An earlier post reasoned and deduced that the Illuminati, directly or through the agency of the secret societies, had conquered the final and most priced throne, that of St. Peter. This post is about another throne, that of the kingdom of Hawai’i, which is quite unique in that its last king was worshipful master and at the same time king.
The author and owner of this The WAR Blog, whilst he sojourned in Hawai’i, happened one day to meet a certain man and during their conversation, noticed that the man was wearing a Masonic ring on his right ring finger [4th digit]. This was a ring that just could not escape notice because Shaquille O’Neal [Shaq] had shown off his own version of this very distinctive ring on National TV:
The man then proceeded to say that he was a 32nd Degree Mason and that such a degree is acquired through study. He also mentioned a nearby lodge in Honolulu and he then revealed something very surprising, which was that King David Kalākaua, the Merrie Monarch, the last king of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, was a Freemason and that there were “Masonic stuff” around the base of his statue in Waikiki. The statue is erected in the Waikiki Gateway Park between Kuhio Ave and Kalākaua Ave.
Well, that statue had to be visited and below are the pictures that were taken:
“In 1879, with full Masonic rites, the cornerstone of Iolani Palace was laid, and Kalākaua’s temple, Lodgele Progres De l’Oceanie, still meets today on the palace grounds.
“I think they used to meet in the attic,” said Diamond.
There was a practical reason for Kalākaua’s lodge activities. The monarchs of Europe were also enthusiastic Masons, and through the organization, Kalākaua cemented fraternal ties with other royalty.
“When the Honolulu Masons contacted us and asked if they could loan us the Kalākaua Masonic items, it helped created(sic) the exhibit,” Diamond said. “We don’t normally get the chance to tell this part of the story.”
“Kings and potentates, they’re all Masons,” said Lovell. “And here we’d found these items hidden away, just gathering dust.”
There were no guns in the gun safe, by the way. Lovell, who’s in charge of indexing and filing for the organization, thinks it was used as “a hasty attempt to preserve these items at least a half-century ago. It wasn’t climate-controlled and there’s some degradation.
“We’re finding out that Freemasons were integral to the history of modern Hawaii,” Lovell said. “Many of the best-known leaders during the royal era were Masons.”
That doesn’t mean they were on the same page. During the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, Lovell pointed out, there were Masonic lodges fighting on both sides.
(All emphases mine).
That David Kalākaua was a Mason may perhaps explain why and how he ascended to the throne when there were more eligible claimants than he.
Illuminati: Members of Grand Orient Lodges who have been initiated into “The Order and Sect of the Illuminati”. They are a small but powerful group which Include international-minded bankers, industrialists, scientists, military and political leaders, educators, economists, etc. They are men who have accepted the Luciferian plan for the rule of Creation as being preferable to that of Almighty God. They worship Lucifer as required by Albert Pike in his book “Morals and Dogmas”. They acknowledge the authority of no mortal except their leader. They give loyalty to no nation. They direct the CONTINUING LUCIFERIAN CONSPIRACY to prevent God’s plan, for the rule of Creation, being put into practice; they plot to obtain absolute control of this world and everything in it. They use ALL subversive movements to divide masses of the people into opposing camps on political, social, racial, economic, and religious issues, then arm them, and make them fight and destroy each other. They hope to make humanity follow this process of self-destruction until all existing political and religious Institutions have been eliminated. They then plan to crown THEIR leader King-despot of the entire world and enforce the Luciferian dictatorship with Satanic despotism.
Illuminism: The name given to the special rites as written by Professor Adam Weishaupt of Frankfort, Germany, at the instigation of the men who in 1773 constituted the High Priests of Satanism. The ritual of the Illuminati was introduced into the Bavarian Grand Lodge in 1776 as a preliminary step towards infiltrating Grand Orient Lodges into French Freemasonry for the purpose of furthering the plans for ‘The Great French Revolution’ which was scheduled to take place in 1789: A modern version of “The Black Mass” was introduced by Gen. Albert Pike 1871.
