"Let us spread vice broadcast among the multitude. Let them breathe it through their five senses, let them drink it in and become saturated with it ... Make men's hearts corrupt and vicious and you will have no more Catholics. Draw away priests from their work, from the altar, and from the practice of virtue. Strive skillfully to fill their minds and occupy their time with other matters ... Recently one of our friends, laughing at our projects, said to us: To overcome the Catholic Church, you must begin by suppressing the female sex.' There is a certain sense in which the words are true; but since we cannot suppress woman, let us corrupt her along with the Church ... The best poniard with which to wound the Church mortally is corruption" (Instructions of the Italian Masonic Alta Vendita in L'Eglise Romaine en face de la Revolution, by Cr‚tineau-Joly, Vol. II, pp. 128-129).
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr (1894 - 1941)
Fr. Kolbe recalls... "In the years leading up to the war, the masonic "clique", disapproved of on several occasions by the Sovereign Pontiffs, governed in Rome, the capital of Christianity, with ever greater impudence. It did not even hesitate to brandish in the streets of the City during the festivities in honour of Giordano Bruno, a black flag showing the Archangel Saint Michael beneath the feet of Lucifer; still less did they hesitate to brandish masonic insignia beneath the windows of the Vatican. A reckless hand felt no repugnance in writing: Satan will rule in the Vatican and the Pope will serve him in the uniform of a Swiss Guard, and other things of that kind. This mortal hatred for the Church of Jesus Christ and for His Vicar was not just a prank on the part of deranged individuals, but a systematic action proceeding from the principle of Freemasonry: Destroy all religion, whatever it may be, especially the Catholic religion." ... written by Fr. Kolbe in 1939....
This Sect with its threefold claim of being COUNTER-CHURCH (against the Church), COUNTER-STATE (against the State) and COUNTER-MORALITY (against traditional morality) takes pride in being above all and for all times the enemy of the Catholic Church; one of its rallying calls is that of Tigrotto, one of the Alta Vendita chiefs who, in 1822, proclaimed:
"CATHOLICISM MUST BE DESTROYED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD."
With Tigrotto also the anti-Catholic plan is expressed thus:
"LET US CONSPIRE ONLY AGAINST ROME."
"The fight taking place between Catholicism and Freemasonry is a fight to the very death, ceaseless and merciless." (Bulletin of the Grand Orient of France P. 183. 1892 and in memorandum of the Supreme Council No. 85, page 48. )
"TO FIGHT AGAINST PAPACY IS A SOCIAL NECESSITY AND CONSTITUTES THE CONSTANT DUTY OF FREEMASONRY." (Masonic International Congress held in Brussels 1904, page 132 of the report. ).
The lodge unwittingly confirmed the religious nature of Masonry in a court case in 1903. A certain Robert Kopp, who had been expelled from the fraternity, appealed against his former brethren in the civil courts. He lost his case but the counsel for the Grand Lodge of New York presented the following statement in his "Briefs and Points":
"The right to membership in the Masonic fraternity is very much like the right to membership in a church. Each requires a candidate for admission to subscribe to certain articles of religious belief as an essential prerequisite to membership. Each requires a member to conduct himself thereafter in accordance with certain religious principles. Each requires its members to adhere to certain doctrines of belief and action. The precepts contained in the "Landmarks and the Charges of a Freemason" formulate a creed so thoroughly religious in character that it may well be compared with the formally expressed doctrine of many a denominational church. The Masonic fraternity may, therefore, be quite properly regarded as a religious society, and the long line of decisions, holding that a religious society shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to determine matters of membership, should be deemed applicable to the Masonic fraternity. "
Albert G. Mackey asks:
"Look at its ancient landmarks, its sublime ceremonies, its profound symbols and allegories-all inculcating religious observance, and teaching religious truth, and who can deny that it is eminently a religious institution? . . . Masonry, then, is indeed a religious institution; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Mason defend it.
(Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 731.
Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are
instruction in religion.
Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 213.
Pope Leo XIII:
The Church, of course, condemns all secret societies which are satan's happy hunting grounds: "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" (Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter, Humanum Genus, On Freemasonry).
Further, in his letter to the Italian people dated December 8, 1892, Pope Leo
"Let us remember that CHRISTIANITY and Freemasonry are essentially incompatible, to such an extent, that to become united with one means being divorced from the other. Let us, therefore, expose Freemasonry as the enemy of God, of the Church and of our Motherland "
Pope Clement XII in his Pontifical Constitution "In Eminenti"
condemned Freemasonry as being Counter-Church and Counter-State.
"Let US meditate upon the serious evils which are usually the result of those kinds of Societies or centers, not only concerning the peace of temporal States, but still more as regards the salvation of souls. Those Societies are not in agreement with the civil and economic laws of the States.
"In order to close the widely open road to iniquities which might be committed with impunity and also for other reasons, just and reasonable, that have come to our knowledge . . . We have resolved and decreed to condemn and forbid such Societies, assemblies, reunions, conventions, aggregations or meetings called either Freemasonic or known under some other denomination. WE CONDEMN AND FORBID THEM BY THIS, OUR PRESENT CONSTITUTION, WHICH IS TO BE CONSIDERED VALID FOR EVER."
However, not only is the condemnation by Pope Clement XII extended to Masonic Sects, but it applies also to all the laymen who, although they are not members of Societies called Freemasonic, favor them, in any manner, thus:
"WE COMMAND TO THE FAITHFUL TO ABSTAIN FROM INTERCOURSE WITH THOSE SOCIETIES . . . IN ORDER TO AVOID EXCOMMUNICATION, WHICH WILL BE THE PENALTY IMPOSED UPON ALL THOSE CONTRAVENING TO THIS, OUR ORDER. NONE, EXCEPT AT THE POINT OF DEATH, COULD BE ABSOLVED OF THIS SIN EXCEPT BY US OR THE THEN EXISTING ROMAN PONTIFF."
Pope Benedict XIV, on March 16, 1751 published the Constitution "Providas" in which he inserted in full In Eminenti, the Bull which had been written by his predecessor, Clement XII, in order to make it very evident that the condemnation of Freemasonry was IRREVOCABLE and was to be applied to the FUTURE as well as to the PRESENT.
Pope Pius VIII 1829-1830
Successor of Leo XII, Pope Pius VIII, in his Encyclical "Traditi", published at the time of his advent on May 21, 1829 renewed all the condemnations of his predecessors, repeating that all Masonic Sects are issued from the "WELL OF PERDITION." It was under his short reign as Pontiff that a new Lodge of "ALTA VENDITA" was discovered in Rome, having been formed in 1828 and headed by Joseph Picilli as Grand Master. Following Leo XII, Pius VIII most particularly mentions the Sect called "Unitsersitaire," saying:
"ITS AIM IS TO CORRUPT YOUTH IN SCHOOLS."
and he applies to Masons those words of Saint Leo the Great:
"THEIR LAW IS UNTRUTH: THEIR GOD IS THE DEVIL AND THEIR CULT IS TURPITUDE."