Freemasons Delighted with Francis
This is a bit dated, but interesting nonetheless. For the Feast of Easter this year, the Romanian Co-President of the so-called “Christian Masonic World Alliance”, one Bartolomeu Constantin Savoiu, sent a letter full of greetings and best wishes to “Pope” Francis, thanking him for his service to humanity and assuring him of his ideological agreement.
People in our day may not think this strange, but this shows how far we’ve come in the last 60 years. Ever since its inception in the 18th century, the doctrines, practices, and goals of organized Freemasonry have always been condemned by the Catholic Church in the severest terms. More on this in a moment — first, let’s have a look at the message sent by General Savoiu to “His Holiness” earlier this year:
The following is our own translation of the letter from French to English:
Bukarest, April 3, 2015
To His Holiness, Pope Francis
Holy See, Vatican City
It is with profound emotion and a respectful and faithful fellowship that we address to You, the primary spiritual head of the 2 billion Christians in the world, wishes for the holy feast of Easter and for the Resurrection of Christ the Savior.
Sons and daughters faithful to the Christian faith, whichever the rite: Roman Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox, the majority of the 10 million of Freemasons of the entire world are Christians and share the values of this faith. By their daily actions in human society, these Masons, respectful of their Christian faith, put into practice the teachings of the Universal Christian Church.
We wish You a very long life at the service of all of humanity to shed light on our path, and we express to You our profound attachment to the values propagated by the Church, to the love for Jesus Christ the Savior, the Virgin and the Holy Spirit, for peace, justice, and tolerance in the world.
I sincerely hope You will receive, Holy Father, in the name of all the co-presidents of our Christian Masonic World Alliance, the expression of our devotion, respect, and obedience to the precepts of the Holy Church.
General (r) Bartolomeu Constantine SAVOIU
Co-President of the Christian Masonic World Alliance (A.M.M.C.)
If you were Mark Shea, you would now turn things on their head and use this letter as evidence that the Freemasons have grown really close to Catholicism, and say that we should rejoice that the Masons, who used to be our enemies, are now in agreement with us on most things. But of course, this is the exact opposite of what’s going on here. No, the Masons haven’t suddenly turned into Catholics. It’s the other way around: The Catholics, as it were, have become Masons.
This is easy to prove. There has been no watershed change of ideas among the Masons — but there has among “Catholics”. The Freemasonic ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity — condemned by the Catholic Church until the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958 — were adopted at the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) in their theological equivalents of religious freedom, collegiality, and ecumenism. The change of course was so drastic that the great Mgr. Joseph Fenton, who served as theological adviser to Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, said after about six weeks at the council: “If I did not believe God, I would be convinced that the Catholic Church was about to end” (see The Personal Diaries of Mgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton).
In the eighteenth century, the marvelous Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, in her miraculous visions, saw the conspiratorial undertakings of the Masonic sects to make war against the Church, and she repeatedly warned several Popes in succession about the matter, assisted in this by St. Vincent Strambi as the mediator.
In 1861 Cardinal Henry Edward Manning said that the Great Apostasy which was to come would have to be preceded by an indifference to truth on the part of Catholics or else it could not work. This indifference to truth was brought about through the introduction of ecumenism, which, though often paying some sort of lipservice to the importance of truth, most definitely is the primary vehicle by which the Modernists have introduced their heretical concept that it ultimately does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere (assisted in this by the misleading idea that the Catholic Church has the “fullness” of truth and everyone else has “partial” truth) — and this is exactly what the Vatican II Sect preaches, if not always in words, definitely in its actions.
In fact, by now the Novus Ordo Church is essentially a mouthpiece of Freemasonry, teaching its basic tenets in place of sound Catholic doctrine, with some minor modifications, of course, for plausible deniability. Hence the constant emphasis on Masonic ideas such as the rights of man (ever hear of the rights of God from the Vatican?), an exaggerated human dignity, freedom of religion, ecumenical practices, interreligious dialogue, peace through secular fraternity among all men, and so forth. These errors have all been condemned by the true Catholic Popes before the ecclesial eclipse, in such important encyclicals as the following:
- Pope Gregory XVI, Encyclical Mirari Vos (1832)
- Pope Pius IX, Encyclical Quanta Cura (1864)
- Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors (1864)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus (1884)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Satis Cognitum (1896)
- Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Our Apostolic Mandate (1910)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Ubi Arcano (1922)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quas Primas (1925)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos (1928)
However, the most undeniable evidence of all comes from the Masons themselves, evidence that was publicly unveiled by order of two Popes. We are speaking of a document called the “Permanent Instruction” of the Italian Alta Vendita lodge. This paper outlined a 19th-century battle plan for the (attempted) destruction of the Roman Catholic Church. By the wonderful workings of Divine Providence, it fell into the hands of Popes Pius IX and Leo XIII, both of whom ordered it to be published. Check out the following three links:
- Full Masonic Text Online: Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita
- Booklet by John Vennari: The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church
- Essay by John K. Weiskittel: Freemasons and the Conciliar Church (PDF)
Here is a juicy quote from the Permanent Instruction — from the very Masons who are now cheering Francis and the Vatican II Church for being ideologically so closely aligned with Masonry:
We do not mean to win the Popes to our cause, to make them neophytes of our principles, and 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….
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 of which we dream….
…Seek out the Pope of whom we give the portrait. You wish to establish the reign of the elect upon 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. You wish to cause the last vestige of tyranny and of oppression to disappear? Lay your nets like Simon Barjona. Lay them in the depths of sacristies, seminaries, and convents, rather than in the depths of the sea, and if you will precipitate nothing you will give yourself a draught of fishes more miraculous than his. The fisher of fishes will become a fisher of men. You will bring yourselves as friends around the Apostolic Chair. You will have fished up a Revolution in Tiara and Cope, marching with Cross and banner – a Revolution which needs only to be spurred on a little to put the four quarters of the world on fire.
