The Spring of 2020 witnessed something entirely unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Church. Under pressure from government officials the bishops of the world shut down the entire public sacramental life of God’s Church without a whimper of protest, and did so during the holiest season of the year, Lent and Eastertide. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. Under the most virulent Roman persecutions the Church was forced underground, but its sacramental life continued to flow and flourish in the chambers of the catacombs. The faithful continued to be fed in spite of the tremendous risk to life and property. The same can be said during the devastating plagues of the Middle Ages when priests and bishops continued ministering to the souls entrusted to their pastoral care.
In times of great crisis or mortal threat pastors well understood that the sacraments became even more so a necessary and efficacious means of strengthening their flocks against physical and spiritual perils. So what happened in 2020 represents an inexplicable and entirely novel reaction on the part of prelates to a supposed threat, callously barring church doors against their own people ─ on Easter Sunday no less! Rather than working to dispel fear, the fecklessness of many pastors only heightened the tension and enabled manipulative fear mongering by secular public authorities. Something had certainly changed in the general attitude of our cowering prelates. Had they never read the response posed by Peter and John? “Whether it is right to obey men rather than God…” (Acts 4:19)
A hundred or even fifty years ago a sweeping general order by government bureaucrats to close all churches as “non-essential” activity (while “essential” abortion and pot clinics remained open) would have elicited a torrent of fury and indignation from both clergy and faithful. Yet strangely by 2020 Church authorities felt that the exercise of religion was as dispensable as Wednesday night’s bowling league when confronted with a virus that proved to have a 99.5% survival rate. The bishop’s clear message was that our sacred duty to worship God becomes optional during any crisis. Rather they say, obedience to questionable and arbitrary orders from bureaucrats is our blind duty. The Catholic Church has certainly undergone a substantial paradigm shift since the days of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen exemplified by current prelates like Cardinals Blase Cupich, Wilton Gregory, and their fellow travelers who grovel before civil authorities yet wantonly dismantle traditional parishes while permitting and even encouraging “gay liturgies” and sacrilegious Communions.
This paradigm shift has also been societal and at its heart lurks a pervasive philosophy which has come to permeate virtually every human, religious, and governmental institution. It is a materialistic and naturalistic philosophy which relegates anything supernatural or divine to the sphere of subjective personal preference. The new paradigm stresses the absolute sovereignty of man over God, to whom man no longer owes any duty. Yet even in this liberated state the individual is de facto duty bound, able to achieve true “freedom” only by submitting himself and his core values to approval by the “tribe.”
In today’s highly organized and technical world where one’s closest companion is often the device in your palm, the “tribe” is no longer localized. Rather it encompasses a vast global complex of organizations, social media, institutions, governments, and industries which have become so intertwined and dependent on one another that they think the same, pursue the same policies, mouth the same jargon, and promote the same agendas. In short today’s tribe espouses a monolithic and pervasive secular-humanist philosophy.
This is the very same philosophy that has been expounded and promoted for some three centuries by Freemasonry. I do not speak of Freemasonry as a specific or aggregate organization of lodges. Rather in the larger sense it is a vast matrix of organizations and institutions which, like a black hole, sucks everything into its gravitational orbit as it subsumes an ever widening array of human beliefs, cultures, ideas, and activities into its own sphere. Its ultimate goal is to be all things to all men, regardless of their religious, historic, or cultural distinctions. This is called syncretism, a kind of intellectual monopoly designed to incorporate divergent human beliefs and systems into one all-encompassing matrix.
Communism itself is both an offshoot and a key element of this global Masonic matrix. Most communists might not regard themselves as “Masonic” but the fact remains that the philosophical and historical origins of Communism can be easily traced back to Freemasonry which is like the Greek Hydra; cut off one of its heads and another immediately grows back in its place.
