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Hungarian Bishop: Masons & Moslems are working together to destroy Christianity

This article comes from the Hungarian outlet Magyar Jelen. interview by Tamás Horváth. English translation by Google translate.

On the occasion of Christmas, we made a big interview with Dr. Gyula Márfi, archbishop emeritus of Veszprém, who – since he was forced to leave the city of the kings in August – spends the holidays in Szombathely again after many years. Among other things, the 79-year-old retired bishop talks about the mission of the Hungarians; about the European Union denying its Christian roots; on migration; on the cooperation of Freemasons and Muslims; about the Kalergi plan; on the unconstitutional Hungarian abortion law; he talked about LGBTQ and how what is going on in the German Catholic Church is practically anti-Christ. He also expressed his opinion on the renovation of the cathedral in Veszprém; he recalled the Christmases of his childhood; and he also told me when he decided to enter the church. The big interview of Tamás Horváth.

 After how many years do you spend Christmas again in Szombathely?

 Twenty-seven. ” In 1995 I moved from Szombathely to Eger, where I was an auxiliary bishop for two years, and in 1997 I was appointed Archbishop of Veszprém by Saint II. Pope John Paul. I retired in 2019, but as archbishop emeritus I continued to live in the city of queens – until this August, when I unfortunately had to leave for known reasons.

But I’m not complaining, I have a very good place in Szombathely. Bishop Székely welcomed me with friendship.

 What does Christmas mean to you? What childhood memories do you have, how did you and your family celebrate the birth of Christ?

 I come from a religious family, we lived in a small village in Zala County, Pördefölde. As far as I know, it currently has 81 inhabitants, at that time it was not much more. The nearest church was in the neighboring settlement, Páka – five kilometers as the crow flies – but we still went to mass every Sunday.

However – perhaps for understandable reasons – we did not go to Advent morning mass, so I only attended rorata for the first time when I was in the seventh grade, when I moved to Páka to complete the last two classes of elementary school.

Anyway, I have very good and defining memories of Christmas, I think back with a warm heart to the times when my parents and brother and I celebrated as a family.

 How was it different to experience Christmas under socialism than later, after the system change?

 The intensity of the celebration did not change much after 1989, because even then Christmas was very important to us. We knew that the state did not sympathize with the churches, if it could, it would eliminate all religions. Because of this, my parents insisted even more on Christianity and its holidays. My brother and I were raised to do the same, which resulted in:

we both lived the Catholic faith wholeheartedly.

However, later, when I was in the seventh or eighth grade, when I started to grow up, the question arose in me, whether the atheists are right?

I didn’t dare to bring up these fears to my parents – who were smart but uneducated peasants – and not to the priests either, so I started formulating various arguments about God. I tried to prove that Jesus is not just a holy idea, but a tangible reality. It is not just a myth as atheists teach.

Perhaps this is precisely why I developed a kind of creativity that would not have happened if there were people around me who would answer all my questions. And let’s not forget that we lived in an atheistic system, so as Christians we had to look behind things and think. There is good in every bad, as they say.

 When did you first realize that you wanted to be a priest?

 About when I was in seventh or eighth grade. ” As I listened to the sermons of the spiritual fathers, I wondered if I could speak like that, could I also say Mass so beautifully? After that, my profession gradually developed.

In a strange way, the problem was that my brother also became a priest, and at one time I felt that I had no vocation of my own, that I was following my brother because I was independent.

Then when it dawned on me that there were also relatives among Jesus’ apostles – Peter and András, James and John must have been close brothers; and the younger Jakab and Tádé Júdás are probably brothers or cousins ​​- then I was reassured that I could have the same profession as my brother.

Why God chooses two is his secret.

 Was there a time when he wavered?”

 Not really. ” It can be said that, apart from the aforementioned adolescent uncertainty and doubts, my path was a straight line, a steady path to the altar. There were no deviations in it.

The possibility of leaving the seminary never occurred to me. I went to high school in Pannonhalma, and my profession only got stronger there.

 Let’s go back to Christmas a bit. ” In his previous writings and interviews, he quite often criticized the current European Union and the zeitgeist prevailing in the Western world. How do you see Christmas in Europe in 2022?

  I can’t judge this exactly, because I don’t know the conditions that well.” However, from what I hear and read, the situation seems catastrophic. In many places, they try to make people forget the word Christmas itself, and they only talk about holidays.

The Christmas tree was already removed from the Brussels City Hall 8-10 years ago, on the grounds that they did not want to offend the sensibilities of Muslims.

However, this is a lie: Christmas trees are also erected in Istanbul and in other parts of the Islamic world. Jesus as a prophet is also respected by Muslims, and according to Islam, it is not a sin to celebrate someone’s birthday.

One of the most striking signs of the European Union’s anti-Christianity is that its constitution did not mention Europe’s Christian roots. They write about Greco-Roman traditions and the Enlightenment, but not about Christianity. Yet ancient culture and art survived thanks to Christians: the writings of Virgil, Tacitus, Homer and others were copied by monks in the depths of their cells.

Without Christianity, we would not be able to read many ancient authors today.

But we can also talk about the fact that the European Commission published a calendar in 2016 in which the holidays of the world’s major religions were entered – even the Sikh religion, which is a relatively small community, a mixed religion between Hinduism and Islam. However, if you turn to December 25, what do you find? Practically nothing. That’s all it says: “A good friend shares your joys and your preoccupations.” I don’t know what this means exactly, but I do know that Christmas was deliberately left out of the significant days.

Let me mention two more examples. A few years ago, in England – which is no longer the EU, but undoubtedly part of the Christian European cultural circle – the Anglican Church wanted to sell a short film of a few minutes promoting Christianity to the national TV channels. None of them accepted.

XVI. At that time, Pope Benedict was not allowed to perform at the State University of Rome, saying that it was not a church, but a secular institution.

So what? I ask. If we were to think like that, then no one would be able to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, only those who can prove that they have been baptized and confirmed.

 Do you think it is conscious that in Europe they want to push Christianity into the background, ad absurdum to destroy it?

 He’s conscious. ” The goal of the Freemasons is to “liberate” Europe from Christianity. To achieve this, they are willing to use all means, using their lobbying power they have also wormed their way into the leaders of the union.

In my opinion, Muslims are also being called in to remove Christ and Christianity from Europe. In doing so, however, they ultimately destroy themselves, because Islam will never accept their liberal principles.

It is practically the same situation as it was in the Savior’s time, when the scribes and Pharisees collaborated with their mortal enemy, Pontius Pilate, to get Jesus out of the way.

Today, Freemasons and Muslims are joining forces to make Christianity disappear from Europe.

But this is not a finished game yet, I hope that their plan will not be successful.

 What can we Hungarians do to protect Christianity?

 We have to hold on to our faith very strongly. ” Padre Pio has a prediction that Hungary is a cage from which a beautiful bird will fly out, bringing blessings to the whole world.

I don’t think it’s out of the question that this will happen.

Not because we Hungarians are better than everyone else, but because God often chooses the little ones to accomplish something big through them.

See, the Guadeloupe seer Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin was also a simple Indian peasant. He was baptized with his wife only four years before he had his vision. At first the bishop didn’t believe him either, saying that Our Lady would certainly not appear to such an unfortunate shepherd, but at least to a nun. ( laughs )

And in Fatima and Lourdes, small children had visions of the Virgin Mary, so it cannot be ruled out that we, Hungarians, will also have a role in preserving Christianity in Europe. But for this we have to take faith seriously, because it is possible to become unworthy of any mission.

