Why do Freemasons like Pope Francis

Translated from the French journal ‘ONE PETER FIVE’   April 8, 2017

Why do Freemasons like Pope Francis?


Part I of Anonymous source published by: Steve Skojec, Chief columnist for One Peter Five

On April 7, 2017 SOURCE: One Peter Five

Editor’s Note: As we have said before, a large part of our work here at One Peter Five is also based on the kindness and generosity of those who wish to contribute to our apostolate without being able to be able, for reasons Different, to make public their own names. It was presented to us by a person who mastered the subject the result of an immense research that spread over a long period of time. After reviewing his findings, we decided to present it to our readers, under the condition of anonymity, the evidence that this author has gathered shows that the Freemasons of the whole world rejoiced in the election of Jorge Bergoglio to the And that they continued to praise it publicly for its ongoing and developing reform programme.

Given that the words speak for themselves to a large extent — and therefore lead us to a deeper reflection on the nature and purpose of this papacy — we will leave it to our readers to take into consideration the abundant evidence compiled in the following pages. Not all cited documents are chronologically presented. As there is a lot of material, we will present this documentation in several parts, which is the first one. We would also like to express our profound gratitude to the person who has done the research — a true work of love, a filial devotion to our Catholic Church and its entire formative teaching.

Some preliminary comments

 On Freemasonry and the Catholic Church

‘A Pope according to our needs’

‘What we must ask, what we must seek and expect, as the Jews for the expected Messiah, is a pope according to our needs. Alexander VI, with all his private crimes, would not suit you, for he never made a mistake in religious matters. Clement XIV, on the contrary, would suit us from head to toe.’ (from the permanent instruction of Alta Vendita, article XIX, 1st half of the 19th century )

As the late John Vennari, then editor-in-chief of Catholic Family News explained: The Alta Vendita was the highest lodge of the Carbonari, an Italian secret society with links to Freemasonry and which, as well as Freemasonry, and was condemned by the Catholic Church. “

Thus, this quotation from the Alta Vendita gives us an idea of what some Freemasons have always historically sought in a pope of the Catholic Church. In 1861, Jacques Joly Cretin published a book entitled “The Church in front of the revolution”. This French author first published ‘Alta Vendita des Carbonari’, which, according to researchers specialising in Freemasonry, was de facto the armed branch of Freemasonry; Those who were given leadership positions within this secret group had already been Freemasons, especially high-level Freemasons. 1

According to this document and other Masonic documents that were seized by the pope’s police, the Freemasons hoped for a pope according to their own needs, not a pope who is part of their “fraternity”, but a pope who goes along with their mentality. The Alta Vendita wanted a pope — similar to Clement XIV [2] — who could go with his hands and feet tied to the powers in place (driven by fear) and the non-believers (who would congratulate him for his tolerance). To get to this point within the church, the ‘Alta Vendita’ knew that it could take a long time, even a century. 3

This document was published in 1861, long before there were traditionalist Catholics. It was at the time of Pope Pius IX.

                                         John Paul II and Benedict XVI do not like…

We are now back to our days.

In an interview given in 1999 and another in 2009, the lawyer Gustavo Raffi, Grand Master of the Lodge of the Grand Orient of Italy (1999-2014), said that during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI  “Freemasonry had had a Great period of dialogue with the Church, several in the clergy then spoke of the end of anti-Masonic censorship and pleaded in favor of compatibility between the church and the Loggia’. [4] But, with Pope John Paul II, the anti-Masonic “Frost” came back: in 1983, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), presided over by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, reiterated the incompatibility between church and masonry. Pope Wojtyla approved this statement. NB [One Peter Five narrated here the role that Dr. Ingo Dollinger played in relation to this CDF document in 1983 (the publisher)

Since 1999, however, the Archbishop (later Cardinal) of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been an honorary member of the Rotary Club, who has ties to Freemasonry and was even condemned by some bishops in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the winter of 2004-2005, in the British Masonic Magazine “Freemasonry Today”  the German mason, Axel Pohlmann, complained about Pope Wojtyla (still living at that time) and Cardinal Ratzinger. Pohlmann suggested that after the death of the Polish pontiff, the Freemasons would do their best to persuade the church to suppress any anti-Masonic condemnation. [5] In the article, he asked: “And what does the future have in store? When Father Sebott asked if contacts were to be maintained, he said: “Not as long as the men [including Ratzinger] who made the decisions in the years 1980 are in power, including the Pope.”

This statement may be negative for the present, but hopeful for the future. The desires of the Pohlmann Mason seemed shortly after becoming reality: a few months after his article had been published, Pope John Paul II died. The Conclave followed in 2005. Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (Jesuit) was among the eligible candidates; He was the one who was interested in the Freemasons. [6] But it seems that at this conclave, the decisive choice oscillated between the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio (also Jesuit), and Joseph Ratzinger. [7] Joseph Ratzinger won (to the annoyance of the Freemasons) and Benedict XVI became the Pope of Summorum Pontificum, a pope widely regarded as a champion of the clear and strong protection of non-negotiable values.