The anemic response of the world’s episcopacy to governmental bullying in 2020 clearly indicates how much the Church itself has fallen under the influence, if not outright control, of the global Masonic matrix. Freemasonry from its very inception has taken a special interest in the Catholic Church precisely because of its global stature and universality, features which Masonry itself greatly envies and constantly attempts to replicate. Not surprisingly this makes the Church a primary target for a hostile Masonic takeover. The Church represents the greatest obstacle to the goal of Masonic world domination and so the craft has spared nothing in working tirelessly to subvert the Church from within while discrediting it from without. I have documented some of those efforts in my earlier tracts so here I will limit the discussion to Masonry’s assault upon and corrupting influence within the Church that has occurred since the 1960s.
Freemasonry is only the visible manifestation of a much larger hidden matrix which has spun its webs of psychological control and deception using modern communications technology and especially the manipulation of language. The Masonic matrix’s tentacles have since penetrated society so widely and deeply that the power elites who control and manage it have come to be termed the “deep state” and the “deep church.” Regarding this “deep church” it must be understood that while infiltration and corruption have occurred at many levels, there are still many thousands of faithful, incorrupt priests in ordinary parishes serving millions of faithful devoted Catholics. But these have largely become islands of fidelity in a sea of heterodoxy (or is it a swamp?). Still, the primary targets of Masonic agitation and infiltration have been seminaries, chanceries, and the Vatican itself. (Freemasons are not stupid and so they allocate their resources where they will have the greatest effect.) This “deep church” phenomenon represents a revolution instituted from the top down, not some populist uprising issuing from the pews.
Ecclesial Freemasonry openly began to bare its fangs around the time of the Second Vatican Council with the introduction of the so-called New Theologie, a honey-coated reformulation of the Modernist heresy condemned in 1907 by Pope St. Pius X in his encyclical Pascendi. Throughout the succeeding five decades the New Theologie, essentially a thinly veneered rehash of longstanding Masonic ideas,was shared underground by a tight network of closet Modernists but Pope John’s new “pastoral council” provided the opportunity for it to burst into open daylight. Its basic tenets included unrestrained religious liberty; the brotherhood of man; the equality of all religions. But the primary dogma of this humanist inspired New Theologie was that the Catholic Church has no singular claim to absolute religious truth nor does the Church necessarily represents the unique pathway to salvation for all men. The Catholic Church in other words had no right claim itself as the one true Ark of Salvation, a claim Freemasonry had always rejected. And by the end of the 1960s its operatives, working like moles within the Church’s hierarchy, had for all pastoral and practical purposes imposed their Masonic doctrines, whether explicit or implicit, on the greater number of Catholic churchmen.
Their success can be measured by the older catechisms that were thrown wholesale onto the flames even as their heterodox replacements such as the infamous “Dutch Catechism” invaded schools, seminaries, and parishes. Altars were turned for the priest to face the people (and away from Christ in the tabernacle) thus “humanizing” the divine liturgy. The Mass was no longer presented as a sacrifice but as a communal meal. Very quickly the worship of God devolved, symbolically, into the worship of communal man. This idea is, of course, at the very core of Freemasonry. The curial official most responsible for restructuring the venerable Roman liturgy into a sort of Masonic “love feast” was Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, an actual Freemason inducted into a Roman Masonic lodge known as Propaganda Due or P2 in April of 1963. As the head of the Vatican Council’s Commission on the Liturgy, Bugnini became the principal architect of the Novus Ordo or New Mass.
In a article published 23 March 1968 he brazenly admitted to a subversive liturgical agenda stating that “the Council Commission on the Liturgy had the explicit intention to deceive, using suspicious, insipid, and perhaps uncertain wording, and it edited the text of the Constitution (Sacrosanctum Concilium – Vatican II) to allow for a wide array of possibilities… so as not to close the door on the spirit’s invigorating action.”  In light of Bugnini’s true allegiances, the “spirit” he refers to is not the Holy Spirit but more likely the spirit of Freemasonry. He was eventually expelled from his curial duties by Pope Paul VI after incontrovertible evidence of Bugnini’s Masonic connections surfaced and he was exiled to Iran, but his adulteration of the Mass had by then been made the universal norm. Paul VI had neither the stomach nor the desire to attempt putting that genie back in the bottle so for fifty plus years now the highest form of worship on earth due to God has been re-scripted along Masonic lines thus presenting the Mass to ordinary believers as a communal meal rather than a divine sacrifice.
