OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE BATTLE WITH FREEMASONRY, PART 1 & 2
by Deacon Nick Donnelly • ChurchMilitant.com • February 25, 2017
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s visits to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. 2017 also marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry with the establishment of the Grand Lodge in London in 1717. From the perspective of the Catholic Church the two anniversaries couldn’t be further apart in their significance for humanity.
Michael Voris is speaking on the topic of Freemasonry
The Marian apparitions at Fatima signify the supernatural intervention of God to call a lost humanity to repent from the evil of apostasy and war through the motherly solicitude of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Heaven. The foundation of the first Lodge, and the subsequent history of Freemasonry, signifies the idolatrous adulation of man, the luciferian rejection of God and an implacable hostility towards Our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church.
The year of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, 1917, was also the 200th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry. It was marked by violent Masonic attacks against Our Lady at Fatima and the Pope at Rome.
1917 Masonic Attacks Against Our Lady of Fatima
Father John de Marchi’s account of the miraculous events at Fatima, personally verified by Sr. Lucia, recounts the hostility of local freemasons towards Our Lady and the three visionaries at Fatima. Arthur Santos, the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, who persecuted and psychologically tortured the three children, was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Leiria, and founded a new lodge in his native Vila Nova de Ourem.
The Masonic Lodge at Santarem, a neighboring town to Fatima, became the rallying point to atheistic opposition to Our Lady of Fatima. In September 1917, men from Santarem joined up with men from Vila Nova de Ourem and marched to the site of the apparitions at the Cova da Iria. They proceeded to attack the make-shift shrine with axes. A local newspaper gave the following account:
With an axe they cut the tree under which the three shepherd children stood during the famous phenomenon of the 13th of this month. They took away the tree, together with a table on which a modest altar had been arranged, and on which a religious image (of Our Lady) had been placed. They also took a wooden arch, two tin lanterns, and two crosses, one made of wood and the other of bamboo-cane wrapped in tissue paper. These prize exhibits, including, as a footnote explains, a bogus version of the tree, were placed on exhibit in a house not far from the Seminary at Santarem, and an entrance fee exacted from those who wished to enter and be entertained at the widely advertised religious farce. One disappointment to the sponsors was the fact that not everyone, even among the Church’s active critics, agreed it was amusing. The profits from the exhibit were to be turned over to a local charity, but the beneficiaries said very politely, “Thank you; no.”
Later, in the evening, a blasphemous procession was held. The parade was headed by two men thumping on drums (a newspaper account reveals), while just behind it came the famous tree on which the Lady is said to have appeared. Next came the wooden arch, with its lanterns alight, then the altar table and other objects which the faithful had placed upon it at the Cova da Iria. To the sound of blasphemous litanies, the procession passed through the principal streets of the city, returning to the Sa da Band Eira Square, at which point it broke up.
Lucia, one of the child visionaries, later expressed relief that the Masons attacked and destroyed the wrong tree.
1917 Masonic Attacks Against the Pope
One month after the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in October 1917, Freemasonry openly declared war on the Catholic Church through a series of protests in Rome. The freemasons littered Rome with posters showing the Archangel Michael defeated on the ground trampled beneath a triumphant Lucifer. In their protests against the Catholic Church, the freemasons also displayed the black flag of the heretic Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar who promoted materialistic pantheism, a central belief of Freemasonry. Bruno also denied fundamental doctrines of the Faith, including the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnation and the perpetual virginity of Our Lady. As a student in Rome at the time, St. Maximilian Kolbe witnessed the violently anti-Catholic celebrations of Freemasonry’s 200th anniversary. The first of his accounts was published in the November 1935 issue of the Japanese Militia of the Immaculate magazine:
Years later, the freemasons in Rome began to demonstrate openly and belligerently against the Church. They placed the black standard of the “Giordano Brunisti” under the windows of the Vatican. On this standard the archangel, St. Michael, was depicted lying under the feet of the triumphant Lucifer. At the same time, countless pamphlets were distributed to the people in which the Holy Father was attacked shamefully. Right then I conceived the idea of organizing an active society to counteract Freemasonry and other slaves of Lucifer.
