Freemasons Celebrate Vatican II…editor
The largest and most influential Masonic organization in Italy is the Grand Orient of Italy [Grande Oriente d’Italia]. Yes, it is the very same Grand Lodge whose Grand Masters always worked for the humiliation of the Apostolic See, from the battles against Pius IX to symbolic acts of effrontery (such as Giordano Bruno’s statue in Campo de’ Fiori, a response to Leo XIII); it was also the Grand Lodge that once had jurisdiction over the well-known Propaganda Due lodge, the P2, including during the crucial years of the Vatican II Council and immediate aftermath.
This Grande Oriente d’Italia hosted a conference on June 12, 2014, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Milano, Rome, to promote the book “Il Concilio Segreto” (The Secret Council), by Ignazio Ingrao. On the panel of guests invited to present the book were Marco Politi, journalist and Vaticanist for “La Repubblica” and “Il Fatto Quotidiano”; Alberto Melloni, the very influential historian and a leader of the famous “Bologna School” founded by Giuseppe Alberigo, whose purpose was to establish forevermore the “Spirit of the Council” as the official interpretation of the conciliar documents; Marinella Perroni, theologian, professor at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm, Rome (the Anselmianum, the Pontifical Benedictine university in Rome), specializing in New Testament Studies; and, last but certainly not least, Stefano Bisi, the newly elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. The author, Ignazio Ingrao, a highly relevant Vaticanist, was also present.
The meeting was recorded and can be found here in Radio Radicale in its entirety. To give a general idea of the festive and relaxed ambience, Grand Master Bisi in his remarks is proud to say that a priest he consulted told him he certainly “could receive communion.” (Obviously, no contradiction from anyone in the room.)
Below is a translation of the flyer the Grand Orient of Italy produced to promote the event:
The Church of Dialogue, from the Second Vatican Council to Pope Francis
“There is a Council that has never been told, the one that took place far from the limelight, in the secret conferences among bishops and cardinals, in diplomats’ meetings, in reunions among the editorial staff of newspapers, in sections of [political] parties and even among “007’s”[…] There are hosts of Russian, Polish, English, American and of course – Italian spies, who camouflage themselves amidst prelates and listeners, compiling dossiers and even able to influence the conclave that elects Paul VI. Letters from priests who ask Montini to abolish sacerdotal celibacy materialize . There is a theologian who denounces, with courage, the scandal of pedophilia in the Church, but his cry of alarm, remains, alas, unheard.” [*] [**]
To understand an event as innovative and paradigmatic as the Second Vatican Council was, and to do so through a non–official reading, based, however, on testimonies and many unpublished, documents, means having the opportunity of getting to the heart of what is happening in the Church today. The revolutionary act of Benedict XVI, the abdicating Pope, in renouncing the throne, makes [the Pope] a bishop among bishops and fulfills that collegial spirit that had strongly permeated Vatican II; the “surprise” election of Pope Francis, the first bishop in the history of the Church to come from South America to guide the people of Christ – preacher of spiritual renewal, in humility and poverty, a strategic figure in a Church that seems to have lost its center in Old Europe, but is rediscovering itself, alive and fecund, in “the south of the world”, are all developments whose origins are generally recognizable in the unprecedented event, which marked the life of the universal Church between the pontificates of John XXIII and Paul VI.
Unfortunately, the ‘putting into effect’ of the Second Vatican Council during the course of the last fifty years of Church history has met obstacles and difficulties. The Church outlined by the conciliar meetings, i.e. outgoing and open to the world, willing to dialogue and sensitive to those positives seeds of modernity, has not always had an easy life. Fears, resistance and shortsightedness at times, have slowed down this necessary evolution. Many of the reforms on the agenda of Bergoglio’s pontificate refer back to the themes already discussed during the Council: from the family to the role of women, from priestly celibacy to the “poverty” of the Church, to cite just a few.
In short, studying the Council of yesterday will help us to anticipate the Church of tomorrow. Pope Francis has gathered together the testimony of his predecessors and is strongly and decisively committed to the up-to-date implementation of the Council. The Church in a dialogue which is focused on the peripheries, as the Argentine Pope wants, re-proposes the model that the Council Fathers desired. Therefore, a new season of confronting themes which were left hanging has opened up.
An important point of dialogue, even with the secularized and non-believers, is the one of human rights. The commitment to justice, based on the acknowledgement of the fundamental principles of natural law, characterizes the action of the Church on all latitudes and involves, not rarely, a high price to pay, even in terms of attacks and persecutions. The defense of human rights and the acknowledgement of the principles of natural law which guide the common good, may be, therefore, a useful platform to confront and discuss, for all those who have the promotion of the human person at heart.
[The last paragraph is a short presentation of Ignazio Ingrao.]
Apparently, that is the Grand Lodge’s position: the Second Vatican Council was an “innovative and paradigmatic” highly positive event, which was not “put into effect” very well — but the “revolutionary abdication” of Benedict XVI that made the pope “a bishop among bishops” set the stage for its “strong and decisive implementation” by Pope Francis. Grand Master Gustavo Riffi, leader of the Grand Lodge at the time, had set the tone in his congratulating message for the election of Pope Francis: “With Pope Francis, nothing will be as before. The choice of fraternity for a Church of dialogue is clear, uncontaminated by the logic and temptations of temporal power.” (March 14, 2013) This was the same Grand Master who had criticized the Italian Episcopal Conference in the 2006 Italian election campaign, in the previous pontificate, for daring to speak up against… abortion, euthanasia, marriage during the campaign. Those days are gone for good, presumably.
* This first paragraph is an excerpt from the book — the remainder of the flyer is the presentation, by the Grand Lodge, of the Council and the present pontificate.
