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Gazette & Courier - Tuesday, November 10, 1874
The Pope expelled by the Freemasons
The http://freemasonry.b...pius_ix/pius_ix.html Pope expelled by the Freemasons - At the recent meeting of the Grand Lodge of Masons, Scottish Rite of the Orient, of Palermo, Italy, held in that city on the 27th of March, Matai Ferretti [ http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12134b.htm Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti ], says the English Masonic News, was expelled from the order for violating his vows and for perjury. Mastai Ferretti is no other person than Pius IX, Pope of Rome. The decree of the Lodge at Palermo is published in the official paper of the Order of http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09771a.htm Freemasons at Cologne, Germany, and dated March 27. It is preceded by the minutes of the lodge on which Mastai Ferretti, in 1826, was initiated into the order under the old Scottish rite. the decree reads as follows: "A man named Mastai Ferretti, who received the baptism of Freemasonry, and solemnly pledged his love and fellowship, and who afterward was crowned Pope, and King, under the title of Pio Nono, has now cursed his former brethren and excommunicated all members of the Order of Freemasons. Therefore, said Mastai Ferretti is herewith, by the decree of the Grand Lodge of the Orient, Palermo, expelled from the order for perjury". The charges against Mastai Ferretti were first preferred in his lodge at Palermo in 1865, and notifications and copy thereof sent to Rome, with a request to attend the Lodge for the purpose of his vindication. To this the Pope made no reply, and for divers reasons the charges were not pressed, until the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_IX Pope urged the clergy of Brazil to aggressive measures against the Freemasons of that country. Then the charges were pressed, and the second and third notification sent, and after a formal trial, a degree of expulsion was entered, and ordered to be published. The decree bears the signature of http://www.picturehi...ind/p/9201/mcms.html Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy , Grand Master of the Orient of Italy.
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