Under Ratzinger’s papacy, there have been frequent media attacks on the pope’s person, in some cases every day, conspiracies of “spies”, leaks of documents, various criticisms of theologians against the pope and a massive boycott of Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. It seems that among the boycotters or at least among the quietest observers towards Summorum Pontificum, there were Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was then Archbishop of Buenos Aires. 8

In 2010, the Argentine Masonic Journal, Hiram Abif, was disappointed by Pope Benedict XVI and was already speculating about his future successor. It states: ‘Benedict XVI’s early years leave a feeling of crisis intensifying in the Catholic Church. Never before have the disagreements and disagreements been so strong inside and outside the Vatican. […] And after Benedict XVI, what? What are the options? Who could lead to a new stage?‘ 9

On February 11, 2013, Benedict XVI gave his own concerns about his ability to pursue an effective pontificate and resigned. A new Conclave has taken place. This time, when a new pope appeared on the balcony of the Basilica of St. Peter on March 13, 2013, it was the same Jorge Bergoglio that was claimed to be the preferred alternative to Ratzinger at the Conclave of 2005. The former Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires took the name of Francis, the first pope to do so in the history of the church. After his election, relentless attacks on the media and critical constants almost ended, but those who opposed Summorum Pontificum took up new forces. Many lectures on “mercy” as the theme of the new pontificate have entered into public conversation, but this same mercy seems to have been denied to these “conservative” sectors in communion with Rome.

« […] Maybe in the Church nothing will be as before…

To a new era? »

Among some Argentine traditionalist backgrounds, it is said that Bergoglio, before becoming bishop, disappeared for some time from circulation and was initiated into Freemasonry, he would then reappeared and would have made a career. Who knows the truth of this? Is this yet another case of traditionalist disinformation? A conspiracy theory and nothing more? What we know for certain is that over the years, Bergoglio has been seen to please various Masonic groups to such an extent that they have not made a secret of their satisfaction with him. Let’s now continue to present various Masonic statements in favor of Pope Francis. They are a sum of public praise never received by any other pontiff. (at the time of writing this document we have compiled over 60 examples of public Masonic praises of the Argentine pope.)

Some will probably say that this image of Francis in the media as it is favored by Freemasonry is the result of a masonic exploitation and that the Pope himself has nothing to do with it. That may well be the case. But it is important to ask why the Freemasons did not exploit in a similar way or did not praise the popes Pius IX, Pius X, Pius XI and Pius XII. It seems reasonable to conclude that they had little opportunity to do so because these popes did not give them much to praise that they could have interpreted favourably for their purposes.

Let us now look at the evidence, however, of their support for Pope Francis:

1) After his election, Pope Francis received the congratulations and praise of B’nai B’rith [10], a kind of powerful para-Jewish masonry for Jews only. B’nai B’rith (BB) argues that it is not a masonic organization, yet its assemblies are called “Loggias” and “Grand Lodge”. B’nai B’rith was founded in 1843 and has drawn its various elements to a large extent from masonry. It seems that B’nai B’rith, as an organization, has little or nothing to do with the esoterism. To be lauded by B’nai B’rith means little; B.B. was also happy with Paul VI and John Paul II and with François. But there is a certain difference. John Paul II had openly condemned the Freemasons and Freemasonry had not praised him as soon as he was elected. There was some sporadic praise for John Paul II on the part of Freemasonry for the Assisi gathering of 1986 — culminating in a prize handed down by the Grand Orient of Italian Freemasonry in 1996, but not much more. The previous anti-Masonic condemnation of 1983 had extinguished the vast majority of Masonic enthusiasm for the Polish pope.

2) on the day of his election, the information website Impulso Baires published a communiqué of the Gran Logia de la Argentina de Libres y Aceptados masons;; The Grand master himself, Angel Jorge Clavero, hailed the new Pope Francis and the former Cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires. 11

3) On 15/3/13, the website of  the grand Lodge of Italy, GLVDI, issued a statement (although dated 13 March 2013) of the Grand Master of Luciano Nistri concerning the election of the new pope:

‘Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name of Francis. A decided choice, far from the logic of the Roman Curia and temporal power. From the first moment, François Pope, a man who came from “near the end of the world”, rejecting the ermine robe and the gold cross and replacing them with an iron cross, made his first tangible act. In his first words of greeting, he fostered a willingness to dialogue with the world and with mankind, nourishing the living hope for the laity and the non-believers that a change is underway. Maybe this is really what the world is waiting for and what it was waiting for. A new church that knows how to reconnect love with truth in a dialogue with entrenched institutions defending their own power. It is this same hope for which the world — and especially in Latin America where Freemasons Simon Bolivar, Salvador Allende and even Giuseppe Garibaldi [especially his time in Brazil] Among the many people who gave freedom to these Peoples — has always desired.. A message that Freemasonry perceives itself as a clear break with the past and a message that is now turned to listen to the poor, the marginalized and the weakest. So to the new pontiff, we send our best wishes for your good work in the years to come.” Luciano Nistri, Grand master GLVDI. [12]

Note – In January 2017, Luciano Nistri 33 ° degree, 58 years old, originally from Prato, was reappointed as Grand Master GLVDI for three years 2017-2019. 13

