Sunday, August 14, 2016

"Most of us would laugh at the idea of a masonic mafia at work in the Vatican"?

Somewhat lost among all the commentary about what the Pope had to say about homosexuality in that press conference, is his passing reference to another ‘lobby’ that may or may not be at work in the Vatican.

“The problem is not that one has this tendency; no, we must be brothers, this is the first matter. There is another problem, another one: 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,” he said.

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.

A few years ago, when a famous churchman in Italy was cleared by a court of the charge of being in collusion with the Mafia, the popular reaction was that this was ‘proof’ he really was a Mafioso. After all, only people not protected by the honoured society are ever sent down. The real Mafiosi are too powerful to touch.  (more...)

Some articles acquire increasing significance with the passage of time. And, some of the reader comments can be real gems. I particularly like this one:

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