In 2017 the Freemasonry has its 300th anniversary of its foundation on 24th June 1717.
According to official reports, it was the result of a reunion of four “lodges”or secret societies, which formed then the Great-Lodge of London. A Protestant clergy, James Anderson, wrote the first free mason-statutes.
The Catholic Church condemned association of pseudo-religious background already 20 years after its start with the highest ecclesial punishment, the excommunication. Why?Because freemasonry is a “naturalistic religion”, a mixture of pantheism and gnosis with “self-salvation”.This “religion” is only apparently tolerant. In fact, she is utmost demanding and intolerant.The free masons saying about themselves that they would be the “initiated”, the “perfect” and the “illuminated” people. And the remaining humanity is for them profane, imperfect and darkened.
The free mason religion intends the independence from the true God, so that the human being stands on the position of God, takes the place of God, and decides about good and evil.
In the first grades of the freemasonry there is venerated an uncertain and nebulous divinity as the “great architect of the universe”, who in the higher and then in the highest grades becomes more and more concrete; in the higher grades this uncertain divinity is identified as the Lucifer, as Satan, as the good god, the adversary of God and the true God is there the “bad God”.
The Church recognizes that the freemasonry is a true and ever more powerful secret society with pseudo-religious content, which was spread very quickly in countless affiliated organizations and often under different names, which penetrated foremost in powerful levels in the society, in politics and in financing.
It was Pope Pius VIII who in 1829 gave one of the most apt and precise definitions of freemasonry: “It is a satanic sect, which has its demon as its god” (cf. Encyclical Traditihumilitatinostrae). The essence of the free mason-religion consists in the perversion, that is in the subversion of the Divine Ordo of creation and in the transgression of the laws given by God, therein the higher masonic degree members see the “true progress” of humanity, the mental building of the temple of humanity. Instead of the revelation of God there stands the free masonic-secret and the human being makes himself ultimately a god (cf. X. Dor, Le Crime contreDieu, Chiré-en-Montreuil, 2016, 162).In fact, freemasonry is the perfect Anti-Church, where all the theological and moral foundations of the Catholic Church is turned into their opposite! A freemasonry told in a private talk to his sister the following: “Do you know what we free masons are in fact? We are the anti-Church.”
Historians recognized in the freemasonry the seed of the political totalitarianism (e.g. A. Cobban, Historia de lasCivilizaciones, quotetedin: A. Bárcena, Iglesia y Masonería, Madrid 2016, 71). The confusion and the deceit of it consists in the fact that the freemasonry praises itself with attractive names and definitions, like “philanthropy”, “humanism”, “intellectuality”, “tolerance”, and, at the same time the freemasonry masks itself with these names.
With the refusal of the supernatural Divine revelation, the freemasonry also refuses the natural law. This exactly is the point, which leads to all totalitarian systems. Already the free masonic Jean-Jacques Rousseau from Geneva wrote: “The life of a human being is not only a gift of the nature, but a conditioned gift by the state.” (The Social Contract II, 5).
The political and socially anarchism is a phenomenon which mostly embodies the spirit of freemasonry, since one of their key principles says “ordo ab chao”.This means that one must first create a chaos and then build a new, other order, an order created by men. In the ritual of the ancient accepted Scottish rite from the year 1892, the candidate of the 32rd,the penultimate degree of the freemasonry, receives the following instruction: “1. The first “roar of guns” came when (Martin) Luther put into his mind the rebellion of the reason. 2. The second “roar of guns”came when it was announced in America that every human government receives its authority from the people and only from the people. 3. The third “roar of guns” was when in France the “Human rights” in the formulation of “liberty, equality and fraternity” were proclaimed” (M. Tirado Rojas, La Masoneria en Espana, 1892, I, 163). The candidate of the 33rd grade receives this instruction – and the following is a quotation from this same Scottish ritual: “Neither law nor the property nor the religion may rule over men, and, since they are annihilation men by depriving men of their most precious rights, we have sworn to do terrible vengeance. They (law, property and religion) are enemies against those we have sworn implacable war at any price. From these three infamous enemies the religion must be the permanent object of our deadly assaults. When we have destroyed the religion, we shall have the law and the property at our disposal and we can regenerate the society by means of building the freemasonry-religion and the freemasonry-law and the freemasonry-property above the corpses of those murders”(ibid., 169-170).According to the free masonic ritual under the word “religion” is referred to the Christian, more concrete to the Catholic religion.