 Christian Europe can also be protected with physical means, for example by not allowing those who come to our borders illegally. When, during the migration crisis of 2015, the Hungarian government started to build the border fence (which László Toroczkai – then as the mayor of Ásotthalom – had advocated years earlier), both domestic and foreign liberals shouted that building walls was not humane, and anyway a self-professed Christian accepts everyone. What does an archbishop say about this?

 At the time, I had a rather harsh sentence for this: we must love wolves too – since they too were created by the Good Lord – but not in sheep’s clothing.

The same is true for Muslims. We love them and support their countries as much as we can.

However, this does not mean that we should invite them into Europe and let them Islamize the continent.

They were here in Hungary for 150 years, we know how much destruction they caused. We Hungarians still carry the memory of this in our genes to some extent.

  In your opinion, what poses a greater threat to Europe and Hungary at the moment: Islamization and immigration, or LGBTQ and woke?

 This is difficult to decide, but if a sequence must be established, it is the latter. This loose understanding brackets the foundations of Catholic morality.

And although as Christians we should not condemn homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgender people,

creating a cult for them is a mortal sin, which also goes against the laws of nature.

The legalization of same-sex “marriage” is also considered a capital crime, and I regret to see that it has already happened in most European countries.

In relation to the LGBTQ issue, we cannot forget the rights of children either. On the one hand, they should not be allowed to be confused about their gender identity and orientation through the media, advertising and education, and on the other hand, they have the right to a mother and a father.

 According to Catholic teaching, abortion is also a mortal sin, and although the Basic Law in Hungary already protects the fetus from conception, our abortion law is considered liberal even in European terms. Don’t you think this is controversial?

 Of course. “

The current abortion law is unconstitutional, but the Constitutional Court has not yet dared to say so.

The problem is that the majority of the Hungarian people are pro-abortion, so if the government tightened it, it would lose the election.

However, it is welcome that mothers now have to listen to their child’s heartbeat. The ultra-liberals protested vehemently against this as well, so the government is not in an easy situation.

 On the other hand, I see that the heart rate regulation was relatively easily “swallowed” by people. It is true that there was a little excitement, but it did not start a serious avalanche. Is it not possible that after a while the Hungarian society would come to terms with the tightening of abortion?

 It’s possible that he would come to terms with time, yes. ” I pray that it will be so. Also, for my part, I also offer the crosses of old age. I know many of my colleagues do the same.

 You obviously represent the teachings of the Catholic Church in the social topics we have discussed so far. How is it possible that, say, the German Catholic Church, which also belongs to the Pope of Rome, preaches the exact opposite of the ideas you express, for example, on the issue of LGBTQ?

 I don’t understand that either, it can’t be proven. “

Five or six years before that, I said three masses in Hungarian for Hungarians in and around Stuttgart. I explained the arguments that prove the resurrection of Jesus, and I talked a little about heaven and the similes found in the Bible. After one of the Masses, Father Tempfli, the then Hungarian pastor in Stuttgart, came to me and thanked me for touching on these topics, saying that no one in Germany talks about them anymore.

The situation of the German church is truly catastrophic. According to them, it is not important whether Jesus was really born or not, the point is that “he should be born in you!”. Don’t ask if he rose from the dead or not, “may he rise in you!”. Don’t care if there is heaven or not, the point is “create it around you!”

This is all absurd.

A significant number of German Catholic priests now bless same-sex marriages as well as cohabitation and cohabitation relationships.

This is no longer Christianity, it is anti-Christ.

Three years ago, Rome finally ruled that Catholic priests are forbidden to bless homosexual couples. At that time, I was still visited by a German newspaper, so I learned about the protest that the decision had caused among German Catholics.

It is very sad what is happening in Germany. I don’t want to hurt them, but somehow they always fall from one side of the horse to the other. They went from Hitler and National Socialism to cosmopolitan globalism. No more German, French, Hungarian, Italian, only European.

 If the national question has already been mentioned: it is an eternal dilemma, which is more important, national or religious affiliation?

 I am primarily a Catholic, but I also stick to my Hungarianness, without being a chauvinist.

I am Hungarian, but I also respect other peoples. In Europe, diversity is needed in addition to unity, but there is no need for multiculturalism!

They talk about mixing the different species according to the Kalergi plan. But I ask, what comes out of this? A mass of no color at most.

My painter friend Győző Somogyi – I am hitting my belly now – has twenty-five different colors and shades of paint. If you mix them all up, you won’t be able to paint a colorful picture.

In a multicultural, mixed society, the individual loses his own identity, sense of identity, culture, faith, language, practically everything. It becomes easy to manipulate, which is ideal for the big capitalists of the world, who want to turn the whole Earth into a huge collective farm, where there are no ethnic, national and religious identities, only obedient workers and consumers manufactured according to standards.

 We started our interview with the fact that you are spending Christmas again in Szombathely after twenty-seven years. The main reason for this was that he was critical of the renovation plans of the Veszprém cathedral, which is why he had to leave the city of the queens. How do you see the situation in Veszprém afterwards?

  I can only pray for the Diocese of Veszprém, for some kind of consensus to be formed between the faithful and the archbishop, for peace to be restored. I don’t hold grudges against anyone in my heart, but I would regret it if the stained glass window of St. Michael – which was made by Bertalan Badalik, the bishop exiled by the communists – disappeared from the cathedral in Veszprém.

Otherwise, I’ll say it again, I feel very comfortable in Szombathely, I previously worked in the bishop’s office here for seventeen years. I have good experiences with the city, but of course I won’t forget the ones in Veszprém either.

 What is your message to the Hungarians on the occasion of Christmas?

  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I pray especially for our uncertain compatriots, for those who have not yet decided what to believe. I wish them to approach Christ and Christianity.

May God’s blessing help all Hungarians!

Setting the Scene for Masonic Infiltration

this article, by david l gray, is republished from one peter 5. While i don’t agree with the author’s conclusion (as reflected in my title), it does contain some relevant information for followers of ecclesiastical freemasonry.

There was such a dramatic change in the social and theological dispositions towards Freemasonry amongst many European, Argentinian, and North American Catholics immediately following the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, that, at minimum, should have provoked a reasonable and rational concern amongst the faithful.

Some have argued that this divergence from the traditional teaching about Freemasonry was just the fruit of an infiltration of Freemasons that began with the Carbonari’s 1859 Alta Vendita plot. However, this analysis is too simplistic.

The Carbonari was an Italian political sect, whose membership was not exclusively composed of Freemasons. It was not a Masonic sect (i.e., beholden as an affiliate or appendant to the Grand Lodge). The fact the Catholic Church has never treated the Carbonari as a Masonic sect, but as a distinct secret society that plots against the Church, is affirmed by Pope Pius VII in his 1821 Ecclesiam a Jesu, and by Pope Leo XIII in his 1826 Quo Gaviora.

This is not the say that there have not been initiated Freemasons throughout the clergy, for that has certainly been true in the past and in the present. Rather, it is to say we can do better in analyzing and verifying those movements inside the Catholic Church which made it more friendly with Freemasons and more sympathetic toward some sects of Freemasonry. This first article will discuss some of the Masonic influences before Vatican II, stretching back some three hundred years. In the next article we will treat more specifically the claim of some to place the blame of infiltration solely on the plot of the Alta Vendita.

