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Freemasonry:  What all Catholics Should know about it

 

The subject of Freemasonry is complicated.  It has a long and mysterious history involving people across several continents and individuals whose personal reputations we often find difficult to criticize. My own father and grandfather were Freemasons My brother is also a Freemason, and though I have tried diligently to convince him to leave it, he is certain it is not what I believe it to be. I know these men to be good and decent fathers and husbands. I have lived with them and loved them; it is difficult to imagine they were involved in anything as ugly as Freemasonry has proven to be. 

So a couple of years ago when it was explained to me how evil Freemasonry is, and how the Church has strongly and repeatedly condemned it, I was shocked.  I didn't want to believe that men in my family had been a part of anything as bad as had been described. I grew up in a Protestant family, and it was not unusual to know men who were Freemasons.  They were assumed to be some of the finest people in the community, and if a man could boast of being one of them, he had reason to be proud. They sported lapel pins and rings and participated in annual town festivals and parades. 

Setting out to discover the truth about Freemasonry can take up a lot of time and energy that could and should be spenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKsn7ygDnx4

 productively. I don't advise anyone to go down that path without a good reason. I felt I needed to know because of my family connection to it. The truth about the craft is not always easy to determine, and weaved into the truth is a lot of speculation and myth. In the information included here I am citing only those I consider to be reliable and trustworthy sources. They include the book, Masonry Unmasked: An Insider Reveals the Secrets of the Lodge, by John Salza, a Catholic, a lawyer, and a past member of the Lodge. His book is, as far as I'm concerned, the only source that can be trusted to completely and without reservation tell the whole truth without a lot of added sensationalizing. 

The other two sources of documentation indispensable for a proper study of the subject are The Catechism of the Catholic Church, and all the papal bulls and encyclicals on the subject written over time by our Holy Fathers. 

I suggest to anyone interested in the subject, avoid all the areas which have no basis in fact and the fabricated or supposed connections to ancient history, because they really aren’t Important and will waste a lot of your time. The devil loves to see you go down a rabbit hole and get distracted from the truth.

Starting with the Catechism, I suggest that you focus on Part Three: Life in Christ,  Chapter Two, "The Human Community", Article 1, titled, “The Person and Society”, The Communal Character of the Human Vocation (#1878-1885), Conversion and Society (#1886-1896), and Article 2, titled, “Participation in Social Life”, Authority (#1897-1904), The Common Good (#1905-1912), and Responsibility and Participation (#1913-1923).

Without a very clear understanding of what the Church has to say about the government of men, it's not as easy to see what the contrast is between this teaching and the goals of Freemasonry, which are ultimately the total opposite.

By clicking on the website www.papalencyclicals.net, you can access a full list of papal documents which are easy to sort, read, and print. Just do a simple search for Freemasonry and see what you find. Arrange the documents in chronological order and you quickly see that the dates correspond in many instances with the prelude to, or the result of, a truly disturbing event in world history. The first of the letters about Freemasonry was published in 1738, twenty years after the birth of "modern" Freemasonry in London, England, at the height of the Enlightenment Period. The document is In Eminenti on Freemasonry, a papal bull by Clement XII. Quoting from that document (with considerable paraphrasing for the sake of space,) we hear the pope say, "…called in the popular tongue Liberi Muratori or Fancs Massons or by other names, are spreading and growing in strength; and men of any Religion or sect, …are joined together, according to their laws… We do condemn and prohibit them." 

In 1826, Pope Leo XII, on March 13, wrote in Quo Graviora

"…from those old Masonic sects, very many others have arisen much more dangerous than the former. The sect of the Carbonari, considered the leader of all the others was considered to embrace all these, and having divided into, various branches diverse in name only, understood to fight most vehemently against the Catholic Religion and every topmost legitimate civil power. …these things those men teach, not only from a most offensive hate by which they are inflamed against Religion, but also, may be easily aroused by this example to change and destroy even the form of civil government. …they have declared by all their deeds that they wish to throw all things into disorder and to overturn all things.

