Pope Francis is in the Philippines, and among the groups welcoming him is the Grand Lodge of Masons, who bought a full page ad in the January 16, 2015 edition of the leading newspaper in the country, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Below is the full page ad:
Freemasonry is a worldwide secretive group that, for many innocent members, seems nothing but a noteworthy “fraternity” or “brotherhood”. And yet, what many do not realize is that freemasonry is condemned by the Church. In fact, membership in freemasonry means automatic ex-communication for Catholics, a fact that Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), on November 26, 1983, emphasized:
The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion…. Consequently, neither the excommunication nor the other penalties envisaged have been abrogated.
Numerous popes have condemned freemasonry throughout the ages. Pope Leo XIII called freemasonry the “synagogue of Satan”. In his letter to the Italian people dated December 8, 1892, Leo XIII writes:
Let us remember that Christianity and Freemasonry are essentially incompatible, to such an extent, that to become united with one means being divorced from the other. Let us, therefore, expose Freemasonry as the enemy of God, of the Church and of our Motherland.
Freemasonry is nothing more than Satanic worship – beautifully packaged as a “humanitarian” movement to unsuspecting victims.
One of the prominent leaders of freemasonry was Albert Pike, grand commander of the Scottish Rite of freemasonry. In 1871, shortly before the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, Pike wrote about the true nature of the “light” which masons seek in his book “Morals and Dogma”, traditionally handed out to high degree Freemasons only: “LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light …? Doubt it not!”
The goal of freemasonry is to rule the world and destroy Christianity. Pike said: “The World will soon come to us for its Sovereigns and Pontiffs. We shall constitute the equilibrium of the Universe, and be rulers over the Masters of the World…”
Many contemporary reputable apparitions and prophecies have warned that the church itself is being attacked from within by the forces of freemasonry, which has penetrated its interior. For more details, read this article on “the church under attack” by freemasonry.