The Masons Are Rooting For Bergoglio. But He Views Them Like the Plague

The Masons Are Rooting For Bergoglio. But He Views Them Like the Plague

Sandro Magister
03 may 2017

Only twice has Pope Francis spoken in public about the Masons and Masonry. And both times against.

The first time was on the return flight from the journey to Brazil, on July 28, 2013. Asked about the case of Monsignor Battista Ricca and the “gay lobby,” he said:

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? The problem is not having this tendency, no. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies. For me, this is the greater problem.”

The second time was in Turin on June 21, 2015. Meeting with young people and responding off the cuff to some of their questions, at a certain point he said:

“On this earth at the end of the 19th century freemasonry was in full swing, not even the Church could do anything, there were priest haters, there were also Satanists…. It was one of the worst moments and one of the worst places in the history of Italy. However, go and find out how many men and women saints were born during that time. Why? Because they realized that they had to go against the tide with respect to the culture, to that lifestyle.”

In private, however, Francis has come back to the topic much more often. Freemasonry is his bane, ever since when he was living in Argentina. He cannot stand its infiltrating the Church, and is absolutely convinced that it is present in the Order of the Knights of Malta and must be uprooted from there.

In the letter of last December 1 from the pope to Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, patron of the Order, there is one passage that to an expert eye clearly alludes to Freemasonry. And it is the first of the points on which Francis demands a reform of the Order:

“In particular, members of the Order must avoid secular and frivoulous behaviour, such as membership of associations, movements and organisations which are contrary to the Catholic faith or of a relativist nature. In such cases, Knights who are members of these associations, movements and organisations should be asked to remove themselves from the Order, because their behaviour is incompatible with Catholic faith and membership of the Order of Malta.”

But already back on September 9 of 2014, during the audience in which the pope removed Cardinal Burke as prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura to appoint him patron fo the Order, he assigned to him as his primary task precisely “the necessary cleansing of a secular spirit and, specifically, of Freemasonry from the Order of Malta.”

This is what Cardinal Burke himself related in a report on the recent calamities of the Order, which he authorized for confidential circulation among the Knights of Germany but afterward was leaked to a wider public.

In that same audience, the pope said that he did not have “exact information” about the presence of Freemasons among the Knights, but that he “was certain of their existence.”

And afterward as well, Francis went back to hammering hard on this nail. During the audience given to Burke last November 10, to the cardinal who told him that he had not been able to identify any Freemasons among the Knights, the pope gave the order to keep looking for “the lists of Freemasons, which had to exist,” and announced that he would include this mandate in an official letter, which in effect was that of December 1, cited above.

Pope Francis has insisted on this point not only with the cardinal patron, but also with the highest authorities of the Order.

On June 23 of 2016, the vigil of the feast of Saint John, who is the patron of the Knights of Malta, while receiving in audience the then-Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing and Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager – precisely the two adversaries in the conflict that was about to erupt in the Order – Francis asked them point-blank what they knew “about the progress made by Cardinal Burke in cleansing of the Order of Freemasons.” At which both became aware that this was truly “a principal concern” for the pope.

In the letter with which the pope addressed the grand electors who were preparing to elect the Lieutenant of the Grand Master last April 29, in the person of Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, there is no explicit new command for a “cleansing of the Order of Freemasons.”

But there is more than one reason to believe that the pope is still thinking about it, when he urges attention to the “reforms necessary” for the “spiritual renewal” of the Order.

No doubt, in short, that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is profoundly hostile to Freemasonry and fears like the plague its infiltration of the Church, to the point of seeing Freemasons where there may not be any.

What is strange, however, is the enthusiasm that Freemasonry demonstrates for this pope. It is a fan club that was not there for any of his predecessor popes.

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One comment on “The Masons Are Rooting For Bergoglio. But He Views Them Like the Plague

  1. “No doubt, in short, that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is profoundly hostile to Freemasonry and fears like the plague its infiltration of the Church, to the point of seeing Freemasons where there may not be any.”
    Seriously? How could he be against the very power brokers (St. Gallen Mafia) that put him in power? I think he doth protest too much! This is more fodder for those who wants a sound bite with which they can reassure themselves that the current bishop of Rome is still Catholic while his deeds demonstrate the opposite.

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