Freemasonry
Parts 7 through 12
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

Freemasonary - Part 7

Religion has ever been and is even now the most powerful factor in human activities. In some form it has been the motor back of the commanders of the armies, and of statesmen that founded the great world empires of the past, that animated and upheld the most despotic governments, that fomented the bloodiest revolutions, that precipitated nations into sanguinary conflicts and that united alien peoples into almost indissoluble unions; that established the most arbitrary and despotic priest craft, enforced intellectual thralldom, and the tyranny of rulers. It has instigated, sustained and justified the most dastardly, atrocious, barbarous, and licentious acts in human annals, as well as the most liberal, just and pure.

 It has inspired the erection of the most stupendous, most elaborate, and the most costly structures as monuments to its power, and as shrines for its gods. It has produced the finest specimens of art, voiced the sweetest and holiest of song and inspired the loftiest flights of the intellect in all the realms of human knowledge. It has transformed human perverts into saints, and changed moral creatures into demons of lust, fury, and crime.

 It has enabled timid women and children to defy the threats of tyrants, and smile upon the terrors of the dungeon, flames, and death. It has cemented brotherhoods and cults into unions which defeat the sagacity of statesmen, the erudition of jurists, the skill of marshals, the power of kings and the anathemas of popes, to destroy. Religion is without doubt the most powerful motor in man, and religion is the motor in Freemasonry.

 Freemasonry in its chief and essential features, Is A Religion, and as such it has marks and elements which are peculiar to itself but which also differentiate it from Christianity. These vital and essential elements in this religion are not spiritual facts and spiritual mysteries, but Carnal and Psychical, the facts of life and the mysteries involved in the generation and reproduction of life, and from their nature appeal most powerfully to man.

 They relate to the living principle in man and to his dominant passion namely the desire to procreate. They therefore excite the passions, awaken the emotions, impress profoundly his mind, and engage most deeply his thought.

 That there should exist a certain amount of misunderstanding both within and without the Order as to the real aims and nature of Freemasonry is inevitable, even independently of any fraudulent desire of secrecy or misrepresentation on the part of the Order itself.

 Thus, to take one notable example, what ignorance do we not sometimes find even among Christians, not to speak evil of Masonry, of the real spirit and teachings of the Order. Even of those that are imbued with the True Christian spirit how small a percentage are capable of analyzing it or explaining it to others or pointing out its essential opposition to the spirit of Christianity, because almost everyone has a family member who is either a Mason or an Eastern Star; and not wishing to believe that their loved ones could possible belong to such a Satanic organization.

 If this is true of the Christian Church, notwithstanding its open declaration of its doctrines, practices and aims, and its continuous efforts to make them understood by all, is it such a matter of wonder that there are multitudes of Freemasons, at least in the outer circles of the Order (and high officials are often only in the outer circles) who, although staunch supporters of Freemasonry, know in reality little or nothing of the real aims and character of the Order to which they belong and which they support?

 It is true that the oaths of absolute secrecy which all take and which are manifestly unlawful seem to preclude the possibility of entire good faith (at least in the case of members that are thoughtful or intelligent), but they are consistent with ignorance of the real nature of Freemasonry.

 But in addition to all this, Freemasonry is far from being an open and honest association like the Christian Church. The latter, even from the beginning, "lays all its cards on the table." It will not receive a neophyte till he is made fully aware of the teachings he has to accept and the manifold obligations he is undertaking. Freemasonry, on the other hand, is a secret society.

 We believe that we have shown in this book the real character and aims of the Order is to deceive, at least in part, not only the outside public, but even the vast majority of their own members. Hence these latter are utilized as instruments for purposes which they do not understand, while they are solemnly sworn to secrecy even as regard to the very little which they may actually know.

 Masonic Benevolence: First as to Masonic benevolence. We do not deny that many individual Freemasons, at least of the outer circles of the Order, are men of natural goodness and kindliness.

 It is also true that Masons assist each other a good deal, and that in America, as in all countries in which Masons have secured influence and power, non-Masons, and especially Christians, have to suffer from the systematic and oftentimes unscrupulous partiality which Freemasons show, even in the exercise of public functions, toward members of the Craft. It is true, moreover, that Masons, even in their corporate capacity, do sometimes take part in works of benevolence or philanthropy.

 But Masonic benevolence as such is of a type quite different from that upheld and enforced by Christian teaching. it has no reference to the love of Our Divine Lord, whose divinity Freemasonry does not recognize, nor to the spiritual welfare of either giver or recipient; and is practically confined to the members and dependents of the Craft. It is in fact purely or mainly utilitarian, and is one of the means utilized to win credit for Freemasonry with its own lower grades and with outsiders.

