Carpineto, a small town in the province of Rome was the birthplace
of the 258th Roman Pontiff, the great Pope Leo XIII. Vincenzo
Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci, the son of Count Pecci, was born
in 1810, the year after Boston's Albert Pike. After taking his
holy orders, Gioacchino Pecci became apostolic delegate in succession
at Benevento, Perugia. He was Archbishop of Perugia in 1846;
Cardinal in 1853; Camerlingo in 1857 (i.e., the Cardinal in charge
of the financial and judicial interests of the Papacy); and finally
Pope in 1878 on the death of Pius IX.
After his successful career as a Papal diplomat, he established good
relations between the Papacy and European powers, the USA and Japan.
He encouraged foreign missions and emphasised the duty of the church
in matters of social justice. His encyclical of 1891, Rerum
Novarum, emphasised employers' moral duties towards their workers.
By the mid decades of the 19th century, Freemasonry was at the high
of a war to destroy the Catholic Church in Europe; simultaneously
with its agitation to overthrow the civil authorities in every nation
in Europe save Britain's - which ran Freemasonry. This was all
happening while the lower classes of Blue Masonry were obliged "to
look up with reverence and submit with cheerfulness to all
lawfully constituted authority, whether of civil or Masonic regulation".
Even stark hypocrisy can reveal profundities. Civil authority,
it seems, must be revered, but only until such times as the Supreme
Council says it does not suit them; that it conflicts with their own
In August 1850, while Gioacchino Pecci was still Archbishop of Perugia,
Giuseppe Mazzini was quoted in the London Globe as saying:
"The abolition of the temporal power [of the Papacy] manifestly
carries along with it the emancipation of the human mind from the
A year later (1851), the British Prime Minister, Lord John Russell
revived the law against the Catholic religion by introducing into
parliament his "Ecclesiastical Titles Bill". Russell's
law made it high treason for a Catholic to receive correspondence
from the Pope. Albert Pike's American critic, Peter Farrell,
wrote: "That Bill too clearly demonstrated the cordial sympathy,
feeling and sentiment existing between Capt. A Pike in his Apology
[for Proscription of Catholics and Foreigners] and Lord John Russell
in his Durham letter, for the persecution and proscription of millions
of Catholics, both here and on the other side of the Atlantic. ..."
The statements in the last two paragraphs were simply the highlights
of an international programme to destroy the Catholic Church.
The Central Lodge of the Mazzini-led Carbonari in Italy avowed as
its open aim: "Our final purpose is that of Voltaire and the
French Revolution - the total annihilation of Catholicism and of the
Christian idea itself."
Such examples of Freemasonry's evil influence in the world today
make it essential to examine Pope Leo XIII's combat against Freemasonry
during his entire 25 years Papacy and compare certain aspects of it
with his predecessor, Pius IX.
Pius IX recognised the menace of Freemasonry and attacked it twenty
times. In fact, Giuseppe Mazzini succeeded in creating his Roman
republic after the 1848 revolution, forcing Pope Pius IX to flee.
This revolution did not enjoy lasting success and Mazzini himself
was forced into exile in 1849, returning to London, where he had been
based for eleven years prior to the revolution. But in 1863,
Pope Pius IX, hoping to obtain protection from Masonic revolutionists,
or at least not to be regarded as a target, received a diplomatic
delegation from the American Confederacy - the institution created
by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. On the other hand, Pius's
successor, Leo XIII, no matter how isolated he felt, never compromised
or acted against his view that Freemasonry was the cause
of the world's many civil wars.
The Scottish Rite Freemasons attempted to destroy Christian civilisation,
which is based on the idea that man is created imago viva Dei
(in the living image of God) by virtue of his creative power of reason,
the power to discover and comprehend God's laws. This attempt
was made with a public campaign for "Indifferentism", the
notion that one set of axiomatic beliefs are as good as any other,
or that all religions have the same validity.
In Germany, in May 1873, Emperor William and
Chancellor Bismarck, legally enforced Freemasonic influences by enacting
the Falk Laws, launching the Kulturkampf, or war against
the Catholic Church. These anti-Catholic laws set up a structure
similar to that which was imposed by Communist countries in the 20th
The selection of all priests and bishops had to be approved by the
state, breaching the unity of the Catholic Church while creating schismatic
national churches. This breach included the seizure of Church
property, denying the Church the financial means to exist independently
of the state; the substitution of Church support for clergy with meagre
state stipend for state-approved priests; the closure of seminaries;
and the removal of military exemption for the clergy - leaving one
in ten Catholics in Prussia without a parish priest. All religious
orders, except those working in hospitals, were expelled, and Archbishop
Ledochowski of Posen, along with others, were imprisoned.
