it is then useless to look upon ourselves as Christians if we have sunk so low as to tremble before the threats of the snares of the evil-doers."
Being anxious to be neither indifferent nor asleep, nor again a Mute Hound in the Church Militant, but to be on the contrary, even though from afar, linked to the dogs of the Lord, the "DOMINICANI" of whom in the 13th century spoke Jeanne d'Aza, mother of Saint Dominique, at the time of the Church struggle against the Albigenses; in order also not to be counted among the cowards who flee from the battlefield and whom, when in 1870 the Germans invaded France Saint Bernadette said: "I fear only the bad Christians" for such reasons I founded the "Revue Internationale Des Societes Secretes." I, today also want to thank all the companions who in this struggle, both in work and in prayer have allied themselves with my humble but persevering efforts.
Yes! let us of the league of St. Michael remain united in prayer for the conversion of Masons and Jews. Let us be united in our efforts to respond to the concordant voice of the Sovereign Pontiffs, in order to destroy, inasmuch as lies in our possibilities, the Judeo-Masonic Sect. When will this be? In God's own hour which seems to be very close. What can be done against this world power? EVERYTHING!
In the strength of Him who bears on His shoulder the invincible sign of His power; we can accomplish everything in the power of Him who Christianized the world and which, in the end, Judeo-Masonry, can neither de-Christianize nor re-Paganize -- Yes! we can accomplish everything in the strength of Him whose Holy Sepulchre or the dome of Saint Peter in Rome cannot be darkened by the shadows cast by the Masonic Lodges -- the Kabbalistic mysteries of the Ghettos will not alter a single iota of the Gospel or of the Credo; the accumulation of gold in the hands of HIGH FINANCE will ever fail to buy the conscience of Christ's representative in the Vatican.
Vade Satana! Get thee behind me Satan with thy legions of rebellious angels, with thy early workers of iniquity the Judeo-Masons!
Christ is near! To-day He comes! Tomorrow He will be here!
Let us therefore say, according to the words of Saint Augustine: DICAMUS IN FIDE, let us say in the full energy of our faith; DICAMUS IN SPE: let us say in the strength of our hope; DICAMUS FLAGRANTISSIMA CARITATE: Let us say in the burning fervor of our charity:
IF GOD IS WITH US, WHO CAN PREVAIL AGAINST US? (Si Deus Pro Nobis, Quis Contra Nos?)
GOD IS WITH US in this fight which is our fight the fight of the PAPACY against JUDEO-MASONRY.
The essence of the Third Secret of Fatima is that Satan has entered the Catholic Church, bringing with him agents to occupy highest positions in the Church. Here are the revelations by the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ through Veronica Lueken as a voice box:
These are confirmed by at least another source: The Blessed Virgin Mary's words to Father Don Stefano Gobbi:
(Source: To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, 12th English Edition,1991, The Marian Movement of Priests, Rev. Albert G. Roux, P.O. Box 8, Francis, Maine 04774-0008. Also available in many foreign languages.)
This is the prediction of a combined forces of Communists and Masons gradually taking control of the Church and ultimately succeeding in installing an Anti-Pope who will be a henchman of the coming Anti-Christ. Then, it will be the completion of the mystery of iniquity.
Please see other messages given to Father Gobbi on the Huge Red Dragon, The Beast Like A Leopard, and the Beast Like a Lamb.
In this article we present some concrete evidence of the infiltration of Masons into highest levels of the Church except the Papal throne (so far, not yet). Virtually in all messages to true seers throughout the world, Pope John Paul II has been called "The Pope chosen by God." Our Lady calls him "He is my Pope" "The Pope of my light" (To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, No. 359, August 13, 1987, p. 564) and She asks all the Priests to support him and defend him (To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, No. 162, October 17, 1978, p. 225.) Our Lord in December 6, 1996 Message given to John Leary called him "My Pope":
Jesus said: "My people, I have sent you Pope John Paul II as the pope for the end times. He represents Me on earth and he is living the message to go out aud teach all nations. His faith is strong and resolute as the Holy Spirit guides what he is to say. He is My authority on earth and he guides My Church on the right path. Some have hesitated to recognize him as that authority, since they wish to follow their own agenda, which is not always in conformity with Church teachings. I tell you, My pope is following My Will for you and you should listen and follow what he tells you. Many want to change the traditions of the Church, but you should not listen to those who believe only in change for its own sake. My words are forever, and should not be changed or misinterpreted. Let Me guide you on your path to heaven, and do not waver by listening to today's false witnesses." (John Leary, Prepare for the Great Tribulation and the Era of Peace, Vol. 5, 1997.)
Our Lady has warned repeatedly on the assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II. She said:
The Papacy has been an obstacle for the election of the Anti-Pope. Thus, Lucifer wants to remove Pope John Paul II from the Papal throne before the Anti-Christ can be revealed. This is indicated by 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-10:
"For unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of the iniquity already worked: only that he who holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him, whose coming is according to the working of satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth that might be saved."
The following is a reprint with minor updates of the article Masons in Fidelis et Verus (Faithful and True), Issue 9, March-June, 1987, P.O. Box 409, Bethany, Missouri 64424, U.S.A.
Masonry undermines all religion. Numerous Popes have spoken and written about the great evils of this secretive and infiltrative organization. In this article, we present our third exposé on Masonry and Freemasonry in an effort to alert the Faithful to a sobering fact: Masonry has entered the Church; or as Pope Paul VI himself said: "The smoke of Satan has entered the Church." We make no claim to be the authors of the information below. Rather, we have collected it from books and other reliable sources, all of which we give credit to accordingly. The reader is free to draw his own conclusions.
We begin with an excerpt from Humanum Genus, Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical on Freemasonry:
Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a German Augustinian nun, stigmatist (bore the wounds of Christ), and miracle-worker, who subsisted entirely on water and Holy Communion for many years, received numerous visions of the future crisis in the Church and the infiltration of the Masons. In her visions, she describes men in aprons destroying the Church with a trowel, The Masons wear aprons and their symbol is the Mason's trowel. The following excerpts are from page 565 of Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich, Vol. 1, by Rev. K.E. Schmö:ger, Tan Books, 1976:
The following is a list of Masons reprinted with some updates from the Bulletin de l'Occident Chrétien Nr.12, July, 1976, (Directeur Pierre Fautrad a Fye - 72490 Bourg Le Roi.) All of the men on this list, if they in fact be Masons, are excommunicated by Canon Law 2338. Each man's name is followed by his position, if known; the date he was initiated into Masonry, his code #; and his code name, if known.
THE FOLLOWING CLERGY WERE EXPOSED AFTER THE ABOVE LIST WAS COMPILED:
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Chapter 406 is found in the book "To The Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons"
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Chapter 409 is found in the book "To The Priests Our Lady's Beloved Sons"
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