Vatican II Red Flags

Truly, smoke signals should have gone up in 1967 when the Scandinavian Bishop’s Conference (consisting of the countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland), following a four-year study into Freemasonry in their dioceses, decided to permit Catholics in their dioceses to retain their Masonic membership, “but only with the specific permission of that person’s bishop.”[1] This deference to the local ordinary on a matter, heretofore, considered to be immutable, was the Scandinavian’s Bishops interpretation of Paul VI’s Apostolic Letter Moto Proprio, De Episcoporum Muneribus, which, itself is an interpretative reading of para. 27 of Lumen Gentium, gave bishops more authority to be the final arbiters of Canon Law.

Truly, alarm bells should have gone off on March 16, 1968, The Tablet (a progressive Catholic international weekly review published in London) reported in their ‘The Church in the World’ news and noted section:

Go-ahead for Catholic Masons: Vatican sources have recently been quoted as saying that Catholics are now free to join the Masons in the United States, Britain and most other countries of the world. However, the European Grand Orient Lodge of Masons, established primarily in Italy and France, is still considered anti-Catholic or, at least, atheistic.

Later that year, The Tablet would also take an Editorial stance in opposition to Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae.

Truly, visible panic should have ensued on July 19, 1974, when Cardinal Franjo Seper, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote a letter, which was supposedly intended to be private correspondence, to Cardinal John Krol, the Archbishop of Philadelphia at the time, supporting the Scandinavian interpretation of De Episcoporum Muneribus concerning Canon Law No. 2335 (prohibiting membership into societies that plot against the Catholic Church), stating,

Many Bishops have asked this Sacred Congregation about the extent and interpretation of Canon 2335 of the Code of Canon Law which prohibits Catholics, under pain of excommunication, to join masonic associations, or similar associations… Taking particular cases into consideration, it is essential to remember that the penal law has to be interpreted in a restrictive sense. For this reason, one can certainly point out, and follow, the opinion of those writers who maintain that Canon 2335 affects only those Catholics who are members of associations which indeed conspire against the Church.

It was almost hilarious that men who were plotting against the Catholic Church themselves were then putting themselves in a position to tell us which sects of Freemasons were not plotting against the Catholic Church. But this was something that went back centuries.

Pre-Vatican II Efforts to Normalize Freemasonry

This scheme to differentiate the Anglo-sects of Freemasonry (those whose charters and warrants originate from the Mother Grand Lodges of England, Ireland, and Scotland) from the Continental-sects of Freemasonry (those whose constitutions and rites are based upon the Grand Orient Lodges of France and Italy) began in 1738, when on the eve of Pope Clement XII issuance of his Apostolic Constitution In Eminenti apostolatus specula (The High Watch) on April 28, 1738. This Pontiff in fact had to endure the efforts of his nephew, Neri Maria Cardinal Corsini, who attempted to prevail upon him that Freemasonry in England was merely an “innocent mirth.”[2]

Indeed, perhaps Cardinal Neri revealed himself as a Freemason with his choice of those descriptive words, which is, curiously, are the exact instruction given to Freemasons in Article VI of the 1723 Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England (so-called Anderson’s Constitution) concerning how Freemasons ought to behave amongst each other after the official meeting of the lodge has concluded and the brethren are not, yet, gone; “You may enjoy yourself with innocent Mirth . . .”

Pius IX clearly taught in this 1873 Etsi Multa that Church teaching does not distinguish between sects of Freemasonry; “Teach them that these decrees refer not only to Masonic groups in Europe, but also those in America and in other regions of the world.” Nevertheless, Father John E. Burke of the Catholic Board of Negro Mission, reported to the United States Bishops the fact that one of the barriers in place that was preventing more Black Americans from becoming Catholic was that too many of them belonged to forbidden secret societies like the Freemasons. Therefore, he argued, permission should be obtained from the Holy See to allow prospective Black American converts to retain their membership in such societies for the sake of the financial benefits. Burke’s errant finding was that Black secret societies did not present the same threat to Catholics that the White societies did.[3]

The idea of their being a socially acceptable and theologically compatible version of Freemasonry is a myth. All sects of Freemasonry have always been prohibited because they all hold fast to the dogma of indifferentism and the belief that Freemasonry is man’s highest good (see my prior analysis here and here). Yet, to this day, this insane myth, first uttered by Cardinal Neri to Pope Clement XII, continues to be spread throughout the Catholic Church and made amazing strides in the neo-heterodox-praxis of the Catholic faith thanks to the liberal interpretation of para. 27 of Lumen Gentium that birthed De Episcoporum Muneribus in the wake of Vatican II.

Continue reading at One Peter 5

Melbourne schools rebrand with a Masonic touch?

The Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools or “MACS”, as they so irritatingly like to be called, has announced a rebrand complete with a new logo. The last rebrand was only two years ago so it boggles the mind to consider how such an expensive folly can be justified.

They could at least have come up with something original like “Gene Serum Fanatics” or the “mRNA Club” or more honestly, “Agnostics-R-Us”. (A selling point might be that children graduating from their system will be completely resistant to traditional Catholicism.)

According to the MACS spokesperson, its mission is “to proclaim the Good News and enlighten the lives” of students. Because Melbourne AD employees just love to talk about light and darkness. They even have a “manifesto”, which must be the new-fangled version of a mission statement, which was the old new-fangled version of an organisation’s “purpose.”

Read it for yourself – does the “Manifesto” not sound a little ….. vague and New Age?

Last time I checked, it was God’s Word that is “a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths”, but there’s little fear of that being found in a modern Catholic school – except for “judge ye not”, of course.

One source supplies that “the true promise of “light in Masonry” is the return of man unsullied to the pure source of his being.” This is in addition to the more common explanation of a movement from darkness to light representing the journey from a place of ignorance to Gnostic illumination.

At this point, I should issue a disclaimer: the following is completely hypothetical and in no way meant to invite litigious scrutiny of this author’s work. It is simply the kind of pastime one indulges in during the festive season.

Back to the world of speculation.

The new MACS “brand colours” are blue (although it looks black) and golden yellow, which several sources admit are significant for Masons. Interestingly, yellow and blue, albeit a lighter blue, were used in the logo for the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan.

As seen above, the explanation of the colour “Golden Light” includes a reference to the light shining through the windows of the Melbourne Cathedral. (Archbishop Comensoli referenced that light in his sermon at Kimberly Kitching’s funeral. He also gave a very “illuminating” Christmas speech last year.)

According to one colour expert, gold represents the sun, so beloved of pagans and Masons, while blue represents the symbolic “Blue Lodge”, where the first three degrees of Freemasonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Our expert tells us that “blue means special, sacred, wisdom, or perfection.” He says that when these colours are found together, “… they represent the sky, sun, and stars. Blue and gold also have significance related to gods and deities. That’s why the colours are sometimes seen together in Masonic rings, aprons, and other accessories.”

In fact, another commentator explains that yellow and blue were first recorded as having been worn by Freemasons in 1730.

The logo itself shows the familiar triangle. In the occult world, the triangle can symbolise the transformation of darkness into light, thus the presence of this geometrical figure seems to confirm the occult meaning behind the logo and “manifesto”. It also represents the “magical” number three, and when pointing up, may represent the sun, which is worshipped by many of those who like to conceal the true meanings of their symbols.