** In fact, much of this secret underground Council, that prepared the Council as it happened in the Vatican Basilica, has already been dissected in many books, not least “The Second Vatican Council”, by Roberto de Mattei.
[Post and translation: Contributor Francesca Romana. Tip: Spanish blog Ex Orbe, whose post title is very amusing: “Our Brothers (!?) from the (other) Orient.”] Source
As the Rorate Caeli headline reads who needs conspiracy theories when the Freemasons openly celebrate Vatican II in the Eternal City? Hands up those who still think Vatican II was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…
And yet the blinkered post-Conciliar groupies think that all this stuff around Freemasons is just conspiracy theories on steroids.
Just yesterday I was reading They have uncrowned Him by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and he is crystal clear about this in his opening comments on p11…
It is enough to tell you, dear readers, that even if I do not always name it, Freemasonry is at the center of the topics of which I am going to speak to you in all of the following chapters.
We always knew that the Council was heavily influenced by the Freemasons, and indeed , the New Mass was concocted by a noted Freemason, Msgr Annibale Bugnini. Of course the Masons support the Council because it undermined traditional Catholic orthodoxy, beliefs and practice. Freemasons, along with Talmudic Judaism, Communism and Protestantism, are among the greatest enemies of Christ and His Church, so along with there allies they celebrate the subversive Council. As Luther said: ‘if you destroy the Catholic Mass, you destroy the Catholic Religion’. It seems the Masons did Luther’s work.
Reading the Rorate Caeli article I just couldn’t help asking myself why the whole of the laity (and priests and bishops) more or less have gone along with all the changes in the Church and actually think it’s the Holy Ghost behind them. I cannot get my head round it all.
Margaret Mary …I just couldn’t help asking myself why the whole of the laity (and priests and bishops) … have gone along with all the changes in the Church … I cannot get my head round it all.
… you know how the old Proclaimers’ song goes .. What do you do when the rest can’t see its true?
It’s depressing (not the song (!), the situation)
That’s exactly how I feel, Margaret Mary. With each successive revelation and shock I feel more and more like Alice in some ghastly Wonderland. I said when Pope Francic was elected that I thought his mission was to destroy the papacy, and it seems as though the Freemasons approvingly think likewise. I am haunted by that prophecy that the last pope will not be the Antichrist, but will pave the way for the Antichrist, and much of what I hear coming from Rome speaks of the establishment of a worldly Utopia, with the enthusiastic assistance of the Vicar of Christ, rather than the salvation of souls. No wonder the Freemasons are cheering.
Fr Villa was right all along about masons infiltrating the Church.
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I think the idea that the Council, the Novus Ordo, papal elections and the whole state of the Catholic Church today, including this bizarre papacy, makes perfect sense in light of such a conspiracy theory.
BUT I don’t KNOW that!
To me this is the situation all of us who acknowledge the crisis, must be prepared to remain agnostic about. Yes it does make sense that the Church has been hijacked by Freemasons.
If that is the case, well frankly God has permitted it. We will probably never know until all is revealed in eternity.
If it is the case well Apocalypse makes a lot more sense, especially Fatima with the portrayal of the Woman versus the dragon. Also the portrayal of the whore riding the beast. If the highest ranking have sold out to the (so called) Enlightenment doctrines of the Masons, well they are making Holy Mother Church betray her spouse! A harlot is an unfaithful bride!
The thing is we must pray about it, even when we suspect it. Pray for the collaborators too.
But maybe the big mistake is to claim this to be proved. Our cross is the discomfort and lack of peace that the crisis presents us, but we must pray to God, through Jesus and Mary to somehow make all things right through the mercy of God.
The mistake is to be emphatic and definite about the conspiracy. Somehow we must find peace in the realisation that it is all in God’s hands, and the Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart will triumph. Sometimes I also suspect that God is permitting this purely on account that many souls ill be let off and escape the devil’s claws on the saving loophole of invincible ignorance. Maybe this is why it is being permitted and some of those very dear to us will be saved through that get out of hell clause.
It was known and taught long before the Council that Freemasonry is a secret society that plots against the Church and state. That is why one could not be a Catholic and a Freemason. The fact that Catholics, including very high-ranking prelates, now do become Freemasons is known to be a fact. There have been too many exposees in the secular arm by various authors, including ‘ex-Freemasons’, of what goes in the higher degrees of masonry and of the ultimate aim of Freemasonry, for anyone interested to remain ignorant of their ultimate aim and of their patient centuries-long working towards that end. To believe all this does not make one a conspiracy theorist, and it would be naive of one to fail to recognise that the Church’s post-conciliar attitude towards Freemasonry has greatly advanced their purposes. Of course God is allowing this, and of course we should pray hard, as Our Lady of Fatima has taught us, to make reparation for whatever faults we and the rest of humanity commit. But, being more of a Martha than a Mary myself, I believe that we must act, wherever possible, as well as pray, and to act against the enemies of the Church we need to inform ourselves about their activities which might well mean starting with a conspiracy theory and digging away at it to establish if there is anything more to it!
More power to your Martha like tendencies Christina 😀
As you might have gathered in my post I do strongly see how the crisis indicates that the Church has been hijacked by Masons.
The thing is not to go so far as the sedevacantists who are firmly convinced this is the case.
I admit I need to restrain myself often from this conspiracy framework in viewing the current pope as an out and out dedicated to a new world order Freemason. A total imposter!
My warning against the conspiracy theory is because I need to remind myself it IS a theory…NOT a fact!
One thing I have learned as a History teacher of the years is that regardless of dispute over alleged fact, fiction, conspiracy or theory…You must take a position!