4) On 14 March 2013, Gustavo Raffi, the Grand Master of the Grand Orient Lodge of Italy — one of the most important lodges in the world — and hailed the new pontiff. Raffi said, perhaps prophetic: “Perhaps nothing in the church will be as before” [14]

5-6-7) The Masonic site  ‘Fenix News’ led by the Peruvian Mario Rolleri, 33 ° Mason of Lodge Heysen Inchaustegui, Lima, Peru, published on March 15, 2013 a communiqué of the great United Lodge of Lebanon. Grand Master Haddad and Rami Sovereign Grand Commander Jamil Saade sent to Argentina their congratulations to the women of the great Female Lodge of Argentina (sic), on the occasion of the election of Pope Bergoglio. [15] In this single statement, we see the support of the Freemasons of Peru (5), the Lebanese Freemasons (6) and the Argentine Freemasons (7), all of whom were satisfied with the election of Bergoglio..

On the other hand, Pope Pius IX, Pius X, or Pius XII, when they were newly elected, did not receive praise or greetings from Freemasonry either Italian or international.  The names of the above ‘pius’ pontiffs  have never been friendly with the Freemasons..

8) A few weeks after the election of Pope Francis of March 2013, the Canadian Masonic Bulletin of April 2013 called “The Watermark”, stated that the new pope is on the Internet and was considered a Freemason who used Masonic signs 16. The masonic author is confident that the new pope despite his “conservatism” will be ready to build a better relationship between Catholicism and masonry.

The same article publishes all the message of greeting of the Grand Master of the Great Lodge of Argentina Jorge Clavero, (see point 2 above] to the new pontiff. At the end of the Watermark article, the Canadian Mason hopes for a cessation of unjust secular persecution against the Freemasons by the Roman Catholic Church. 17

9) In a letter to his progressive friend, Massimo Teodori, on June 20, 2013, the Grand master Raffi revealed himself full of zeal and enthusiasm for the acts and words of Pope Francis. Raffi pleads for a profound “reform” of the church according to the aims, of course, of Masonic and secular thought. Raffi praised the “theologian with in-depth knowledge”, Karl Rahner (a Jesuit), and his theory of “anonymous Christians”. Raffi opposed “The ancient Liturgy of privileges and Sinecures”. 18

10) Also in favor of Pope Bergoglio was the Brazilian Masonic magazine O Malhete [Hammer]. [19] in an article (“Uma Lição do Papa”) [“a lesson of the pope”], p. 7, the Bishop of Rome was exalted. The author was Derildo Martins Da Costa, Venerable Master of the Lodge “Luz do Planalto” [“Light of the Plateau”]  of the Serra-Grande Oriente of Brazil. Martins Da Costa writes: “Pope Francis, before urging others to do so, did it himself first.”  Here is the difference between Pope Francis and his predecessors. Moreover, Da Costa says, the pope “seems to have given examples” — examples that it is reasonable to conclude that Freemasons find acceptable. In Brazil, in fact, the “Pope has left us a profound lesson of citizenship” for when passing an “evangelical church”, he decided to recite a “our Father” with the pastors outside.

11) in the number 1-2/2013 (pages 65-66) of the Acacia magazine of the Italian Grand Lodge for the symbolic Rite, the editor-in-chief Moreno Neri, hopes that Pope Francis, a Jesuit, can truly reform the church (“no one other than a Jesuit may be More appropriate to meet the challenge of the changes awaiting the church “), and congratulates Cardinal Martini. The Mason Neri hopes that the church is no longer a “closed and dusty system”.

12) In 2013, Italian journalists Giacomo Galeazzi and Ferruccio Pinotti published the book “The Masonic Vatican”. Galeazzi is a great “fan” of Pope Francis, as Andrea Tornielli, correspondent of the Vatican and colleague of Galeazzi at the newspaper La Stampa in Turin. Galeazzi-Pinotti wrote:

Over the last 30-35 years, several Jesuits have been interested in a positive way by Freemasonry; They took part in public debates, at conferences organized by the Grand Orient of Italy, wrote articles and books on philosophical thinking about the history of Freemasonry — in other words, they were these clergymen who, despite the anathemas and the various excommunications of the Church of Rome published on the Masonic institution, tried to understand it, and then ended very often to share the philosophical approach. 22

Galeazzi-Pinotti also reported on the statements made by the Mason Nicola Spinello: “Nicola Spinello, deputy Vicar of the Grand master of the Piazza del Gesù Community, answered the question posed to him on the television show Mystery [Mistero] which aired on March 20, 2013: What is the relationship between the Jesuits and the Freemasons?   Answer: The Jesuits and Freemasonry have always had a great mutual speculative interest… »

Next, the question: The Pope is from Argentina and, in Argentina, there is a great Masonic tradition; He was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, do you think he had relations with Freemasonry? »

He [Spinello] replied: “Exactly the opposite would surprise me, namely that he would not have had them [these relations].” The Masonic tradition in Argentina is very powerful.