The 19th-century press called this attack on
Christian civilisation and values: "the side of progress",
"the modern civilisation", and "nationalism".
However, the "Adepts", or top-level Masons, knew that the
real doctrine of Freemasonry was not Indifferentism against what Albert
Pike called the "despotism of Christianity", but rather
the worship of Lucifer - the originator of the precept, "Do as
thou wilt." This is but one of his Luciferian quotes: "Thus,
the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy, and the true and pure philosophical
religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer,
God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay,
the God of Darkness and Evil."
So beware all ye Masons of the basic, lower ranks and consider what
Freemasonry is truly all about.
Masonry's revenge for the "persecution" of Lucifer by Christ
and his Church was at its height when, on 7 February 1878, following
the death of Pope Pius IX, Cardinal Gioacchino Pecci, ex-Archbishop
of Perugia, was elected to become Pope Leo XIII. By 20 February
he had opened negotiations with the German Government aimed
at ending the Kulturkampf. He then relentlessly attacked
Freemasonry directly failing not to savage its weak flanks.
Two months after becoming Pope, he joined battle with the Freemasons
in his first encyclical, "Inscrutabili", issued
at Easter 1878 to all bishops of the world, attacking slavery, a cause
dear to the philosophy and finances of international Freemasonry.
Leo wrote: "Now who will deny that it is the Church, which ...
did away with the miseries of slavery and lifted up mankind once more
to its sublime dignity?"
Leo also attacked in the following terms: the evils of society generated
"There is a widespread subversion of the cardinal
truths on which the very foundations of human society repose.
There is a wicked disposition of men's minds which is impatient of
all lawful power. There is a perpetual foment of dissension
begetting internal strife, cruel and bloody wars. There is contempt
of the laws of morality and justice, an insatiable yearning for the
transitory goods of earth. ... Assuredly, that is not to be deemed
the perfection of civilised life which boldly contemns all lawful
power; nor is it that to be esteemed liberty whose wretched progress
is marked by the unrepressed propagation of error, by the impunity
allowed to guilt and crime, and by the oppression which weighs on
good citizens of every rank ... for sin maketh nations miserable.
... As Augustine was wont to say, 'the doctrine of Christ
is a mighty safeguard to the state when it finds obedient observance'."
The truth of the matter is that states are violent institutions.
Nobody, anywhere, should be proud of his government. Generally,
much of the world's populations recognise that the organised institutions
of government do not reflect their interests, concerns and needs.
Leading churchmen should have a leading role in determining nations'
crucial policies because politicians on their own cannot be trusted.
There is a vacuum in politics that needs filled with people bringing
"right reason" to bear on decisions that affect all our
futures. And we cannot, and must not, ever identify our feudal
superiors as symbols of our national identity, because then we give
them the mandate to carry out the diabolic free-trade policies of
"do as thou wilt" in our name.
In December 1878, Leo's second encyclical, "Quod Apostolici
Muneris", indicated how Freemasonry can combine various
sections of society to largely become the controlling world order:
"We are speaking of that class of men who,
under various strange names, are known as Socialists, Communists or
Nihilists, and who, spread over the globe and linked together in a
criminal conspiracy, no longer seek the friendly shelter of their
secret conventicles, but come forth boldly into the daylight and seek
to carry out their long-cherished purposes of subverting civil society
to its foundations. ..."
In Prussia, France, Switzerland and Belgium, the Masonic programme
was in place. Territories from which the Catholic Church drew
its revenues were seized; priests were forced into the military; religious
orders were expelled; papal bank accounts, composed of contributions
from Catholics all over the world, were seized; Catholic teaching
of youth was replaced by Masonic instruction; and the security of
the Pope himself was in such doubt that upon his election on 7 February
1878, Leo declared he must remain "a prisoner in the Vatican".
He never left it during his entire 25-year Papacy.
In actual fact, Pius IX had not left the Vatican since 1870, of the
last 8 years of his 32-year Papacy, and the next time a Pope was to
venture outside the Vatican was 25 July 1929 when Pius XI left St
Peter's Square for the first time after 7 years as Pope. Such
was the instability of governments and the danger to heads of state
over the preceding 59 years plus - created by leading Freemasons.