International Money-lenders: The Illuminati and their agentur who by reason of their cartels and combines and the use of usury have obtained control of the monetary systems and economy of the so called “Free Nations”. They lead the people of those Nations slowly into economic bondage so they can ultimately enslave them; body, mind, and soul.
After 235 years, 10 months, 13,19 days to 13,19.III.2013, the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, the plan to destroy all the thrones and overturn all the altars in Europe[i] has met with incredible success with the conquering of the final and most priced throne, that of St. Peter.
The Illuminati have taken over the Papacy and placed an agent of their own on the Chair of St. Peter. Pope Francis is an Illuminist.
“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light from them and to draw them away from it. p.104-5”
The details of the cross are rooted in the Gospel of Luke. That is, the parable of the good shepherd and the lost sheep. Luke 15: 4-7 – What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?
In the center is the figure of a man who represents Jesus, the good shepherd, who is carrying the lost sheep around his neck while the other sheep follow closely. At the very top of the cross is a dove coming down which represents the Holy Spirit coming down from God the Father to God the Son and helping out those who are lost and in darkness and bringing them new life! The linear style is intended to be a symbol for a new ecclesiastical era, a poor Church among the poor, as Pope Francis has indicated. […]
Earlier, they explained ‘Why this Papal Pectoral cross is different’:
For centuries popes, cardinals, and bishops wore the pectoral cross as a sign of authority and prestige amongst other clergy members. In fact, one of the first popes to wear a papal pectoral cross was Pope Leo III, in the year 811. He was given the cross as a gift from Nicephorus, the Patriarch of Constantinople. The cross was made gold and soon became customary for [a] pope to wear a pectoral cross. Since then the pectoral cross has been adorned with gold jewels and precious stones.
With that being said, we can gather that Pope Francis pectoral cross is definitely different from the past. You can see that there is no gold on his pectoral cross nor any precious stones or jewels. Only a simple and humble soul could turn down a solid gold pectoral which is exactly what he did. His Excellency chose to keep the same papal pectoral cross he had [worn] for many years as archbishop and cardinal in Argentina.
The same image Pope Francis selected for his pectoral cross, this pewter-on-wood Jesus the Good Shepherd cross has been designed just for your home. The image is a favorite because it was found painted in the Roman catacombs and is one of the earliest artistic depictions of Jesus by Christians. […]
A Google image search for “Good Shepherd catacombs” returns images that are quite different from the image on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross. A capture of some below:
The Good Shepherd of the catacombs would have inspired a cross like the following:
In his encyclical Humanum Genus (April 20, 1884) on Freemasonry, Pope Leo XIII teaches that since the fall of man, they have been two sides/Kingdoms/(St. Augustine’s two cities), which are in conflict with one another. The one is the kingdom of God on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ contending with the kingdom of Satan. The pope then goes on to teach that even in his day, the latter was led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons.[ii]
Since the catacombs’ images are quite different from the image on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, let’s examine the other side to see whether the inspiration for this image is from them. The man in the image appears to make “X” across his chest. So what then does “X” symbolize? The Illuminati is a secret society within the secret society of Freemasonry, and Adam Weishaupt, having been disillusioned with Freemasonry, upon founding the Illuminati, synthesized many of the elements from the ancient mystery religions. One the symbolism of “X” is its association with death and the Egyptian god Osiris and it turns out that:
Osiris was the good shepherd who was loved by his people and it was felt that paying homage and venerating him would help Egypt and Egyptians to be successful. […][iii]
And here is his image:
Now we are left to explain the “dove”.
Osiris’ sister/wife is Isis who, even though a dove is one of her sacred birds’ symbols[iv], often takes the form of the black kite. The image on Pope Francis’ pectoral cross is taken from the depiction of her fanning renewed life into Osiris with her wings[v].
This, therefore, ascertains the fact that beyond their wildest dreams, the Illuminati have taken over the Papacy and placed an agent of their own on the Chair of St. Peter.