 Freemasons' Belief in God: Secondly, as regard to the belief in God, which the Anglo-American have to profess. It is well known that the symbolic and somewhat cryptic term, "The Grand Architect of the Universe," by which they designate their God, does not necessarily mean a personal God in the Christian sense, and that the profession of faith in the Grand Architect, which the English-speaking Masons still retain as one of the "landmarks" of their sect, is so vague that practically any kind of Atheism, Materialism, Pantheism, or Polytheism may be covered by it.

 It can be shown conclusively from authentic Masonic documents (Preusss, chap. viii; also Catholic encyclopedia, pp. 772-775, where numerous references to authentic Masonic documents are given; C. Penney-Hunt, THE Menace of Freemasonry to the Christian Faith. A 64-page brochure written apparently by a Methodist clergyman showing the anti-Christian and pagan character of English Freemasonry, and the alarming extent to which it has permeated the English Protestant Church, amply documented from contemporary English Masonic sources) that the Masons' "Grand Architect" is very far indeed from being identical with the God of the Christians, and that the phrase is in reality of a formula, which may be used to indicate the object of worship chosen by the particular individual that uses it, whatever that object may be; besides in real esoteric Masonry, which is the center on which the whole order pivots, the object of worship, is a material and not a spiritual being, or if a spiritual being, that being seems to be none other than Satan, the spirit of evil, and is proven by Albert Pike in his book "Morals and Dogma."

Freemasonary - Part 8

 The formula of the Grand Architect...is the most large-minded and righteous affirmation of the immense principle of existence, and may represent as well the (revolutionary) God of Mazzini as the Satan of Carducci (in his celebrated Hymn to Satan); God as the fountain of love, not of hatred; Satan as the Genius of the good, not of the bad. (Catholic Encyclopedia from the Rivista, 1909, p. 44)

 Freemasonry and Christianity: It is untrue that Masonry inculcates or Implies any kind of belief in Christianity! Even the English Masonic manuals distinctly repudiate any such claim. We read: "It does not even require of the members of the Masonic order a profession of Christianity; but freely admits Jews, Mohammedans, and others who reject Christian doctrine." (Freemasonry, by the Brother the Rev. T.J. Laurence, London, 1925 (5th ed., p. 58). It seems to be true, however, that in some localities only "Christians" viz., those who are baptized, are admitted to certain lodges; just as certain other lodges admit only Jews)

 Again, Albert Pike, admittedly among the best and most authentic exponents of Masonic teaching, wrote: "Masonry propagates no creed except its own simple and sublime one taught by nature and reason. There never has been a false religion in the world. The permanent, one, universal revelation is written in visible nature...There is but one religion, one dogma, one legitimate belief." (The Inner Sanctuary, p. 271. Also Penney- Hunt, for numerous citations of similar purport from English present day Masonic writers and speakers, The Menace of Freemasonry to the Christian Faith; A. Church-Ward, Signs and Symbols of the Primordial Man, in which the author, a Masonic writer of high standing, shows that Masonry is essentially a pagan religion, p. 450)

 In other words the religion of Masonry is Naturalism, the very antithesis of Christianity. Again, not only I sit untrue that Freemasonry requires or imposes a belief in Christianity, but the very contrary is the case. For the one and only thing in which Freemasonry is everywhere and always consistent with itself is antagonism to Christianity.

 Its Anti-Social Principles: The natural organization of the family is also undermined. Governments often refuse to see in it the indivisible and fundamental unit in the social organism. It is deprived of its religious consecration which even the pagan nations of previous ages usually retained; and the principle of allowing the individual to dispose freely of the hereditary family homestead or estate had undermined its stability by removing its economic foundation.

 The right of private property, which from time immemorial has been at the basis of society, is now attacked; and new combinations and arrangements are conceived for employing and feeding the masses of humanity. Again, the natural organization of labor (founded upon reciprocal duties and rights as between master and man) which is traditional everywhere and in all periods of recorded history has been upset.

 The man is proclaimed the equal in all respects with the master: while the latter is exempted in the exercise of his property rights from all natural duties and responsibilities towards the man. The result is the unnatural and destructive class war now raging or being stirred up in most countries of the civilized world.

     Masonic Moral and Social System: In the Christian concept of society, morals as well as social rights and duties are founded upon man's relation to God and the example and teaching of Our Divine Lord.