In 1880, the Freemasonic governments of Paul Bert and Jules Ferry
in France issued a decree to seize Church property, expel the religious
orders, remove the military exemption for the clergy, and withdraw
all Christian teaching from youth education, replacing Catholic education
with Masonic worship, not unlike what happened seven years earlier
in Germany or a century beforehand at the time of the French Revolution.
Albert Pike referred to these measures as "Light"; that
is, in his book, the worship of Lucifer. Some 500 magistrates
in France resigned in preference to carrying out the law.
The actions of the French Freemasons were aimed to destroy the global
potential of the Catholic Church. Yet France had contributed
more money and manpower to missionary activity than every other nation
combined. And the French had founded the Society for the Propagation
of Faith in 1822.
In Italy, Adriano Lemmi was the head of Freemasonry,
(Giuseppe Mazzini had died 1872, seven years after the death of Lord
Palmerston, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England).
Lemmi did not hide his worship of Satan. Masonry's publication,
"Revista Della Massioneria Italiana", (Review of
Italian Masonry), issue of March 1883 to March 1884, contained this
"'Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferni,'
the Pope has said. Indeed, yes! 'The Standards of the
King of the Inferno advance,' and there is not one conscious man who
loves liberty, there is not one who will fail to enlist under those
standards, under those flags of Freemasonry, which symbolise the living
forces of humanity and intelligence, in opposition to those inert
forces of humanity brutified by superstition."
Adriano Lemmi's biographer, Margiotta, reports that Lemmi and Scottish
Rite Grand Master, Albert Pike, fought over whether Freemasons should
worship Satan (Lemmi's position) or Lucifer (as urged by Pike).
Margiotta reports that Pike's Scottish Rite poured in money to fund
the campaign to destroy the Church in Italy.
Writing to Adriano Lemmi on 5 December 1880 concerning the Masonic
Congress of Milan, Pike instructed: "It is necessary to ruin
in a short time the clerical influence in Italy. The laws against
the religious congregations are not observed there. ... Make people
protest by means of the lodges." The forces of Freemasonry
in Italy waged war to strip the Papacy of its temporal power, which
was the territories given to the Catholic Church by France's Charles
Martel and his son, Charlemagne, two of the "Pepin" rulers.
From the middle of the 18th century this became known as the "donation
of Pepin", which was the foundation of the temporal power of
In June 1881, Leo published his third encyclical on statecraft, "Diuturnum",
on the origin of civil power. Kaiser William I of Germany read
it while recuperating from wounds inflicted in an assassination attempt
and eased the application of some of the Falk Laws.
Two weeks earlier, an attempt had been made to assassinate US President
James A Garfield; and Russia remained paralysed after the assassination
a few months before of Tsar Alexander II.
The timeliness of Leo's "Diuturnum" could not
have been missed by other Protestant heads of state who read it:
"The long and fierce war undertaken against
the divine authority of the Church has come to the issue towards which
it tended: It has placed in jeopardy the very existence of human society,
the existence in particular of the supreme civil authority on which
the public safety chiefly depends. ... Indeed, very many men of more
recent times, walking in the footsteps of those in a former age assumed
to themselves the name of philosophers, [and] say that all power comes
from the people; so that those who exercise it in the State do so
not as their own but as delegated to them by the people, and that,
by this rule, it can be revoked by the will of the very people by
whom it was delegated. But from these [principles], Catholics
dissent, [Catholics] who affirm that the right to rule comes from
God, as a natural and necessary principle."
Men delegated the power to rule have no mandate unless they apply
the laws of God.
On 20 April 1884, Leo released his major attack on Freemasonry to
all Catholic Bishops, entitled, "Humanum Genus",
"The race of man, after its miserable fall from God is separated
into two diverse and opposite parts ... one is the kingdom of God
on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ ... The other
is the kingdom of Satan. At every period of time each has
been in conflict with the other, with a multiplicity of weapons
and warfare, although not always with equal ardour and assault.
At this period, however, the partisans of evil seemed to be combining
together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or
assisted by the strongly organised and widespread association called
the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes,
they are boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning
the destruction of the holy Church publicly and openly and this
with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom.
"The Roman Pontiffs, our predecessors ... were prompt in detecting
the presence and the purpose of this capital enemy. Immediately,
it sprang into the light instead of hiding as a dark conspiracy.