“And to another question from the investigator, he replied:” I believe that this pope is the realization of a design that wanted to be adopted for a long time “[23]

Galeazzi-Pinotti continued:

The Grand master Catania Vincenzo Di Benedetto, head of the serene Grand Lodge of Piazza del Gesù, also replied to our specific question: various sources have indicated the existence of Masonic Lodges also in the Vatican;  Do you think that is possible? He replied without hesitation: “Yes, quite, whether you use the name or not.” 24

13) In July 2013, to commemorate his late friend, Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Grand Master Gustavo Raffi (Grand Orient of Italy) launched a new homage to Pope Francis, saying:

‘Today, mankind is increasingly poor, as is the Catholic Church. But that of Pope Francis is the church which promises to be respectful of otherness and to share the idea that the secular State promotes to know peace and the coexistence of different religions.’ 25

14) in a two-page letter dated 9 September 2013, Gian Franco Pilloni, Serene Grand Master of the Great Lodge of Italy — U.M.S.O.I. (Unione Massonica Stretta Osservanza Iniziatica), addressed to Pope Francis urging him – to work “towards an end of the divisions existing in the relations between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry”. Pilloni would like us to believe that Freemasonry is not an adversary of the Catholic Church but that it is walking on “parallel streets”. He praised Pope Francis, saying: “The Catholic Church is represented by you dignefiedly” adding “I appeal to Your Holiness, a man of extraordinary human qualities.” [26] adding that his Grand Lodge is “recognized by the grand American lodges to which I belong” (i.e. Pilloni is also a member of the American Freemasonry). 27

15) Moreover, on 21 September 2013, during the celebrations of Freemasonry of the Grand Orient of Italy on the occasion of the Autumnal equinox, the Grand Master Gustavo Raffi said, inter alia: “Pope Francis launches messages to mankind that are in tune with what we have been saying for years. It also invites people to come out of the catacombs and not to retreat but to be witnesses among the different peoples of their own values, by talking to society. Reflections should not be limited to today, but should build the future. This is a living masonry, by exchanging with people”  28

16) at an unspecified date in 2013 — on the website of the Leyte Times Magazine of the Philippines — Publisher Antonio M. Reyes, a mason, wrote that the great Filipino national heroes were masons and that though the Church had condemned Freemasonry, as had Cardinal Ratzinger in 1983, he believed that with Pope Francis, things would now change, because for him as for Masons, all religions and groups that believe in God should not be condemned to eternal damnation.  … fortunately Catholics now have a leader in Pope Francis who believes that all religions and brotherly associations that believe in God must be respected and not condemned to eternal damnation. We as Christians must take into account his call for religious tolerance and true ecumenism. 29

17) In an interview published in December 2013, Vincenzo Romano, 33 °, the deputy or the Vicar Grand master of the Grand Lodge of Italy of Ancient Free and accepted Masons : Piazza del Gesù, Palazzo Vitelleschi, stressed that Freemasonry does not follow (Catholic) principles and complained that the church does not accept the way of thinking of Freemasons [31]. He asked “Pope Bergoglio has already made many overtures, can there be something positive to see from him with regard to Freemasonry?  And then stated  ‘Pope Bergoglio has so far demonstrated that he was a great pope, but I do not know if he has any prejudice against us. Let’s see if there will be any reactions. We declare ourselves ready to embrace the Catholic world.[30] (emphasis added by Iain Colquhoun)



[1] L. de PONCINS, Freemasonry according to its secret documents, Diffusion of the French thought, rental-en-Montreuil 19755, p. 159.

[2] Pope Clement XIV (1705-1774), the pope from 1769 to 1774, universally suppressed reluctantly by the Jesuit order on July 21, 1773 (see: Dominus ac Redemptor). The Jesuit order was restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814. Editor’s Note.

[3] Continuing education (high sales), CIT. Cretin in J. Joly, the Roman church in front of the revolution, 2nd

Vol., Henri Plon, Paris, 1861, pp. 74-75.

[4] S. MASTER, “massone, no è comunione,” in the Espresso, August 19, 1999, p. 69 (68-71). (Http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/7167.html); Cf. Gustavo Raffi Grand Master Grande Oriente d’italia, in Erasmus Notizie, n ° 8 6-7-31 March-31 April 2009, the Grand Orient of Italy, Rome, p. 32.

[5] A. Pohlmann, “not a crime, but a sin?” (Being Freemason), Freemasonry today, Winter 2005, https://web.archive.org/web/20101215192220/http://freeMaçonrytoday.com/31/p10.php

[6] D. MINERVA, Dialogo sulla vita. Colloquio tra Carlo Maria Martini and Ignazio Marino (Espresso, 27 A2006), the Notizie Erasmus, Bollettino Grande Oriente d’italia, N. 7-8/2006, p. 42-47.

