Let No Man Join the Masonic Sect if |
He Values His Eternal Salvation
Since the Conciliar Church is coming increasingly closer to Freemasonry, it is opportune to bring to our readers pontifical documents condemning it. In his Encyclical
Humanum genus, Pope Leo XIII is formal and explicit in his condemnation of the sect.
Until the new Code of Canon Law, promulgated by John Paul II in 1983, anyone
who entered Freemasonry was automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church. That excommunication, unfortunately, is no longer present in the new Code. This is the
reason alleged by progressivists to ingress in Freemasonry, allow Masonic ceremonies in Catholic churches
(here, here and here) and visit its Lodges
We resist this decision of John Paul II, and invite our readers to do the
same, continuing to hold the perennial judgment of the pre-conciliar Popes,
first expressed by
the verdict of Pope Clement XII in 1738, and confirmed by many others that we will reproduce
in this section.
Since we know that Our best and firmest hope of a remedy lies in the strength of that divine Religion which the Freemasons hate in proportion to their fear of it, We hold it therefore to be of supreme importance to utilize all its wonderful salutary power against the common enemy. Accordingly, whatsoever Our predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, have decreed for the purpose of opposing the designs and endeavors of Freemasonry, and whatever they have enacted to keep men from becoming affiliated to such associations or to withdraw from them if they had the misfortune to be already members, all and each of these measures we ratify and by our Apostolic Authority.
Full of confidence in the goodwill of Christians, We beg and beseech each one, for the sake of his eternal salvation, to consider it a sacred obligation of conscience to never in the least deviate from what the Apostolic See has enjoined in this matter.
We beg and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic. You are obliged to defend the glory of God and the salvation of your neighbor; and with the object of your strife before you, neither courage nor strength will be wanting. It will be for your prudence to judge by what means you can best overcome the difficulties and obstacles you meet with.
But, as it befits the authority of Our office that We Ourselves should point out some suitable way of proceeding, We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and to let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the people about the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and warn them about the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts.
As Our predecessors have many times repeated, let no man think that he may for any reason whatsoever join the Masonic sect, if he values his Catholic name and his eternal salvation as he ought to value them. Let no one be deceived by a pretense of honesty. It may seem to some that Freemasons demand nothing that is openly opposed to religion and morality; but, as the whole principle and object of the sect lies in what is vicious and criminal, to join with these men or to help them in any way cannot be lawful.
(Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum genus, of April 20, 1994, nn.
Petropolis: Vozes, 1955, pp. 23-24)
Posted on October 20, 2012
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