Otherwise Buridan’s Ass to you 🙂
Buridan’s what?….I am surprised Editor allows that sort of talk :O
But seriously if I did take a position I would be making an assumption. It would be still remain unproven whatever position you take. Either way Pope Francis demonstrates that he’s a rotten old heretic nearly every time he opens his mouth or tweets his silly tweets. Lord help us!
But seriously if I did take a position I would be making an assumption.
And that is the point. We have to weigh up first, then take a position with the facts at hand, which later can be modified or even changed or rejected, as new things come to light. The illustration of paradox that I mentioned in closing above, merely brings to the fore the hopelessness of relying on definitive proofs.
For many years I foolishly searched for definitives. An apologist, Peter Kreeft, in his books, helped me to understand that there are none for us. We need to take a leap of faith: not a blind leap but a reasoned leap; a leap in the light, not the dark. Saint Thomas Aquinas gave me the material, but ultimately I needed still to jump. The jump wasn’t so daunting by then though.
So assumptions are fine as long as they have some grounds for belief.
Well said Summa, and said better than I could have done! I long ago made the assumption that Bugnini was a Freemason, and that ergo the new Mass was a step towards furthering the ultimate aims of Freemasonry. I did wonder, though, why he was only sent to Iran rather than being excommunicated, as the 1913 code of Canon Law was still in force and it stated (Canon 2335) that:
Those who join a Masonic sect or other societies of the same sort, which plot against the Church or legitimate authority, incur excommunication.
I realise that the ‘conspiracy theory’ regarding his Masonic membership might be disproved in the future, but, considering the known facts and the observable fruits of his new Mass I’ll hang on for now!
“Catholics…must not forget that all roads lead to God. And they will have to accept that this courageous idea of freethinking, which we can really call a revolution, pouring forth from our Masonic lodges, has spread magnificently over the dome of Saint Peter’s.”
– Yves Marsaudon of the Scottish Rite, in his book Ecumenism Viewed by a Traditional Freeemason, quoted in An Open Letter to Confused Catholics, by Archbishop Lefebvre, p. 106
Here are just two glimpses of the evils of the novus ordo devastation.
Interesting. Just read an article in this weeks Remnant Newspaper about the Canonizations of JPII and John XXIII.
In reference to the latter’s Pacem in Terris…
I quote…While Fr. Harrison sees nothing wrong
with Pacem in Terris, John XXIII’s
personal theologian, Cardinal Ciappi,
warned the Pope that it contradicted the
teachings of Popes Gregory XVI and
Pius IX on religious liberty, to which
Pope John is reported to have replied:
“I won’t be offended by a few spots if
most of it shines.” In fact, Pacem in
Terris was even praised by the Scottish
Rite of Freemasonry, which issued the
following statement: “After having
carefully weighed the meaning of each
word, we might say that, the proverbial
and typical Vatican literary rubbish
notwithstanding, the encyclical Pacem
in Terris is a vigorous statement of
Masonic doctrine…we do not hesitate to
recommend its thoughtful reading.” 8
8 The Masonic Bulletin, “The Light of the Great
Architect of the Universe Enlightens the Vatican,”
Year 18, No. 220, May 1963.
I would very much recommend that people read a very short but powerful book (74 pages), first published in 1974, entitled, Athanasius and The Church of Our Time, by Bishop Rudolf Graber of Regensburg. I believe his Lordship was not a “traditionalist”.
Apologies for the length of the following quote from pages 38-39 of the book, but really, none of it can be left out. How can we not compare these words with what is going on in the Church, following the Invasion of the Modernists. What was that about the “Cult of Man”?
“Another modern idea which was advocated on all sides in these occultist circles was a kind of democracy mystique. A Social-Christ was already being preached in those days and Roca (a notorious excommunicated priest who lived between 1830 and 1893) writes: ‘I believe that this social redemption of the people in the new society was achieved by democracy’s accession to the throne’. And even more pointedly on 26th July 1891: ‘Pure Christianity is Socialism (Le christianisme pur, c’est le socialisme)’. Hence he expects of the ‘convert in the Vatican’ a canonical Urbi et Orbi declaration ‘that contemporary civilisation is the legitimate daughter of the holy gospel of social redemption’.
“This whole thing is given its final touch in the important work by the Freemason Yves Marsaudon, L’Oecumenisme vu par in Franc Macon de Tradition, which contains an effusive dedication to Pope John XXIII and was intended as a contribution towards the bridge between the Church and Freemasonry which has already been mentioned. The point to be noted here above all is the change of strategy which can be dated to about the year 1908 (J M Jourdon: L’Oecumenisme vu par un Franc-Macon de Tradition, p.11): ‘The goal is no longer the destruction of the Church but rather to make use of it by infiltrating it’. A start is believed to have been made with Pope John XXIII: ‘With all our hearts we wish for the successful outcome of John XXIII’s revolution’ (Marsaudon, p.26). ‘One day the dogmatic Church must disappear or adapt itself, and, in order to adapt, return to its sources’ (Marsaudon, p.120). This can already be seen in the priesthood today: ‘The priest is today no longer that special being…on the contrary he strives (progressively) to mingle into modern society’(L’Oecumenisme vu par un Franc-Macon de Tradition, J M Jourdon p.11). Freemasonry plays the leading role in this process of amalgamation: ‘We traditional Freemasons venture to elucidate and transpose the words of a famous statesman by adapting them to the circumstances: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Free-thinker and believing thinker are for us fore-names. Our surname is Freemasonry’ (Marsaudon, p.126).”
Get that: “The goal is no longer the destruction of the Church but rather to make use of it by infiltrating it.” Remember those words were written over 100 years ago.