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Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s second account was published in 1939:
In the years leading up to the war, the masonic “clique,” disapproved of on several occasions by the Sovereign Pontiffs, governed in Rome, the capital of Christianity, with ever greater impudence. It did not even hesitate to brandish in the streets of the City during the festivities in honor of Giordano Bruno, a black flag showing the Archangel St. Michael beneath the feet of Lucifer; still less did they hesitate to brandish masonic insignia beneath the windows of the Vatican. A reckless hand felt no repugnance in writing: Satan will rule in the Vatican and the Pope will serve him in the uniform of a Swiss Guard, and other things of that kind. This mortal hatred for the Church of Jesus Christ and for His Vicar was not just a prank on the part of deranged individuals, but a systematic action proceeding from the principle of Freemasonry: Destroy all religion, whatever it may be, especially the Catholic religion.
As a consequence of witnessing the freemasons’ hostility towards the Church in 1917, St. Maximilian Kolbe decided to found the Militia Immaculatae [The Knights of the Immaculate] to counteract the actions of Lucifer.
Timothy Tindal-Robertson, an expert on Fatima, is certain that the Marian apparitions in 1917 were a manifestation of the conflict between Our Lady and the forces of evil at work in the world. In a recent correspondence he told me:
Our Lady’s apparitions were heaven’s answer to the furious attack on the Church in Portugal unleashed after the Masons murdered the king in Lisbon in 1906, and then a totally secular anti-Catholic Republican government was installed in 1908, which seriously persecuted the Church. A few years later, a government minister declared in their assembly that in two generations they would have eliminated Catholicism in Portugal.
However, word spread all over Portugal and Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, and despite the efforts of the government to prevent it, 70,000 people came to the Cova in October 1917. Overjoyed at the stupendous Miracle of the Sun, the people went home and complied with our Lady’s request for the Rosary to such an extent that it brought about the resurrection of the Church, while the republican party simply withered away. The same thing happened in Austria in 1955, and again in Portugal when there was a threat of a Communist uprising in 1975.
In the second part of this article we’ll examine the reasons why Freemasonry is violently hostile against Our Lady and the Catholic Church, the warnings against Freemasonry from various popes, and current concerns about the infiltration of the Catholic Church by freemasons.
Deacon Nick Donnelly is an author based in the diocese of Lancaster, England. You can follow him at @protectthepope.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE BATTLE WITH FREEMASONRY, PART 2
by Deacon Nick Donnelly • ChurchMilitant.com • February 23, 2017
In the first part of this article, we examined the significance of the coincidence of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry. Eyewitness testimony of the events of 1917, including that of St. Maximilian Kolbe, witness to Masonic attacks against Our Lady of Fatima and the Pope in Rome.
Michael Voris is speaking on the topic of Freemasonry
The Rt. Rev. Rudolf Graber, bishop of Regensburg (1962–1982), in his book Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, identified the influence of Freemasonry in the catastrophic collapse of the true Catholic Church and the emergence of the “spirit of Vatican II” Church. He quotes from a book published by the Freemason Yves Marsaudon in 1964:
The goal is no longer the destruction of the Church but rather to make use of it by infiltration. One day the dogmatic Church must disappear or adapt itself, and in order to adapt, return to its sources.
Bishop Graber saw this as the culmination of a Masonic plan that he traced back to a secret instruction dating from as early as 1839 that outlines their plans to “popularize vice in society” and the moral corruption of the clergy:
We must not individualize vice; in order for it to grow to the proportions of patriotism and hatred of the Church, we must generalize it. Catholicism is no more afraid of a sharp dagger than the monarchy is, but these two foundations of the social order are likely to collapse through corruption; we at all events never allow ourselves to be corrupted. Do not, then, let us make martyrs but let us popularize vice among the masses. Whatever their five senses strive after shall be satisfied. … Create hearts full of vice and you will no longer have any Catholicism. That is the corruption, on a large scale, which we have undertaken, the corruption of the people by the clergy and that of the clergy by us, the corruption which leads the way to our digging the Church’s grave.
Papal Warnings Against Freemasonry
Clearly, Freemasonry is inherently antagonistic towards Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, and in light of its history of violent anti-Catholicism, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Catholics are forbidden from becoming Freemasons. Since Pope Clement XII’s apostolic letter In Eminenti Apostolatus Specula (1738), there have been a series of magisterial statements warning against the threat from Freemasonry. The 1917 Code of Canon Law described Freemasonry as an organization that plotted “against the Church or the legitimate civil authorities.” The 1983 Code of Canon Law and the Declaration on Masonic Associations, issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, upholds the penalty of excommunication for Catholics who become members of Masonic Lodges:
Therefore, the negative position of the Church in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged, since their basic principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the teachings of the Church, and consequently, membership of them remains forbidden. The faithful who belong to Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
From the foundation of the Grand Lodge in 1717, the Catholic Church has been aware of Freemasonry’s original strategy to destroy the Church, which was modified in 1908 to become a plan to infiltrate the Church.