 The whole Christian organization of society has been erected upon this basis. In the Masonic idea human virtue and morality are independent of the Deity, and the Law of Christ whose Divinity is ignored or denied. Hence, Freemasonry is essentially opposed to Christianity and destructive of the Christian organization of society. it is Naturalism, which may be described as a scientifically elaborated system of paganism. (Naturalism does not mean the Natural Law, which, properly understood, is a portion of the Divine Law and is the necessary basis of the supernatural. The term Naturalism has a predominantly negative significance, and primarily means the complete rejection and contempt of the supernatural, including faith, grace, the sacraments and the Church; and the elimination of all reference to a future life in the hereafter)

 The following extracts from a very able and remarkable address delivered by the Belgian Liberal and Masonic leader, Goblet d'Aviella, at a select Masonic gathering in Brussels (1877), will serve to illustrate more fully the essential opposition of Freemasonry to Christianity: "Experience proves that this program (of negation and destruction) is not sufficient if we are to battle with devotedness and enthusiasm...against a Church which is doubly powerful owing alike to its r�le in the past and its lofty aspiration for the future, which excels in the skill, the numbers and the discipline of its adherents, which addresses itself to every age and sex and rank in life, which binds its members to itself by so many and such powerful bonds in every sphere of human activity.

 To meet such an adversary with weapons equal to his own, the Liberals have to complete their program by a consistent system of positive teaching, envisaging men in every relation and aspect of human nature, and enabling them to solve the great problems of modern society. Such a system will supplement the political associations by giving them a rallying-point on a moral, philosophical, religious and social plane...The Masonic lodges are the only places in which one can study and formulate with fullness and scientific objectivity the whole series of problems which affect men's rights, duties, mutual relations, and final destiny...

 Freemasonry being at the same time traditional and progressive, local and cosmopolitan...transcends time and space. it rests on traditions whose origin is lost in the twilight of history: it possesses a symbolism whose mystic beauty does not exclude an actual beauty of its own. It has in fine an imposing ceremonial to lend sanction to all the solemn facts and realities of life.

 It is by means of this fullness of organization that Freemasonry is in a position to rival its great enemy, the Christian religion. it is thus that it becomes the natural, I will even add the necessary, complement of Liberalism...

 Impress therefore on your neophytes that Freemasonry is not, as some superficial observers suppose, a child's play, a convivial society..much less a purely benevolent institution, or even a replica of our political associations...Tell them that Freemasonry is above and beyond all a school of perfection and scientific formation and propaganda, a sort of laboratory where the great ideas of modern social life are combined and fashioned into a consistent whole with a view to their propagation in the world outside in a tangible and practical shape. Tell them in one word that we are the philosophers of Liberalism. Tell them all this, but with the reserve which Masonic secrecy requires." (Courrier de Bruxelles, March 3rd, 1879, quoted in Rev. S.J. Deschamps, Les Soci�t�s Secr�tes et la Soci�t�, incomparably the best general survey of the anti- Christian and revolutionary activities of Freemasonry and kindred secret societies in all countries during the past two centuries)


Freemasonry - Part 9

 From its own description of itself, Masonry is to be regarded as a Religion!, that is if one can conceive religion without a god. It has to do with "divine truth," and has its special system of morals and worship and its own peculiar liturgy, ritual and symbolism. It aims, like the Christian Church, at training the mind and molding the character of its members in accordance with its own peculiar ideals, and strives to propagate its tenets and morals among all mankind. The works of Ragon, Pike, Mackey, and other Masonic authors are largely occupied in unfolding the Masonic doctrines concerning the ruling powers of the universe, and describing the rites and observances by which man is to render due homage to them.

 A.G. Mackey writes, and all Masonic authors corroborate his words: "Masonry is undoubtedly a religious institution...its religion being of the universal kind, in which all men agree." (Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 95; Albert Church-Ward, Signs and Symbols of the Primordial Man, in which the author elaborates the Masonic doctrine of Naturalism; and as a conclusion from some of his antiquarian researches, writes: "Therefore this (Masonry) is the greatest, truest, purest religion in the world, void of all dogma." p. 450) Hence, Masonry as a religion is the very antithesis of dogmatic Christianity, which is Catholicism. It is at best some kind of common denominator which belongs equally to all religions (except the true one) and none, a religion in which Protestants, pagans, idolaters, Mohammedans, Hindus, Pareses, Buddhists, Theosophists, Mormons, etc., may all meet on common religious ground. Christians, however, are excluded, for the true religion cannot vary or contradict itself. Hence, both Christian and Masonic authorities agree that the two systems are mutually exclusive.

 In order to appreciate fully the implications contained in the universality of the Masonic creed, which is a fundamental principle in Freemasonry, we must remember that the Freemasons put forward their system as supplying a perfect and all-sufficing religion, "making a man complete in morality and intelligence, with a state or religion added to ensure him the protection of the deity, and to guard him from going astray, so that 'nothing more can be suggested which the soul of man requires.'" (Sickely, Freemasons' Monitor, pp. 97-98)

 Hence, Masonry is meant to be a complete religious system, whose fundamental principle is a recognition and worship of "The Grand Architect of the Universe." Those who are only in the outer circles of the fraternity may not at first understand who or what that Grand Architect is. Little by little, however, the system and all that underlies it become more apparent; and, as the initiated studies the symbolism and ritual more deeply, he comes to realize the full worth of that moral, intellectual, and religious formation which Masonry imparts, and which "contains all that the soul of man requires."