[7] http://temi.repubblica.it/limes/cosi-eleggemmo–Pope Ratzinger/5959

[8] http://blog.messainlatino.it/2011/06/un-mesto-anniversario.html

[9] See page 20 of this issue: http://Www.hiramabif.org/revista/abif_119.rar

[10] https://www.bnaibritheurope.org/bbeurope/what-we-do/public-policy/375-bnai-brith-welcomes-pope-François;


[11] http://www.impulsobaires.com.ar/nota.php? id = 175015; http://www.actualMaçonica.com/2013/03/20/el-papa-Françoisco-los-Maçones/

[12] GLVDI Notiziario-Notiziario massonico virtual Gran Loggia d’italia, R.S.A.A. Italian Freemasonry, Comunicato

Message N ° 159 published on 15 March 2013 http://blog.libero.it/GLVDI/11982726.html

[13] http://blog.libero.it/GLVDI/13495401.html

[14] http://www.grandeoriente.it/il-gran-maestro-raffi-con-papa-Francesco-nulla-sara-piu-come-prima-chiara-la-scelta-di-fraternita-per-una-Chiesa-the-dialogue not contaminated by-logiche slab-and-go from the front-of-Tentazioni Posses-temporal/

[15] “Grande Lodge of Lebanon salutes the Great Lodge of Argentina for the election of the new Pope Françoisco, women” http://Www.fenixnews.com/2013/03/15/gran-logia-unida-del-libano say hello-great-to-women-of-Argentina by choice of New-Françoisco-Pape/

[16] The former Archbishop of Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I have already received the visit of the anti-Masonic Exhalters and anti-Catholics so much that the Internet is in effervescence (just do the Google search “Pope Francis-Freemasonry”) with wild affirmations of the eye that statue that it is the “black Pope”, that he is a freemason and that he uses Masonic signs, blah, blah “(” A new Pope!-a new relationship with the Catholic Church Roman “in the watermark —. Masonic Philatelic Online in Canada Bulletin, Vol 3-Issue 4-. April 2013, P 3), http://bytown.ottawaMaçons.ca/Watermark%20April%202013.pdf

[17] “Hope as to me that this new pope who, despite his conservatism, is greatly admired for his personal humility and his commitment to social justice will be prepared to build a better relationship between Catholicism and Freemasonry.” I echo the comments of the Grand Master of the Great Lodge of Argentina Angel Jorge Clavero […]. We can only hope that hundreds of years of unjustified persecution of the Freemasons in the hands of the Roman Catholic Church will cease. “(Ibid., P. 3)

[18] Cf. Erasmo Notizie, Bollettino Informazione of the greater Orient of Italy, Anno XIV, N. 13-14 31 July 2013

Rome, p. 19.

[19] August 2013 of the Grand Orient of Brazil dello Stato “Espirito Santo ” (GOB-ES).

[20] Cf. Corrispondenza Romanian, N. 971/03, December 6, 2006; http://www.fattisentire.org/modules.php? name = News & file = print & sid = 2294. We read on this site about Braz Aviz, that “he was appointed auxiliary Bishop of Vitoria in 1994, in 1998, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Ponta Grossa; Four years later, in 2002, he was transferred to Maringa, and in 2004 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Brasilia. A really blazing career. “In 2010-2011 he was appointed the new prefect of the religious, and soon brought up as Cardinal

[21] http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350234bdc4.html? eng = y; http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2013/04/15/sempre-in-castigo-le-suore-americane-liberal/

[22] Giacomo Galeazzi-Ferruccio Pinotti, Massone Vatican. Logger, Denaro and Asterix Occulti: he large Segreto della Chiesa di papa Francesco, Edizioni Piemme, Milan, 2013, pp. 56-57.

[23] Ibid., P. 83 — emphasis added.

[24] Ibid.

[25] Notizie Erasmus, Bollettino Informazione of the Grand Orient of Italy, Anno XIV, number 15-16, 30 settembre 2013, p. 11.

[26] http://www.granloggiaditalia.com/sito/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/papa-Francesco-sito2.jpg-added accent.

[27] http://www.granloggiaditalia.com/sito/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/papa-Francesco-per-sito-1.jpg

[28] Notizie Erasmus, Bollettino Informazione of the Grand Orient of Italy, Anno XIV, number 17-18 31 October 2013, p. 6.

[29] http://www.southernleytetimes.com/No_way_to_treat_our_heroes.html

[30] http://www.regionecalabriagldi.it/public_html/news-dalle-logge/54-intervista-a-vincenzo-romano-gran-maestro-aggiunto.html-underline.

[31] “[Interview Question:]” Your relationship with the church? ” [Reply:] We pay with an excommunication that is ridiculous and now goes back a hundred years. We have always tried to build a good relationship. For us, we also had priests affiliated with Freemasonry. We tried to open a dialogue with the Vatican and a few years ago we had passed a series of letters exchanged with the Vatican Secretariat of State. However, there is some rigidity on the part of the church because of the dogmas. We swear on the holy book is the Bible, we have nothing against the church. And the church does not accept the way we think. We don’t live with dogmas, instead we like to have our way of thinking, comparing, thinking. That’s what makes us different. The church has a lot of prejudice against us. Ibid.

Published released Nulà4/08/2017 04:28:00 p.m.


