When I was writing my book, The Catholic Catechism on Freemasonry, I seriously debated whether I should include Pope Francis’ and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahamad al-Tayyib’s 2019 joint document on Human Fraternity for World peace and Living Together, because this text was the first time in the history of the Catholic Church when a Roman Pontiff had officially promulgated a document that should be classified as a piece of Masonic literature. Never before, in its two-thousand-year history, had the Catholic Church promulgated such a document that so closely aligned with the Masonic principles of indifferentism and global unity through fraternity (globalism), than it did on February 4, 2019, in Abu Dhabi.
Indifferentism, from the Catholic perspective, is a heresy because it holds that there is nothing exceptional about Catholicism; that no one religion is better than the other, no philosophy is truer than the other, and no belief system is closer to God than another. The heresy of indifferentism was the first charge that was leveled against Freemasonry by Pope Clement XII in his 1738 Papal Bull, In Emenienti, because he saw in the 1723 Constitution of Freemasonry that it subordinates religious differences under the appearance of being united under the common standards of decency, honesty, and probity. Clement XII saw that in its founding document (i.e. Anderson’s Constitution of 1723), Freemasonry calls itself the “Center of Union, and the Means of conciliating true Friendship among Persons that must have remain’d at a perpetual Distance.” Freemasonry also calls itself in that same document, “the Universal Religion.” That is the heresy of indifferentism, and it is the very same Masonic principle that serves as the basis and the standard of measurement for the joint document on Human Fraternity for World peace and Living Together, that is most particularly evident in three declarations below:
- “In the name of human fraternity that embraces all human beings, unites them and renders them equal;“
– – – The term ‘Human Fraternity’ is twice used in this document to portend that there is some sort of preexisting common bond amongst all human people that supersedes everything that divides them, such as religion, ideologies, gender, and race. In identical fashion to Freemasonry obligating its members to the teaching that as Freemasons they first belong to “the Universal Religion,” and then to those things that divide men, this document is stating that we first belong to the fraternity of human beings, and then to those subordinated things that divide men, such as religion, gender, and etc. For the Catholic, the first thing we must admit that we belong to is God, and because we belong to God we belong to His ecclesia – His community of those whom He has called.
To be sure, the idea that we ought to subordinate the Creator beneath His creation is the first fruit of indifferentism. In fact, the Preface of the document itself creates a dichotomy between the nameless God who we ought to have faith in and the human fraternity, in which we also place our faith, as if God is detached from it, “It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity . . .”
- “In the name of freedom, that God has given to all human beings creating them free and distinguishing them by this gift . . .. Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept;“
– – – In line with other famous Masonic documents, such as the 1776 Declaration of Independence (US) and the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (France), this joint document on Human Fraternity for World peace and Living Together use of the word ‘freedom’ intends to promulgate the idea of freedom from religion, freedom from the state and the church having a dependent relationship with each other, and freedom from the church influencing the laws of the state. Another term for this brand of freedom is called ‘human autonomy’.
The removal of the authority of the Catholic Church from the public square through the insertion of human autonomy is not only what has allowed Protestantism to spread into a diversity of sects, but has also, thereby, created space for Freemasonry to thrive. That is, wherever in the world you find a diversity of coexisting Protestant sects, you will also find a thriving Masonic Order, because both groups are dependent upon the breakdown of society that is caused by religious confusion and pluralism. For, both groups are attempting to supplant the Catholic Church as being the global center of union for all people.
God willing religious pluralism, indifferentism, and a diversity of heresies is not a Catholic belief, but it is a concept taken directly from the Freemason’s 1723 Constitution, and it is also a teaching lifted from the Muslim’s Qur’an Surah 5:48:
“Then We revealed the Book to you (O Muhammad!) with Truth, confirming whatever of the Book was revealed before, and protecting and guarding over it. Judge, then, in the affairs of men in accordance with the Law that Allah has revealed, and do not follow their desires in disregard of the Truth which has come to you. For each of you We have appointed a Law and a way of life. And had Allah so willed, He would surely have made you one single community; instead, (He gave each of you a Law and a way of life) in order to test you by what He gave you. Vie, then, one with another in good works. Unto Allah is the return of all of you; and He will then make you understand the truth concerning the matters on which you disagreed.”Qur’an Surah 5:48
Francis, the Masonic Ally
Beginning back in September of 2013, I began writing a series of essays about what I called the ‘The Reformation of Pope Francis’, in which I outlined how his Papacy would be exercised through three windows – (1) Rejectionism, (2) Indifferentism, and (3) Inclusivism. Particular to his pushing the Catholic Church towards the abyss of indifferentism, in August of 2014 wrote in my essay Indifference: The Reformation of Pope Francis – Part III:
For example, when a Pope apologizes to Protestants for “obstructing the growth of their communities,” what they actually hear from him is an affirmation of their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism – that’s indifferentism. When Protestants hear reports of the Pope telling someone who they do not need to physically be in Church, because they are apart of God’s family, what Protestants hear is an affirmation of their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism – that’s indifferentism. When his comments resurface from when he was a Cardinal talking about how the Church needs Anglicans and how the Ordinate that Pope Benedict XVI established was unnecessary, what Anglicans hear is an affirmation of their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism – that’s indifferentism. When Protestants hear the Pope say, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on,” what they ingest from that is that the Pope has affirmed them in their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism- that’s indifferentism, and it doesn’t stop them from trying to convert Catholics. When Protestants read the Pope’s 10 Secrets to Happiness and see Him say NOTHING about Jesus, Prayer, or the Bible, they are instantly affirmed in the prejudices against Catholics and affirmed in their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism – that’s indifferentism. When Protestants hear the Pope misspeak and say that priestly celibacy is just a modern innovation, what they actually hear is a validation of their false claims against Catholic teaching – that’s indifferentism. When Protestants read that Tony Palmer told his close friend Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio that he wanted to become a Catholic, but Bergoglio told him to remain a Protestant, what they take from that is an affirmation of their beliefs that run contrary to Catholicism – that’s indifferentism. After Tony Palmer tragically died a Protestant (intentionally/by the Pope’s advice) and Pope Francis compelled the priests of St. John the Evangelist Church to give his intentional Protestant friend a Catholic funeral rite, the case is closed. Code of Canon Law 1184 §1 is explicitly clear that only faithful Catholics can receive Church funeral rites. We are talking about here is an exercise in indifferentism!
While there is no evidence that Pope Francis was ever initiated into the Masonic Order, it is an indisputable fact that he has been infected with the ideology of Freemasonry, and in that way, as I outlined in my book, The Catholic Catechism on Freemasonry, like many other popes, cardinals, bishops, and priests, throughout the history of the Catholic Church, Francis’ affection towards the Masonic principles has, thereby, made him a Masonic ally in the Catholic Church (i.e. a member of the Masonic lobby). Moreover, his unwavering allegiance towards the Masonic principles, makes his Papacy a grave threat to the mission of the Church, entrusted to it by Christ Jesus.
For this reason, we pray for the conversion of Pope Francis to the orthodoxy of the Catholic faith, so that he might know and love it for the exceptional offering it is to the world, and was given to the world through the eternal sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the Cross and through the sacraments that He entrusted to His Church.