... The first warning of the danger was given by Clement XII in
the year 1738, and the Constitution was confirmed and renewed
by Benedict XIV. Pius VII followed the same path, and Leo
XII, by his Apostolic Constitution, 'Quo graviora', put
together the acts and decrees of former pontiffs on this subject,
and ratified and confirmed them forever. In the same sense,
spoke Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, and many times over Pius IX.
"The sect of Freemasons grew with such rapidity
beyond conception in the course of a century and a half, until it
came able, by means of fraud or of audacity, to gain such entrance
into every rank of the State as to seem to be almost its ruling power.
...Such a condition has been reached that henceforth there will be
grave reason to fear, not indeed for the Church - for her foundation
is much to firm to be overturned by the effort of men - but for those
States in which prevails the power, either of the sect of which we
are speaking or for other sects not dissimilar which lend themselves
to it as disciples and subordinates."
Judging by Leo's awareness of the grave threat from Freemasonry,
it is regrettable he was not around when the Masonic "Propaganda
Due", better known as "P-2", infiltrated
the Vatican. No doubt he would have discovered where the monkey
slept around headquarters. The secret Propaganda Lodge,
which ruled Italy for many decades, was a creation of Giuseppe Mazzini.
The P-2 Lodge was established on the Mazzini model by the
Anglo-American after World War II. In cooperation with communist
secret services, the Scottish Rite P-2 ran terrorism against the nation
of Italy. Italian police trying to penetrate the Masonic control
of criminal terrorism ran up against the covert "Albert Pike
Lodge" in Calabria. Even though P-2 is now
supposedly officially outlawed of amity with the Grand Lodges, it
is still spearheading the crusade to scandalise, dismember, and subjugate
In "Humanum Genus", on the practices of Freemasonry,
Pope Leo XIII wrote:
"The Freemasons, like the Manichees of old, strive, as far
as possible, to conceal themselves, and to admit no witness but
their own members. ... Moreover, to be enrolled, it is necessary
that the candidates promise and understand to be henceforth strictly
obedient to their leaders and masters with the utmost submission
and fidelity, and to be in readiness to do their bidding upon the
slightest expression of their will; or, if disobedient, to submit
to the direst penalties and death itself."
"Freemasons," says Leo, "endeavour to bring about
this result - namely, that the office and authority of the Church
may become of no account in the civil state; and for this same reason
they declare to the people and contend that Church and state ought
to be altogether disunited. ... And, in truth, the teaching of morality,
which alone finds favour with the sect of Freemasons, and in which
they contend that youth should be instructed, is that which they
call 'civil', and 'independent', and 'free', namely, that which
does not contain any religious belief ... .
"For the fear of God and the reverence for divine laws being
taken away, the authority of rulers despised, sedition permitted
and approved, the popular passions urged on to lawlessness, with
no restraint save that of punishment, a change and overthrow of
all things will necessarily follow. Yes, this change and overthrow
is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations of
Communists and Socialists; and to their undertakings the sect of
Freemasons is not hostile, but greatly favours their designs, and
holds in common with them their chief opinions. ... Ingratiating
themselves with rulers under a pretence of friendship, the Freemasons
have endeavoured to make them their allies and powerful helpers
for the destruction of the Christian name; and that they might more
strongly urge the on, the have, with determined calumny, accused
the Church of invidiously contending with rulers in matters that
affect their authority and power. ... They have begun to exercise
great weight in the government of States, but nevertheless they
are prepared to shake the foundations of empires, to harass the
rulers of the State, to accuse, and to cast them out, as often as
they appear to govern otherwise than they themselves could have
With Masonry's capability to take the helm of associations of Fascists,
Communists, Socialists, Nihilists, Capitalists, or any other group
or organisation, it is easy to see how this cancerous force could
be used at any time to impart activity injurious to any chosen Church
or State; or, alternatively, could be put in place as a dormant self-destruct
button, waiting to be activated to remove credibility from any chosen
person, association, group, organisation or even nation, so that any
authority might be dismantled at any suitable moment.
Freemasonry is able to function as a Trojan horse inside any society
or section of society it chooses. Which is why people in associations,
political or otherwise, should look for guidance from right reason,
natural law or divine law, and always be on their guards to ward off
the evil influences of the invisible empire, standing firm in readiness
to distinguish between sense and the rhetoric of false concepts, otherwise
known as common ignorance.