18) on Saturday, March 2, 2013, Mario Rolleri 33 ° (thirty-third degree) published on the site of new Masonic Spanish language, Fenixnews, a few sentences in defence of human rights, as they were pronounced by Cardinal Bergoglio, in 2009 and 2012. The title of the article is “Bergoglio: the Pope in 2 sentences” (“Bergoglio: El Papa en 02 frases”). [1] and you see the photo of Pope Francis. But what is strange: The article is dated March 2, 2013 — while on the other hand, Bergoglio was elected Pope only 11 days later, that is, March 13, 2013! is the date incorrect on which the article was published (02 March 2013) or was the name of the future pope already known before his official elections? In this regard, it is impressive what our colleague Sandro Magister noted in his recent article entitled “The Man who was to be elected pope”. 2

19) in unspecified days, but in the first days after the election of Pope Francis in March 2013, Mason Oscar Baker wrote an open letter to the pope, rejoicing at his election, and concludes:

“But as a half-practicing Catholic [sic] in constant difficulty with my internal conflict over my culture of doubt, I want to tell you that I hope, with the billion and two hundred million other Catholics around the world, that his election to the Papal throne can truly be a moment of true revitalization of our faith, beaten by the plagues that have long occurred in the life of the Vatican. They need his example for believers, righteous believers, quasi-believers, agnostics and atheists.” And those who, disgusted with the good behaviour of the “bureaucracy” in clerical attire, have sometimes fled into a personal dialogue with God, reversing dogmas and teachings. Good work, dear Francis I, and that the Lord protect him, with his clergy. ”  Oscar [3]

Oscar Baker is an Italian freemason from the Grand Orient of Italy — Palazzo Giustiniani [4] — a Washington resident, member of the Washington DC Rotary Club [5] and founder of the Italia Lodge 2001 in Washington (in obedience to the Grand Lodge in Washington). 6

20) The Peruvian Mason Mario Rolleri 33 ° was so enthusiastic about the election of Papa Bergoglio that on 15 March 2013 he published on Fenixnews The first words of the new pope. The article ends with the words of the crowd “long live the Pope!” 7

21) Mario Rolleri, 33rd degree Grand Master of the Greater east of Peru in 2017, executive director of Fenixnews, offered praise to Papa Bergoglio on Sunday March 17, 2013. He praised Pope Francis for his humility, humanity and firmness and felt that many things would change in the church and that “His Holiness Francis” must appoint a new secretary of state, wishing him a long and fruitful pontificate. [8] He does not seem to have made a similar greeting to Pope Benedict XVI.

22) on Friday, March 20, 2013, on Fenixnews, Mario Rolleri 33 °, in another article of praise to the pope, declared his conviction that with Pope Francis Freemasonry could begin a fruitful dialogue. 9

23) on Friday 29 March 2013, on Fenixnews, Mario Rolleri 33 ° reported the testimony of Pope Francis by the Venezuelan Jesuit Luis Ugalde, director of the Centre for reflection and educational planning in Caracas. Father Ugalde had met Bergoglio in 1983 and stated that he ‘had saved the lives of many victims of political persecution.” Father Ugalde said that Pope Francis had to change many things in the church. [10] (obviously, the 33 ° Mason Rolleri was happy with this idea!)

24) on Sunday, March 31, 2013, in another article on the Pope Rolleri announced after his election that with the new pope, there will be news concerning changes and unexpected decisions [11].

25) on Thursday, 11 April 2013, Rolleri again congratulated Francis on the website of Fenixnews, and this time he even asked the Hebrew Kabbalah to help him! For he linked the Pope with number 13, since he was elected on March 13th. He explained that, for the Hebrew Kabbalah, 13 is not a number of “bad luck,” but explains the purpose of the creation. For the Kabbalists, there is no good luck and no bad luck. Rolleri wrote that Cardinal Bergoglio had not had the luck to be elected pope but rather built this reality by his own actions. [12] Rolleri invoked the light of the creator on Pope Francis and his message of love and attention to all human beings [13].

26) on Saturday, May 11, 2013, still on the website Masonic Fenixnews, Juan Orrego wrote that the Argentine Freemasons, the “Gran Logia de la Argentina de libres et Aceptados Masons”, welcomed the election of Pope Francis. Orrego notes that the relationship between church and masonry in Argentina has improved in recent decades. At the end of 1990, the Masons met the Episcopate [14].

27) on June 12, 2014, at the presentation of the Book of Ignazio Ingrao The Secret Council (Il Concilio Segreto — Piemme Publisher, 2013) [The Secret council], the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy, Stefano Bisi, said among other things (about the relations between Church and Freemasonry) that the opening of the church to the world “seems to find a new impetus with Pope Francis.’ 15 The event was also accompanied by Marco Polii (Vatican correspondent of Il Quotidiano) and Alberto Melloni (historian of the School of Bologna) who also highlighted the “new and strong innovative impulse” of the pontificate of Francis who wants to “A reshaping of the church in its appearance” and “an examination of the pastoral interpersonal relationship” [16].

Still on the subject of the pontificate of Francis, one reads in the Masonic Bulletin: “And this” leap forward of the church in modern society ” is pleasant to Freemasonry which, today as during these warm years, has again aroused to follow with interest the changes that are described by the Vatican]. […] Polii stated that several prelates and academicians in recent years have proposed to hold a Vatican III [council], but perhaps, the journalist noted, that there is no need. The church’s reform season is, in fact, already open. [Underlining added] 17

28) to the journalist Andrea Scanzi of the newspaper Il Quotidiano, in 2014, Michela Scolari (the sole custodian of the memoirs of the Mason Licio Gelli), said that 6-7 years ago, Pope François (then Cardinal Bergoglio) visited Licio Gelli at the Villa Wanda in Arezzo. Gelli, head of the famous P2 Lodge, was a Mason with excellent connections with Freemasonry and the Argentine political class in the years 1970 and 1980. Gelli revealed to Scolari that he had known Bergoglio since 1973 when Gelli was the Argentine minister Plenipotentiary and a great friend of Peron. 18

29) on the website of the Italian Grand Lodge (made up of Masons of the Grand Orient of Italy), we read a speech of March 13, 2014 by the Mason “M. A. Dominic P.” who praises Pope Francis and sees in him an opening for the reconciliation between the Freemasonry and the church [19].