I think you must understand now why I began by first giving you the Church's position on civil authority so you would understand how contrary this hostile group behavior was then and now. Nowhere can there be found in our catechism the condoning of civil unrest and revolution. We are to respect authority and we are to pray for our leaders, that their rule over us will be reasonable and just, and that their decisions will be pleasing to God.

In the encyclical of Pope Pius VIII, dated May 24, 1829, Traditi Humilitati, on his Program for the Pontificate, the pope begins by saying,

"…we are sad.  …due to the numberless errors and the teachings of perverse doctrines which, vigorously, attack the Catholic faith. …evil men have raised the standard of revolt against religion through philosophy, the philosophers of this age do not admit any difference among the different professions of faith and who think that the portal of eternal salvation opens for all from any religion." 

The philosophy he refers to is communism. Shortly after this letter was written, Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, alias Karl Marx, in 1848 published "The Communist Manifesto."  Marx was a member of an Illuminati front organization called the League of the Just which, merged with another group, wrote a new charter and named themselves The Communist League. 

Bear in mind, evil has no demands on itself to be truthful, transparent, honest, or trustworthy. So joining forces, changing names, starting new fronts are all very typical behaviors of Freemasonry which thrives in secret and in darkness. If it is any compensation, we can remind ourselves that Revelations 22:14-15 says, "Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshippers, and all who love and practice deceit."

We need to also note here this is the first reference by a pope to the concept of indifferentism. This is the belief that all religion is equally valid or invalid; there is no difference between one and another. This is also the time when we see a general rise in the concept of relativism and a sharp disconnect with the idea of real truth.  

From 1872-1888, further editions of the Communist Manifesto were published in German, Russian, and English. A curious quote worth noting can be found in the preface of the English document. It says, "The Manifesto was published as the platform of the 'Communist League', a working men's association, and under the political conditions of the Continent before 1848, unavoidably a secret society." It is undoubtedly the most widespread, the most international production of all Socialist literature.  

This quote gives us the proof needed to link communism/socialism to secret societies and Freemasonry. And to be sure, communism and socialism are one and the same. Ludwig von Mises, the renowned Austrian economist, said the only difference is how they are instituted: one by revolution and the other over time. And we know that all the great communists’ powers refer to themselves as "socialist republics." In 1884 the encyclical, Humanum Genus was issued by Pope Leo XIII. Fifty years had gone by since his predecessor last wrote about Freemasonry. This is long enough for another generation to have grown up, and long enough for people to have lost interest in previous warnings. And perhaps it is partly due to that fact that Pope Leo speaks to Catholics with such gentleness and patience, knowing that this subject is new to them and that most of them may have had no knowledge or personal interest in it up to this point. In what I feel is the most important and convincing papal document on the subject, Pope Leo XIII spells out clearly how this movement, this group of secret societies is literally the work of the devil, and the threat is not only to individuals who associate with it, but to the whole Catholic Church. 

In the document he says,

9. “There are several organized bodies bound together by community of purpose and by the similarity of their main opinions, as to make in fact one thing with the sect of the Freemasons, which is a kind of center whence they all go forth, and whither they all return. There are many things which it is the fixed rule to hide from very many members, such as their final designs, and the names of the chief leaders, as well as their decisions, and the ways and means of carrying them out.“

13.  “… they endeavor to bring about this result -- namely, that the teaching office and authority of the Church may become of no account in the civil State; and contend that Church and State ought to be altogether disunited.“

Pope Leo XIII wanted us to understand we should not be fooled by the good works they do. Not by their Shriner Hospitals, or their parades, their outward friendliness or "good works." He also did not hesitate to lump all these various groups together as one and the same, since he knew they were linked and connected into one. Men who had once been in these groups and left were informing clergy and testimony, and documentation was shared with those in the top leadership of the Church, including the pope.

In 1890, Pope Leo XIII felt compelled to write again on this subject, and in October of that year he released another encyclical titled, Dall' Alto Dell' Apostolico Seggio, in which he said, "As the enemy makes no truce, so neither you nor We must remain silent or inert.