 Owing to the policy of deception which Masonic leaders avowedly adopt, it is difficult to analyses with accuracy and certitude the essence of the underlying religion of Masonry, and we shall not attempt the analysis here. Suffice it to say that the real inner Masonic religion upon which the whole system hinges is founded upon some type of Cabalistic or Jewish Pantheism, and implies, or is, a deification and worship of unregenerate humanity. Its degrading character is indicated sufficiently for our present purpose by the nature of the symbolism and cult with which esoteric Masonry is associated. According to the vast majority of the great Masonic authors, the Masonic secret cult is derived from the ancient "mysteries" of India, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome.

 These mysteries are nothing more or less than those obscene and undescribable forms of worship, in which the generative processes of nature, symbolized by the human organs of reproduction, were the object of licentious homage. That this worship is the real pivot of the Masonic religion, and the center of Masonic ritual and symbolism, incredible as it may seem, does not admit of reasonable doubt. (For references and proofs, Arthur Preuss, A Study in American Freemasonry. A study of the doctrinal and moral teachings of Freemasonry, as contained in Anglo- American official documents; Dictionary of Secret and other Societies) For although it is denied by some Anglo-American writers, such as the English Oliver, (Institutes of Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 405) their denials and their attitude show inconsistency and, in face of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, cannot be seriously maintained.

 Hence, whatever one may hold as to the identity of the Masonic deity, called the Great Architect, namely, whether or not it be Satan himself, this much at least is certain, that the religion of Masonry is closely connected with the most hideous and degraded of the pre-Christian cults, one which is commonly believed to betray the direct and immediate influence of the Evil One.

 Most of the Masonic symbolism, in its original and proper meaning, refers primarily to the Solar and Phallic worship, associated with the mysteries above referred to. This fact is testified by the great authorities of Anglo-American Freemasonry: Pike, Mackey, Thomas Webb Smith, William Preston, Hutcheson. ( Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, pp. 698, 751, 771; Mackey, Symbolism, pp. 112, 186; Lexicon of Freemasonry, arts. "Phallic Worship," and "Point within a Circle." Mackey writes naively (without indicating his authorities for the assertion) that in the ancient pagan mystery worship the Phallic symbol stirred up no absence emotions or thoughts among its votaries!

 The "Primordial Point" comes directly from the Jewish Kabbalah (Cabala): "...the Primordial Point, or the Smooth Point, because, as the Sohar tells us, 'When the Concealed of the Concealed wished to reveal himself, he first made a single point: the Infinite was entirely unknown, and defused no light before this luminous point violently broke through into vision.." (The Kabbalah, Rev. Christian D. Ginsburg, LL.D., pp. 187-188)) Ragon, the "Sacred Author," adds his testimony to that of the Anglo-American writers. Ragon expressly says that the Masonic God is the God of the Pyramids, thus identifying the Masonic cult with the religion of the ancient Egyptians; and this epitome of the Masonic creed is fully justified by the interpretation of the Masonic rites and symbols furnished by Ragon himself, and the recognized Anglo-American Masonic authorities.

 In order to convey a succinct but intelligible account of this difficult portion of our subject which, to be frank, we fear to handle, we believe we cannot do better than transcribe a passage from the "Lyceum," pp. 224-225 written several years ago, in which the distinguished writer already referred to, with a pen more skilled than ours, strives to convey, "within the limits which respect for his readers imposes...what, according to the authorized interpretation...of the Craft, is the symbolical purport of the rites admitting to one or other of the Masonic degrees.

Freemasonry - Part 10

 The three first degrees of the Order - those of the Apprentice, of Fellow Craft or Companion Mason, and of Master Mason, common to all the rites of Masonry are known as symbolic degrees. (These three degrees from the basis upon which the whole Masonic system is erected. All Masonic authorities agree that the whole doctrine and ideals of Freemasonry are contained in germ in the three first degrees, or which all Masonic rites and everything contained even in the highest degrees, are only developments. (Rev. S.J. Deschamps, Les Soci�t�s Secr�tes et la Soci�t�))

 The candidate is admitted to them by a series of fantastic ceremonies, which we need not describe in detail... the full significance of which...is not yet revealed to him. He learns nothing but the symbols and the sacred words themselves. He is besides copiously edified by allusions to God and the Bible, the deeper meaning of which is withheld till he reaches the higher degrees of the Order. Indeed, it is not till he arrives at the thirty- third degree (in the Ancient Scottish rite) that of Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, that the genuine 'mysteries' which underlie these outward forms are laid bare to him.