Despite demurs from Britain and elsewhere, Albert Pike, the world
leader of the Scottish Rite, boasted in his October 1884 public reply
to Leo's Humanum Genus, that all international Freemasonry
seeks to destroy the Catholic Church. He vehemently attacked
Leo's 1884 encyclical in the following terms:
"If, in other countries, Freemasonry has
lost sight of the Ancient Landmarks, even tolerating communism and
atheism, it is better to endure ten years of these evils than it would
be to live a week under the devilish tyranny of the Inquisition and
of the black soldiery of Loyola [referring to the Jesuit missionaries,
founded by St Ignatius Loyola in 1534, and who sadly, in the course
of time, as mentioned in Chapter 11, were ordered out of China through
furtive processes and subjugation, at the behest of the British oligarchy].
... It is not when the powers of the Papacy are concentrated are concentrated
to crush the Freemasonry of the Latin kingdoms and Republics of the
world, that the Masons of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in
the United States will, from any motive whatever, proclaim that they
have no sympathy with the Masons of the continent of Europe, or with
those of Mexico or of the South American Republics."
This attack on Leo's Humanum Genus, his 1884 anti-Masonic
encyclical, is still advertised and sold by the Supreme Council of
the Scottish Rite today.
In June 1881, as mentioned earlier, Pope Leo XIII had published his
third encyclical on statecraft, "Diuturnum", which
included the origin of civil power, and which was read by Emperor
William I of Prussia. The Prussian Government began to reconsider
whether the Catholic Church was indeed the enemy of civil authority
and, in the same year, eased their application of some of the
Falk Laws. Then in 1885, the entire world was shocked when German
Chancellor, Bismarck, personally requested that Pope Leo mediates
a dispute between Germany and Catholic Spain over the Caroline Islands
while some of the Falk Laws were still in force. By 1886, Prussia
finally repealed them all.
Perhaps the two assassination attempts on William I in 1878 induced
him to re-examine the integrity of the people who endorsed the Falk
Laws in the first place. Pius IX had been unable to influence
Bismarck to repeal them in the period between 1873-78. After
the death of Pius IX on 7 February 1878, and, in the negotiations
with his successor Leo XIII, the implications of the Falk Laws were
It would be worth bearing in mind, however, that an attempt had been
made to assassinate Pope Pius IX's minister, Rossi, and that the threat
endured, borne out by subsequent attempts to assassinate virtually
every European head of state by the late 19th century, including Alexander
II of Russia, Ferdinand II of Naples, and German Emperor William I.
On 9 March 1886, the "Riforma" of Rome, the organ
of the Masonic revolutionaries, demanded the destruction of the Catholic
Church in Italy:
"To array the inferior clergy against their
superiors; to take away in every parish, village and hamlet the influence
and authority of the priest, and transfer them to the athiestical
schoolmaster and schoolmistress; to take the complete control of ecclesiastical
revenues of every kind so that no parish priest, no clerical functionary
shall receive a penny save from the hand of the government."
On 5 May 1888, Leo addressed an encyclical on slavery,
"In Plurimus", to the bishops of Brazil. The
day chosen was the saint's day of Pius V, who with the Christian victory
of Lepanto over the Muslims in 1571, had saved Christianity from servitude.
Celebrating his own anniversary of becoming a priest at this time, Leo,
according to his biographer, Monsignor Bernard O'Reilly, was thrilled
to receive several "freedmen" from the vast empire of Brazil,
the first fruits of the announcement that slavery would be repealed
Leo's encyclical declared:
"We hold towards the entire human race the place
of Christ, who ... publicly [declared] that He had come down to dwell
among us in order to preach deliverance to the captives; to free from
the worst of all yokes, that of sin, the entire human race.
"... Now, among the many kinds of human wretchedness,
we have deeply to deplore the existence of Slavery, to which for so
many years a large portion of the human family is subject, plunged
in misery and abjection, in manifest opposition to what God and nature
intended from the beginning. for the Sovereign Creator of all
things had decreed that mans shall exercise a leadership over the
beasts of the field, the fishes in the waters, and the birds of the
air, but not that he should dominate over his own fellowmen.
As St Augustine says, god created a rational being to the Divine likeness,
and would have made man lord over only the irrational creation, not
that man should exercise dominance over men, but over the brute beast."
