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]