At LifeSite there is a piece by Peter Kwasniewski which lays out new evidence which has turned up about the late Archbp. Annibale Bugnini being a Freemason.
As you probably know, Bugnini played a role in the 1955 Holy Week changes and a huge role in the “reforms” forced on the Roman Rite during and after the Second Vatican Council. He eventually became Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Peter’s piece can speak for itself. You should read it.
Here, however, I’ll relate something that I am not sure I’ve written here before.
Suddenly, in 1976, Paul VI took Bugnini out of Congregation for Divine Worship and, even though he had no diplomatic background, sent him to be Nuncio to Iran. People wonder to this day what precipitated such an odd move. In any event, Bugnini went to Tehran. Promoveatur ut amoveatur.
Back in the day one of the venerable figures of the Roman Curia, who had been around since the preparatory phases before Vatican II, told me an amusing story about Bugnini.
He said that, back in the day, when the Ayatollah Khomeini took over in Iran, he summoned the diplomats to himself and made them kneel down. Apparently, as my friend related, Bugnini did it! As the story goes he knelt to Khomeini. When the tale got back to Rome the wags quipped that Bugnini was doing in Iran the genuflections that he removed from the Mass.
True story? Not sure. This guy had amazing tales!