This is the first of a series of articles exposing the evils of Freemasonry—in which membership is forbidden for Catholics—and its war against the Catholic Church and Christianity in general.
From time to time the National Center of the Militia Immaculata receives letters from members and others asking various questions about Freemasonry. People especially want to know why St. Maximilian Kolbe singled out for opposition this ostensibly fraternal organization above other anti-Christian movements such as Socialism and its various branches: Fascism, Nazism and Communism.
We intend to answer many of these questions in this work, using the sources listed in the footnotes.
A. Why Freemasonry is the “Hidden Enemy”
In the United States, Freemasonry has a benign reputation among most people, including many Catholics. Hence we refer to it as the “Hidden Enemy”—hidden because Freemasonry is a secret society; enemy because both by word and deed it has proved itself again and again implacably hostile to all Christianity, and in particular to the Catholic Church. It has shown itself a corrupting influence on all mankind.
1. Freemasonry’s secret, unceasing struggle against religion
In his encyclical letter on Freemasonry, Humanum Genus (1884), Pope Leo XIII equated it with the kingdom of Satan, using St. Augustine’s image of the two cities, the City of man and the City of God, and the everlasting struggle between the two.
At every period of time each has been in conflict with the other, with a variety and
multiplicity of weapons and of warfare, although not always with equal ardor and assault. At this period, however, the partisans of evil seem to be combining together and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Savior (1).
2. Freemasonry’s teachings, aims and actions
After reviewing what he and his predecessors had done over the previous 150 years to combat this evil, Pope Leo XIII explored the teachings, aims and actions of this movement, pointing out that even if the several bodies which make up Freemasonry no longer remain completely concealed, they are still found to retain the nature and the habits of secret societies. There are many things like mysteries which it is the fixed rule to hide with extreme care, not only from strangers, but from very many members also; such as their secret and final designs … (2).
Candidates are generally commanded to promise—nay, with a special oath, to swear—that they will never, to any person, at any time or in any way, make known the members, the passes or the subjects discussed. Thus, with a fraudulent external appearance and with a style of simulation which is always the same, the Freemasons, like the Manichees of old, strive, as far as possible, to conceal themselves and to admit no witnesses but their own members (3).
They also promise total obedience to their leaders and a willingness to undergo severe penalties, including death, should they disobey (4). Despite concerted efforts to lie and conceal their aims, that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere “Naturalism” (5).
3. How Naturalism molds all Masonic beliefs and endeavors
Naturalism makes human nature and human reason supreme in all things and denies that anything has been revealed by God or that there is any teaching authority established by God. The Free