It is the plan of the sects, especially in what relates to the Catholic religion and the Church, with the final and avowed purpose, of reducing it to nothing. Possessed by the spirit of Satan, whose instrument they are, they burn like him with a deadly and implacable hatred of Jesus Christ and of His work; and they endeavor by every means to overthrow and fetter it."

This is his strongest statement yet, in my opinion.  Emphatically he sounds the warning to all Catholics that the sect of Freemasons has as its goal the total destruction of the Roman Catholic Church.  And how are they planning to do this since the Freemasons have no army?  By using the power of elected officials anywhere the sect has influence over them to undermine all teachings of the Church and all authority of its clergy and all the rights of its faithful followers.

In the years that followed the Second World War, Freemasonry had gained such a foothold in the halls of power and had put such a mask over the minds of the public at large, who no longer had a pope willing to face down this enemy, that methods of changing society other than armed conflict were possible. The court became the primary tool. Franklin Roosevelt appointed six Masons to the Supreme Court and three others who espoused the Masonic philosophy. Harry Truman appointed four justices.  All were Freemasons. Eisenhower, a Mason himself, appointed two more Freemasons to the court. 

In this era, with a Masonic dominance of the court, Justice Jackson admitted that he and those who shared Roosevelt's viewpoint on the Constitution had succeeded in their efforts to shape democracy in America through the appointment of "forward-looking justices." Freemasonry's aim was to bring establishment-clause cases to the high court so they could be adjudicated by justices who shared the same Masonic philosophy of Church-State separation.

Beginning in 1947, and for the next quarter century, the court systematically eroded the Christian underpinnings of American government. There is much speculation in our society about the coming of a New World Order. Some believe that Freemasonry, with its secret religious teachings and its powerful influence in all three branches of government is the vehicle by which the New World Order will be realized. 

Masonry, according to H.L. Haywood, “is a world law, destined to change the earth into conformity with itself … the Masonic brethren are to pray for the 'universal dominion of the true principles of Masonry." When they pray, one must wonder to whom do they actually pray. 

Chriss Rainey

Editor’s Note: Chriss is an avid reader of history and free market economics. She is also a freelance writer and lives in Reston, VA, with her husband, Spencer.

For an interesting video on a speech by an ex Freemason go to                               

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKsn7ygDnx4

For an alternative viewpoint on Freemasons, author Jasper Ridley, although not a mason, refutes many of the allegations made against Freemasonry, while at the same time acknowledging the masons’ shortcomings: their clannishness, misogyny, obsession with secrecy, and devotion to arcane ritual. He offers a substantial work of history that traces Freemasonry from its origins to the present day.

Objective comments to this article are welcome.



Growing Secularism

            All of us see the growing secularism in society today. Parents are lamenting their children’s loss of faith. Grandparents feel the same. It is not just Catholics, but all religious people.  As parents we know what our children are losing even if they do not. Also, as citizens we worry about our society. About a third of all adults under age 30 do not consider themselves religious persons. Our children, brought up Christians, are being turned into agnostics or worse. The question is, “Why?” What is the common denominator? Why do Christians stop believing? What is the underlying cause of this, the root of the problem? How do we correct this loss of faith?

            A few authors seemed to have the answers and I will relate some of this information to you in this article. These writers come at this problem from different angles; however, they arrived at the same conclusion. Michael Quinlan believes the crisis of our time is not so much a crisis of theology but a crisis of anthropology. The modern mentality reduces man to a mere species of animal of no particular importance to God—or to man himself. This is why we see throughout our society all forms of exploitation and degradation. From human trafficking to date rape, physical and sexual abuse, hook-ups, co-habitation, illegitimacy and divorce, our ethos of autonomy and self-gratification make us consumers of other human beings in what Pope Francis calls a “throw away” culture. Thomas McFadden has written a book on the subject and not only indicated the same cause, but goes into great detail on why and how it occurred.