Until the birth of Christ, the majority on men of the most civilised
peoples was composed of slaves. After Christ the Deliverer was
born, the fate of slavery was sealed and the triumph of Christian
liberty and equality was to be the work of the Church. In the
first century, Christians, if they failed to free their fellowmen from
bondage, they exchanged places with them. Later, the Church encouraged
the freeing of slaves by utilising churches to draw up documents urging
the freeing of slaves on Sundays.
Addressing himself to slavery in Africa, Pope Leo XIII
"The shameful traffic of man in man has indeed
disappeared from the seas, but it has carried on by land with exceeding
cruelty. ... Would to God that all those who are place over others
in power and authority ... everywhere unite their efforts ... to repress,
prohibit and extinguish this slave-trade ... ."
Leo authored four encyclical letters to mobilise Catholic
Bishops around the world to attack Freemasonry, naming it as the force
of the anti-Christ that seeks to destroy Christianity. The four
letters were: Humanum Genus, as already touched upon, "Dall'
Alto Dell' Apostolico Seggio", "Inimica Vis",
and "Custodi di Quella Fede". The Pope understood
that the secret societies, the sects, during those years, were incubating
the doctrines of fascism, communism and socialism, and manipulating
their supporters, which would destroy Christian civilisation and lead
to war if not effectively opposed. The 20th century was later
to prove him right. People are intentionally kept at war with
each other while an oligarchy rules over the disorder. Just the
controlled utterances of certain key people are all it takes to turn
nations into realms of self-righteous crusading warmongers.
In addition to direct attacks on Freemasonry, Pope
Leo XIII wrote encyclicals on the source of authority for States: "Inscrutabili",
"Diuturnum", Immortale Dei", and "Libertas".
In "Libertas", on the nature of
human liberty, Leo set forth the principle that all authority comes
from God, not from the people - as Voltaire, Rousseau and John
Locke had claimed. Therefore, when temporal authority and its
laws violate God's law, as mentioned hereinbefore, "such an unjust
law is no longer law, but a species of violence," as affirmed by
Leo when quoting Thomas Aquinas in his encyclical, "Rerum Novarum".
"Rerum Novarum", which is the Catholic
Church's foundation social doctrine, was published on 15 May 1891.
Leo shows his concern for the conditions of workers and the lack of
applying Christian principles to relations between capital and labour.
Against the despair of the masses, a despair that fuelled socialist
an communist insurrections, Leo insisted that the state had the duty
to intervene between capital and labour to ensure people received a
just wage that could support a family on a man's earnings alone, and
to force those who owned the means of production to use it to work towards
the common good. In those days, just as it is today, governments
acted on behalf of financial investors, not on behalf of the people.
Leo also insisted that, despite their lack of state
support, Christian educational institutions had to be superior to Freemasonic
ones. While serving as papal nuncio to Belgium for Pope Pius IX
in 1843, the future Pope Leo had seen first-hand that Freemasonry, masked
as "liberalism", dominated the publicly supported University
of Brussels. Yet Belgium had separated from Protestant Holland
in 1830 for the purpose of obtaining religious liberty for Catholics.
Mobilising private resources, Leo helped to make Belgium's University
of Louvain a superior educational institution.
And he practiced as well as he preached about the principles
of Christian economy. During his 30 years as Archbishop of Perugia,
before becoming Pope, he organised banks (Monti di Pieta) to
lend money at zero interest rates to workers and farmers who lacked
the savings to start businesses. Today, we have international
financial elitists looting Third World countries through the foreign
debt mechanism, holding their victims to eternal bondage. These
diabolic lenders seem committed to the extermination of the Christian
faith and conscience. Exploitation has long been a powerful weapon
for distracting people's attention from their faith and forcing them
to concentrate on more godless aspects of life. Like the manner
in which, for example, the welfare system is vastly underfunded, and
the manner in which their feudal superiors treat religion as of no consequence
in their insatiable lust for Mammon.
The work of Thomas Aquinas had been revived by Leo,
motivating its necessity in one of his earlier encyclicals, "Aeterni
Patris", on the restoration of Christian philosophy.
To the false philosophy of the time, he held that Christian philosophy
must counterpose a method of arriving at the truth by rising above knowledge
of the senses. Aquinas, in the tradition of Augustine and other
early Church Fathers, showed that human reason is an aid to faith rather
than antagonistic to it.
Seeking to give the clergy and others the greatest
weapons to fight Freemasonry, Leo established in every nation pontifical
universities, such as the Catholic University of America, which would
be uniquely qualified to award the highest theological degrees.