30) in the March 2014 edition of Alpina, the Swiss Masonic magazine, the Mason Pierre-Alexandre Joye writes that the church and Freemasonry are based on different traditions but that ‘with the election of Pope Francis, the South American Jesuit, one can revive the Catholic-Masonic dialogue. Spiritualist forces should not be divided but united for reasons of social justice, human rights, freedom. The church and Freemasonry must not stop at what divides, but aim at what unites. 20

31) In the Masonic journal Alpina, in March 2014, in an article “Towards a possible constructive cohabitation” (“a more conciliatory era”), Mason Daniele Bui claims that, even if the incompatibility between Church and Lodge remains with Pope Francis Masons hope for a “more conciliatory” attitude on the side of the Holy See. [21] Bui believes that the grounds for incompatibility do not preclude a joint collaboration between Catholics and Masons for the promotion of human rights.

32) In his last speech as Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy (in April 2014), lawyer Gustavo Raffi said according to a report: “The world is changing at a speed that, a few years ago, would have been totally unimaginable. This “liquid” world, to use the term invented by Zygmunt Baumann — radically transforms all the “rigid” structures that the sea of the past has deposited on the shores of the present. He said “Just look back inside the walls separating Italy from the Vatican to understand” and added that something is changing. We observe with care and respect as this pope accelerates time of a change of structures traditionally reluctant to accommodate the innovative ferment. And the reflections of his influence echo well beyond the borders of the sacristy. But it’s also ours. It is up to us to make the crossing of this liquid reality happen. It is also up to us to face the evolution of the contemporary world. With the assertion — never betrayed — of being always contemporary to posterity. This is what calls us to assume our identity as Italians and Freemasons — he observed — and to set sail with confidence in the future though what the future holds.” 22

33) in the May-June ’14 of the Wayfarer, Bulletin No. 6 of the Minnesota Grand Lodge AF & AM, the “chaplain” of the Lodge, Dan Ploenzke, in his column “Words of Wisdom” quoted an excerpt from Pope Francis’s “let us be Lights of hope” that speaks of an openness to the surprises of God and of living in joy. He really liked what the pope wrote to be open to being surprised by God  [23]

34) On 25 August 2014, on the site of the Brazilian Freemasonry, the Grand Orient of Brazil, the Mason Barbosa Nunes praised Pope Francis [24] formerly “Cardinal of the Argentine poor” for his social role. He continued to assume the greatest representation of the Catholic Church and of the head of State. He did not stop, he takes prudent steps to build a new church. A new style in the Vatican, an image of a personality that knows and faces challenges ahead. The Mason Nunes also praised the divine Wisdom (“Sabedoria Divina”) of Pope Francis and hoped that the words of the pope were the object of meditation in the sessions of study of the Masonic Lodges [25].

35) in 2014, on the occasion of the meeting of the Great Lodge of the free and Accepted Masons of Florida (USA), the great orator of the Grand Lodge, Gilbert Weisman, not only enthusiastically quoted the work “Moral & Dogmas” by the Mason Albert Pike, 33rd degree (a mason OHS Térique and occultist), but also mentioned some words of the homily held by Pope Francis on January 1, 2014, in which the pontiff said that we are all children of the heavenly Father, that we all belong to the same human family, and That we share the same common destiny; And that we all have to work to create a community of brothers. Weisman said that Pope Francis could have addressed such a discourse to a body of Masons [26].

36) In April 2015, before the visit of Pope Francis in July in Latin America, Grand master Edgar Sanchez Caballero and his Gran Logia Symbolica del Paraguay wanted to meet the Argentine pope. The Paraguayan Masons said that they admired Pope Francis for his leadership of the church and hoped that he could influence the ecclesiastical hierarchy of Paraguay by changing the way of thinking of the bishops and thus promoting a Greater fraternity and greater openness of the Catholic Church. Grand Master Caballero expressed his hope in the renewal of the bishops: “The change of the head of the Catholic Church and the opening message given by the present pope — the Grand Master said — have not yet been” digested “in the Paraguayan ecclesiastical hierarchy whose mentality will change as the bishops Renew “. 27

37) On 9 April 2015, Mario Rolleri reported to Fenixnews on an interview with Nicolas Orlando Breglia, Grand Master of the Grande Lodge of Argentina. Breglia was also convinced that with Pope Bergoglio, the church was revising its position towards Freemasonry. According to Grand Master Breglia, Pope Francis elevates the banners of Freemasonry [28].