It is known that the European freemasonry and in particular Kerensky, the Grand master of the “Great Orient” of Russia supported logistically and politically the October-revolution of 1917, in the year of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the freemasonry. Lenin and the new communistic leaders did not tolerate any kind of concurrence. Therefore, they forbade in the Soviet Union the traditional freemasonry. At the Third Congress of the Communist International in 1921 the traditional freemasonry received the following significant assessment: “The freemasonry reminds us through its rites of religious customs. However, we know that every religion suppresses people. The free masonry represents a social power and because of the secretive nature of its meetings and the absolute secrecy of its members, it is a “state within the state”.
On 11th of April 2001, in RA I2 (Italian Television Media), Giuliano Di Bernando, who was the Grand master of the free mason lodge GLRI (Gran Loggia Regolared’Italia) in the years 1990-1993, spoke the following significant words about the religious character freemasonry: “One becomes a freemasonry through initiation. The initiation is a constitutive act through which the human being
is given a dimension, which he did not had before. An analogy we find in the baptism. One is not born a Christian, one becomes a Christian through baptism. In the same manner one becomes a free mason through initiation. That means that one remains free mason for the whole life, even in case if someone rejects later freemasonry, he remains nevertheless a free mason. Even if one is sleeping, if one is an enemy of freemasonry, one remains free mason, because one has received the initiation. And the initiation is a holy act.”
The freemasonry supported also the so-called “sexual revolution” of 1968. The two Grand masters of the two largest free masonic organizations in France, Frédéric Zeller and Pierre Simon were with some of their members actively engaged in the Paris student revolts in May 1968. The said Grand master Pierre Simon became then assessor of the minister Simone Weil, who legalized in France abortion.
In 2012 the Parish Newspaper “Le Figaro” published a comprehensive dossier about the
freemasonry and “Le Figaro” let speak top freemasonry members in its newspaper forum. One of these free masonic officials openly stated that the laws about legalization of abortion, the so-called “same sex marriage” or “marriage for all” and of the euthanasia were prepared in the idealistic freemasonry – “laboratories” and then through lobbying and through their members in the parliament and in the government pushed through the legislation. This can be read in the newspaper “Le Figaro” from the year 2012 (supplément LE FIGARO, 20-21 Juillet 2012).
Because of its precision,the following analysis given by Pope Leo XIII in 1894 about the essence, the principles and the actions of freemasonry,it can be hardly surpassed and it remains fully valid: “There is likewise a great danger threatening unity on the part of that association which goes by the name of Freemasons, whose fatal influence for a long time past oppresses Catholic nations in particular. Favored by the agitations of the times, and waxing insolent in its power and resources and success, it strains every nerve to consolidate its sway and enlarge its sphere. It has already sallied forth from its hiding-places, where it hatched its plots, into the throng of cities, and as if to defy the Almighty, has set up its throne in this very city of Rome, the Capital of the Catholic world. But what is most disastrous is, that wherever it has set its foot it penetrates into all ranks and departments of the commonwealth, in the hope of obtaining at last supreme control. This is, indeed, a great calamity: for its depraved principles and iniquitous designs are well known. Under the pretense of vindicating the rights of man and of reconstituting society, it attacks Christianity; it rejects revealed Doctrine, denounces practices of Piety, the Divine Sacraments, and every Sacred thing as superstition; it strives to eliminate the Christian Character from Marriage and the family and the education of youth, and from every form of instruction, whether public or private, and to root out from the minds of men all respect for Authority, whether human or Divine. On its own part, it preaches the worship of nature, and maintains that by the principles of nature are truth and probity and justice to be measured and regulated. In this way, as is quite evident, man is being driven to adopt customs and habits of life akin to those of the heathen, only more corrupt in proportion as the incentives to sin are more numerous.” (ApostolicLetter Praeclaragratulationis).