Horrifying though Leo’s references are, they are really no great surprise, as the confusion of the past 30 years was directly caused by the omission of the anathema against Freemasonry of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. As early as November of that year the CDF had to reply to concerns with the following statement:
This Congregation is able to reply that the circumstance indicated is due to an editorial policy which has been followed in regard to other associations as well, which have likewise not been mentioned, inasmuch as they are included in broader categories.
For this reason, therefore, the negative position of the Church in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged, since their basic principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the teachings of the Church, and consequently membershhip of them remains forbidden. The faithful who belong to Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
Of course even this has been thrown on the dogmatic scrapheap as Assisi ecumenism has allowed ‘Catholics’ to welcome into Catholic sanctuaries anyone and everyone whose ‘basic principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the teachings of the Church’.
The spectacle of Freemasonry’s apparent triumph over the Church in ‘strange-sights-of-Good-Friday’ was foreshadowed as early as 1917, when, according to Bro. Charles Madden, OFM Conv. (Freemasonry, Mankins’s Hidden Enemy, Tan Books, 1995): Before WW1 in Rome….the secret society of the Freemasons was growing daily more aggressive, in spite of the fact that the Popes very often exposed and condemned it. These Freemasons were not even afraid to march around on Giordano Bruno’s anniversary, carrying black banners depicting the Archangel Michael being trodden underfoot by Satanic Lucifer, or to flaunt Masonic insignia beneath the very windows of the Vatican. some enraged hands dared to write such slogans as “Satan will rule on Vatican Hill, and the Pope will serve as his errand boy,” and other such insults. Now these unreasoning acts of hatred toward the Church of Christ and His temporal Vicar were not the inept rantings of a few individual psychopaths, but the manner, way and plan of action deduced from the Masonic rule: Destroy all teaching about God, especially Catholic teaching.
The little book from which this is quoted is well worth reading for a simple account of Freemasonry, particularly its ‘ally’ the New Age movement which is advancing with giant steps throughout society.
As pointed out by one of the bloggers here, Papa Francis is not slow to “judge” and condemn when it suits him. For some reason 😯 it doesn’t suit him to condemn Freemasonry. The Mafia, yes, Freemasonry, no….
What I find scandal is the pope happily excommunicates the Mafia but not the masons – who are operating in his backyard
Thank you, Christina for that very informative post, which strongly reinforces the following words of the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita.
“The conspiracy against the Roman See ought not to be confounded with other projects. Let us conspire only against Rome.”
There is no doubting the satisfaction that Dignitatis Humanae and the three Assisi Abominations will have caused in the dark workshops amongst those who are seeking to build a One World Religion. No prizes for seeing the resemblance between the Masonic war cry of “Liberty, fraternity, equality” and the Conciliar revolutionaries’ agenda of religious liberty, ecumenism and collegiality.
I believe it is correct to say that since 1738, there have been 17 papal condemnations of the Freemasons.Pope Leo XIII’s 1884 encyclical Humanum Genus is a must read on the issue of the forces of organised naturalism.
When speaking to a group called the League Against Freemasonry, the then Cardinal Sarto of Venice, and future Pope Pius X spoke as follows concerning the Craft:
“I myself once thought that what people said about them was exaggerated. But today, since I, by virtue of my office, have had the opportunity to see the wounds they have opened, I know that nothing I have heard was in the least overdrawn. I praise all of you who fight against this cult, for such service is highly meritorious. You are serving your family, your fatherland, and humanity.”
The insidious attack of the serpent on the Church was outlined in a secret document, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita (the highest lodge of the Italian secret society, the Carbonari), commonly supposed to have been at the time (the early nineteenth century) the governing centre of European Freemasonry (see Freemasonry and the Anti-Christian Movement, by Fr. E Cahill SJ, p. 101). The Permanent Instruction was published at the request of Pope Pius IX, and also in Monsignor George Dillon’s book, Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked, which Pope Leo XIII ordered to be published at his own expense.
“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, no matter in what manner events may turn. Should cardinals or prelates, for example, enter, willingly or by surprise, in some manner, into a part of our secrets, it would be by no means a motive to desire their elevation to the See of Peter. That elevation would destroy us. Ambition alone would bring them to apostasy from us. The needs of power would force them to immolate us. That which we ought to demand, that which we should seek and expect, as the Jews expected the Messiah, is a Pope according to our wants…
“…With that we should march more surely to the attack upon the Church than with the pamphlets of our brethren in France and even with the gold of England. Do you wish to know the reason? It is because by that we should have no more need of the vinegar of Hannibal, no more need of the powder of cannon, no more need even of our arms. We have the little finger of the successor of Peter engaged in the plot, and that little finger is of more value for our crusade that all the Innocents, the Urbans, and the Saint Bernards in Christianity…
“Now then, in order to secure to us a Pope in the manner required, it is necessary to fashion for that Pope a generation worthy of the reign we dream. Leave on one side old age and middle life, go to the youth, and, if possible, even to the infancy…You ought to present yourself with all the appearance of a man grave and moral…
“…This reputation will open the way for our doctrines to pass to the bosom of the young clergy, and go even to the depths of the convents. In a few years the young clergy will have, by the force of events, invaded all the functions. They will govern, administer, and judge. They will form the council of the Sovereign. They will be called upon to choose the Pontiff who will reign; and this Pontiff, like the greater part of his contemporaries, will be necessarily imbued with the Italian and humanitarian principles that we are about to put in circulation…
“…You wish to revolutionize Italy? Seek out the Pope of whom we give the portrait. You wish to establish the reign of the elect on the throne of the prostitute of Babylon; let the clergy march under your banner in the belief always that they march under the banner of the Apostolic Keys… lay them (your snares) in the sacristies, seminaries, and convents, rather than in the depths of the sea…You will have fished up a Revolution in Tiara and Cope, marching with Cross and banner- a Revolution which needs to be spurred on only a little to put the four quarters of the world to fire.” – Taken from the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita, as published in Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked, by Monsignor George Dillon, pp 90-95
Now obviously, people can make up their own minds on how relevant the above words are to the current devastation being inflicted on the Church from within, but whatever else, they give an insight into the minds and programme of the minions of lucifer who, for three centuries, have been attacking from outside the walls.
At last I’m able to comment. However, it’s been one of those weeks, with so much going on that I’m way behind with the July newsletter. It is already late – should be at the printers right now but isn’t quite finished yet, so I’m having to disappear again for the next day or so to try to catch up.
All the posts are first class – Leo, I’ve just copied and pasted your latest on Freemasonry to a priest who tells me he finds it hard to believe there is any infiltration in the Vatican by Freemasons. So, a million thanks for that.
Leo, I’m so glad that you took the trouble to quote from the Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita above. Thank you for that. No Catholic who has the eyes to see and the ears to hear that the Church of today is a truly devastated vineyard should fail to read this document. I for one find it difficult not to see in this Pope anything other than the one of whom the ‘portrait’ is given in the Permanent Instruction, and that the ‘snares’ laid in sacristies, seminaries and convents for the last half-century have secured huge numbers for the service of Satan.
Apart from those other tools of Satan, the ‘New Agers’ in all their varieties, he has also at his disposal a corrupt, totally immoral society, which daily becomes more openly degenerate. As St. Maximilian Kolbe said, quoted in Bro. Charles Madden’s short book cited above:
The Freemasons follow this principle above all: Catholicism can be overcome not by logical argument but by corrupted morals’. And so they overwhelm the souls of men with the kind of literature and arts that will most easily destroy a sense of chaste morals, and they foster sordid lifestyles in all phases of human life…
I couldn’t agree more with your advice that “no Catholic who has the eyes to see and the ears to hear that the Church of today is a truly devastated vineyard should fail to read this document.” How many Catholics have even heard of it, I wonder?
It really is a sledgehammer read. And no one can say it is the fabrication of kookey conspiracy peddlers. As mentioned before, approval and encouragement of its publication was given by two Popes.
That is a very interesting observation about the corruption of morals as part of the battery of weapons used by those waging war against the Kingship of Christ. It reminded me of words of Pope Leo XIII in Humanum Genus which I’ll link to again here.
The following final sentence of paragraph 20 makes the same point.
“For, since generally no one is accustomed to obey crafty and clever men so submissively as those whose soul is weakened and broken down by the domination of the passions, there have been in the sect of the Freemasons some who have plainly determined and proposed that, artfully and of set purpose, the multitude should be satiated with a boundless license of vice, as, when this had been done, it would easily come under their power and authority for any acts of daring.”
Those words along with the following in the very next paragraph, destroy the credibility of those who say that warnings about the Craft are the result of paranoia and fertile imaginations. And some still think it’s just about funny handshakes and a few duffers wearing aprons, trying to organise jobs for the boys. Nobody can read these words and not recognise exactly what the antichrists are trying to do to Christian Civilisation.
“21. What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer. To these things the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long endeavoured to make them into a law and institution. For in many countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite; in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is used to make it lawful as soon as may be. Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract – that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.
“With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavours to take to itself the education of youth. They think that they can easily mould to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan. Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.”
Remember Humanum Genus was written 130 years ago. These pre-Conciliar Popes really did know what they were talking about. And it’s worth remembering today that the same Pope stated unhesitatingly on his deathbed that the most important act of his pontificate was the Consecration to the Sacred Heart.
“These pre-Conciliar Popes really did know what they were talking about.”
Unfortunately, as I’ve been finding out recently, that’s not the opinion of the contemporary clergy and laity. I’ve lost count of the conversations I’ve had, this week alone, with people – including priests – who think that the popes of the past were fine for their times, but the recent popes are right for our times.
We need, more than ever, to pray for priests and for the lay people who, in Jeremiah’s words, love those easy going priests. They see every contradiction with Catholic Tradition as a “development”. It’s impossible, or so it seems, to change their mindset, no matter what evidence is put before them.
The curse of liberalism.
Some time ago I ‘nobbled’ the Bishop of Northampton when he paid a visit to my local parish. I asked him what did he think there was to ‘celebrate’ about Vatican II.
There are many, I said, who would argue that Vatican II was a disaster for the Church. I pointed out how the Church was flourishing back in the early 60s, when we had the Traditional Latin Mass, many vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages etc. Then along came Vatican II, when the Traditional Mass, hymns etc. got substituted virtually overnight, every Catholic became ‘his (or her) own pope’ and now we have over 90% of Catholic school-leavers also leaving the Faith.
‘Well, it was God’s will’, he said…..What, God’s will that countless souls should be lost?, I asked….He was obviously becoming more and more uncomfortable as I went on and eventually excused himself, saying he wanted to ‘mingle with some of the other parishioners’…..
It is very annoying and patronising, isn’t it, when they say that?
There was one particular priest, who is now a bishop, who didn’t seem to have a particularly high view of my intelligence, who would always respond to my criticisms and anxieties about the post-conciliar Church with this same spurious appeal the Holy Ghost.
“Don’t worry, the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church” he would say…
It is such and pathetic answer. Is this the best they can do after six plus years of academic formation at pontifical universities?
Ever since I was a boy, which wasn`t yesterday, or the day before even, we have been asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life but the situation has got worse. So is it God`s will that the number of priests will soon be down to double figures in this country just as it is His will that over 90% of Catholic school-leavers should leave the faith?
Maybe it is God`s will that the bishops get off their backsides and start getting people back into the pews and the `shortage of priests situation` would sort itself out automatically.
Why should God do the job for a bunch of people whom he has already selected to do the work for Him? After all, they are the ones who keep claiming they were called by God to their chosen vocation. Or should that be vacation?
“I’ve lost count of the conversations I’ve had, this week alone, with people – including priests – who think that the popes of the past were fine for their times, but the recent popes are right for our times.”
The “historical contingencies” defence is the great, imaginary “Get Out of Jail Free” card that is thrown on the table by the defenders of the Conciliar novelties, omissions, contradictions and ambiguities and errors. The then Cardinal Ratzinger was amongst those who used it.
With respect and charity, without malice, without judging minds or motives, it has to be said that, objectively speaking, the “changing times” defence is quite simply not a Catholic attitude. The words of Councils as well as a long line of Popes, Doctors of the Church, Saints, and eminent theologians leave no room whatsoever for debate on the obligation to adhere to constant, traditional teaching whether on the Mass, or on doctrine in general. Bloggers here have posted those words time, and time, and time again.
Pope Saint Pius X, clearly identified the agenda and tactics of the Modernist propagators of the “synthesis of all heresies”:
“Evolution in the Church itself is fed by the need of adapting itself to historical conditions and of harmonising itself with existing forms of society.”- Pascendi
The Council and the Conciliar Popes have eschewed the Extraordinary Magisterium (or should I say the Holy Ghost was active in a negative, preventative way) and yet we are told that all the pastoral novelties are to be “accepted” under pain of the detraction if not calumny of “schism” and “private judgement”. And still we wait in vain for the beginning of an explanation of what exactly is infallible and requiring of belief and what is not, in the Conciliar documents. We really are through the looking glass at this stage. It’s like 1962 is supposed to be regarded as some sort of year zero in the Church.
Consider how much, or more correctly, how few references there are to the pre-Conciliar magisterium in the Conciliar documents. Besides, all this “reading the sign of the times” defence can be seen to be an embarrassingly wafer thin excuse, even if we allow for sincerity.
The last fifty years have seen the descent of Christian lands into an unspeakable, previously unimaginable abyss of depravity and perversion. Pope John rebuked the “prophets of doom” at the start of the Council, while Pope Paul spoke with satisfaction of the Church having “the Cult of Man” at its closing. I believe that one will search in vain to find mention of the word, the dogma of, “Hell” in the 102,000 words of the documents promulgated in between.
And of course the 800 lb gorilla in room was consciously ignored. For well-known reasons there was no mention, let alone condemnation of Communism. The greatest evil in history was burning in all corners of the world and the Council which gazed strenuously at the modern world couldn’t raise a whimper of protest. Pope Pius XI’s 1937 encyclical Divini Redemptoris, which condemned Communism only made it as far as a footnote. With all due respect, the Council’s judgement on reading the “Signs of the Times” could hardly have been more off beam.
It’s not hard to speculate on the contribution that the issuance of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris in April 1963, made to the landslide election victory of Italian Communists one month later. One month after the election, Cardinal Suenens was asked if the Pope condemned Communism. Replying from the encyclical, the Cardinal state that Communism was erroneous, but “people are always deserving of respect and have a value far above whatever views they may hold” (Paul VI, by Peter Hebblethwaite, p. 309). The commies obviously weren’t Catholic “prophets of doom”.
As for “development” of doctrine, since the time of the death of the last Apostle, it has always involved clarification, more precision, and deeper understanding, not, most certainly not, contradiction, ambiguity and diminution. Newman’s name is usually brought to the fore, more often than not for the purposes of hijacking and disinformation. I’ve posted the following on another thread recently, so I hope readers will bear with a bit of repetition.
Monsignor Philip Flanagan D.D. in an introduction written in a compilation of twenty five of Newman’s sermons entitled Newman Against the Liberals explains:
“Newman’s theory of doctrinal development is fundamentally different from the theology of the Modernists, who so unjustly claim his support. For them revelation is a continuing process destined to go on till the end of time, with earlier statements of the truth being modified and perhaps even contradicted by later statements more suited to the spirit of the age in which they are made. For Newman the revealed message was given once and for all by God, to be more and more fully grasped as time goes on, but to be passed on in its entirety, undiminished and uncorrupted. For the Modernist, dogmas have no absolute truth and are valid for the time in which they are made, but not necessarily at other periods.”- p. 26 (cited in Partisans of Error, by Michael Davies, p. 54)
Newman listed seven requirements for a true development.
“These are unity of type, continuity of principle, power of assimilation, logical sequence, anticipation of its future, conservation of its past, and finally, chronic vigour. ‘The point to be ascertained is the unity and identity of the idea with itself through all stages of its development from first to last, and these are seven tokens that it may rightly be accounted one and the same all along’ (Newman Against the Liberals).” – Davies, p. 55
In other words Newman expressed the same attitude to Church teaching as other Catholics who are faithful to Tradition and who continue to be subjected to ill-informed and illogical accusations.
The following words of Newman might have written with the present Conciliar madness in mind.
“The body of bishops failed in their confession of the Faith…They spoke variously, one against another; there was nothing, after (the Council of) Nicea (325 AD) of firm, unvarying, consistent testimony, for nearly sixty years. There were untrustworthy Councils. Unfaithful bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending into nearly every corner of the Catholic Church. The comparatively few who remained faithful were discredited and driven into exile; the rest were either deceivers or deceived.”
– John Henry Newman, On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine.
On the question of, “changing times means changing teaching” I have to quote Archbishop Lefebvre in They Have Uncrowned Him, another must read, which Stephen as mentioned lately.
“We are dealing with people who have no idea of the truth, no concept of what can be an immutable truth. It is laughable to report that these same liberal relativists, who were the real authors of Vatican II, are coming now to dogmatize that Council that they however declared to be pastoral, and to want to impose the conciliar novelties onto us as definitive and untouchable doctrines! And they get angry if I dare say to them: ‘Oh, you say Quas Primas, the Pope would no longer write that today! Well, I say to you: it is your council that would no longer be written today; it is already overtaken. You cling to it because it is your work; but I hold to Tradition, because it is the work of the Holy Ghost!’”
There’s nothing to be added.
Brilliant! I’ve already emailed one of your insightful (to put it mildly) comments to one of the priests to whom I allude in my earlier comment, and I’ll be sending him this latest from you, as well. Thank you for putting together the above crystal clear refutation of the Modernists’ flawed understanding of “living Tradition”.
You must be due a pay rise again. I’ll have to consult Miss McMoneypenny 😀
I was going to ask you about that, Editor. And I won’t say “cheap at half the price”. I’ll accept sterling too.
On October 13, 1884 (interesting date that), Pope Leo XIII collapsed following morning Mass. After recovering he recounted a conversation which he understood to be between Our Lord and satan. Immediately afterwards he composed the prayer Saint Michael the Archangel which we say at the end of Mass. He also composed a longer version, which is a very powerfully worded prayer. It includes the following:
“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep will be scattered.”
That prayer brings to mind the book of Daniel, those of the Machabees concerning the abomination of desolation, as well as the words of much Catholic prophecy, notably Ann Catherine Emmerich. I hope nobody is going to suggest that the Pope was an unbalanced, conspiracy kook.
There is no need, I’m certain, to remind readers of this blog of the apostasy foretold by Our Lady at Quito, Fatima and La Salette.
That’s a relief about the sterling. 😀
Some time ago that story about Pope Leo and the conversation between Our Lord and Satan was challenged on this blog. We tried to find a reliable, original source but although the story is told in a variety of versions across the internet, and is quoted all over the place, there is no first hand source given to substantiate it anywhere. If you can provide one (and if anyone can, you can!) then that would be good but until that time, I’m inclined to be a tad sceptical about the alleged conversation.
That doesn’t diminish, in the slightest, the importance and efficacy of the prayer to St Michael at the end of low Mass – indeed, the fact that it was about the first thing to be dropped in 1965, tells us all we need to know about its importance and efficacy.
I’m afraid I can’t help you with a first hand source. I’m in the same boat as everyone else, at present. Maybe the sceptics are going to suggest the vision wasn’t heard of before 1917, but if it was, the date of October 13 is hardly a coincidence.
In any event, what is beyond dispute is that the Pope composed the two prayers to Saint Michael the Archangel. The extract from the longer prayer which appears above is still very relevant to the subject of this thread.
It’s funny how so many of the worst enemies of the Church were able to grasp very quickly what was going on in the Church in the 1960’s while those in the highest echelons of the Church deluded themselves with dreams of a “New Pentecost” or a “New Springtime”.
Some of course weren’t a bit naive:
“The Church has had, peacefully, its October Revolution.” -Yves Congar, Cited in An Open Letter to Confused Catholics, by Archbishop Lefebvre, p. 100
“Vatican II is the French Revolution of the Church.” – Cardinal Suenens, cited as above
Further up the thread I’ve mentioned the excellent little book entitled Athanasius and the Church of Our Time by Bishop Rudolf Graber, published in 1974. It informs us that The Italian Communist Party (ICP) understood what was happening during its 11th Party Congress in 1966. Bishop Graber tells us on pages 63-65:
“In the introduction to a special number of ‘Propaganda’ (the ICP’s magazine) there is an unambiguous reference to the ‘crisis’ of the Church: ‘The extraordinary “awakening” of the Council, which is rightly compared with the Estates General of 1789, has shown the whole world that the old politico-religious Bastille is shaken to its foundations. Thus a new situation has arisen which should be met with appropriate measures. A hitherto unforeseen possibility has emerged for us to draw nearer to our final victory by means of a suitable manoeuvre.’”
Bishop Graber informs us that in the magazine, the ICP states that here “all the opportunities are brought to light to which the inner evolution of the Church offers us” and in another section that contains a large number of references to resolutions expressed by the Council, the view is expressed that “in this way the Council itself is providing us gratis with the best means of reaching the Catholic public”. This part of the Italian Communists’ commentary closes with the words: “Never was the situation so favourable for us.”
That’s what the Communists had to say. Now for the Freemasons, operating, like their Communist siblings, out of the kingdom of satan. The following is truly, eerily prophetic. On page 70, His Lordship informs us that:
“The Paris journal of the Grand Orient de France, “L’Humanisme” wrote quite openly in 1968: ‘Among the pillars which collapse most easily we note the Magisterium; the infallibility , which was held to be firmly established by the First Vatican Council and which has just had to face being stormed by married people on the occasion of the publication of the encyclical Humanae vitae; the Real Eucharistic Presence, which the Church was able to impose on the medieval masses and which will disappear with the increasing inter-communion and inter-celebration of Catholic priests and Protestant pastors; the hallowed character of the priest, which come from the institution of the Sacrament of Ordination and which will be replaced by a decision for the priesthood for a trial period; the differentiation between the direction-giving Church and the black-clad (lower) clergy, whereas from now on the directions will proceed from the base of the pyramid upwards as in any democracy; the gradual disappearance of the ontological and metaphysical character of the sacraments and then the subsequent death of confession now that sin in our days has become a completely anachronistic concept handed down to us by the rigorous medieval philosophy which was in turn the heritage of Biblical pessimism.’
L’Humanisme continues: “When the traditional structures collapse, all that remains will follow. The Church did not foresee that it would be contested in this way and it is no longer anything like prepared to absorb and assimilate this revolutionary spirit…It is not the scaffold that is awaiting the Pope, it is the rise of local Churches organising themselves democratically, rejecting the dividing-line between clergy and laymen, creating their own dogma and living in complete autonomy of Rome.
“Soon it will no longer be possible for the Vatican to keep control over the internal motions of a great body which used to be considered homogenous…Might it not be time to return to more ‘national’ Churches?”
That’s what the enemy were saying 46 years ago. They haven’t had much cause for disappointment since. They must be absolutely loving all this neo-Catholic New Springtime.
As had been pointed out already, the historical contingencies, or “changed times justifies changed teaching” line has been used in the defence of Vatican II novelties. The issues of religious liberty and the dogma of there being no salvation outside the Church have seen Conciliar novelties that have flatly contradicted previous constant Church teaching, and in particular the clear, unambiguous, consistent teaching of Popes since the time of the satanic French revolution until the Council. Whatever the intent of those responsible, such novelties can safely be said to have met with much approval and enthusiasm amongst the Lodge’s battalions at the service of the kingdom of satan.
“If it is desirable to offer a diagnosis of the text (Gaudium et Spes) as a whole, we might say that (in conjunction with the texts on religious liberty and world religions) it is a revision of the Syllabus of Pius IX, a kind of countersyllabus…Let us be content to say here that the text serves as a countersyllabus and, as such, represents, on the part of the Church, an attempt at an official reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789.” Cardinal Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology, pp. 381-382
The Social Kingship of Christ is another teaching that has been virtually abandoned, no doubt to the great satisfaction of the Masonic agents of lucifer and their minions. An antichrist programme of depravity and perversion throughout the Western world offers all the evidence that is needed of what the Masonic Declaration of the Rights of Man actually stands for: revolt against God.
In the US, the much lauded (by defenders of Dignitatis Humanae) laboratory of Americanism and Separation of Church and State, the Holocaust of surgical abortion now numbers in the region of 55 million. The promotion of sodomy throughout the world is now de facto official foreign policy in the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave. The rest of the once civilised world is happy to follow.
Cardinal Pie of Poitiers was one of the great defenders of the teaching of the Social Kingship of Christ in the nineteenth century. Pope Saint Pius X read his work on a daily basis. Catholics who opt for the “changing times” defence of novelty would be well advised to follow the sainted Pope’s example and read the following words of the Cardinal:
“Hear this maxim, O you, Catholics full of temerity, who so quickly adopt the ideas and the language of your time, you who speak of reconciling the faith and of reconciling the Church with the modern spirit and with the new law. And you who accept with so much confidence the most dangerous pursuits of what our age so pridefully labels “Science,” see to what extent you are straying from the program set out by the great Apostle, “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so-called” (I Tim. 6:20). But take heed. With such temerities, one is soon led farther than he first had thought. And in placing themselves on the slope of profane novelties—in obeying the currents of so-called science—many have lost the Faith.
“Have you not often been saddened, and taken fright, my venerable brothers, on hearing the language of certain men, who believe themselves still to be sons of the Church, men who still practice occasionally as Catholics and who often approach the Lord’s Table? Do you still believe them to be sons, do you still believe them to be members of the Church, those who, wrapping themselves in such vague phrases as modern aspirations and the force of progress and civilization, proclaim the existence of a “consciousness of the laity,” of a secular and political conscience opposed to the “conscience of the Church,” against which they assume the right to react, for its correction and renewal? Ah! So many passengers, and even pilots, who, believing themselves to be yet in the barque, and playing with profane novelties and the lying science of their time, have already sunk and are in the abyss.”
-(Homily , November 25th 1864)
Just love that Homily 🙂
The concluding words of the Cardinal’s homily are chilling. There are, indeed, “so many passengers and even pilots” who believe themselves to be (for example) “priests in good standing” who may well, in fact be no such thing and, in truth, be in tremendous spiritual danger.
No wonder the Little Flower, St Therese of Lisieux was consumed with the desire to offer her life to pray for priests in Carmel.
Roratae Caeli have expressed my sentiments exactly with this title of a recent blog post:
Who needs conspiracy theories when the Freemasons openly celebrate Vatican II in the Eternal City?
We are accused of being crazy, paranoid conspiracy nuts. But here, here is the reality for all those with eyes to see!
If you click on the masonic symbol at the top of this thread, you will see that the Rorate Caeli headline/article which you quote is the source of this blog thread.
Oh I am a real numpty. I didn’t bother to read the RC post, if I had, I would have noticed it is reproduced here!
If anyone is inclined to dismiss the earlier mention of the Masons’ nineteenth century Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita as fanciful conspiracy or irrelevant in this day and age, the following article might serve as a bit of an attitude adjuster.
I wonder if anyone else has been joining up the dots here?
Extracts from the 30th Degree Masonic oath (Catholic Encyclopedia)
“I vow myself to the utmost to bring due punishment upon the oppressors, the usurpers and the wicked; I pledge myself never to harm a Knight Kadosh, either by word or deed . . .; I vow that if I find him as a foe in the battlefield, I will save his life, when he makes me the Sign of Distress, and that I will free him from prison and confinement upon land or water, even to the risk of my own life or my own liberty. I pledge myself to vindicate right and truth even by might and violence, if necessary and duly ordered by my regular superiors.”
“I pledge myself to obey without hesitation any order whatever it may be of my regular Superiors in the Order”
Sorry the link didn’t link. I must have done something wrong. Can anyone rescue it for me please? It’s from today’s (July 5th) ‘Daily Mail’.
I think this is the link you mean
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