            I encourage readers to get McFadden’s book. All the reader has to do is email him at scienceandcatholicism@gmail.com. Inform him where you read about his book and you understand that by requesting it you are promising to read it and will pass it to another reader. He will mail it to you at no charge. When you receive it I hope you will appreciate it enough to send a tax-deductible donation to the Institute for Science and Catholicism, but you are under no obligation to do so.

            The root of the problem of growing secularism has been identified by several Popes as the pollution of Catholic philosophy, theology and understanding of the Bible by the uncritical acceptance of the theory of Naturalism/Evolution. In short; Catholic teaching needs to be restored. Catholics need to learn to reject the so-called “scientific” basis of Humanism. Our Catholic youth must be taught the faith-affirming facts of real science to counter the faith-destroying propaganda of the Humanists’ ideas of evolution. This must occur on the parish level, in the Catholic schools and by the home schooled. As will be pointed out later, the church cannot wait until children reach adulthood or until college professors answer their questions on faith and science. Our church and parents need to engage young people on these issues while they are in middle school and high school, if not earlier.

            Those promoting the story of evolution profess their theories are scientific, but they rarely are. A scientific theory is a well substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world which is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation. The theory of evolution explains past events based upon inferences made from present observable data. Nothing about those events can be repeated or tested though observation and experimentation. Evolution cannot account for the origin of life. Evolution cannot account for the sudden appearance in the fossil record of diverse fully-formed animals with no ancestors. Evolution cannot explain the necessity of a more complex animal. Interferences are not proofs. Proper observation of observed data makes more sense according to the creation model than according to the evolution model.

            As some examples, the “Father of Humanism/Evolution,” Darwin began his basis of reasoning on observations of birds on an isolated island. He became quite famous because of it.  Even after it was later debunked, he still continued his preaching on Humanism/Evolution. And so it goes through time with other “scientists.”

            The latest theory is the Big Bang Theory, which proposes that at some moment in time, all of space was contained in a hot and single point from which the universe has been expanding and cooling ever since. There is no scientific consensus regarding the source and cause of this dense mass and intense heat in that imagined single point in space and time. In 2011, a fact regarding the prediction of the speed of supernovae had to be revised. In 2015 the so-called scientists admitted they knew embarrassingly little about their theory, and it needed to be revised. Currently, the accepted explanation of the Big Bang Theory is that the universe is being pulled apart by a force called Dark Energy, and a force called Dark Matter keeps the galaxies from flinging themselves apart.

If all of this sounds weird, it became even weirder when the scientists came up with the Black Hole Theory around 1960. These theoretical “holes” are supposed to be the areas in space which have such a gravitational pull not even light can escape from them. Black Holes were theorized to emerge with the shortcomings of other theories.

For the Big Bang to work, most of the matter in the universe would have to be something which has never been observed by natural science. The hypothesis must be constantly changed due to new observations. These observations do not meet the criteria required to be labeled a scientific theory even though it has been labeled as science. Explanations of the Big Bang cannot be tested and proved or disproved and must be taken on faith, while at the same time, humanists disparage faith-based religion as false.

Scientist-priest Father Victor Warkulwiz, notes in his publication The Doctrines of Genesis that “Theorists can offer no physical reason for the Big Bang. This is a serious weakness of the theory.” He quoted Big Bang theory advocate Stephan Weinberg: “There is embarrassing vagueness about the beginning.” In a book written by Fr. Warkulwiz, he identifies and explains 16 fallacies of the Big Bang theory. The Humanists/Evolutionists continue to claim the origin of the earth as older and older in their attempts to make their theories more believable.

Publications such as the New York Times and radio shows such as Science Friday are unapologetically unscientific. If I had turned in a report based on some of their publications/shows to my high school physics teacher I would have probably received an “F.” They use terms such as, “Some scientists suspect” which means absolutely nothing. Some scientists will believe in anything. Another example of a theory attempting to prove life came from space debris goes like this, “Comets may have seeded the early earth with many of the building blocks of life.” Really? This is pure conjecture. Another vacuous example from the media was an article with a caption under a scene of Yellowstone Park stating, “Hot springs in Yellowstone are home to some of the most primitive microbes on earth. Researchers suspect that life may have begun four billion years ago in near-boiling water.” As ridiculous as this sounds some famous evolutionists have said worse.

