STATEMENT OF POPE CLEMENT XII ON FREEMASONRY
The Church issued condemnations of Freemasonry as early as 1738:
Wherefore We command most strictly and in virtue of holy obedience, all the faithful of whatever state, grade, condition, order, dignity or pre-eminence, whether clerical or lay, secular or regular, even those who are entitled to specific and individual mention, that none, under any pretext or for any reason, shall dare or presume to enter, propagate or support these aforesaid societies of Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons, or however else they are called, or to receive them in their houses or dwellings or to hide them, be enrolled among them, joined to them, be present with them, give power or permission for them to meet elsewhere, to help them in any way, to give them in any way advice, encouragement or support either openly or in secret, directly or indirectly, on their own or through others ...
(IN EMINENTION FREEMASONRY, PAPAL BULL OF POPE CLEMENT XII, April 28, 1738)
TAKEN FROM THE MARCH 15, 2010 ISSUE OF THE REMNANT:
Article, Conspiracy Theory? Part III, by Robert Dahl.
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