In addition to the tribute to the number three is the use of the number four. As a friend points out in a previous article, “functions of four” are a common occult motif. It is possible to see in this logo the four arms of the cross, which separate the light into four sectors, as well as four triangles – or “pathways”, as the logo is meant to represent – along the bottom. Altogether this provides the four-cubed code for Mother Earth.

The numbers three and four together make seven: occultists represent man’s union with the divine with this mystical number. Three, four and seven are also highly significant for Freemasons, and the square-and-compass features this combination.

For further comparison, to the right is the logo for the esoteric group, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a version of which Aleister Crowley was once a member. Curious.

When one takes the time to look with a critical – some would say, cynical – outlook, a new and subtle meaning can be inferred: under the auspices of Gaia, Catholic children will journey from their Baptismal “ignorance” along the path to humanistic “enlightenment.”

Which is precisely what the Catholic school system has been pushing for the last seventy years.

Sex-Abuser Rupnik’s Occult Art

It recently became known that the Vatican covered up for sex-abuser and Jesuit priest, Marko Rupnik. Apparently he was excommunicated in 2019 for serious abuse of the sacrament of Confession – absolving a woman with whom he had fornicated. This unfortunate woman was only one of at least nine with whom he undertook such relations, but it was all swept under the rug by the Jesuit-controlled CDF.

Our interest in this man is not so much for his despicable violations of his vow of chastity, but for his disturbing artwork. Rupnik is the man behind a couple of the Vatican’s very strange logos and also had a hand in the disturbing basilica at San Giovanni Rotondo – the newer version of St Pio’s pilgrimage site.

The logo for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:  “Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ.”

Could be.

Or maybe this is a tribute to the Gnostic “third-eye” opening after ritual sodomy.

Rupnik’s logo for the 2022 World Meeting of Families, “This mystery is great”, says he. Well, it certainly is a mystery how an excommunicated priest came to design the official logo.

Interesting to see the third-eye symbolism recurring here; this time it is Our Lady and Jesus who share the third eye.

Some more of Rupnik’s talent can be seen in the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Vatican. John Paul II had the chapel renamed in 1987 then refurbished in 1996. It was meant to be a tribute to his ecumaniacal obsession of uniting the Eastern and Western churches, but the artwork, mosaics completed in the style of Eastern iconography, appears to have an underlying anti-Christ theme to it.

One of the four walls was worked by Alexander Kornoukhov, a Russian Orthodox artist – this seems to be the wall directly behind the (rather bizarre) altar. Rupnik completed the other three walls, which show predominantly scenes from Scripture.

The Knights of Columbus loved the end result so much that in 2005, they paid for this panoramic online version to be set up so that interested parties could make a virtual pilgrimage. The images below are screenshots taken from that site. For a psychedelic taste of Rupnik’s work, you may wish to visit (or to avoid) the Aletti centre website.

It’s hard to know exactly what this depiction of the Annunciation is meant to represent. The scroll probably means that Our Lady was prophesied in the Old Testament, but by placing Her figure in such a way that She appears to be on the scroll itself reduces Her to a mere myth.

St Peter unlocks the door to his pawn-shop? Note the yin-yang style decoration of the circles.

Perhaps the strangest of the images is this one of Christ with his “as above, so below” gesture. Behind him, JPII looks on approvingly.

Interesting Masonic-style grip between Christ and the male figure to our left.

Masonic Temple Discovery near Lourdes

Republished from GLORIA TV:

Jo Urbex published a 27-minute video on December 4, featuring an abandoned building in Trébons, a few kilometres from Lourdes.

The current owner inherited it from her recently defunct father who was a freemason.

The house features an impressive basement with several big rooms where Masonic paraphernalia was found: an altar, animal horns, scalpels and syringes indicating ritual sacrifices, a brown box inscribed with the Masonic formula V.I.T.R.I.O.L, (Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultam Lapidem / Visit the Interior of the Earth and Rectifying You Will Find the Hidden Stone), above a sign ‘Perseverance and Vigilance’.

The video makers discovered a stone tomb with animal bones, symbols evoking a study, a room dedicated to meditation and an initiation ritual.

One room is decorated with Masonic symbols (compasses, etc.). Various papers lying around relate to lodges in Toulouse and Paris and detail Masonic ceremonies.

A skull and bones were laid out on the ground. They will be analysed by police.

Already in 1940, when the Vichy government seized Masonic temples, several human skeletons were discovered.

Full video here in French:

Secret handshake mystery

A unique handshake: one participant extends the forefinger while wrapping his remaining fingers around his opponent’s hand. The other participant takes a dominant stance, pressing the thumb to the top of his opponent’s hand. As only three fingers are visible at the bottom of the dominant party’s hand, it may be surmised that his forefinger is also extended.

This handshake is not found among samples of the common Masonic ones. Any ideas on the meaning of this unusual handshake can be submitted via my Contact page.

Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, December 2022

Pope Francis and Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina, 2013

Donald Trump and Putin, date unknown.

Sandro Magister’s take on the Jesuit-9

Republished from L’Espresso, written by Sandro Magister.

Incredible but true. Just now now when in a few decades it has lost a good half of its forces, the Society of Jesus has surged to the heights of command of the Catholic Church as never before.