POPE FRANCIS IS AN ILLUMINIST.
[PS There is a “13” – Satan’s number, a number for them that signifies rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration, and revolution – on the clothing below the waist (see tweet embedded below). What is the bent image between the “1” and “3”? If it is what I think it is then the image is deciphered completely: The god of the underworld and the dead and his Antichrist are in place of Christ, God, the Good Shepherd.]
What remains is speculate on his degree.
Since god Osiris on the Pectoral Cross makes an “X”, Pope Francis could belong to one of the following degrees:
The dragon, the beast, and the false prophet signify Satan, Antichrist, and the principle apostle of Antichrist. These three different beings command all the other demons. In the work of our redemption, the three divine persons of the adorable Trinity manifested themselves. The Son adores the Father; the Holy host gives glory to the Son. And we see that in the mystery of iniquity Antichrist adores Satan and the false prophet glorifies Antichrist. Hence we have every reason to show that this false prophet will be an individual person and not a collective term to designate the universality of preachers engaged in the service of Antichrist. We can assert that he will not be a king, nor a general of an army, but a clever apostate, fallen from the episcopal dignity. From being an apostle of the Gospel he will become the first preacher of the false messiah. – TAN | HISTORY OF ANTICHRIST by Rev. P. Huchedé > Chapter 2 – The Action > ARTICLE II – CONTEST AND RELIGIOUS SWAY OF ANTICHRIST > 2. his Apostles pg. 24
Every time Bergoglio speaks, even Novus Ordo Catholics scratch their heads. Wherever his theology comes from, it’s not remotely Catholic – much less Christian. It’s as if he’s making it up as he goes along. His real passion is actually pushing exactly the same Western Globalist agendas as politicians like Merkel, Obama, and Cameron.
Today, for instance, he condemned people who speak of Europe’s ‘Christian roots’, heavily implying that’s fascist.
Hm. I hadn’t thought about it, but now that you mention it, that’s exactly the kind of thing certain rabbis would say. It’s just more evidence that the Catholic Church no longer exists. Bergoglio is a fraud, presiding over another Disneyland theme park just as rife with mind control and pedophile issues wrapped up in a simulacrum.
‘Pope’ Francis says ISIS is just like Jesus sending out his disciples.
– See more at: https://www.henrymakow.com/2016/05/pope-francis-longtime.html#sthash.kezILGRc.dpuf
Luis said (May 23, 2016):
Absolutely Dr. Henry, Bergoglio is a Gnostic, always speaks with double talking, semantic deception, using, of course, Christian terminology to fool people…..not many people have decoded this deception, which for me is the most cunning and deceptive (but so obvious for those who have studied the cabala, it’s development into Gnosticism and how it is used now in Christian churches to fool people…
Bergoglio is the biblical false prophet, who is dragging into apostasy as many Catholics (and others) possible…plus he is working [on] building a universal church, by having endless meeting with leaders of others faiths and creeds. Simon Peres in 2013 asked him if he wanted to be the symbolic leader of this universal religion…we don’t know what the answer was!!!
The true pope is Benedict XVI, which never left the Vatican…there are many prophecies stating that in some point Catholics would have to choose between a false pope and a true one, that we would have two popes at the same time (St. Catherine Emmerich for example)…
Pius X 1905 vision of a future pope…Pius saw this man crying and praying alone in the Vatican and that he would be martyred in the end of tribulations…Pius said that this future pope would share the same name as his – Giuseppe/Joseph…so it is Benedict XVI !!!
ROME, July 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An atheist philosopher friend of Benedict XVI has strongly criticized Pope Francis, accusing the Holy Father of not preaching the Gospel but politics, fomenting schism, and issuing secularist statements aimed at destroying the West.
In a fiery interview published July 10 in Mattino di Napoli, Marcello Pera, who co-wrote the famous 2005 book Without Roots with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said he cannot understand the Pope who, he said, goes beyond the bounds of “rational comprehension.”