One can hardly argue that Bugnini was acting alone. By the time of Paul VI’s death in August, 1978 the Church hierarchy was literally crawling with Masonic prelates. The scandal had become an open secret, only to be verified on 12 September 1978 during the short 33 day pontificate of Pope John Paul I. A well known lawyer and journalist named Mino Pecorelli, himself a ranking member of the Masonic P2 lodge, published the names of more than 125 cardinals, prelates, and high ranking Vatican officials along with their dates of acceptance into the lodge and their Masonic code names. (Bugnini was known as BUAN, Belgian Cardinal Leo Suenens became LESU, Cardinal Secretary of State Jean Villot was JEANNI, the future Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli became CASA, American Archbishop Paul Marcinkus = MARPA, and so on.) This was at best a partial listing of clerical Freemasons as it went no further back than 1955. 
Pecorelli was undoubtedly not acting on his own initiative in publishing such a list, especially considering the uncanny timing of its release, a mere 16 days before John Paul I was found dead, and by expert accounts poisoned. Was the list’s publication a Mafia style warning to the new Pope not to delve too deeply into the financial scandal that was then beginning to rock the Vatican? Was the P2 lodge flexing its muscle to remind John Paul who was really in control of his own curia? Was it perhaps a message to the outside world or the “deep state” that a compromised “deep church” would cooperate in whatever global agenda the Masonic matrix had in the works? One prominent name on Pecorelli’s list was the man second in command only to the Pope, Jean Villot, the Vatican Secretary of State. Following the Pope’s mysterious demise Villot was first to arrive on the scene, promptly sweeping the Papal apartment clean even before the police or world press had been notified.
Six months later Pecorelli himself would be murdered gangland style, possibly because he had crossed the wrong cardinal or perhaps he was no longer useful to the “deep church” or had too much dangerous information locked in his head. Then, within a year of the election of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Agostino Casaroli (code name CASA) was elevated to a cardinal and next day installed as the new Secretary of State on 1 July 1979. John Paul II was well aware of Casaroli’s Masonic affiliation with P2 but when questioned about it replied, “I know, I know. But I don not know who to put in his place.” Thus knowing today the power that this Masonic “deep church” had acquired even 44 years ago and watching the strange happenings issuing forth from the Francis papacy, could one reasonably assume the situation has improved since then?
Ecclesial Freemasonry has become a disturbing fact of life in the modern era. Imagine the power of Vatican bureaucrats to command such blatant defiance towards the strong personality of a John Paul II, the Vicar of Christ on earth! Yet during his long pontificate the same Masonic “deep church” thrived, promoting from within its own ranks, and raising such corrupt men as Theodore McCarrick to the highest positions in the Church. In his own way John Paul II resisted the relentless pressures of this Masonic “deep church,” yet despite all his considerable mental and spiritual vigor even he appeared at times to capitulate to these curial Benedict Arnolds. Consider the World Day of Peace in Assisi during October, 1986, an open display of Masonic syncretism which illustrated just how irrelevant the Church’s missionary mandate to “go make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19) had become to the modern day successors of the apostles.