Francis’s story is well known. He is the first Jesuit pope in history: he who notwithstanding had more adversaries than friends in the Society and took care not to set foot in its general curia whenever he came to Rome as a cardinal.But the innovation is that in this last phase of his pontificate – declining in age but not in ambitions – Francis has equipped himself with a veteran attack team, all his own and made up entirely of Jesuits.The top man of this team is without a doubt Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich (pictured), archbishop of Luxembourg. Top man, in Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s plans, both for today and for tomorrow.For today, the task assigned to him by Francis is to steer, as relator general, the world synod that got underway in 2021 and will last at least until 2024, but in the pope’s mind even beyond, with the task of remodeling the Church under the banner of none other than a permanent “synodality.”While for tomorrow it is no mystery that Hollerich is also Francis’s candidate “in pectore” for his succession, on which the current synod will have decisive influence, effectively obliging the future pope – whoever he may be – to take delivery on and continue the “process,” a bit as happened to Paul VI with the Vatican Council II inherited from John XXIII.The general rehearsal of this world synod is the one underway in Germany, which is already infecting other national Churches without Francis’s opposing any effective restraint, with the inevitable litany of fashionable reforms, ranging from married priests to women priests, from new sexual and homosexual morality to the democratization of Church governance.It is impossible not to recall that some of these were the reforms that another great Jesuit, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012), had included in the agenda of the future Church in a memorable 1999 speech. Martini is known to have had a negative view of Bergoglio, but the supporters of the current pontificate are having a field day making him the “prophet” of the reforms for which Francis is supposedly paving the way at last and of which Hollerich has already repeatedly said he is in favor.“L’Osservatore Romano” published last October 24 a comprehensive agenda-setting interview with this cultured Jesuit cardinal with twenty-seven years of mission in Japan behind him. And in it he once again expressed the hope for “a paradigm change” in the pastoral care and doctrine of the Church on homosexuality, because homosexuals too “are the fruit of creation” and therefore are not “rotten apples” but “something good.” Of course, there is no room – the cardinal added – for a sacramental marriage between persons of the same sex, because the procreative purpose that characterizes a marriage is lacking, “but this does not mean that their affective union has no value.”And to the editor of “L’Osservatore Romano” who brought up the fact that the bishops of Belgium have spoken out in favor of the blessing of homosexual unions, Hollerich replied: “Frankly, the question does not seem decisive to me. If we keep to the etymology of ‘bene-dire’ [bless, literally ‘well-speak,’ Tr.], do you think that God could ever ‘dire-male’ [‘speak ill,’ Tr.] of two persons who care about each other?”These words of Hollerich’s spontaneously bring up the question: but wasn’t it another high-ranking Jesuit at the Vatican, Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, in his capacity as prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, who prohibited the blessing of homosexual unions in a “Responsum” made public on March 15 2021?And was it not Francis himself who had “given his consent” to the publication of this “Responsum,” after having been “informed” of it, as written at the bottom of the document?Just so. Except, however, to take note that the following Sunday, at the Angelus, the pope had made it clear that he had no liking at all for “theoretical condemnations” or “claims of legalism or clerical moralism” where what are needed instead are “gestures of love.” And “authoritative Vatican sources” had anonymously made it known that with this he was criticizing none other than the “Responsum” that prohibited the blessing of homosexual unions, which he had approved in words.In short, humiliated by his confrere the pope, the hapless Cardinal Ladaria is the exception that confirms the rule. He is the old school Jesuit whom Bergoglio keeps on the bench while waiting to send him into retirement, off his team. Requiring him in the meantime to answer “no” to those cardinals – and there have been some – who have asked him to call Hollerich back to respect for correct doctrine.But in addition to Hollerich, there are two other Jesuits whom Francis has recently made cardinals and has put on the team in important roles.The first is the Canadian Michael Czerny, for many years more a competitor than a coworker of the Ghanaian cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson, first at the pontifical council for justice and peace and then at the dicastery for promoting integral human development, of which he has now become prefect. Czerny was also the special secretary of the synod for the Amazon. From the defense of nature to migrants, to the “popular movements,” he is the man Bergoglio avails himself of in these fields he favors.The second is the Italian Gianfranco Ghirlanda, former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University and a seasoned expert in canon law. Among his tasks is that of translating into juridical provisions the imperious acts that Francis carries out with the air of an absolute monarch. From Ghirlanda, for example, came the perfunctory conclusion of the longstanding theological dispute between powers of orders, those derived from episcopal ordination, and powers of jurisdiction, those conferred by a higher authority, opting for the latter in order to place some lay people as well, men or women, at the head of the Vatican curia, with the simple mandate of the pope. Again from Ghirlanda, in his role of juridical “factotum” at the service of Francis, came the dismantling and refounding imposed by the pope on the Order of Malta.But that’s not all. Also among Jesuits who are not cardinals there are some whom the pope has placed in key roles, at his service.In the general secretariat of the synod of bishops there is a consultant who is in fact the associate closest to Cardinal Hollerich. It is Fr. Giacomo Costa, former editor of the magazine “Aggiornamenti Sociali” of the Milan Jesuits and vice-president of the Fondazione Carlo Maria Martini.Not to mention Fr. Antonio Spadaro, editor of “La Civiltà Cattolica” and very close to Francis since his election as pope, he too very active and urgent in promoting the world synod on synodality and in particular in involving in the adventure – with important help from his predecessor at “La Civiltà Cattolica,” Bartolomeo Sorge (1929-2020) – the Italian episcopal conference, initially very distrustful.And then there is the chapter of the Vatican finances, where Francis has appointed the Spanish Jesuit Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves as prefect of the secretariat for the economy, the office that oversees the entire sector.Moreover, for a couple of years there has also been a Jesuit at St. Peter’s Basilica, alongside the cardinal archpriest Mauro Gambetti, the pope’s vicar general for Vatican City. It is Francesco Occhetta, secretary general of the “Fratelli tutti” foundation and until 2020 political columnist for “La Civiltà Cattolica.”And there is also a Jesuit among the auxiliary bishops of the diocese of Rome of which the pope is bishop: Daniele Libanori, who is entrusted with the pastoral care of the city center.With the pope the names listed make nine. And with Sorge and the “prophet” Martini eleven, naturally without counting Cardinal Ladaria. Such a team, entirely of Jesuits, had never been seen in command of the Church.

Ghana’s Bishop opposes Freemasonry

After a Ghanian MP publicly stated that he was a Catholic and a Freemason, Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu went public to clarify the Church’s stance.

The MP, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, said that he hadn’t been sanctioned by the Church and that the President of Ghana is also a Catholic and a Mason. said “Freemasonry is a fraternal society that believes in God Almighty, and follows certain principles that guide a man’s life, and it does not run counter with my beliefs as a Catholic.”

In response, Bishop Osei-Bonsu told the Catholic Standard that it was unfortunate Afenyo-Markin “does not know the teaching of his Church on this matter.” God bless this man!

INTRODUCTION
Many people regard Freemasonry as a benevolent and charitable organization, somehow similar to the Rotary and Lions Clubs, the Knights of Marshall, the Knights of St. John International or the Knights of Columbus. Undoubtedly, it is for this reason that some Catholics join this fraternity.

In recent times, the Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, on a live radio interview stated that he is a proud member of the Lodge, and his church, the Catholic Church, does not frown on its members joining the Brotherhood. He added, “I am a mason and I have not been sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Freemasonry is a fraternal society that believes in God Almighty and follows certain principles that guide a man’s life and it does not run counter with my beliefs as a Catholic” (https://newsghana.com.gh/is-afenyo-markin-a-true-catholic/)

It is unfortunate that the Honourable Member of Parliament does not know the teaching of his Church on this matter. Contrary to what Honourable Alexander Afenyo Markin believes, Freemasonry is not approved by the Catholic Church. Indeed, Catholics are forbidden to become Freemasons.

FREEMASONRY AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Catholic Church has opposed the Lodge nearly since the birth of modern
Freemasonry in 1717. Since the founding of the Grand Lodge of England, eleven
popes have explicitly condemned Freemasonry or Masonic principles. These popes are: Pope Clement XII (28 April 1738); Pope Benedict XIV (18 May, 1751); Pius VII (13 September 1821); Pope Leo XII (13 March 1825); Pope Pius VIII (24 May 1829); Pope Gregory XVI (15 August 1832); Pius IX (between 1846 and 1873); Leo XIII (15 February 1882; 20 April 1884; 1887; 15 October 1890; 18 December 1892; 20 June 1894); Pope Pius IX (1907); Pope Pius X (1907); Pope Pius XI (1924).

A recent condemnation of Freemasonry is contained in the “Declaration on
Masonic Associations” issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on 26 November 1983, declared that Masonic principles are irreconcilable with the doctrine of Church, and that Catholic membership in Freemasonry remains forbidden.

The Church’s position is that Freemasonry is a religion in its own right with its own doctrines, which are not compatible with Christian beliefs. For this reason, one
cannot simultaneously be a Christian and be a Freemason. What it teaches about the following cannot be reconciled with Christian beliefs, i.e., God, Christ, the denial of the role of grace and Christ in salvation, morality, its attitude towards the Bible, eschatology, the masonic oaths and the notion of rebirth and enlightenment. For this reason, one cannot simultaneously be a Catholic and a Freemason, just as one cannot be a Catholic and be Muslim, a Hindu, a Shintoist or a practitioner of African Traditional Religion. One will have to make a choice between Catholicism and Freemasonry.