38) On 11 April 2015, at the Grand Lodge of the great Orient of Italy, held in Rimini, Mason Claudio Bonvecchio presents his book The Hour of dialogue. The pope, the church, Freemasonry — the interview with Sabatino Alfonso Annecchiarico [the Ora del dialogo. He Papa, La Chiesa, the Libera Muratoria — intervista di Sabatino Alfonso Annecchiarico] (Mimesis Editrice). A brief summary of the book, which are new “sycophancy lyrics” for Pope Francis:

“Faith, Reason, humanism, spirituality, pairs of concepts and values — they have diverged in the history of the Christian Church and in secular culture.” Especially now, with the impulse of Pope Francis, the time of this misunderstanding seems to have ended. The Church of the Pope of the people is tantamount to talking about feelings, but also about rational confrontation with society and history. This book builds a bridge for the most delicate but profitable confrontation. It is a possible document for a new covenant which has as its object man [a “Cult of man”]. An initiative of a dialogue without discounts on the side of a free and ripe rationalism of the Masonic culture, but without seizure. 29

39) In the May 2015 issue of the York Lodge newsletter No. 22 A.F. & A.M. (Kennenbunk-Maine USA), the Mason Donald Beane wrote that the Masons must learn from Pope Francis who speaks of all peoples as part of the human family with a father for all:

As Masons, we tend to follow the example of Pope Francis, who speaks of all people as a human family. It is a family with a father for all who seeks to help us find our way through faith and understanding. 30

40) on 25 June 2015, a press release of the Grand Lodge of obedience of the Piazza del Gesù Palazzo Vitelleschi of Italy affirmed that the Grand Commander Grand Master Antonio Binni had received with homage a copy of the text Kabbalistic “Zohar” From the International organization “Project Zohar”. The declaration of the Grand Lodge of obedience in Italy states that the same gift was granted to the Italian institutions and to Pope Francis. [31] In this sense, Italy’s Grand Lodge of obedience seemed to give oblique or indirect praise to the Roman Pontiff or, in any case, to convey the idea of a certain convergence, agreement or affinity between the great master Binni and Pope Francis.

41) On 24 August 2015, Oscar Baker, Italian Mason of the Great Orient of Italy, [32] residing in Washington, DC and member of the Rotary Club of Washington DC, [33] founder of the Italia Lodge 2001 in Washington (from obedience to the Grand Lodge in Washington), [34] published on His website an article by Rosario Amico Roxas which is a form of praise for Pope Francis. [35]

42) on September 4, 2015, the same Oscar Baker reported in the article: “This communist and anti-Catholic pope (according to some)” that some of his acquaintances (one of his friends, his former pastor and an intimate friend of cardinals and Curial members) T in Pope Francis a danger to the Catholic faith and to society (for example, too much “ease” or “laxity” in the practice of declaring the nullity of marriage, excessive openings towards divorced/remarried and towards homosexuals, The confusion among the believers, a forced and indiscreet welcome to the immigrants, too much sympathy towards Fidel Castro, too much hostility towards Trump and the Republicans, a democratic philosophical attitude to the American). At the end of the article, Mason Baker then commented: “Pope Francis follows the example of the Divine poet:” Do not look back, but look and go forward. ” [36]

43) Oscar Baker also paid special attention to an esoteric periodical, Stenterello, who, in October 2015, praised Pope Francis as “a pope with a prophetic and revolutionary language” and as “a manufacturer of bridges among the peoples”. [37]

44) from 15 to 19 January 2015, Pope Francis was in the Philippines. At that time, a photo appeared on the Internet — or from a supposed page of a Philippine newspaper (Philippine Daily Inquirer) — with a welcome to the pontiff (“Welcome to Pope Francis, the Pope of mercy and compassion”), a welcome Given by the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. [38] Someone said that this news was false [39] (“Fake news”), but this does not seem very convincing in light of the following points. 45) In fact, in the Official Gazette of the Grand Lodge of Philippine, The Cabletow (vol. 92, No. 1, May-June 2015), the Grand master Thomas Rentoy III candidly declares that after observing the liberal views of Pope Francis (“after the elevation of the pope Francis to the Holy See and noting the liberal views of the pontificate “) until the end of 2014, his predecessor, Grand Master Alan Purisima, in a letter addressed to Pope Francis, then asked the Holy See to declare that the Freemasonry of The Philippines is compatible with the Catholic Church and that its members are no longer subject to excommunication. In addition, the Philippine masonry recently asked the Filipino bishops a chaplain to celebrate Mass every Sunday at the Grand Lodge. [40] We do not yet know the Pope’s response to this request of the Philippine Freemasonry. However, we know the response of the Filipino Bishops (CBCP). We’ll see it in the next section.

46) in Number 4 (November-December 2015) of the magazine The Cabletow, Mason Jesse D. Alto announced that the Grand master in charge, Thomas Rentoy, had succeeded in obtaining permission from the Philippine Catholic Church that a Catholic priest could celebrate the Mass every Sunday at the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. Viola also wrote that, with this permitted event, it was necessary to eradicate centuries of erroneous beliefs that had taught that the teachings of Freemasonry were contrary to those of the Catholic Church. Even more, viola “Scented with incense” Pope Francis himself, citing with enthusiasm some passages from the pope’s homily. The Alto Mason therefore seems to want to convince that the Masons and the Catholics teach together that man is a spiritual being. [41]

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