 When the final stage of the illumination is reached he learns such truths as the following: 'The rite of initiation for Apprentice Masons represents in dramatic fashion the origin or birth of the Nature of God, of the Great All. It imports the non-existence of a supernatural personal God...It signifies that no being is wholly material, that the two principles, matter and form, male and female, are always two in one and one in two, eternally generating. (This idea of two in one, a king and queen together is directly from the Jewish Kabbalah, or Cabala; for we find on page 200, as related by the Rev. Christian D. Ginsburg: "The Creation or the Kabbalistic Cosmogony: Having arrived at the highest trinity which comprises all the Sephiroth, and which consists of the Crown, the King and the Queen, we shall be able to enter into the cosmogony of the Kabbalah.

 Now, it is not the En Soph who created the world, but this trinity, as represented in the combination of the Sephiroth; or rather the creation has arisen from the conjunction of the emanations. The world was born from the union of the crowned King and Queen; or, according to the language of the Kabbalah, these opposite sexes of royalty, who emanated from the En Soph, produced the universe in their own image.

 Worlds, we are told, were indeed created before ever the King and Queen or the Sephiroth gave birth to the present state of things, but they could not continue, and necessarily perished, because the En Soph had not yet assumed this human form in its completeness, which not only implies a moral and intellectual nature, but as conditions of development, procreation, and continuance, also comprises sexual opposites.") It signifies that God is a bi-sexual being, a hermaphrodite, and that creation is the beginning of the process of generation. (Brother J. Yarker (Grand Master of the Ancient and Primitive Rite), Speculative Masonry, pp. 53-54)

 The initiation rite of the Second Degree represents the normal condition of the Nature of God, always in labor, always generating. It imports that God is a hermaphrodite, that His name has always signified the God of Generation...Jehovah... signifies He-She, that is, the two sexes in one. (J. Yarker, Speculative Masonry, p. 14; Mackey, Lexicon, pp. 126-129)...The dual principle, male and female, is represented by the square and the compass: by the compass, symbol of Osiris, the male; and by the square, symbol of the earth, Isis, the female. (Ragon, Cours Philosophique, p. 102)

 The initiating rite of the Master's Degree introduces us to the story of Hiram, one of the architects of Solomon's Temple, as related in the Targum. But Hiram must be regarded here as an allegorical being, symbolizing the 'Grand Architect of the Universe.' (Mackey, Lexicon of Masonry, pp. 13-99) In this rite the process of generation is represented as complete; God and the name of God, which the candidate is supposed to have been seeking, are discovered. The name of the deity thus revealed is Moabon - the name given to the child of Lot and his daughter, the earth. (Ragon, Tuileur G�n�ral de la Franc-Ma�onnerie, p. 28) This deity is also called Mac-Benac, 'Offspring of Putrefaction,' inasmuch as death and decomposition must precede the beginning of life; and the seed must die before the plant lives. (Mackey, Lexicon of Masonry)

 This (says Ragon) is the important phenomenon, the ineffable mystery, the key of nature which the ancient sages succeeded in discovering, and which they adopted as the basis of their doctrines, and the subject of their legends...the Legend of the Ages. Understood according to this interpretation, the revolting atrocities of Saturn, and of the incestuous Phaedra, etc., are nothing else than interesting enigmas, which involve facts well worthy of being handed down to us." (Ragon, Cours Philosophique, pp. 218-219. Throughout the whole book on Masonry the "Sacred Author" discusses little else than the process of generation, Isis, Egypt and etc)

 It is not necessary to pursue the explanation further, or to introduce you into the still deeper "mysteries" of Masonry. We spare you any description of the ritual of the higher degrees, such as the blasphemous profanations of the history of the Last Supper and death of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ, which occur in the ritual of initiation into the eighteenth or Rose-Croix degree. (Ragon, Ritual du Grade Rose-Croix; Albert Pike, Ritual of the Rose-Croix Degree; Jouin, La Guerre Ma�onnique, vol. I, pp. 31- 34, for a long citatino from the ritual of the Rose-Croix initiation in which the Gospel history of the Last Supper is blasphemously parodied) What has been said so far, and will be said later, will suffice to illustrate the character of the "divine truth," the discovery and propagation of which are represented as the essential scope of Freemasonry; and to indicate that nature of the peculiar system of morality which Masonic allegory veils, and its symbols illustrate.

 It is easily understood how inveterate the antagonism between Freemasonry and Christianity; they are opposed to each other as uncompromisingly as light is to darkness, goodness to evil, or as Satan is to God.

