"For this reason Freemasons have always detested the Roman Catholic Church, since she claims power from heaven to teach supernatural doctrines and make binding laws, all of which must be adhered to by the whole of humanity."
From ...... CATHOLIC RESTORATION
Vol. v, No.1 First Quarter, 1995
THE CULT OF LIBERTY
On the other hand, civil governments would exceed their authority, were they to attempt to dictate to citizens practices which are not necessarily linked to the common good, e.g., whether people should drink alcoholic beverages or not, or whether they should wear seat belts or not.
Is this the liberty that the cult of liberty strives for ? Is the cult of liberty the desire to free man from the excesses of government in regulating the lives of the citizens ?
No, because the facts of history tell us otherwise. The world has never known more oppressive governments or bigger governments than those which profess the cult of liberty. No governments have meddled more in the lives of their citizens. Since the abolition of the monarchies and the rise of democracies, the common man, the family and business have been subject to tyrannical oppression, emaciating taxation, as well as economic and social "engineering" which affects every aspect of life. The democracies of the past two hundred years make the most dictatorial monarchical regimes look like liberty fests. With democracy have come both liberalism and socialism, two sources of oppression for hundreds of millions of people, if not billions, over the past two hundred years.
This fact tells us that the liberty which the cult of liberty seeks is not the freedom of the common man from big, oppressive, and tyrannical governments. It is a freedom from something else which the cult of liberty seeks.
The cult of liberty in the eighteenth century is intimately associated with Freemasonry. The political and social goal of Freemasonry was and still is to "free" man from the "tyranny" of the Catholic Church and from any civil authority which does not claim to be democratic. By definition, a church or a regime is tyrannical for the Freemason if it seeks to make dogmas or to rule without the consent of the governed.
For this reason Freemasons have always detested the Roman Catholic Church, since she claims power from heaven to teach supernatural doctrines and make binding laws, all of which must be adhered to by the whole of humanity.
Freemasons have similarly opposed any monarchy which did not divest itself of power [like the present British monarchy, absurd in its powerlessness]. Therefore any monarch who would not cave in to their demands for socialistic democracies, where power was considered to come from the people and not from God, met with the solemn disapproval of Freemasonry. Starting with the execution of Louis XVI in 1793, they have not ceased to labor against the monarchies of Europe and elsewhere which did not conform themselves to their principles. One by one did these monarchies come down during the nineteenth century, until finally, by the end of World War I, the Austrian Emperor, the Russian Czar, and the German Kaiser collapsed as heads of state, yielding to, as always, liberal, socialistic democracies, with a curious preponderance of Jews in the government.
The motive for fighting World War I, at least according to the Allied propaganda of the time, was to "free" the world from "Czardom" and "Kaiserdom." Wilson said that the reason why we had to enter the war against Germany was in order to "make the world safe for democracy."
One should not infer, however, from these comments that the regimes of the monarchies of nineteenth and early twentieth century Europe were by any means perfect. The Austrian Emperor, the Czar, and the Kaiser had all given the Church considerable difficulty, but certainly no more difficulty than the liberal, socialistic democracies of France and England. Italy too had persecuted the Church, and although then a monarchy like England, was nevertheless virtually democratic, its monarch very much in the hands of the Freemasons and other similar anti-catholic secret societies. It is merely to point out that Freemasonry has a hatred for any power, ecclesiastical or civil, which claims its authority from God, and which is not somehow dependent upon the people for its power.
[ pages 40,41 are illustrations of "cult of liberty" symbols on American coins ]
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Editor - Father Donald Sanborn
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