John Paul II’s answer to the collapse of missionary apostolic zeal was to attempt an end around of his own indifferent prelates by carrying the Gospel directly to the people of various nations. But one man, even of such greatness, cannot single handedly evangelize the entire world. The Pope had little cooperation and much pushback from many of his own prelates and clergy. In the end the entrenched machinery of ecclesial Freemasonry ground him down to an isolated, suffering Pope just as it had done with his predecessor Pope Paul VI and would do to his successor Pope Benedict XVI. In Benedict’s case it took fewer than 8 years to make him cry “uncle.” This is the deplorable reality in the Church today. Ecclesial Masonry has created and then carefully exploited a crisis in Church leadership which rivals the Great Schism around the year 1400 or even the sanguinary papacies of the 10th and 11th centuries.
This is not just some personal view. The crisis has been confirmed time and again by an authority far greater than any Pope. The Mother of God herself has warned about and addressed this grave attack on the Mystical Body of Christ many times over the past few centuries. She explicitly warned against Freemasonry in 1610 at Quito Ecuador, well over a century before it was formally instituted or even called by that name. Her warnings from Lourdes, Fatima, and others have been largely forgotten. More recently, through the pen of Father Stefano Gobbi, she explained in great detail the nature and insidious character of Freemasonry.
Over the course of nearly 24 years from 1973 thru 1997 Fr. Gobbi received some 604 directives from the Blessed Virgin. These were not apparitions but messages specifically directed to all priests and received interiorly by Fr. Gobbi who was instructed to write them down. The common theme throughout was the need to consecrate their priesthood to Mary’s Immaculate heart, thus making themselves “Marian” priests. Beginning in 1983 Our Lady began addressing the issue of Freemasonry rather matter-of-factly which she did on at least 23 separate occasions. In her message of 3 June 1989 (#405) she further connects it directly to passages and figures in chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation, namely the Black Beast like a Leopard. Stating plainly that this Black Beast is Freemasonry she states that this beast “acts in the shadow, keeps out of sight, and hides himself in such a way as to enter in everywhere. He has the claws of a bear and the mouth of a lion, because he works everywhere with cunning and with the means of social communication, that is to say through propaganda.” She adds, “The seven heads indicate the various Masonic lodges, which act everywhere in a subtle and dangerous way.
“This Black Beast has ten horns; on the horns are ten crowns which are signs of dominion and royalty. Masonry rules and governs throughout the whole world by means of the ten horns.” The divine Mother then contrasts the seven heads and ten horns as antipodal to the seven sacraments and Ten Commandments. Thus through the sacraments grace plants the seeds of supernatural life in the soul which are the virtues: three theological virtues (faith, hope, charity) and four cardinal virtues (prudence, fortitude, justice, temperance). The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit then complement these seven virtues to lead the soul on the pathway to sanctity.
Mary then warns, “The task of Masonry is that of fighting in a subtle way… to obstruct the soul from traveling along this way, pointed out by the Father and the Son and lighted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Atheism in the Communist sense is not the final goal of Masonry however, and so the Mother of God notes a crucial distinction. “The aim of Masonry is not to deny God but to blaspheme Him… behind the perverse action of Freemasonry there are being spread everywhere black masses and the satanic cult. Moreover, Masonry acts, by every means, to prevent souls from being saved, and thus it endeavors to bring to nothing the redemption accomplished by Christ.” Atheistic Communism attempts to ignore God altogether whereas Masonry is far more diabolical in manifesting its blasphemous, occultish contempt for the One True God.
She goes on to explain, “If the Lord has communicated his law with the Ten Commandments, Freemasonry spreads everywhere through the power of its ten horns, a law which is completely opposed to that of God.” I have mentioned in an earlier tract the Masonic Law of Thelema which states, “to do what thou wilt is the whole of the law,” essentially the devil’s temptation to Eve in the garden that “you too can be as gods, discerning good from evil.”