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Pope Francis’ Concerns About Freemasonry in the Church
It has emerged that during a meeting between Pope Francis and Cdl. Burke — in November 2016 about the scandal of the Knights of Malta distributing condoms and oral contraceptives in Africa — the Holy Father instructed Cdl. Burke to “clean out” Freemasonry from the order. The Holy Father gave this order to Cdl. Burke in his role as patron by papal appointment of the Knights of Malta. Vatican journalist Edward Pentin revealed details of Pope Francis’ concerns about the influence of the Freemasons on the Knights of Malta:
Hopes that the contraceptive scandal would be addressed came on November 10, when Cdl. Burke was received in private audience by Pope Francis. During that meeting, the National Catholic Register has learned, the Pope was “deeply disturbed” by what the cardinal told him about the contraceptive distribution. The Pope also made it clear to Cardinal Burke that he wanted Freemasonry “cleaned out” from the order, and he demanded appropriate action.
Pope Francis has previously criticized the destructive influence of the Freemasons and their hostility towards the Church. During his address to young people during his apostolic visit to Turin, the Holy Father spoke about “Masonic, hardcore anticlericals and Satanists”:
At the end of the 19th century, there were the worst conditions for young people’s development: 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, if you would like to do a nice homework assignment, 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.
It was during his in-flight press interview in July 2013 that Pope Francis first expressed his concerns about the influence of Freemasons on the Church:
The problem is not having this [homosexual] orientation. No, we must be brothers and sisters. The problem is lobbying for this orientation, or lobbies of greed, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the most serious problem for me.
Vatican Officials Very Concerned About the Influence of Freemasonry
Robert Moynihan, founder and editor of Inside the Vatican, reports that over the past couple of months Vatican officials have increasingly expressed concerns to him about the influence of Freemasonry:
Moreover, during the past several months, quietly and privately on most occasions, but sometimes publicly, a word has been whispered and spoken aloud in Rome in a way unlike any other time in the 33 years that I have been writing about Vatican affairs. That word is Freemasonry.
Dr. Moynihan made his observations in the context of Pope Francis’ enigmatic instruction to Cdl. Burke to clean out the influence of Freemasonry from the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. He goes on to report a conversation with a retired Vatican official who expressed concerns that Freemasonry has become the dominant worldview of ruling elites in the West:
The fact is that the thought of Freemasonry, which was the thought of the Enlightenment, believes Christ and his teachings, as taught by the Church, are an impediment to human freedom and self-fulfillment. And this thought has become dominant in the elites of the West, even when those elites are not officially members of any Freemasonic lodge. It is a pervasive modern worldview.
2017 Masonic Attacks Against the Church
Bishop Athanasius Schneider has observed that the strategy of Freemasonry to corrupt morality in order to defeat the Catholic Church is currently very topical again. Freemasonry seeks the dissolution of morality, because they are convinced that unless they corrupt morality they cannot defeat the Catholic Church since they cannot defeat it with logical arguments. In response to this, Bp. Schneider reflected that undoubtedly the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was immaculately conceived, will in the end crush the greatest threat of all time: this heresy of the Antichrist.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, who was immaculately conceived, will in the end crush the greatest threat of all time: this heresy of the Antichrist. Tweet
The question we have to ask ourselves during 2017 is, will we witness similar violent public attacks against Our Lady and the Pope during the 300th anniversary celebrations of the foundation of Freemasonry? If not, what does this signify? It is unlikely that Freemasonry has abandoned its 300-year-old tradition of anti-Catholicsm, so can we conclude that the possible absence of overt attacks against the Church most likely confirms reports of a change in Freemasonry’s objectives, from the destruction of the Church to Her infiltration and subversion? Wherever we witness a focus on man and the worldly concerns of man in the Church and the marginalization of God and man’s eternal destiny, we are witnessing the ascendancy of Masonic thought and objectives in the Church. Wherever we see the criticism and corruption of the Church’s doctrine on morality, especially sexual and marital morality, we are witnessing the ascendancy of Masonic thought and objectives in the Church.
In this 100th anniversary year of Our Lady of Fatima, I am praying that we stand firm with her against those who seek to destroy or subvert the Church, and in submission to Our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray, “Thy will be done.”
Deacon Nick Donnelly is an author based in the diocese of Lancaster, England. You can follow him at @protectthepope.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry
Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organisations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by different bodies than the craft degrees.