When Conspiracies Collide

If you have ever read, or watched the film adaptions of, Dan Brown’s books, you will be familiar with a number of the conspiracy theories around the Catholic Church. Many of these centre on Opus Dei, also known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, and the desire to return to the absolute power the church held for centuries. Some Conspiracy Theorists claim that the Pope takes his marching orders from the Jesuits. Given Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s (Pope Francis) background as a Jesuit, this one may gain some ground.

However, the organization that probably stands as the standard bearer for conspiracies is the Freemasons. Wikipedia has a page devoted to some of these, placing them in 3 major groupings.

  • That Freemasonry is its own religion, requires belief in a unique Masonic “god”, and that

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    belief in this Masonic “god” is contrary to the teachings of various mainstream religions (although usually noted in terms of being specifically contrary to Christian belief.)

  • That the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite is more than an honorary degree, coupled with the belief that most Freemasons are unaware of hidden or secretive ruling bodies within their organization that govern them, conduct occult ritual, or control various positions of governmental power.
  • That there is a centralized worldwide body that controls all Masonic Grand Lodges, and thus, all of Freemasonry worldwide acts in a unified manner.

Now word has come out that the Catholic Church is infested with Masons; Francis declared as much in a recent interview when he brought up the topic of lobbies (this is part of the interview where he dismissed the ‘gay lobby’ and declared that gays need love too).

the problem is to form a lobby of those who have this tendency, a lobby of the greedy people, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of Masons, so many lobbies.  This is the most serious problem for me.

In an article in the Catholic Herald UK, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith discusses this in a bit more depth, and encourages people not to dismiss it out of hand. First he brings up a few old cases that he admits have no proof.

The idea that there is a lobby (or to be more accurate, a secret society, which is what the Italians intend by their use of the word) of masons at work in the Vatican, is an old one. At one time or another several leading persons in the Vatican have been denounced as masons, including Cardinal Villot (Paul VI’s Secretary of State) and Mgr Annibale Bugnini, the famous liturgist. When one points out that there is no shred of evidence that these men were ever masons, the very lack of evidence is supposed to be decisive. After all, the masons are experts at covering things up.

Then he moves into the newer conspiracy.

Italian masonry is strongly identified with big business and banking, and the powerful secretive elites that are supposed to be the ‘real’ government of the country. Masonry is also seen as strongly anti-clerical; thus a masonic lobby in the Vatican would be opposed to virtually everything the Church stands for, and a real enemy within.

The programme of masonry, if it can be called such, is nothing more than Deism, the belief that while God exists, He does not intervene in the world, and the well-being of the world is not dependant on grace (the existence of which is denied) but on human rational progress and “science”.

The opposite of “science” is of course “superstition” or organised religion in its current forms. Masonry seem to me to have a close relation to the Whig theory of history, the belief in the inevitability of progress. Such beliefs, of course, completely deny the existence of sin, and the need for grace and repentance. Oddly, much of what the freemasons seem to believe is close to the neo-atheism of many of our contemporaries – except of course the masons believe in the Great Architect of the Universe – though why they bother themselves with this retired architect, I am not sure. After all, he is not bothered with them, is he?

Interesting how he equates religion and superstition.

If there is a masonic lobby in the Vatican, it could mean that there are Deists in the Vatican – people with a watered down version of the Church, religious indifferentists, people who no longer believe in the efficacy of the sacraments except as pieces of theatre, certainly not outward signs of inward grace. These sort of people would see the Church’s utility as that of an NGO like the UN. It is to be noted that the Pope has constantly warned of the desacralisation of the Church, and its turning into an NGO. Is he warning us against the agenda of the masonic lobby?

As a grand finale, Lucie-Smith brings in his belief that the  current banking fiasco involving the Vatican bank has been caused by the Masons.

Secondly, the masonic lobby, if it exists, could be the lobby of Italian big business and Italian banking. As such it might have an interest in the way the Vatican bank is run; or it could be trying to undermine the Church’s social teaching.

Perhaps the Masons are using the Catholic Church as well as the Illuminati, the Knights Templar, the Zionists,Bohemian Grove, the Skull and Bones society, Rhodes Scholars, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Orange Order in their drive for world domination.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Google. Just remember the NSA will be paying attention to your searches, and they are controlled by the Masons too.

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