 The Masonic Secret: From the authentic definitions of Freemasonry which we have already quoted, as well as from other authoritative Masonic writings, we gather that the descriptions given by Freemasons themselves of the character and aims of the Masonic association are not to be interpreted in the obvious sense of the words used, but have allegorical and symbolic significations. "Almost every one of the ancient Masonic symbols," writes Albert Pike, "has four distinct meanings, one, as it were, within the other, the moral, the political, the philosophical, and the spiritual meaning." (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. ix, p. 779 (c), from Albert Pike's book, The porch and the Middle Chamber, p. 128)

 Thus, according to the same authoritative witness, Hiram, Christ, Molay are regarded as symbols representing "Humanity," seeing that they were each and all the apostles of "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity;" the cross is by no means a specifically Christian symbol but, as it is hinted, is closely connected with a certain peculiar cult, does not at all refer to the sacred Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, but is Masonically read "Igne Natura Renovatur Integra" (all nature is renewed by {Masonic} fire); for the regeneration of nature by the influence of the sun symbolizes the spiritual regeneration of mankind by the sacred fire of Masonry as a purely naturalistic institution. Christ dying on the cross is for Masonry "the greatest among the apostles of Humanity, braving Roman despotism and the fanaticism and bigotry of the priesthood." (Yet we know from the Scriptures that it was the Jews, not the Romans which crucified Christ our Lord and Savior. See Acts 2:36; 3:14-15; 4:11-12; 5:30; 10:39; 13:27-29; Luke 3:23-33; 24:20; John 19:6; 14-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15)

Freemasonry - Part 11

 From Masonic official documents we also know that the vast majority, even of the Masonic brotherhood, do not understand the full trend or purpose of Masonic teaching and activities. They are instructed only by slow degrees, and are admitted more and more into the secrets of the Craft in proportion as they become morally attuned to the Masonic ideals, and thus capable of understanding the higher degrees of the Order.

 "Part of the symbols," again writes Pike, "are displayed...to the initiated, but he is intentionally led astray by false interpretations." (Morals and Dogma of the Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, p. 829) And again, "Masonry conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts, the Sages, and the Elect; and uses false explanations of its symbols to mislead those deserving to be misled." (Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike)

 The character of the inner Masonic religion, as above described, supplies one obvious explanation of the veil of mystery under which masonry thus hides its real self; of the horrible oaths by which it binds its votaries, especially those of the higher degrees, not to reveal its secrets; and of the essential element of occultism which is so prominent a feature in every aspect of Freemasonry. These efforts towards profound secrecy are in no wise relaxed, even where the power of Freemasonry is predominant, and the Masons have nothing to fear from the interference of the civil authorities.

 Why (writes P�re Deschamps), now especially, when Masonry is everywhere protected and everywhere triumphant, why does it still continue to have its secret lodges, its initiations, its dreadful oaths? Manifestly...it is obliged to do so, for it has many things to hide, many secrets which public opinion would revolt from, and upon which it cannot afford to let in the light of day. In reality, however, as another writer truly says, Freemasonry has only one central secret, which is the pivot of the whole Masonic system, and which cannot be openly proclaimed to its dupes whether within the sect or without.

 "Freemasonry is Satan's army on earth; it is in a certain sense Satan himself, the Adversary of God and of the children of God (True Israelites - not Jews). It is revolt personified, the irreverent impious revolt that blasphemes against God...That is its secret, which is the foundation of all its symbolism in the high grades as well as in the low." (R.P. Dom Paul Benoit, La Franc-Ma�onnerie, vol. I, p. 256)

 Freemasonry and Satanism: In all that we have so far said, the religion and morals of Freemasonry are only partially revealed, in as far, namely, as direct and conclusive proof may be drawn from their own official publications to which Cowans (The Masonic technical term for non-Masons) may access.

 Limits of space and other reasons preclude us from discussing the deeper and more intimate nature of the Masonic secret: how far, namely, the Masonic cult is to be identified with the "formal" worship of Satan, the arch-enemy of mankind, and how far Satan physically co-operates in Masonic activity. (M. Ch. Nicoullaud, L'Initiation Ma�onnique; Dr. Fahey, C.S. Sp., in Catholic Bulletin, vol. xvii (1928), pp. 715)
 

 That this is the case is hinted at in some of the Papal condemnations. If one takes into consideration (writes the Editor of the Acta Sanctae Sedis) the immense development which these secret societies have attained; the length of time they are persevering in their vigor; their furious aggressiveness; the tenacity with which their members cling to the association and to the false principles it professes.

