Papal documents relating to Freemasonry

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There are many papal pronouncements against Freemasonry;[1] the most prominent include:

Before Pius IX[edit]

Pius IX[edit]

Leo XIII[edit]


  1. ^ "This encyclical does not mention Masonry, but religious indifferentism is one of the charges often leveled against Freemasonry in papal pronouncements. Some Roman Catholic authorities identify this pronouncement as anti-Masonic."[2]
  2. ^ "While not mentioning Masonry directly, it criticizes those it does not identify for those same faults that the previous papal pronouncements imputed to Freemasonry, and is regarded as an anti-Masonic pronouncement by some Catholic sources."[2]


  •  Gruber, Hermann (1910). "Masonry (Freemasonry)". In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 9. New York: Robert Appleton Company. pp. 771–788.
  • McInvale, Reid (c. 1992) [presented 1992-06-13]. "Roman Catholic Church law regarding Freemasonry". Transactions. 27. Waco, TX: Texas Lodge of Research A.F. & A.M. OCLC 10269407 – via a personal website.