One of the most cunning, and therefore satanic manners of the fight of the freemasonry against its arch-enemy, that is against the Catholic Church, consists of the infiltration into the Church. The following excerpt, recognized by many historians as authentic and quoted by Bishop Rudolf Graber (in his book Athanasius and the Church of our time), from the “Instructions” of the so-called “Alta Vendita”, a kind of Government Centre of the European freemasonry in the 19th century, illustrates this truth. There follows a quotation of the “Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita”:
“The Pope, whoever he is, will never come to the secret societies; it is up to the secret societies to take the first step toward the Church, with the aim of conquering both of them.The task that we are going to undertake is not the work of a day, or of a month, or of a year; it may last several years, perhaps a century, but in our ranks the soldier dies and the struggle goes on.We do not intend to win the Popes to our cause, to make them neophytes of our principles, propagators of our ideas. That would be a ridiculous dream; and if events turn out in some way, if Cardinals or prelates, for example, of their own free will or by surprise, should enter into a part of our secrets, this is not at all an incentive for desiring their elevation to the See of Peter. That elevation would ruin us. Ambition alone would have led them to apostasy, the requirements of power would force them to sacrifice us. What we must ask for, what we should look for and wait for, as the Jews wait for the Messiah, is a Pope according to our needs…Now then, to assure ourselves a Pope of the required dimensions, it is a question first of shaping him… for this Pope, a generation worthy of the reign we are dreaming of. Leave old people and those of a mature age aside; go to the youth, and if it is possible, even to the children. You will contrive for yourselves, at little cost, a reputation as good Catholics and pure patriots.This reputation will put access to our doctrines into the midst of the young clergy, as well as deeply into the monasteries. In a few years, by the force of things, this young clergy will have overrun – all the functions; they will form the sovereign’s council, they will be called to choose a Pontiff who should reign. And this Pontiff, like most of his contemporaries, will be necessarily more or less imbued with the Italian and, humanitarian principles that we are going to begin to put into circulation.Let the Clergy march under your standard, always believing that they are marching under the banner of the apostolic keys. You intend to make the last vestige of tyrants and the oppressors disappear; lay your snares (nets) like Simon Bar-Jona; lay them in the sacristies, the seminaries, and the monasteries rather than at the bottom of the sea: and if you do not hurry, we promise you a catch more miraculous than his. You will bring friends around the apostolic Chair. You will have preached a resolution in tiara and in cope, marching with the cross and the banner, a revolution that will need to be only a little bit urged on to set fire to the four corners of the world.” (originally in: Msgr. Delassus, Conjuration antichrétienne, Paris 1910, Tome III, pp. 1035-1092. The full text of “The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita” is also published in: Msgr. Dillon, Grand Orient FreemasonryUnmasked, Dublin1885, pp. 51-56).
That this statement is not invented, one can see in the following quotation of a leading Italian modernist, who in 1905 wrote in his book: “We want organize our action more target-oriented: A Catholic freemasonry? Yes, exactly, a freemasonry of the catacombs. One should work towards the aim, to reform the Roman Catholicism by a progressistic, theosophical sense, through a pope, who will let convince himself by these ideas“(A. Fogazzaro, Il Santo, Milano, 1905, p. 44 e 22). The facts are showing sufficiently that the freemasonry is the greatest thinkable contrast to the
Catholic religion. Therefore, in 1983 the Church gave the following, and still valid, declaration,
namely through the Congregation of Doctrine of Faith:
“The Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion“.
The power of the freemasonry-religion in politics and society has reached nowadays its peak, wherein the freemasonry is spreading in the entire human society an ideology of destruction of life through abortion and euthanasia.The concept and the reality of the family is undergoing a process of destruction through the brainwashing with the gender-ideology, enacted by the state. Every person who is still thinking by himself, and overall every Christian, must – as much as possible – give resistance and defend common sense and the Divine law, even at the price of suffering and of disadvantages.
As Christians we have to know, that Christ the victor over all evil in this world, that God, and not the freemasonry, is the Lord of the history. We belong to the community of the victors, even if the enemies of Christ, the freemasonry, are looking at us as the defeated ones.Our Catholic Faith is stronger than all the perverse figments of fantasy and intrigues of the freemasonry-religion.We only fear God!
However, at the same time we shall have from the bottom of our hearts true compassion with the members of freemasonry, because they became victims of an immense deceit. A free mason is ultimately the utmost unfree human being, whose eternal salvation of his soul is most endangered. May inside the Church grow up a movement to save the souls of the free masonic people, who are our fellow human beings. This should be done foremost through the prayer of the Rosary and the veneration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her Immaculate Heart will triumph, as she told in Fatima, it will triumph also upon the freemasonry and the communism. And through
Mary God will give to humanity and to His Church a time of peace.
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana