A war that is “religious”
Public life liberates itself of every discipline, every dogma.
The State frees itself from any constraint. No God. No Master.
This is the leit-motiv of every power. Of the
individual lay person. Of the family that has become atheist. Of every state institution. Of all that is
It can be taken into account, particularly these days, by comparing the
apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II: Ecclesia in Europa,
The apostolic exhortation: Ecclesia in Europa, despite its length, its weakness as a document, despite its overabundance of statements, of suggestions, of implorings of diverse subjects, a new weakness of the document, despite uncertain political statements, contestable or contested, after however a grave realist constat on the present situation of peoples in Europe, this exhortation is, above all, a lively call to a “European conscience” to discover and accept one’s Lord and Master, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who was only yesterday the greatness of Europe and its Civilization.
A lively call from the Supreme Pontiff. An inestimable call, full of faith in Our Lord. A call full of hope. A moving call despite the numerous weaknesses of the document, in its base as in its form.
A missionary and Catholic call which is opposed to a discourse from Mr.
Jacques CHIRAC, a discourse addressed
Yes! A war there is. And it is a religious one.
And this is why it is not useless to point out that the finale of the apostolic exhortation is precisely centered on the combat described by the Apocalypse between the woman and the dragon. Why then this finale? It is because “the war is a religious one”. Between the Church and Freemasonry.
Here are the documents.
The State frees from all. No God. No Master. No dogma.
The apostolic exhortation of John Paul II : Ecclesia in Europa.
The call of the Pope :
Taking up this invitation to hope, I still yet repeat once more today,
Do not be afraid! The Gospel is not against you, it is in favour of you. This is confirmed by the constatation that Christian inspiration can transform the whole of political, cultural, and economic constituents in a cordiality where every european will feel at home and form a family of nations which other regions of the world can be inspired from in a fruitful manner.
Have confidence! In the Gospel which is Jesus, you will find the firm and lasting hope to which you aspire. It is a hope based upon the victory of Christ over sin and over death. This victory, He has desired that it be your own, for your salvation and your joy.
Be sure of it! The Gospel of hope does not deceive. In the vicissitudes of your history of yesterday and of today, it is a light which illumines and guides your path; it is a force which supports you in trials; it is a prophecy of a new world; it is a sign of a new departure; it is an invitation for all, believers or non-believers, to trace your paths forever new which opens up to the “Europe of the Spirit”, for constructing a veritable common house where the joy of living is found.”
The conclusion of the pontifical document : the woman and the dragon
The history of the Church is accompanied with signs which are under the eyes of all, but which needs to be interpreted. Among them, the Apocalypse presents a grandiose sign which appeared in the sky, speaking of a struggle between the woman and the dragon.
The woman having the sun for clothing, delivering in pain (cf. Ap. 12:1-2), can designate the
Such is the certitude which animates the Church all along its path while re-reading her history of all time from the woman and the dragon. The woman who brings into the world a male child also recalls to us the Virgin Mary, especially from the moment where, pierced by suffering at the foot of the Cross, she again engenders the Son as victor of the prince of this world. She is confided to John who likewise is confided to her (cf. Jn. -27) and she becomes as well the Mother of the Church. Thanks to the bond which unites Mary to the Church, and the Church to Mary, the mystery of the woman takes on a new light: Indeed, Mary, present in the Church as the Mother of the Redeemer maternally participates in the “hard combat against the forces of darkness” which unfolds across the entire History of man. And by this ecclesiastic identification with the “woman clothed with the sun” (Ap. 12:1), it can be said that “the Church, in the person of the Blessed Virgin, already attains the perfection which is one without stain or folds”.
The whole Church then looks to Mary...”
Discreet, but at the same time a startling conclusion. “Qui potest capere, capiat”. “Whoever can comprehend, let him comprehend”. (Mt. 19:12). Truly a war that is religious. The great Monsignor Jouin was right.
The discourse of Jacques
“Ladies and gentlemen, Grand Masters, Ladies, Gentlemen,
I am happy to receive today the representatives of a philosophical tradition which made such
an important contribution, in
This anniversary is also the time for supplying a right idea of freemasonry, beyond the clichés and received ideas.
You inscribe your
commitment in the heritage of Lights. Lights of reason, of
tolerance, of human solidarity, lights of liberty, absolute liberty of
conscience, the liberty to doubt, because doubt is the motor of progress.
A liberty which summarizes so well the trypique: “provoke and don’t
impose, suggest without proclaiming, interrogate rather than answer”. In brief, the true liberty of man arriving at scaling so many
passions rather than being in social shackles. Alain Bauer, whose
initiative I salute which reunites us today, has evoked the birth of masonry in
This history, these convictions, freemasonry assumes them with pride. They found its commitment. They mark its traditions. Three centuries have passed and you depend on your works continue to be realized in liberty, the refusal of certitude, international expansion, always seeking the irreplaceable serenity in which reflection comes about, far from the agitation of the world. Its fidelity to traditions, its commitment to the service of man, freemasonry has dearly paid for it, persecuted by every totalitarianism. The black hours of the Occupation and of collaboration have painfully left its scars. Since August of 1940, an anti-Masonic legislation was promulgated. Disciplines were dissolved, their locals occupied, their temples devastated, their archives destroyed, their collections pillaged. Freemasons were denounced, their names delivered to the occupying Nazis. Many were deported and were put to death in the camps. Never in its history, French freemasonry, which had always developed in the greatest respect for institutions and for laws, had it to endure such an unleashing of violence and hatred.
This relentlessness can only be explained by the impeccable attachment
of freemasons to the Republic. The
Republic, which they helped to be born, spread ideas of reason and progress.
They watched over it when it was fragile and attacked. They nourished it by
their demands and reflections. They had always been in the front lines of its
defenders. In the XVIII in the XIX
centuries, they were naturally, of all combatants, the ones against
authoritarianism. In the taverns of origins, they contributed to diffuse the
values which were those of the French Revolution and which proclaimed the
declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen. In the great wave of 1848,
they struggled for political and union liberties, freedom of the press, freedom
of association, abolition of slavery. After having contributed towards giving
birth to the
Ladies and gentlemen, this anniversary which brings you here today, you
live it, I imagine, as a renewed commitment towards
the future, for more progress, more
liberties. Today, I offer you tribute by your action which plays an essential
role in the rooting of the republican ideal in
A Freemasonry which is committed, since
its establishment, to “the heritage of Lights. Lights of reason”. “Lights of liberty,
absolute conscience”. “Lights which struggle against all dogmatism”,
would not be open to the discourses of the Pope on the Catholic origins of
A war that is religious, as I stated. Let us not forget the Pope’s conclusion in his Exhortation. “... And the Dragon was filled with fury against the Woman, and he made war on the rest of her children, to those who observe the commandments of God and bear witness to Jesus Christ” (Ap. )
Freemasonry inscribes its commitment in the heritage of Lights. Light of reason. Light of liberty, the absolute liberty of conscience.
Freemasonry has led the battle for the laity. A battle each step of the way. A battle which remains always timely.