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(LifeSiteNews) — The Freemasons in 1917 celebrated their bicentennial by marching in front of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican with banners declaring, “Satan must reign in the Vatican. The Pope will be his slave.”

As Raymund Maria put it in a recent LifeSite article: “Many Catholics think that freemasonry is a well-intentioned economic institution necessary to join in order to climb the corporate ladder while supporting charitable works that relieve poverty and help society progress toward a more humane tolerance of our fellow men, in the spirit of liberty, equality, and fraternity.”

So, then, what are all those people concerned about? Are they all conspiracy nuts? Is there no basis for any concern? So why would the Catholic Church — until recently, of course — be concerned about Freemasonry and belonging to their lodges?

Well, that’s our topic on this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show.

Today, I read from Raymund Maria’s excellent series of LifeSite articles on Freemasonry to demonstrate the basis for Catholic concerns about the Freemasons and explain why the Church has long condemned participation in the group. Click here to read the entire series. Listen to today’s episode below:

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel and right here on my LifeSite blog.

You can send me feedback, or ideas for show topics by emailing [email protected].

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


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