Again the Blessed Virgin says, “To the seven theological and cardinal virtues, the fruit of living in the grace of God, Freemasonry counters with the diffusion of the seven capital vices, which are the fruit of living habitually in the state of sin. To faith it (Masonry) opposes pride; to hope, lust; to charity, avarice; to prudence, anger; to fortitude, sloth; to justice, envy; to temperance, gluttony. Whoever becomes a victim of the seven capital vices is gradually led to take away the worship that is due to God alone, in order to give it to false divinities who are the very personification of all these vices. And in this consists the greatest and most horrible blasphemy. This is why on every head of the beast there is written a blasphemous name” (pride, lust, avarice, anger, sloth, envy, gluttony). Each Masonic lodge has the task of making a different divinity adored.”
Our Lady sums up her exegesis on Revelation 13:1-4 regarding the Beast like a Leopard, namely Freemasonry, with a dire warning. “The task of the Masonic lodges is… to bring humanity to disdain the holy law of God, to work in opposition to the Ten Commandments, and to take away the worship due to God alone in order to offer it to certain false idols: reason, money, discord, domination, violence, pleasure. Thus souls are precipitated… into the pool of eternal fire which is hell.”  Look around today and any fair minded person can see that Our Lady has given us a reasonable summation of modern man’s pride and arrogance in his scientific achievements, but which progress is accompanied by a lamentable social and spiritual decay. Yet Freemasonry blithely denies the very existence of hell, and is abetted by bishops of a universalist mindset who idly speculate that perhaps hell is all but empty despite Christ’s plain teachings to the contrary.
In the Blessed Mother’s next message to Fr. Gobbi (#406) on June 13, 1989 she speaks of the Beast like a Lamb (Rev. 13:11-14) as representing Ecclesial Freemasonry. “Above all, as Mother, I have wanted to warn you of the grave dangers which threaten the Church today, because of the many and diabolical attacks which are being carried out against it to destroy it. To attain this end, there comes out of the earth, by way of aid of the Black Beast which arises out of the sea, a beast which has two horns like those of a lamb.
“The lamb in Scripture has always been a symbol of sacrifice… To the symbol of sacrifice there is intimately connected that of the priesthood: the two horns. The high priest of the Old Testament wore a headpiece with two horns. The bishops of the Church wear the mitre with two horns to indicate the fullness of their priesthood.
“The Black Beast like a Leopard indicates Freemasonry. The beast with the two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated into the interior of the Church, that is to say ecclesiastical Freemasonry, which has spread especially among the members of the hierarchy… At Fatima I announced to you that Satan would enter even to the summit of the Church. If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of false divinities, the task of ecclesiastical Masonry is that of destroying Christ and his Church, building up a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church.”
She then explains the different modes Masonry uses to create this false church. “Jesus is the Truth ─ the living Word… Ecclesiastical Masonry works to obscure his divine word by means of natural and rational interpretations and in the attempt to make it more understandable and acceptable, empties it of all supernatural content.
“Jesus is the Life because he gives grace. The aim of ecclesiastical Masonry is that of justifying sin, presenting it no longer as an evil but as something good and of value… The pernicious fruit of this accursed cancer, which has spread throughout the whole Church, is the disappearance of individual confession.
“Jesus is the Way which leads to the Father, by means of the Gospel. Ecclesiastical Masonry favors those forms of exegesis which give it a rationalistic and naturalistic interpretation… in such a way that it becomes torn to piecesin all its parts. In the end, one arrives at denying the historical reality of miracles and of the resurrection and places in doubt the very divinity of Jesus and his salvific mission.
“After having destroyed the historical Christ, the beast with the two horns like a lamb seeks to destroy the mystical Christ which is the Church. The Church is truth, entrusted with the task of guarding in its integrity all the deposit of faith. Ecclesiastical Masonry seeks to destroy this reality through false ecumenism.
“The Church is life because it alone possesses the efficacious means of grace, which are the seven sacraments… Ecclesiastical Masonry, in many subtle ways, seeks to attack the ecclesial devotions towards the sacrament of the Eucharist… there are gradually suppressed all the external signs which are indicative of faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, such as genuflections, hours of adoration, etc.
