The Catholic Church has made a lot of enemies in the past.
But it looks like there’s one feud Catholics refuse to let go of.
And the centuries-old feud between the Vatican and the Freemasons just heated back up after Pope Francis did this to the oldest secret society in the world.
Catholicism: a history of feuds
When you have been around for a while, there’s a chance you are going to find someone who doesn’t like you.
Well, there hasn’t been another institution in the world that has been around as long as the Catholic Church.
And for nearly 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has been increasing its list of enemies.
Over the centuries, the Catholic Church has either targeted groups or become the prime target of organizations around the world.
Just look back at the Crusades.
The Moors and the Catholics in Spain kept getting into skirmishes, which turned into an all-out holy war with columns of Catholics and Muslims throwing themselves into swords outside the Gates of Jerusalem for over two hundred years.
If you have ever watched The DaVinci Code with Tom Hanks, you know there’s a lot of mysterious history around the Crusades and the Catholic Church.
This is especially true when you start to look at the Knights Templar.
The once-great special forces wing of the Catholic Church was turned on by the Vatican after the Crusades.
And the rumors have swirled that the Freemasons were formed out of a long line of Knights Templars.
Well, no matter if those rumors are true or not, the same disdain the Catholic Church had for the Knights Templar at the end of their existence is the same disdain the Church has had for the Freemasons.
Ever since the 1700s, the Vatican has labeled the Freemasons a group that no Catholic should be a part of.
And for nearly two and a half centuries, the Vatican has stuck to this outright ban of Masons in the Church.
But in a rare move, the Catholic Church looked to see if this ban on Masons was the right move.
No to Masons but Yes to Abortionist
Instead of letting this old feud die, the Vatican doubled down on its stance against the Freemasons.
On November 13, the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith reaffirmed its feud with the Masons and claimed that Catholics are not allowed to participate in the organization and any Catholic who does is in “a state of grave sin.”
A letter signed by the Pope himself claims that “on the doctrinal level, it should be remembered that active membership in Freemasonry by a member of the faithful is forbidden because of the irreconcilability between Catholic doctrine and Freemasonry.”
The Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) released a document on Wednesday reaffirming that Catholics are forbidden from becoming Freemasons.
The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop… pic.twitter.com/2uElkshafg
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) November 15, 2023
Of course, this is the same Pope who is just fine openly embracing politicians who support killing babies in the womb by giving them communion.
Not to mention his push to bring gay marriage into the Catholic Church.
You could probably make the argument that Pope Francis has gone against more Catholic Doctrines than the Freemasons ever have.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.