CONCLUSION
Let me conclude by drawing attention to the DECLARATION OF THE GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE ON SANCTIONS FOR CATHOLICS WHO JOIN MASONIC ASSOCIATIONS, issued on 7 May 2009. Among other things, it says:

1) Any Catholic who is a member of any Masonic Association and participates in its programmes, or promotes its views, or holds any office therein, and refuses to renounce such membership despite at least one warning (cf. Canon 1347) is to be punished with an interdict (cf. Canon 1347), that is:

a. He is not allowed to receive Holy Communion and other sacraments (cf. Canon 1332).

b. He is prohibited to act as sponsor in Baptism and Confirmation.

c. He is not to be admitted as a member of parish or diocesan structures.

d. He is to be denied funeral rites, unless he shows some signs of repentance before death (Canon 1184 §1, no. 3).

e. Where funeral rites are allowed by the bishop, no Masonic service shall be allowed in the Church or cemetery immediately before or after the Church rites in order to avoid public scandal (cf. Canon 1184, §1, no. 3, and Canon 1374)

Any Catholic who is a convinced member of a Masonic Association and notoriously adheres to the Masonic vision is already considered to have incurred automatic excommunication (cf. Canon 1364). This means that the censures described in Canon 1331 automatically take full effect on this person. According to Canon 1331 §1, an excommunicated person is forbidden:
I. To have any ministerial participation in the celebration of the Eucharist or in any other ceremonies whatsoever of public worship.

II. To celebrate the sacraments and sacramentals and to receive the sacraments.

III. To discharge any ecclesiastical offices, ministries, or functions whatsoever, or to place acts of governance.

It is possible that some Catholics joined Freemasonry without knowing that it is forbidden to Catholics. Such people are advised to see their priests or their bishops who will assist them to renounce Freemasonry and avoid incurring the sanctions that will be imposed on them if they do not renounce Freemasonry.

EXCERPTS FROM CAN A CATHOLIC BE A FREEMASON BY MOST REV. JOSEPH OSEI-BONSU BISHOP OF KONONGO-MAMPONG

A More Authoritative List of Ecclesiastical Masons from 1976

Some time ago, we looked at the notorious “P2” list of Freemasons and speculated that this specimen was fake, perhaps created by a high-ranking Mason for his own nefarious purposes. That list lacked the names of Ecclesiastical Freemasons, of whom there are alleged to have been not a few, operating within the Vatican from at least the time of the Council.

The article below fills in those gaps. It is taken from the website, Today’s Catholic World, and lists those members of the Curia who are alleged to be Masons. One wonders whether some faithful prelate or even a humble paper-pusher, sickened by the thought of Archbishop Gagnon’s report into Ecclesiastical Freemasonry languishing in the Vatican archives, may have taken matters into his own hands and had this list published.

Of course, it may not be authentic, but when we examine how Masonic our Church has become, it would appear that this was the work of more than Bugnini and Baggio – no matter how influential those two were.

Achilles Liénart Documented As Freemason On 1976 Italian Registry List

(Excerpt from Piers Compton’s published TBC Text)

“The veil covering the greatest deceit ever to have mystified the clergy and baffled the faithful, is
doubtless beginning to be torn asunder. ‘Archbishop’ Marcel Lefebvre.” -Piers Compton, TBC (Text)

An observer of the Roman scene, Georges Virebeau1, tells how a feeling of surprise, that was near consternation, spread through the Vatican one morning in 1976. Students in their cassocks, coloured purple, violet, or black, according to their nationality, stood about in groups, discussing the latest number of a journal, the Borghese. Some, the writer says, were actually perspiring with alarm; for although the morning was hot, the atmosphere engendered by what they read affected them more than the weather.

For the paper contained a detailed list of clerics, some holding the most exalted offices, who were said to be members of secret societies.

It was staggering news, for the doubtful head-shaking students were acquainted with Church law; and Canon Law 2335 expressly declared that a Catholic who joined any such society became excommunicate, ipso facto.

We have seen that the secret societies had, long ago, declared war on the Church, which they recognised as the one great obstacle barring their way to world domination; and the Church responded by condemning the societies and making laws for her own protection. Canon 2335 was framed for that purpose, while Canon 2336 was concerned with disciplinary measures to be enforced against any cleric who might be inveigled into joining a society. In the case of a Bishop he would lose all juridical powers, and be barred from exercising priestly functions including ordination and consecrating.

That the Church considered the societies to be a most dangerous threat to its own existence is shown by the number of warnings and condemnations issued by the Vatican. What is usually regarded as the first official instance of this occurred under Pope Clement XII (1730-40), which stressed that belonging to any such society was incompatible with membership of the Church.

Eleven years later Benedict XIV confirmed this in the first Papal Bull directed against the societies. Pius VI and Pius VII followed suit, the last named being specially concerned with the threat posed by the Carbonari. Three subsequent Popes, Leo XII, Pius VIII, and Gregory VI added their weight to the strictures. A further condemnation came from Pius IX […] Leo XIII spoke of the plotters aiming to ‘destroy from top to bottom the whole religious and social discipline born of Christian institutions’, and to replace belief in the supernatural spirit by a sort of second-hand Naturalism.

Just as the writings of Voltaire, Diderot, and Helvetius had opened up the way for the French Revolution, so the secret societies, said Pius X (1903-14), were working to destroy Catholicism in modern France.

So paramount was the danger to Benedict XV that not even the cares imposed by the 1914 war could drive it finally from his mind; while Pius XI reiterated that the secret societies derived much of their strength from the conspiracy of silence that has never ceased to surround them.

Although conducted largely behind the scenes, and therefore away from the public gaze, the struggle between the Church and the secret societies has been more bitter and prolonged than any international conflict; the reason being that it has turned, in great part, on ideas, on a mental and therefore a moral basis; and although not universally recognised, the moral outlook influences the whole nature of man more than any conflict for personal gain, territory, or positive power.

On one side was a religion that, its supporters claimed, rested on facts, the objective value of revealed truth, and a sacramental observance. On the other, a system grounded in humanitarian ideals in which all men, freed from the shackles or dogma and orthodoxy, could share, and on which they could agree. Truth, they said, is relative, hence the claims of objective and revealed truth are seen to be not only valueless, but fundamentally false.

So the struggle developed over the centuries, with those who accepted the atheism, Positivism, or materialism that reached its summit with the French Revolution, on one side; and the strictures uttered by various Popes, from Clement XII in the mid-eighteenth century to Pius XI who died in 1939, on the other.[…]

The news in the Borghese, that so alarmed the students, came as the culmination of a fear that had lingered for some time among the more conservative elements in the Vatican. The exposure of Archbishop Bugnini, at the time of the Second Vatican Council, had been shattering enough. But the revelations in the Borghese were on a more considerable scale, and came perilously near to touching the very nerve of the Church.

It was known that enemy agents had long been nibbling at its fabric. But so long as Church discipline remained strong, it was difficult for the most ardent infiltrator to gain a footing in the priesthood. But the general relaxation and reforms that followed Pope John’s Council opened doors by which agents entered not only seminaries but the Curia, the governing body of the Church.

Because some of those agents rose high in the Church, and became Cardinals and Bishops, many who might otherwise have been suspicious were deceived. The ecclesiastical titles, and the offices that went with them, were thought to be sufficient (though they were really only outward) safeguard. The hands of the manipulators were raised in blessing, and the faithful knelt.