A philosophy professor, member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, and a former president of the Italian Senate, Pera said he believes the reason why the Pope calls for unlimited immigration is because he “hates the West” and is seeking to do all he can “to destroy it.”
He added that he does not like the Pope’s magisterium, saying it is “not the Gospel, only politics,” and that Francis is “little or not at all interested in Christianity as doctrine, in its theological aspect.”
“His statements appear to be based on Scripture,” he said, but “actually they are strongly secularist.”
In this week’s interview, Pera said he believes the open doors approach to migrants that the Pope is advancing will lead to a “bad reaction” with no desirable solution. He said the Pope’s positions underline that he is not in “perfect harmony” with “conservative Catholics and the rest of the Church.”
Bergoglio is not a Christian, much less a Catholic. His brand of religion is some kind of bizarre Jebbie-socialist-Gnostic mash-up, and his leadership style is that of a petty, little dictator. That’s why the Jews and Freemasons in Argentina love him, and they schemed with the St. Gallen mafia to get him elected. So don’t be shocked by any of this. July 14, 2017 at 10:16 PM
Pubblico qui sotto un video di una tv argentina, pregando i lettori di andare direttamente al minuto 20:50. Il signore coi capelli grigi , Juan Bautista “Tata” Yofre (71 anni), non è un analista politico qualunque: in Argentina è stato Segretario del la Inteligencia del Estado, insomma dei servizi, dal 1989-1990, poi ambasciatore durante il governo Menem.
Ebbene: dopo il minuto 230:50, l’ex capo dei servizi racconta:
Ho avuto un incontro col capo del’intelligenc del VAticano, perché Beglglio ha un capo dell’ntelligence, io lo conosco…E’ un civile”, precisa rispondendo alla domanda di Mainhard, sesia un sacerdote. “che mi ha detto: io sono massone. E il papa anche”.
Penso sia una testimonianza da non sottovalutare.
Dal sito di maurizio blondet. Mio commento: vero o falso? Si può indagare, almeno? Aggiungo che, a norma di diritto canonico, un massone non è per forza un delinquente, ma credo non possa fare il prete. Forse potrebbe essere scomunicato. E non ritengo uno scomunicato possa essere eletto papa.
I’m still waiting for a book called “The Freemason Pope” to be released. Bergoglio is a [M]ason in case many of you didn’t know this. (most people have no clue) – His ties to freemasonry would also explain many of the characteristics explained in this book.
So, where is this love they hold for Islam? Their love for Islam runs in parallel with their misuse of Christianity, which truly means that their false love for Islam is nothing but a deceiving tool allowing them to use the religion of Mohamed as the executioner that will wipe out the Christians and the Jews from the face of the earth. They, the Muslims, will be doing the dirty work for the same group of people who did not hesitate to kill 500,000 Iraqis between 2003 and 2011. If they succeeded in accomplishing this plot, the elite would move on to find a way to rid themselves of those same Muslims they used to carry out and cover their evils. In fact, Francis and Obama honor an entirely different doctrine that has roots in Gnosticism and Kabbalah, but this is a whole different subject which very few can come to accept as truth.
– The WILD VOICE CNN Interview (Full Text) | Paul Joseph C, The WILD VOICE
Then on Monday, a high-ranking figure in the Bulgarian Orthodox church, Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv, dismissed the pope’s visit as political and condemned in harsh terms his efforts to improve ties between the churches.
“The goal of all of this is to unite all the religions around the pope, so that when the Antichrist comes, for the pope to welcome him, and through him, all who are coming along with him,” Nikolai told a congregation in a church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second-largest city.
Can. 1374 A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.
