One of the teachings of the Church—proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1878 encyclical Humanum Genus: On Freemasonry—is that Catholics who become members of masonic organizations are in grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion (further ratified in 1983 by the head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI) so this recent report from Tradition In Action is very troubling.
“According to a recent news report released by the Grand Orient of Brazil (GOB), Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the latest member for the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The new favorite of Pope Ratzinger is Prof. Vanderlei Bagnato of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Bagnato, a known member of Freemasonry, stated he was honored to be chosen.
“Indisputably this represents a new step in the dialogue with “men of good will” initiated by the Vatican II Popes. First, they abolished the excommunication of those who become members of Freemasonry; second, Masons praised Popes and Prelates for their news ideas; third, Bishops started to visit Lodges and receive honors from the Masons; fourth, Masons began to go to churches, assist at Masses and take part in processions; now, fifth, the Pope chooses a Freemason for a Vatican organ. The next step seems to be an official visit of the Pontiff to a lodge.”