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5/27/2013 (2 years ago)

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French priest refuses to leave Freemasonry, and is summarily defrocked

For being a member of a Masonic lodge, a Catholic priest at the posh French ski station of Megeve has been stripped of his functions at the request of the Vatican. Father Pascal Vesin of the Sainte-Anne d'Arly-Montjoie parish was ordered by the bishop of Annecy, Yves Boivineau, to halt his functions due to his "active membership" of the Grand Orient de France, a large Masonic organization.

Father Pascal Vesin is seen outside his church in Megeve.

Father Pascal Vesin is seen outside his church in Megeve.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/27/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Freemasonry, France, Catholic priest, membership, defrocked

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A statement from the parish said the move had been "made at Rome's request." The bishop had asked Vesin earlier to forsake Freemasonry, which he had refused to do.

The Holy See's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in March asked for priest's departure. Three members of the diocese of Annecy then met him. Vesin again repeatedly refused to quit his membership of the Lodge.

Freemasonry of all types, regular or irregular, legitimate or "diverted" has been condemned by many popes. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization from the loose grouping of medieval masons or stone workers, in the building industry.

Critics have likened it to a secret society as certain aspects are kept private.

The Catholic Church argues that the philosophy of French Freemasonry (the Grand Orient, not the dominant variety of Freemasonry or the branch that is active in the English-speaking world) is antithetical to Christian doctrine and that it is at many times and places anti-clerical in intent. The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia argued that some of the ceremonial in the Scottish Rite is anti-Catholic. However this claim does not appear in subsequent editions.

The Masonic use of Biblical imagery was seen in the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia as being done in such a way as to deny the revelation of Christianity. However this complaint was not included in subsequent editions.


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