While it seems that the actual events turned out somewhat different than planned in this document — there is evidence that Angelo Roncalli, who became the first Antipope of the False Vatican II Church in 1958, was actually a Rosicrucian Freemason — the key element of a “Catholic-on-the-outside-but-heretical-on-the-inside” deception is the same: “Let the clergy march under your banner in the belief always that they march under the banner of the Apostolic Keys… You will bring yourselves as friends around the Apostolic Chair. You will have fished up a Revolution in Tiara and Cope, marching with Cross and banner….”
Another very interesting example of how Freemasonry has influenced and shaped not only the Novus Ordo Church in particular but also “Christian consciousness” in general is its introduction of cremation as a desirable and often preferred method of burial:
On December 8, 1869, the International Congress of Freemasons imposed it as a duty on all its members to do all in their power to wipe out Catholicity from the face of the earth. Cremation was proposed as a suitable means to this end, since it was calculated to gradually undermine the faith of the people in ‘the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
(Fr. John Laux, Catholic Morality , p. 106)
Although not instrinsically evil, the Catholic Church forbids and condemns cremation, which is a pagan practice, because it “disturbs the pious sentiments of the faithful; it is not in keeping with the beautiful rites of Christian burial; and it has been introduced by the deadly enemies of the Church” (ibid., pp. 106-107). Is it any surprise that the Novus Ordo Sect permits cremation, which is now a common and frequent practice among “Catholics” and non-Catholic “Christians” of today? The 1983 Novus Ordo Code of Canon Law legislates: “The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed; nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine” (Canon 1176 §3).
Here we see a typical strategy of the Modernists: Permit a practice that, of itself, will gradually undermine people’s faith or piety, but state in words that it is not or ought not to be a danger to faith or piety. This double-tongued strategy, which allows for the destruction of Catholic ideas and practices while still retaining plausible deniability, has worked great for them many times in the past. For example, think of “Communion” in the hand, or the Saturday-night “vigil Mass” to fulfill your Sunday obligation, or the elimination of Friday abstinence from meat (did you know that the official position of the New Church is that if you do eat meat on a Friday, you have to substitute some other kind of penance?).
It is clear that the Novus Ordo intent is to undermine and destroy people’s Catholic Faith in every cunning way possible. The evidence that testifies to the existence of an impious conspiracy devised by the Masonic sects against the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, is overwhelming and undeniable. Only a fool would close his eyes in the face of it and pretend the threat does not exist.
Pope Leo XIII, in his 1884 encyclical against Freemasonry, did not mince words:
Whatever the future may be, in this grave and widespread evil it is Our duty, venerable brethren, to endeavor to find a remedy. And because We know that Our best and firmest hope of a remedy is in the power of that divine religion which the Freemasons hate in proportion to their fear of it, We think it to be of chief importance to call that most saving power to Our aid against the common enemy. Therefore, whatsoever the Roman Pontiffs Our predecessors have decreed for the purpose of opposing the undertakings and endeavors of the masonic sect, and whatsoever they have enacted to enter or withdraw men from societies of this kind, We ratify and confirm it all by our apostolic authority: and trusting greatly to the good will of Christians, We pray and beseech each one, for the sake of his eternal salvation, to be most conscientiously careful not in the least to depart from what the apostolic see has commanded in this matter.
We pray and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly to strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic. You have 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 as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to 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 contrary 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 in any way to help them cannot be lawful
(Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Humanum Genus, nn. 30-31)
Sedevacantism holds that the Masonic conspiracy against the Church scored a decisive breakthrough at the conclave of 1958, when, at least to all appearances, the true Pope was overthrown and an impostor installed (John XXIII). This is where the Vatican II Sect (Novus Ordo Church) formally had its beginning, that false religion which still today masquerades as the Catholic Church in the Vatican.
With all that has happened since the passing of our dear Pope Pius XII, the last known true Pope, is it any wonder that the Masons have cause for rejoincing? Is it any wonder that they now express their “profound attachment to the values propagated by the Church”? These values are their values! That is why they are delighted by the “Catholic” Church today!
But the Catholic Church, the true and spotless Bride of Christ, cannot defect from her mission. She cannot turn into a Masonic whore and become the tool of Satan which then needs to be “resisted” by each believer, as is the common “traditionalist” idea out there today. No, if the religion taught by the Vatican institution is now Freemasonry and not Catholicism, then that is because this institution, founded by John XXIII, is not the Catholic Church.
Bp. Donald Sanborn laid it out beautifully in his “Syllogism of Sedevacantism”, proving that if there is a substantial change in the Catholic religion with Vatican II, then this is absolute proof that Vatican II did not come to us from legitimate Roman Catholic authorities — i.e., Paul VI, who imposed it, was not a true Pope but a papal pretender:
- Video: The Syllogism of Sedevacantism
- Resistance and Indefectibility: Where is the Church?
- Restoration Radio: Paul VI, the Pre-Bergoglio (free episode)
- The Religion of Vatican II: How it differs from Catholicism
He who embraces the teachings of the Vatican II Church necessarily abandons the doctrines of the Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII and his predecessors because the two are mutually exclusive.
With all the foregoing, it should come as no surprise that we should find people like “Popes” Benedict XVI and Francis giving Masonic handshakes — they are, after all, the leaders of the Masonic Vatican II Church:
It is entirely clear why the Freemasons are so delighted with Francis, even if he is perhaps not a registered Mason himself: When it comes to trying to destroy the Catholic Faith and what’s left of the Catholic Church, they couldn’t do a better job themselves.
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