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Monday, September 26, 2005

Defenders of Rome and of Christian Europe

At Rome last Monday, at S Camillo De Lellis, there was a Mass in the traditional rite (according to papal dispensation) in honour of the papal soldiers who died defending the autonomous papal city on 20th September 1870 against the liberal-masonic Savoy state. This was followed by a conference on '20th September: The Masonic agression against Christian Italy,' and the next day by a commemoration at the Porta Pia. I know not the attendance. Your servant was absent, being elsewhere in the country; his only knowledge of this event was from a flyer distributed after the 10 o'clock Sunday Mass at the Gesù e Maria.

I was curious to see what the specific flavour of Traddiedom would be in this country, particularly in Rome. (The lack of any legitimate options in Campania causes a suspension of judgement on the local situation.) We saw some of the French variety at Juventutem, and some of us were taken with the chèches. Most visible was the Vendée ensign: the Sacred Heart surmounted by a cross, a symbol adopted in the flyer, organised by the Militia Christi.

Besides commemorating the dead, the event was held (my translation):
  • to thank Blessed Piux IX, model of Faith against liberalism
  • to remember the legitimacy of the Pontifical States, bulwark of Christian Europe, without seeking its restoration
  • for a Catholic Italy, united yes, but under Christ the King
  • to affirm the Christian roots of Europe against the Europe of the Masons
This past year saw the added urgency of the omission of the Christian element in the European constitution, which the flyer attributes to the 'champions of tolerance and liberty,' Masons and the anti-Catholic lobby.

North Americans look at Masonry as an eccentric hobby for middle aged men, lamentable but harmless. I've been told it's much more potent in Europe, as seen in the sentiments here. I'm still not sure who the 'Masons' are, besides a rather nebulous gathering of secularists. There must be something else under those funny costumes and elegant halls.

Comments [3]

Blogger Perpétua:

Well, my father was pleased to tell me recently that our family is full of masons... Someone had to bring the line back into the Church! :)

Tue Sep 27, 07:03:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Juan:

Apparently I had Masons in my family too. It might have been fashionable in earlier times.

Tue Sep 27, 10:08:00 AM GMT  
Blogger roydosan:

Don Juan you can find out about Freemasons here: http://www.grandlodge-england.org/

Thu Sep 29, 07:20:00 AM GMT  

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