 The persevering mutual co-operation of so many different types of men in the promotion of evil; one can hardly deny that the "Supreme Architect" of these associations (seeing that the cause must be proportioned to the effect) can be none other than he who in the sacred writings is styled the "Prince of the World." (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 2:2) And that Satan himself, even by his physical co-operation, directs and inspires at least the leaders of these bodies, physically co-operating with them. (Acta S. Sedis, vol. I, p. 293, July 13, 1865. The words are quoted from the Editor's notes to a reply of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office to enquiries made by a number of American Bishops concerning the Fenian brotherhood. The attitude of the Holy See has always been that all such secret societies are, at least through their leaders or founders, offshoots of Freemasonry, or are specially liable to be utilized by Freemasons for their own ends)

 Concerning the question here raised, this may be said with certainty: Freemasons formally and expressly associate their sect and religion with the Phallic worship and the ancient pagan mysteries, and with the Bacchic rites practiced in ancient Egypt and Greece, and thence introduced into Rome, where the cult was made criminal and banned, even by the pagan Roman government.

 A similar cult was practiced at least to some extent, even in the ages of Christianity, by not a few of the more degraded of the heretical sects that have sprung up from time to time. Among these were the early Gnostics, the Manichaeans, the Albigenses, and several other sectaries of the fourteenth and later centuries. (Some include among these, but without conclusive proof, a certain section of the Knights Templars before their suppression. Hence the Freemasons' esteem for the Templars.)

 All these sectaries, although differing widely in many details of their doctrine and practices, show a certain family likeness; and all are claimed by the modern Freemasons as their exemplars, their predecessors, and their forebears.

 Like the modern Freemasons, they had their secret signs, their initiations, their cryptic symbols, their uncanny ceremonials, and their horrible oaths. All, like the Freemasons, sought darkness, secrecy, falsehood, and evasion, and shunned the light of day.

 It is certain that all these sectaries, notwithstanding their many-sided divergences, had in common some doctrinal elements and mystical cult which Freemasonry inherits, and which, whatever it be in itself, is not only opposed to Christianity, but is bitterly aggressively antagonistic...and shows an avowed and undying hostility to the True God!

 An interesting side-light on this part of our subject is had from the opinions and discussions of Catholic theologians who treat the question of magic and diabolical interference in human affairs. It is the ordinary view that one of the demon's apparent objects in offering assistance to men is to gain worship for himself, and to wreak his spite on God by mimicry of the sacred rites of the Church, and by outrages on the Holy Eucharist.

 It is also an interesting phenomenon that a certain well- defined consistency seems to run through almost all the teaching which professes to come from spirits in spiritualistic seances and such like. The demon strives to throw ridicule upon the dogma of Hell, and returns constantly to the suggestion that one religion is as good as another, profited that it is not the Christian religion. (Hunter, Outlines of Dogmatic Theology, vol. ii, No. 455)

 How closely all this is connected with the spirit and teaching of Freemasonry it is not necessary to elaborate. The spirit of evil, although crafty and eminently protean, cannot alter his essential character, so that his different activities will always betray a certain fundamental similarity.

Freemasonry - Part 12

It is beyond doubt (writes Belliot) that there exists in the world today an organized religion, which is a veritable "religion of evil"; and that that religion is Freemasonry Its god is identical with the deity worshiped by the Ophites (the extreme section of the Manichaeans) of old, in the shape of a serpent, and which, (as some authorities assert, the heretical section of) the Templars adored under the name of Baphomet.

 In brief, it is Satan himself, with or without disguise. In fact, it has actual occurred on several occasions that Freemasons have openly celebrated the praises of the satanic god: In 1882, at Turin, where Carducci's "Hymn to Satan" was chanted in the crowded theater; at Palermo, where Ripsardi, another panegyrist of Satan, was received in triumph in a public school; at Geneva, where the standard of Satan was set up and honored during a public celebration (September 20, 1884); at Rome, where Professor Maranelli delivered in the course of the same year a public eulogium of Satan; at Brussels, where the Society of Free Thought gave a public conference on the Rehabilitation of Satan. (Manuel de Sociologie Catholique, p. 387; Manuel Social Chr�tien, by Chanoine Dehon, pp. 73-74)

 Again, it is undeniable that demon-worship is suggested by several of the Masonic rites and ceremonies; and that an atmosphere pervades them all, which, to put the matter mildly, is uncanny and repulsive to the Christian mind. (Thus, on the very first page of the ceremony of initiation into the Rose-Croix degree, as followed at present in these countries, we find among the Preliminary Directions the following items: "This degree requires three rooms...The first is named the Black Room. This should be hung with black, etc...In the East two black curtains are ranged so as to be drawn asunder, and opened sufficiently to show an altar behind, on which there should be a Super-altar of Three Steps. The Altar should be hung with black...Behind and above the upper step a transparency on which are represented three Crosses; the center and highest should have the Mystic Rose (black) placed on the limbs of the Cross, surrounded by a crown of thorns; the other two should have a Skull and Cross-bones depicted at its foot. On the Altar should be placed a Bible, Sword, and Compasses. Beside the Altar, there should be on the right a Throne for the M.W.T., and one for the Prelate on the left.

