Rotarians, Freemasons and Catholics
Sne—Your correspondent, "Ixtberi, Muratori," must give us something more tangible than his mere ipse dixit that Freemasuns are often " scared stiff " lest they " unwittingly admit a Catholic " into their Order; that there is no sinister connection between Masonry acid Rotary; and that the Rosicrucians " have not, and never have had, the remotest connection with Freemasonry."
Personally, I have known many instances where Catholics were hired into joining the Masonic Order. They, of course, cut themselves off from the Church by their action.
After the Great Apostacy in England, the London Guild of free masons, then a purely trade body, admitted the sect called Rosicnicians, who had no connection with the building trade (see Er. Clune's pam phlet, Freemasonry, p. 3). From that time free masonry assumed an anti
Christian character. As Fr. Dune remarks, "It no longer built houses or bridges; it had other work to do "1 Freemasons, I may add, are doing the " extensite's " activity work of the Californian Rosicrucians in Ireland.
Now for your correspondent's third assertion, that "there is no sinister connection between Masonry and Rotary." According to the well-known work by the Rev. E. Cahill, S.J., Freemasoriry and the Anti-Christian Movement, the Holy See in a decision issued on February 4, 1929, by the Sacred Congregation of the Consistory, declared that it was undesirable (non expedite) for bishops and other ecclesiastical superiors to allow the priests subject to them to become members of Rotary or to take part in its meetings. The Osservatore Romano, in an authorised article, enumerates three main reasons for the decision of the Congregation, viz.: The Masonic origin of Rotary, as proved hostility to the Church and its mere] code, " which, in almost every particular, resembles that of Freemasonry." Concerning the proper interpretation of the words, non expedite see Arta Sanctae Sedis, volume xix, page 94, for a ieply of the Congregation of the Holy Office, that these words, as used by the Sacred Poenitentiary, in 1886, imply a prohibition (prohihitionem importal). According to the Revue Internationale des Societes Secretes (November 22, 1931, p. 1188) Harris, the founder of Rotary, was a Mason, as were also his first associates.
Cardinal Segura, Archbishop of Toledo, in a Pastoral Letter on January 21, 1929, wrote: " The Rotary Club professes laicity arid universal religious indifference . . . It is iii appearance commercial, philanthropic, international, neutral, but always laical. Thus, it hides its real mentality which denies true morality and true religion, and puts in their place a morality and a religion which are not those of Jesus Christ. Consequently, the faithful should not join associations of this kind."
His Eminence Cardinal Andrieu, Archbishop of Bordeaux, expressed entire agreement with the Spanish Hierarchy on June 15, 1929; and the Catholic Hierarchy in Holland on July 12, 1930, after dealing with the character of Rotary, said, " Hence, Rotary is one of the associations which Catholics must avoid."
The Rev. Denis Fahey, C.S.Sp., in his masterly work, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World (Dublin, Browne and Nolan, Ltd.) says: "Certainly Rotary is not looked upon with favour by the Catholic Church. When we learn of a Masonic lodge being opened in London, exclusively for Rotarians, and when we recall the means employed by Masonry to secure and maintain control of neutral and naturalistic societies, into which you Masons are admitted, that attitude is not likely to change. The action of the assembled Rotarians of Mexico in sending a telegram of congratulation to Calks, the persecutor of the Catholic Church in that country, to assure him of their resolution to co-operate with his Government, as far as lay in their power, will confirm it." I feel sorry for well-meaning men like your correspondent, " Luberi, Muratori," and many like him, who are unaware of the inherent wickedness of the organisation to which they have allied themselves. and who have sworn away their liberty to men of whose aims and identities they have no knowledge.
aff.J.F." is thanked for a letter in very Lanch the same sense.—Einrint.j