[Blessed Anna Katharina Emmerick] once said: I see so many ecclesiastics under the ban of excommunication! But they seem quite at their ease, almost unconscious of their state; and yet, all who join associations, take part in enterprises, or adhere to opinions condemned by the Church, are really excommunicated by that fact itself. I see such men hemmed in, as it were, by a wall of fog. By this we may clearly see what account God makes of the decrees, orders, and prohibitions of the Head of the Church and how rigorously He exacts their observance, whilst men coolly mock and scoff at them. – The Life And Revelations Of Anne Catherine Emmerich Complete
The multiple historical and philosophical problems which are hidden in these affirmations cannot be discussed here. It is certainly not necessary to emphasize that following the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church too is pressing in the direction of collaboration between all men of good will. Nevertheless, becoming a member of Freemasonry decidedly exceeds this legitimate collaboration and has a much more important and final significance than this.
Can. 1374 A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.
– Penny Catechism Q. 204. Is it sinful to belong to a Secret Society?
It is sinful to belong to any Secret Society that plots against the Church or State, or to any Society that by reason of its secrecy is condemned by the Church; for St. Paul says: ‘Let every soul be subject to the higher powers; he that resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist purchase to themselves damnation’ [Rom 13:1-2]
“The Illuminati had …a plan …they decided on a most ambitious line of conduct. It would form and control public opinion. It would amalgamate religions by dissolving all the differences of belief and ritual that had kept them apart; and it would take over the Papacy and place an agent of its own in the Chair of Peter.” (p. 7-8)
These Plans were written in 1776.
Later, a member of the Illuminati, Nubius, writing in 1818, stated that the goal of the Illuminati, is “the complete annihilation of Catholicism, and even ultimately of Christianity. Were Christianity to survive, even upon the ruins of Rome, it would, a little later on, revive and live.” (p. 13). Later, we will examine the same goals as expressed in the New Age book, “The Occult Conspiracy”. Compton continues to quote Nubius’ explanation of the need for the Illuminati to infiltrate the Papacy:
“The Papacy has been for seventeen hundred years interwoven with the history of Italy. Italy can neither breathe nor move without the leave of the Supreme Pontiff…It is necessary to seek a remedy. Very well, a remedy is at hand. The Pope…will never enter into a secret society. It therefore becomes the duty of the secret societies to make the first advance to the Church and the Pope, with the object of conquering both.” (p.13)
This is nothing more than a call to the Illuminati to infiltrate the Papacy. Thus, the goal from the beginning (1776) was to plant an avowed Illuminist into the Papacy, while the rank and file of the Catholic Church were to be completely unaware that this had occurred. Nubius then recognized that this process may take many, many years. He foresaw the need to invade and take over convents and seminaries, to win the minds of nuns and especially the priests who rise to become Cardinals. Cardinals elect the Pope. (p. 12-15).
Our final aim is that of Voltaire and of the French Revolution, — the complete annihilation of Catholicism, and ultimately of Christianity. Were Christianity to survive, even upon the ruins of Rome, it would, a little later on, revive and live. We must now consider how to reach our end, with certainty, not cheating ourselves with delusions, which would prolong indefinitely, and probably compromise, the ultimate success of our cause. – [Nubius | Carbonari, 1818.] Occult Theocracy by Lady Queenborough (Edith Starr Miller)
In 1776, two years before Rousseau’s death, Adam Weishaupt founded in Bavaria the Order of the Illuminati (Enlightened Ones), a subversive secret society whose summary purpose, taken from Freemasonry, was to erect a “new world order.” Six years later, the Congress of Wilhelmsbad was convened as a convention of international Freemasonry. By the end of the convention Weishaupt had succeeded in consolidating virtually all of European Freemasonry under his Illuminati. In secret correspondence uncovered by the Bavarian government, Weishaupt had written to a fellow high-ranking Illuminist: “We will infiltrate into that place [the Vatican] and once inside we will never come out. We will bore from within until it remains nothing but an empty shell.” He further boasted that one day the Illuminati “will place one of our own” on the throne of Peter. – Nostra Aetate Dolorosa, Sunday, January 24, 2016 | The Eye-Witness.