 The Black Room should open into the Chamber of D...h, and through it into the Red Room...This chamber, viz., Chamber of D...h should contain the emblems of Mortality, a figure in a w...g s...t laid out as c...e, behind which a lamp of spirits of wine and salt must be placed. The chamber may be lighted by transparencies representing Skulls, Cross-bones, etc."

 What does all this fantastic and unwholesome mummery suggest, or whether does it tend? Does it imply a blasphemous use of Christian symbolism for dark purposes?

 Again, what is the meaning of such passages as the following, which occur in the opening of the rite of initiation:

 "M.W.S.   E. and P. Generals, what is the hour?

 "First G. The ninth hour of the day.

 "M.W.S.   Then it is the hour when the Veil of the Temple was rent in twain, and darkness overspread the earth, when the true Light departed from us, the Altar was thrown down, the Blazing Star  was eclipsed, the Cubic Stone poured forth Blood and Water, the Word was lost, and despair and tribulation sat heavily upon us."

 A solemn pause. "M.W.S.  Since Masonry has experienced such dire calamities, it is our duty, E. and P...s to endeavor by renewed labor to retrieve the loss..." (The Rose-Croix of Heredom, pp. 19- 22. Privately printed for the Supreme Council Thirty-third Degree. London, 1926).

 Does all this mean that the direct aim and object of Freemasonry is to retrieve the defeat which its founder and master suffered by the Death and Passion of Our Divine Lord?

 On this whole question "La Partie Occultiste," a monthly Supplement published in connection with the "Revue Internationale des Soci�t�s Secr�tes." See also R.P. Dom Paul Benoit, La Franc-Ma�onnerie)

 If this interpretation of Freemasonry be adopted, a full light is thrown on all its history, activities, and achievements; and it would seem that no other explanation can furnish an adequate key to its seeming contradictions, its lying spirit, its many-sided and apparently mutually-destructive tendencies.

 Freemasonry and Anti-Christ: It is outside our scope to discuss the difficult and complicated question touched upon by Pius X, and which, since his day, has received further light, as to whether, or how far Freemasonry is to be identified with Anti- Christ. "So extreme," writes that holy Pontiff in his first Encyclical, "is the general perversion that there is room to fear that we are experiencing the foretaste and beginnings of the evils which are to come at the end of time, and that the Son of Perdition, of whom the Apostle speaks, has already arrived upon the earth." Many years have passed since these words were addressed to the Catholic Church; and few will deny that today the reason for fearing what the (so-called) Holy Father suggests are much graver than ever before.

 Without committing ourselves to any opinion on so uncertain a subject, we will close this portion of our sketch by a striking passage, in which Rev. T.A. Burbage, writing in the "Catholic Bulletin" some twelve years ago, summarizes an interesting discussion of the subject: "It (Freemasonry) bears, unmistakably, the brand of Anti-Christ. To an extraordinary extent it fulfills the substance of that tradition which has been handed down from generation to generation. 'It is opposed to every existing worship true and false.'

 It is opposed to Christianity, Muhammadanism, Judaism (Father Burbage seems to refer to the Judaism, known as Hebrewism in the Old Testament, and has no relation nor even remotely resembles the Judaism as known to the world today, and as distinct from the religion of the Talmud and the Cabal, many of whose Jewish votaries are Freemasons, and are the driving and directing power of Freemasonry), to the religions of Buddha and Confucius, and to every other perversion of religious thought that has hitherto exited. It insists on building temples and raising altars of its own. It has its own special ritual and ceremonies, its priesthood, and its secret worship. It has set up its new-fangled paganism as a substitute for the religion (Christianity) of the True God. It wallows in blasphemy and in crimes of bloodshed and injustice."

 It has despoiled and profaned churches. It has robbed an cast out the ministers of Almighty God. It has torn the children from the fold of Christ. It has delivered individuals to torture and death, and plunged nations into sanguinary wars. It has done these things, and many things more with a hypocritical pretense to virtue and love of humanity that could scarcely be surpassed by the father of lies, from which it springs.

 No such embodiment of evil has ever existed in this world, or is every likely to exist. Heresies have existed that have imperilled human souls and damaged the cause of God. Men have bound themselves together for the promotion of unjust and evil ends. But we search in vain for anything that strikes so deliberately and persistently at everything that the uncontaminated human soul holds sacred. Unless Anti-Christ be Satan incarnate as some indeed have held, then Freemasonry is Anti-Christ.
 

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