The warnings against them that were issued went largely unheeded or fell stone dead against the historically impressive walls that bounded the Church. ‘A Fifth Column exists within the clergy’, wrote Father Arrupe, Superior-General of the Jesuits, ‘and is steadily working in favour of atheism’.

A similar theme was expressed by a number of theologians who came together in Geneva in 1976, as an International Committee of Defence of Catholic Doctrine. ‘The presence of the enemies of the Church, in the internal structure of the Church, forms a part of the mystery of iniquity and should be unmasked.’

But so far those fears had taken no more tangible shape than to unsettle the minds of students, who felt their future might be disturbed by the revelations that produced little or no effect among their superiors and instructors in the Vatican. The usual inquiry was ordered (by some of the churchmen who had been named as guilty) with the declared object of tracing the source of the rumours. But nothing happened; and neither did one of those who had been implicated ever issue a downright or straightforward denial.

The Borghese article claimed to have a detailed list of conspirators who had penetrated into the Church, together with dates, numbers, and code names. These allegations were answered by a writer in L’Aurora, M. Jacques Ploncard, who asserted that no prelate had been affiliated with a secret society since the time of Charles X, the last of the Bourbons who ascended the throne in 1824, and was driven out by the revolution of 1830.

This was palpably false, as was proved by determined investigators who carried the attack into enemy territory. By one means or another, sometimes posing as members of the Government, they gained access to the Italian Register of Secret Societies, and drew up a much longer and more impressive list than that published in the Borghese.

The particulars that follow are those of Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops who, as alleged by those who examined it, figure in the Register. Some have died since the list was drawn up – at one time it was said to have included one hundred and twenty-five prelates. Some of the offices have changed hands.

But the names and ecclesiastical titles, with the dates on which they were initiated into a society, and their secret code names, must call for serious consideration […].

It may be noted that the code name often incorporates the first two letters of the cleric’s name.
 

2.

Agostino, Cardinal Casaroli. Secretary of State. Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Public Affairs, and of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops, and of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of Canon Law. Member of the Commission for Russia and of the Commission for Latin America. The most influential prelate in the Vatican after the Pope, whose place he takes during the absence of the latter. He is known as the ‘Kissinger of Vatican diplomacy’. Initiated into a secret society September 28th, 1957. Secret code name Casa.

Leon Joseph, Cardinal Suenens. Primate of Belgium. Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of Canon Law. Was active in the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide, the Sacred Congregation of Rites and Ceremonies, and the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and University Studies. He was a delegate and Moderator of the Second Vatican Council, and he has been associated with Protestant Pentecostalism, that reduces people to revivalist hysteria. Initiated June 15th, 1967. Code name Lesu.

Jean, Cardinal Villot. He was Secretary of State to Paul VI, and Camerlengo (the Chamberlain who takes over affairs at the Vatican on the death of a Pope). Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, and administrator of the Patrimony of the Holy See. He came of a family which has produced over the last two hundred years, from father to son, Grand Masters of secret societies including the Rosicrucians.

Being aware that this had become known, he strenuously denied that he was associated in any way with such societies. One of his denials was contained in a letter, dated October 31st, 1976, sent from the Vatican by way of the Papal Nunciature in Paris, to the Director of Lectures Françaises, a monthly publication. It ran: ‘Having noticed that in your review of September 1976, you referred to Cardinal Villot as a member of a secret society, Cardinal Villot declares in the most formal fashion that he has never had, at any moment in his life, the least connection with any secret society. He adheres closely to the condemnations imposed by the Sovereign Pontiffs. Cardinal Villot begs the Director of Lectures Françaises to publish this denial in a future issue, and thanks him in advance.’

One cannot help wondering how Cardinal Villot, who appears to have been afflicted with an unusually short memory, managed to fulfil his office as Secretary of State.

For records show that he was initiated into a secret society on August 6th, 1966, and that in the hope of avoiding identification he was given two code names, Jeani and Zurigo.

Achille, Cardinal Lienart. Bishop of Lille. He was formerly a captain in the French Army, and a life-long ultra-Liberal. He led the progressive forces at the Second Vatican Council, on which account it was said that ‘his ideas were redder than his robes’. Shortly before his death he startled those in the room by suddenly exclaiming: ‘Humanly speaking, the Church is dead.’ Initiated October 15th, 1912. Code name could not be verified.

Ugo, Cardinal Poletti. Vicar-General of the diocese of Rome, and so controller of all the clergy in the city. Member of the Sacred Congregation of Sacraments and of Divine Worship. President of Pontifical Works, and of the Liturgical Academy. Archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of the Lateran. Initiated February 17th, 1969. Code name Upo.

Franco, Cardinal Biffi. Head of the St. John Lateran Pontifical University. Initiated August 15th, 1969. Code name Bifra.

Michele, Cardinal Pellegrino. Archbishop of Turin where the Holy Shroud is kept. Initiated May 2nd, 1960. Code name Palmi.

Sebastiano, Cardinal Baggio. Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops. Initiated August 15th, 1957. Code name Seba.

Pasquale, Cardinal Macchi. Prelate of Honour and secretary to Paul VI. After being excommunicated for heresy, he was reinstated by Cardinal Villot. Initiated April 23rd, 1958. Code name Mapa.

Salvatore, Cardinal Pappalardo. Archbishop of Palermo, Sicily. Initiated May 6th, 1943. Code name Salpo.

Cardinal Garrone. Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He brazenly let it be known that he was a member of a secret society, but he was neither removed nor publicly reproved. Date of initiation and code name could not be verified.

Archbishop Annibale Bugnini. Consultant in the Sacred Congregation of Propagation of the Faith, and in the Sacred Congregation of Holy Rites. The story of his unmasking during the Second Vatican Council has been told. Died July 3rd, 1982. Initiated April 23rd, 1963. Code name Buan.

Archbishop Giovanni Benelli. Archbishop of Florence. He secured the appointment of Cardinal Villot as Secretary of State in place of the orthodox Cardinal Cicognani. Date of initiation and code name could not be verified.

Archbishop Mario Brini. Consultor of the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of Canon Law. Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Eastern Churches, and a member of the Pontifical Commission for Russia. Initiated July 13th, 1969. Code name Mabri.

Bishop Michele Buro. Prelate of the Pontifical Commission to Latin America. Initiated March 21st, 1969. Code name Bumi.

Bishop Fiorenzo Angelini. Titular Bishop of Massene, Greece. Delegate of the Cardinal-Vicar of Rome for Hospitals. Initiated October 14th, 1957. Code name could not be verified.

Monsignor Mario Rizzi. Prelate of Honour to the Holy Father. He was responsible for discarding certain Canon Laws which formed part of the foundation of the Church from Apostolic times. Initiated September 16th, 1969. Code name Mari or Monmari.

Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto. Attaché of Secretary of State, and Notary of the Second Section of the Supreme Tribunal and of the Apostolic Segnatura. He is listed as a very important person among the societies. Initiated April 2nd, 1970. Code name Pimpi.

Monsignor Francesco Marchisano. Prelate of Honour to the Holy Father. Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. Initiated February 14th, 1961. Code name Frama.

Aurelio Sabattani. Archbishop of Giustiniana, Milan Province, Italy. First Secretary of the Supreme Apostolic Segnatura. Initiated June 22nd, 1969. Code name Asa.