3. When the time comes finally to destroy the papal court the finger of an invisible hand will point the nations towards this court. When, however, the nations fling themselves upon it, we shall come forward in the guise of its defenders as if to save excessive bloodshed. By this diversion we shall penetrate to its very bowels and be sure we shall never come out again until we have gnawed through the entire strength of this place.
– The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion > PROTOCOL No. 17
“But the Catholic Church is still alive…
“We must destroy her without the least delay and without the slightest mercy… Let us intensify our activities in poisoning the morality of the Gentiles. Let us spread the spirit of revolution in the minds of the people. They must be made to despise Patriotism and the love of family, to consider their faith as a humbug… Let us make it impossible for Christians outside the Catholic Church to be reunited to that Church, otherwise the greatest obstruction to our domination will be strengthened and all our work undone…
“Let us remember that as long as there still remains active enemies of the Catholic Church, we may hope to become Masters of the World… And let us remember always that the future Jewish King will never reign in the world before the Pope in Rome is dethroned…
“When the time comes and the power of the Pope shall at last be broken, the fingers of an invisible hand will call the attention of the masses of the people to the court of the Sovereign Pontiff to let them know that we have completely undermined the power of the Papacy… The King of the Jews will then be the real pope and the Father of the Jewish World-Church.”
You wish to establish the reign of the chosen ones on the throne of the prostitute of Babylon; let the clergy march under your standard, always believing that they are marching under the banner of the Apostolic keys.
You intend to make the last vestige of tyrants and oppressors disappear; lay your snares [nets] like Simon Bar-Jona; lay them in the sacristies, the seminaries and the monasteries rather than at the bottom of the sea; and if you do not hurry, we promise you a catch more miraculous than his. The fisher of fish became the fisher of men; you will bring friends around the Apostolic Chair. You will have preached a revolution in tiara and in cope, marching with the cross and the banner, a revolution that will need to be only a little bit urged on to set fire to the four corners of the world.
The sixth anniversary of the election of Pope Bergoglio has passed, even if it felt a bit subdued. One has the impression that even people who once supported him are beginning to distance themselves from him. Is this impression mistaken?
We know that there are forces that want to destroy the Church. Freemasonry is one of these. Yet an open battle against the Church is never productive, because, as Tertullian wrote, the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians. And this is why, for at least two centuries, a plan was formulated by anti-Christian forces to conquer the Church from within.
We know that in the 1960s, the Soviet Union and communist regimes of Eastern Europe infiltrated many of their men into the seminaries and Catholic universities. Some of these climbed the ladder and became bishops or even cardinals. But such intentional complicity and activity is not necessary to contribute to the self-destruction of the Church. It is also possible to become unknowing instruments of someone who manipulates from the outside. In this case, the manipulators chose the most suitable men, men who displayed doctrinal and moral weakness, influenced them, conditioned them, and at times even blackmailed them. The men of the Church are neither infallible nor impeccable, and the Evil One constantly places before them the temptations which the Lord renounced (Mt 4:1–11).
The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was directed by a clerical lobby, behind which may be seen the presence of other lobbies or strong powers. I have the impression that the ecclesiastical powers and powers outside the Church that worked for the election of Pope Bergoglio are not satisfied with the results of his pontificate. From their point of view, there have been many words but few practical results. Those who sponsor Pope Francis are ready to abandon him if radical change does not take place. It seems he is being given one last chance to revolutionize the Church in the Amazon Synod this coming October. It seems to me that they have already sent signals indicating this.
– De Mattei on the Francis Pontificate: Six Years of ‘Hypocrisy and Lies’ | 1P5 Staff, April 4, 2019
[1.] The race of man, after its miserable fall from God, the Creator and the Giver of heavenly gifts, “through the envy of the devil,” separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other of those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth. The one is the kingdom of God on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ; and those who desire from their heart to be united with it, so as to gain salvation, must of necessity serve God and His only-begotten Son with their whole mind and with an entire will. The other is the kingdom of Satan, in whose possession and control are all whosoever follow the fatal example of their leader and of our first parents, those who refuse to obey the divine and eternal law, and who have many aims of their own in contempt of God, and many aims also against God.