He endeavoured to give improved education at every level based on the
student trying to re-experience the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas and
other Church Fathers, rather than through the glosses of some would-be
lecturers; "commentators" by any other name. That philosophy,
I suppose, is a form of learning how to learn, as opposed to learning
how to be a parrot.
We all know how the people who hold the reins of power
can present highly controversial views as facts through curricula and
the media and arrange the presentation of potentially embarrassing stories
in a highly effective way to basically get all their own way without
a challenge. To rise to the challenge, every student, of life
or anything else, ought to demand reasoned answers to every
It was Pope Leo XIII who opened for the first time
the extraordinary treasures of the Vatican Library to scholars.
The Vatican Library was the creation of the Renaissance Papacy, which
saw knowledge as the product of man's God-given divine spark of reason,
whose use uplifted man through participation in the mind of God.
Leo called on all bishops and priests, as he would
do in all his subsequent encyclicals about the cultic invisible empire,
to mobilise, "to tear the mask from Freemasonry through sermons,
pastoral letters, and by forming myriad associations that would counter
each and every Masonic organisation. The laity must also be mobilised,
Leo told the bishops and guilds of workmen - or unions.
In "Dall' Alto Dell' Apostolico Seggio"
(From the Height of the Apostolic Throne), on Freemasonry in Italy,
written to the bishops the clergy, and the people of Italy on 15 October
1890, Leo attacks the Masonic programme of separating God's laws from
human law, through secularism and official atheism, while suffusing
the State with Masonic influence. (The same ploy as is used in
Britain, the United States, and elsewhere today.) In this encyclical,
Leo prophetically notes:
"The chief instrument employed by our enemies
is the press, which in great part receives from them its inspiration
and support. It is important that Catholics should oppose the
evil press by a press that is good. ..."
In "Inimica Vis" (The Enemy of Power),
issued against Freemasonry on 8 December 1892, Leo warns the Bishops:
"It is not sufficient merely to be aware of
the wiles of this vile sect: We must also war against it. ... Therefore,
it is your task to inflame souls by persuasion, exhortation and example,
to nourish in our clergy and our people a zeal for religion and salvation
which is active, resolute and intrepid."
In his encyclical, "Custodi di Quella Fede",
on the same date, directed to the Italian people, Leo warns against
those "who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect
for all religions, and the craving to reconcile Christ with Belial [the
devil]". Leo also warns:
"Talkative philanthropy which is opposed to
Christian charity with such pomp is often the passport for Masonic
Freemasons generally peddle the myth that Masonry is
a benevolent society, but they "divert the discourse" when
it is pointed out that even their external donations are kept in-house
for Masonic business purposes. Money sent to alleviate distress
caused by earthquakes in the likes of San Salvador, Ecuador and Cuba
were sent those countries' Grand Lodges. High-level Masons in
Third World lodges and elsewhere receive bribes in exchange for using
their influence to encourage their fellow countrymen to favour the "foreign"
business deals of the landed Brothers in this country. These bribes
are marked down on the balance sheet as charitable causes.
It emerges that even donations to non-Masonic charities
in recent years have had strong Masonic connections, such as Masonic
presidents in hospices, and the like. This talkatively pompous
philanthropy, therefore, is indeed opposed to Christian charity and
is indeed just a passport for Masonic business, exactly as Pope Leo
XIII warned us against more than 100 years ago. On the other side
of this charitable coin, another parody turns up. The Masonic
insider-trading of a commercial company or even a nation can be subverted,
detrimental to its survival.
In a call to battle, Leo says:
"May this struggle between good and evil extend
to everything, and may good prevail. Masonry holds frequent
meetings to plan new ways to combat the Church, and you should hold
them frequently to agree on the best means and order of defence.
It multiplies its lodges so that you should multiply Catholic clubs
and parochial groups, promote charitable associations and prayer organisations."
In "Spesse Volte", on the suppression
of Catholic institutions in Italy, issued on 5 August 1898, Pope Leo
protests over the closing institutions and journals, convents and monasteries,
the imposition of military service on the clergy; as well as the seizure
of the property and the bank accounts of The Propaganda, the internationally
supported entity for training missionaries. All these measures
were designed to shut down Catholic missions worldwide.
"Propaganda" is not to be confused with Italy's
aforementioned Masonic Propaganda Due. It would surprise
no one, however, if P-2 had the world-renowned missionaries
in mind when the name was chosen, to give them some form of respectability.
