I had a bit of a “WHOA!” moment.
First, let me say that I really like what Nick Donnelly is doing at the UK wing of EWTN online.
Next, let me say that we must not underestimate the evil influence in the Church of true Freemasonry. In these USA we have club-like offshoots of Freemasonry which are not like their European counterparts. Also, Catholics are specifically forbidden to belong to any masonic sect or group or offshoot, what have you. FORBIDDEN. A prime objective of Freemasonry is destruction of the Catholic Church. Holy Church explicitly imposed the penalty of excommunication on Catholics who become Freemasons (cf 1917 Code of Canon Law can. 2335). The 1983 Code can. 1374 doesn’t explicitly mention Freemasonry or excommunication, but it clearly means that Catholics cannot join such groups: “Can. 1374 – A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.” However, on 26 November 1983, just before the promulgation of the 1983 revision of the Code, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement with a clear indication: “The faithful who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.” HERE
Now, back to something Donnelly published at EWTN UK. Read this and get to the place where I had my “WHOA!” moment. Meanwhile, my emphases:
Pope ordered Card. Burke to clean out Freemasons from the Knights of Malta
It has emerged that during a meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke in November about the scandal of the Knights of Malta distributing condoms and oral contraceptives in Africa, the Holy Father instructed Cardinal Burke to “clean out” Freemasonry from the order. [This is great, if true, but it isn’t the WHOA! yet.] The Holy Father gave this order to Cardinal Burke in his role as patron of the Knights of Malta by papal appointment.
The Vatican journalist Edward Pentin revealed details of Pope Francis’s concerns about the influence of the Freemasons on the Knights of Malta:
Hopes that the contraceptive scandal would be addressed came on Nov. 10, when Cardinal Burke was received in private audience by Pope Francis. During that meeting, the Register has learned, the Pope was “deeply disturbed” by what the cardinal told him about the contraceptive distribution. The Pope also made it clear to Cardinal Burke that he wanted Freemasonry “cleaned out” from the order, and he demanded appropriate action. The concern was followed up by a Dec. 1 letter to Cardinal Burke, in which the Register has learned that the Holy Father underlined the cardinal’s constitutional duty to promote the spiritual interests of the order and remove any affiliation with groups or practices that run contrary to the moral law.
Edward Pentin reports that Pope Francis was “deeply disturbed”[Pentin is the best working English language vaticanista these days.] by the evidence concerning Malteser International’s distribution of condoms and oral contraceptives in the Far East and Africa during the tenure of Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, a German Knight of Malta. Boeselager was dismissed as grand chancellor following an internal investigation by the Knights of Malta. It is not clear why Pope Francis specifically identified Freemasonry as a problem in his response to the evidence presented by Cardinal Burke during the November meeting.
Pope Francis has previously criticized the destructive influence of the Freemasons and their hostility towards the Church. During his address to young people during his apostolic visit to Turin the Holy Father [Francis… not B16 or JP2…] spoke about “Masonic, hardcore anticlericals and Satanists“:
At the end of the 19th century there were the worst conditions for young people’s development: freemasonry was in full swing, not even the Church could do anything, there were priest haters, there were also Satanists…. It was one of the worst moments and one of the worst places in the history of Italy. However, if you would like to do a nice homework assignment, go and find out how many men and women saints were born during that time. Why? Because they realized that they had to go against the tide with respect to the culture, to that lifestyle. [I wonder if that will result for the children born into our times and through what hellish crucible they will have to pass.]
It was during his in-flight press interview in July 2013 that Pope Francis first expressed his concerns about the influence of Freemasons on the Church:
“The problem is not having this [homosexual] orientation. No, we must be brothers and sisters. The problem is lobbying for this orientation, or lobbies of greed, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the most serious problem for me.”
2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London. [WHOA!]
How many portent-laden anniversaries is that for 2017?
In retrospect, I knew that date for the foundation of modern Freemasonry in England, but it hadn’t bubbled up to the surface until now.
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