Abino Mensa. Archbishop of Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy. Initiated July 23rd, 1969. Code name Mena.

Enzio D’Antonio. Archbishop of Trivento. Initiated June 21st, 1969. Code name could not be verified.

Alessandro Gottardi. Archbishop of Trento, Italy. He controls candidates who are likely to be raised to the dignity of Cardinal. He is addressed as ‘Doctor’ at secret society meetings. Initiated June 13th, 1959. Code name Algo.

Antonio Travia. Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese. He is the head of Catholic schools. Initiated September 15th, 1967. Code name Atra.

Giuseppe Mario Sensi. Titular Bishop of Sardi, Asia Minor. Papal Nuncio to Portugal. Initiated November 2nd, 1967. Code name Gimase.

Francesco Salerno. Bishop Prefect. Initiated May 4th, 1962. Code name Safra.

Antonio Mazza. Titular Bishop of Velia. Initiated April 14th, 1971. Code name Manu.

Mario Schierano. Titular Bishop of Acrida, Cosenza Province, Italy. Chief Military Chaplain of the Italian Armed Forces. Initiated July 3rd, 1959. Code name Maschi.

Luigi Maverna. Bishop of Chiavari, Genoa, Italy. Initiated June 3rd, 1968. Code name Luma.

Aldo Del Monte. Bishop of Novara, Piedmont, Italy. Initiated August 25th, 1969. Code name Adelmo.

Marcello Morganta. Bishop of Ascoli, Piceno, in East Italy. Initiated July 22nd, 1955. Code name Morma.

Luigi Bettazzi. Bishop of Lyrea, Italy. Initiated May llth, 1966. Code name Lube.

Gaetano Bonicelli. Bishop of Albano, Italy. Initiated May 12th, 1959. Code name Boga.

Salvatore Baldassarri. Bishop of Ravenna, Italy. Initiated February 17th, 1958. Code name Balsa.

Vito Gemmiti. Member of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops. Initiated March 25th, 1968. Code name Vige.

Pier Luigi Mazzoni. Member of the Sacred Congregation of Bishops. Initiated September 14th, 1959. Code name Pilum.

Ernesto Basadonna. Prelate of Milan. Initiated September 14th, 1963. Code name Base.

Mario Bicarelli. Prelate of Vicenza, Italy. Initiated September 23rd, 1964. Code name Bima.

Salvatore Marsili. Abbot of the Order of St. Benedict of Finalpia, near Modena, Italy. Initiated July 2nd, 1963. Code name Salma.

Annibale Ilari. Abbot of Sua Santita. Initiated March 16th, 1969. Code name Ila.

Franco Gualdrini. Rector of Capri. Initiated May 22nd, 1961. Code name Grefra.

Lino Lozza. Chancellor of the Rome Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Initiated July 23rd, 1969. Code name Loli.

Daimazio Mongillo. Professor of Dominican Moral Theology, Holy Angels Institute, Rome. Initiated February 16th, 1969. Code name Monda.

Flaminio Cerruti. Chief of the Office of University of Congregation Studies. Initiated April 2nd, 1960.

Enrico Chiavacci. Professor of Morals at the University of Florence. Initiated July 2nd, 1970. Code name Chie.

Carmelo Nigro. Rector of the Seminary Pontifical of Major Studies. Initiated December 21st, 1970. Code name Carni.

Carlo Graziani. Rector of the Minor Seminary of the Vatican. Initiated July 23rd, 1961. Code name Graca.

Luigi Belloli. Rector of the Lombardy Seminary. Initiated April 6th, 1958. Code name Bella.

Virgilio Noe. Head of the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship. Initiated April 3rd, 1961. Code name Vino.

Dino Monduzzi. Regent to the Prefect of the Pontifical House. Initiated March 11th, 1967. Code name Mondi.

Vittorio Palistra. Legal Counsel to the Sacred Rota of the Vatican State. Initiated May 6th, 1943. Code name Pavi.

Giuseppe Ferraioli. Member of the Sacred Congregation of Public Affairs of the Church. Initiated November 24th, 1969. Code name Gife.

Alberto Bovone. Substitute-Secretary of the Sacred Office. Initiated April 30th, 1967.

Terzo Nattelino. Vice-Prefect of the Archives of Secretariat of the Vatican. Initiated June 17th, 1957. Code name Nate.

Georgio Vale. Priest official of the Rome diocese. Initiated February 21st, 1971. Code name Vagi.

Dante Balboni. Assistant to the Vatican Pontifical Commission for Biblical Studies. Initiated July 23rd, 1968. Code name Balda.

Vittorio Trocchi. Secretary for Catholic Laity in Consistory of the Vatican State Consultations. Initiated July 12th, 1962. Code name Trovi.

Piero Vergari. Head Protocol Officer of the Vatican State Segnatura. He controls Canon Law changes. Initiated December 14th, 1970. Code name Pive.

Dante Pasquinelli. Member of the Council of the Nuncio to Madrid. Initiated January 12th, 1969. Code name Pada.

Mario Pimpo. Vicar of the Office of General Affairs. Initiated March 15th, 1970. Code name Pima.

Igino Rogger. Officer in the diocese of Rome. Initiated April 16th, 1968. Code name Igno.

Pietro Rossano. Member of the Sacred Congregation of nonChristian Studies. Initiated February 12th, 1968. Code name Piro.

Francesco Santangelo. Substitute-General of Defence Legal Council. Initiated November 12th, 1970. Code name Frasa.

Gaetano Scanagatta. Member of the Commission of Pompeii and Loreto. Initiated September 23rd, 1971. Code name Gasca.

Pio Laghi. Apostolic Delegate to Argentina. Initiated August 24th, 1969. Code name Lapi.

Pietro Santini. Vice-Official of the Tribunal of the Vicariate of the Vatican. Initiated August 23rd, 1964. Code name Sapa.

Domenico Semproni. Member of the Tribunal of the. Vicariate of the Vatican. Initiated April 16th, 1960. Code name Dose.

Angelo Lanzoni. Chief of the Office of Secretariat of State. Initiated September 24th, 1956. Code name Lana.

Giovanni Lajola. Member of the Council of Public Affairs of the Church. Initiated July 27th, 1970. Code name Lagi.

Venerio Mazzi. Member of the Council of Public Affairs of the Church. Initiated October 13th, 1966. Code name Mave.

Antonio Gregagnin. He is the Tribune of First Causes for Beatification for Canonisation. Initiated October 19th, 1967. Code name Grea.

Giovanni Caprile. Director of Catholic Civil Affairs. Initiated September 5th, 1957. Code name Gica.

Roberto Tucci. Director-General of the Vatican Radio. A most important post since this station emits news round the clock in thirty-two languages. Initiated June 27th, 1957. Code name Turo.

Virgilio Levi. Assistant-Director of the Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, and of Vatican Radio Station. Initiated July 4th, 1958. Code name Vile.

There are 526 Masonic Lodges in Italy. In view of that, their admitted membership of only 20,000 is questionable.

The French Register of Secret Societies is more closely guarded than the Italian, so that particulars of recent initiations cannot be quoted. The most sustained list of clerics belonging to French secret societies covers a few decades preceding the French Revolution, and it numbered, even at a time when infiltration of the Church by its enemies was on a smaller scale than it soon attained, some 256 members.