2. This twofold kingdom St. Augustine keenly discerned and described after the manner of two cities, contrary in their laws because striving for contrary objects; and with a subtle brevity he expressed the efficient cause of each in these words: “Two loves formed two cities: the love of self, reaching even to contempt of God, an earthly city; and the love of God, reaching to contempt of self, a heavenly one.”(1) 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 ardour and assault. At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems 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 Saviour. Lamenting these evils, We are constrained by the charity which urges Our heart to cry out often to God: “For lo, Thy enemies have made a noise; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people, and they have consulted against Thy saints. They have said, ‘come, and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation.'(2)
6. For as soon as the constitution and the spirit of the masonic sect were clearly discovered by manifest signs of its actions, by the investigation of its causes, by publication of its laws, and of its rites and commentaries, with the addition often of the personal testimony of those who were in the secret, this apostolic see denounced the sect of the Freemasons, and publicly declared its constitution, as contrary to law and right, to be pernicious no less to Christiandom than to the State; and it forbade any one to enter the society, under the penalties which the Church is wont to inflict upon exceptionally guilty persons. The sectaries, indignant at this, thinking to elude or to weaken the force of these decrees, partly by contempt of them, and partly by calumny, accused the sovereign Pontiffs who had passed them either of exceeding the bounds of moderation in their decrees or of decreeing what was not just. This was the manner in which they endeavoured to elude the authority and the weight of the apostolic constitutions of Clement XII and Benedict XIV, as well as of Pius VII and Pius IX.(10) Yet, in the very society itself, there were to be found men who unwillingly acknowledged that the Roman Pontiffs had acted within their right, according to the Catholic doctrine and discipline. The Pontiffs received the same assent, and in strong terms, from many princes and heads of governments, who made it their business either to delate the masonic society to the apostolic see, or of their own accord by special enactments to brand it as pernicious, as, for example, in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Bavaria, Savoy, and other parts of Italy.
7. But, what is of highest importance, the course of events has demonstrated the prudence of Our predecessors. For their provident and paternal solicitude had not always and every where the result desired; and this, either because of the simulation and cunning of some who were active agents in the mischief, or else of the thoughtless levity of the rest who ought, in their own interest, to have given to the matter their diligent attention. In consequence, the sect of Freemasons grew with a rapidity beyond conception in the course of a century and a half, until it came to be able, by means of fraud or of audacity, to gain such entrance into every rank of the State as to seem to be almost its ruling power. This swift and formidable advance has brought upon the Church, upon the power of princes, upon the public well-being, precisely that grievous harm which Our predecessors had long before foreseen. Such a condition has been reached that henceforth there will be grave reason to fear, not indeed for the Church – for her foundation is much too firm to be overturned by the effort of men – but for those States in which prevails the power, either of the sect of which we are speaking or of other sects not dissimilar which lend themselves to it as disciples and subordinates.
Two kingdoms, two cities
Humanum genus leads with the presentation of the Augustiniandichotomy of the two cities, the City of Man and the City of God. The human race is presented as “separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other of those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth. The one is the kingdom of God on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ… The other is the kingdom of Satan,”[HG 1.] which was “led on or assisted” by Freemasonry:
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 ardour and assault. At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems 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 Saviour. Lamenting these evils, We are constrained by the charity which urges Our heart to cry out often to God: “For lo, Thy enemies have made a noise; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people, and they have consulted against Thy saints. They have said, ‘come, and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation.’[HG 2.]
Humanum genus depicted the fundamental doctrine of Freemasonry as naturalism, asserting that this leads to deism and Gnosticism. This was seen as driving Freemasons headlong toward a fundamental clash with the teachings of the Church, especially in light of Freemasons’ support of separation of church and state by their efforts to enact and enforce civil constitutional obstacles to the establishment of state churches.