In 1899, Leo harshly criticised the American Catholic
hierarchy's ill-considered tendency to accommodate a secular society
- shaped by such as Albert Pike's Freemasons - as "American exceptionalism".
A Catholic priest, Peter Rosen, in his 1902 book, "The Catholic
Church and Secret Societies", wrote: "The so-called Secret
Society question is the most serious problem facing the Catholic Church
in the United States today."
Perhaps he should have added that Freemasonry is the
most serious problem facing Christianity, religion in general, and indeed
democracy, not only in America but worldwide because its adeptness at
"insider-trading" dismantles democracy to the foundations
while leaving a façade of democracy.
Unfortunately, the belief of sectarian elements of
Protestantism, who are easily manipulated by Freemasons, is that if
they attack the Catholic Church it will somehow benefit them.
They should take a leaf out the book of the greatest Protestant of his
age, Baron Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) who put things into
better perspective. He correctly viewed Catholicism as the oldest,
most highly organised centre of Christianity, an institution that was
clearly essential to the progress of the entire human race, not just
Leibniz proposed that the Papacy he charged with keeping
the peace of Europe, and bringing temporal powers under the rule of
"My idea," said Leibniz, "would be
to establish, aye, even in Rome, a tribunal [to preside over controversies
between sovereigns], and to make the Pope its president, as he really,
in former ages, figured as judge between Christian princes.
But ecclesiastics ought to, at the same time, resume their ancient
authority, and an interdict or an excommunication should make kings
and kingdoms tremble, as in the days of Nicholas I or Gregory VII.
Leibniz wished to set up the moral authority of Christendom
as a bulwark against temporal disaster.
"The New Age", the monthly magazine
of the Scottish Rite in the United States, has for decades attacked
the Catholic Church and the Pope as "the enemy and curse of humanity".
In February 1957, the editorial of The New Age questions the
moral right of Roman Catholics to serve on school boards or teach in
the US public schools. The New Age's March 1957 issue
demands the Masonic programme of "separation of Church and State".
It also questions whether the nomination of now-retired US Supreme Court
Justice, William Brennan, should be approved because of "[the]
apparent demand for blind obedience to papal doctrine".
Naturally, every priest who might go astray can count
on his story being told in The New Age.
The Scottish Rite's policy was to force every American
child - except black American children - to attend public schools run
according to Masonic principles. The Freemasons and the resurrected
Ku Klux Klan, placed referenda on the ballot to abolish all private
and parochial schools in Oregon, California and Michigan. The
referendum was defeated in Michigan and California, and, in the case
of Oregon, was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 1922.
In the 1970s the German Catholic Church held a six-year
dialogue with the Masons on the issue of compatibility or incompatibility
with Catholicism and Freemasonry and concluded with a declaration of
Yet today, CELAM, the Catholic Bishops Conference of
Ibero-America, has formed a commission on "ecumenicism" with
the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) of B'nai B'rith, a Masonic lodge.
In 1987, the ADL and CELAM jointly sponsored an economics conference
in Cartagena, Colombia, featuring Michael Novak, the leading "Catholic"
exponent of the free-market "do-as-thou-wilt" school of economics.
Michael Novak, who appeared at Catholic conferences throughout the USA,
was an unabashed proponent of the rights of the financial imperialist
- those attacked by Leo XIII and by some 20th-century Popes who have
followed the teaching of "Rerum Novarum".
B'nai B'rith was founded by the Scottish Rite, Southern
Jurisdiction in 1843 as the Masonic lodge for the minority of pro-slavery
Jews in the US. The ADL was founded in 1913 as B'nai B'rith's
public relations arm by the Confederate spy, Simon Wolf, the man who
met Abraham Lincoln's alleged assassin, fellow Confederate, John Wilkes
Booth, shortly before Lincoln was shot.
In the United States, ecumenical dialogue was used
to insert the ADL into the policy deliberations of Catholic bishops
on sensitive areas such as Bosnia. The ADL - a Freemasonic grouping
- represented Jews at the "Day of Prayer", an event Pope John
Paul II convened in 1992 in Assisi, Italy.
The ADL has championed and financed every effort to
ban religion from public life in the United States. Its leadership
was under criminal investigation (1994) for spying on US citizens and
organisations fighting for economic justice.
Pope Leo XIII spelt out clearly the dangers of Freemasonry
in society. It is now up to every individual to be wary of it
and confront it as boldly as he did.
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