 

 

Miracles:

The Catholic Church recognizes miracles as being works of God, and only after all other possible explanations have proven inadequate may the Church assume Divine intervention. These miracles cannot be explained, or explained away, by Naturalism.

Among the more notable miracles approved by the Church are several Eucharistic miracles wherein the sacramental bread and wine are transformed into Christ's flesh and blood, such as the Miracle of Lanciano and cures in Lourdes. Scientists have thoroughly studied these miracles and have verified them as such, i/e, same blood type, heart tissue, etc. from different samples.

Another famous miracle approved by the Church is the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred near Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917.  More than 70,000 people, who were gathered at a cove near Fatima, witnessed the sun dim, change colors, spin, dance about in the sky, and appear to plummet to earth, radiating great heat in the process. After the ten-minute event, the ground and the people's clothing which had been drenched by an earlier rainstorm were both dry.

            The most impressive miracle to me is the Virgin of Guadalupe. Anyone may go to Mexico City and witness this miracle by looking at the tilma. The fact it is still there in good condition after nearly 500 years is a miracle itself, but in addition to this, scientists, using modern equipment have discovered a reflection in the eye of the image of the Virgin on the tilma. This reflection is what the Virgin saw when Juan Diego delivered his miraculous flowers. This is impossible for a human to reproduce.

The highest degree in miracles consists of those works known as “Acts of God,” that nature can never replicate: for instance, two bodies occupying the same place; the sun receding or standing still; that the sea dividing and making way for humans to cross. In all of these there is a certain order: for the greater the work done by God and the further it is beyond the capability of nature, the greater the miracle.

There are literally thousands of miracles espoused by the Catholic church including Marian apparitions, Eucharistic miracles, stigmatas, weeping statues, moving statues, visions of Jesus and Mary, and very important, the incorruptibility of the human body.

 

G. K. Chesterton

Chesterton (1874–1936) was a prolific British writer whose poetry, fiction and essays argued for a Christian worldview. Many of his works addressing social and moral issues are relevant today as he was able to foresee the effects of many of the destructive influences of his day. His works influenced the thoughts of Christian apologist and author C.S. Lewis (1898–1963).He observed Darwinist scientists were more and more turning their science into a philosophy. These “scientists” were forbidden by their own belief system to believe in miracles, regardless of where the evidence led. This led inevitably to scientists making bizarre claims as to what natural processes alone could accomplish.

As Chesterton wrote: ”As an explanation of the world, materialism has a sort of insane simplicity. It has just the quality of the madman’s argument; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out.”

The believers in miracles accept them because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers deny miracles because their doctrine opposes them. This, he argues, makes for a sort of insane simplicity to the materialist worldview: As an explanation of the world, materialism has a sort of insane simplicity. It has just the quality of the madman’s argument; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out…He understands everything, and everything does not seem worth understanding.

One of Chesterton’s principal complaints against Darwinism is that it was advanced as a fact long before it became even a well-established hypothesis (which some of Darwin’s eminent scientific contemporaries also pointed out). Chesterton argued that it would have been more productive to discover “…what is actually known about the variation of species and what can only plausibly be guessed and what is quite random guesswork, but the Darwinians advanced it with so sweeping and hasty an intolerance that it is no longer a question of one scientific theory being advanced against another scientific theory. It is treated as an answer; and a final and infallible answer.”

 

Problems within the Church

            In 1884 Pope Leo XIII wrote the encyclical Humanum Genus. In it he explained how Naturalist and Freemasons would use the schools to integrate evolution into philosophy to the detriment of morality and culture. This has been so true, and the sad part of it is Catholic clergy and parishioners still do not comprehend this.

             Many educational organizations have been established and supported by our government and even our Catholic Church just for this purpose. McFadden points out one example - the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Under the direction of a Humanist superstar, Eugenie Scott, director of NCSE, this organization has been extremely successful in not only having evolution taught in the schools but keeping creationism out.

            In addition to outside organizations promoting evolution, many of our clergy and many Catholic intellectuals have misinterpreted Humanum Genus and feel they can produce their own versions of theistic evolution for Catholic teaching and other consumption. This is not true. A careful read of Humanum Genus should clarify this.

            Within our beloved Church we have seen seminarians being taught evolution.

Fr. Charles Curran, a dissenter on all matters of sexuality, taught his brand of moral theology at the bishop’s own university. And the list goes on and on.

            Be extremely careful in evaluating all of our clergy’s viewpoints as their personal opinions or as authorized teaching.

 

Our Children

            All of this brings us back to our topic. What is happening to our children and to our society? The most susceptible to the misguided theories of the Humanist/Evolution are those very young adults leaving home for the first time to enter college. They are away from the family and exposed and susceptible to others of entirely different beliefs, some of which are quite the opposite of those of their parents. They also may be intimidated by persons who are often more highly educated than their parents with a few letters after their name, making them sound even more impressive.

            Fortunately for me, I did not enter college until later in life. When I graduated from high school the Korean “Conflict” had just started, and the draft was being enforced. I joined the U.S. Marines, was sent to Korea, ended the war J and then served stateside duty and married. I attended an electronics trade school on the GI bill, had several good jobs plus three boys and finally, after a few years working at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, I decided I wanted a degree in Physics. I attended classes in the evenings with an older group of students. The professors dared not give us any of their personal evolutionary theories such as the Big Bang Baloney. (Lucky for them!)  Fortunately , I had some good professors. My Physics professor was a devout Christian. My Russian teacher had escaped through the Iron Curtain. She had a physical handicap and needed medical treatment not available in Russia. Once she was free, she kept on going.

            Our current students are not so fortunate. They are easily intimidated by instructors and are not being trained for the kind of spiritual combat they encounter.  A teenager is easily impressed by a college professor no matter how misinformed that professor may be. An older teenager is also ready to experiment with temptations prohibited while living at home. Many of these young people are not aware of the hardships and deprivations experienced by their parents. Most of them believe they are wiser than their parents.

            Unfortunately, some may have received some evolutionary brainwashing prior to college unless they were fortunate enough to be home schooled. I am sure all of you remember from grade school, “The March of Progress Chart of Early Man,” showing a monkey on one end of a line of evolving apes with man at the other end of the line.

            Part of this Humanist/Evolution agenda is not only to advance the theory of evolution but to promote Christian heresy. This heresy devalues Christian faith in God’s providence into faith in the power of technology, i.e., to create a more perfect life here and now. And, as we are seeing, with no clear goal to guide technological development, change for change for its own sake exerts a destructive power. Pope Benedict XVI described this program for modern progress as seeking redemption and paradise without God: This “redemption,” the restoration of the lost “Paradise” is no longer expected from faith, but from the newly discovered link between science and utilization of science. It is not that faith is simply denied; rather it is displaced onto another level—that of purely private and other-worldly affairs—and at the same time it becomes somehow irrelevant for the world. This programmatic vision has determined the trajectory of modern times and it also shapes the present-day crisis of faith which is essentially a crisis of Christian hope.

 

What can we do?

            First of all, inform yourself. McFadden’s book is an excellent start. It is extremely informative and easily read; even humorous in parts. Then progress to the plethora of information on the Internet.

            Secondly, work with your priest and organize a parish-level educational program as McFadden suggests. I am repeating, but be careful on the quality of your material. Be sure to include miracles. Prepare your students to answer questions a Humanist/Evolutionist would ask. Ask them the questions and evaluate and suggest improvements to their answers.

            We need to be aggressive. We need to stop the loss of faith of our children and grandchildren. We need to fight for our faith and for those of faith. Do something now!!

            Bishop Sheen once stated. “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance; tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.” This was expanded upon, by simplification, in his work, The Life of Christ, “Broadmindedness, when it means indifference to right and wrong, eventually ends in a hatred of what is right.”

 

Jim Fritz


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