“Thus to the dark forces which ecclesiastical Masonry is today exercising to destroy Christ and his Church, I am opposing the powerful splendor of my priestly and faithful army… so that Christ and his Church may be more and more loved, defended, and sanctified.” 
The signs of ecclesial Freemasonry are everywhere in the Church today evidenced by the Vatican’s cozy cooperation with the so-called Great Reset globalist ideologues in Davos as they push their environmental extremism right alongside coercive population control. Nobody in that Pollyannish curia seems to notice any connection however. And any semi-conscious Catholic must be dimly aware that Pope Francis is openly guiding the Church onto the shoals of heterodoxy. Clerical homosexuality is another elephant in the room that nobody wants to address (that would be ‘unloving’) even as it eats away at the institutional body like a cancer. Our prelates prioritize climate change and open borders over evangelizing, defending a culture of life, or restoring sacramental integrity. Too many Catholics have lost their sense of sin because too many clerics wink at various perversions and spiritual disorders. Hell is a myth and heaven an entitlement open to the faithless as well as the faithful. Sixty years of Masonic propaganda filtered in through sermons, liturgy, and lax catechesis has left its foul mark on the Catholic Church.
Faithful Catholics now find themselves in a quandary on how to react to the insanity. Today those laity who even still bother to attend Mass regularly can be roughly divided into four main groups. The first, and perhaps largest group, are the “felt banner” Catholics, products of the 1970s Church of happy thoughts, nifty slogans, and a non-judgmental Jesus. For this group the 70s never really ended and whatever novelty their priest, bishop, or Francis comes up with this week is just fine with them. The best thing about being woke is that you never have to think seriously because it’s already been done for you.
The second group consists of more committed conservative mainstream Catholics. They know and understand the basic truths of the faith and are very nervous every time Francis issues a new encyclical or grants a press interview. They sense that something is terribly wrong but their gut reaction is to look the other way so they don’t have to actually witness the scene of the accident. They stand convinced that the problems are just temporary and that the ship will eventually right itself of its own accord. They occupy themselves with parish activities and fundraising but maintain their defensive stance of denial about all the rest.
The third group are the radical traditionalists, or rad-trads. This group is deeply scandalized by what is happening in the Church and distance themselves from “liberal” parishes. They are very attached to the traditional liturgy and have become deeply suspicious and fearful since Francis issued his Traditionis Custodes. This is viewed as Francis’ manifesto against traditional Catholics which targets them as the one group in the Church who do not qualify for his vaunted brand of mercy and inclusion. In fact Francis appears to be attempting to provoke a schism, and this may be the group most willing to oblige him. It would be a grave mistake to take his bait however, because the reality is that there is already an unacknowledged but de facto schism within the Church which springs from ecclesial Freemasonry. It is those Masonic prelates and pastors within the Church itself who are dancing on the knife’s edge of material schism, and every traditionalists should be prudent and calm headed enough to recognize that reality. Causing a double schism can only worsen the situation as in the truism that two wrongs never make a right.
Just as material cooperation in the crime of abortion imposes the automatic penalty of excommunication (without any need for an ecclesial verdict) just so it is reasonable to conclude that any knowing formal or material cooperation in Freemasonry, which has been consistently condemned by the Church as a false religion, could be considered a schismatic or heretical action. Those clergy and prelates who have joined a Masonic organization or materially support such are thereby committing idolatry, a gross violation of the first and most fundamental commandment to worship God alone. Ecclesial Masonry thereby places any Catholic actively engaged in it in an excommunicate (at the least) if not fully schismatic state within Christ’s true Mystical Body, the Church.
The last group are moderate traditional Catholics, a somewhat redundant term because the very marrow of our Catholic faith is Tradition. This group is perhaps the most hopeful because while they recognize the severity of problems within the contemporary Church they are not willing to abandon it. Just as in ages past, they understand that the Church and its members must suffer, but in enduring trials they clearly see the will of God. So in good faith they seek out and support faithful traditional pastors and solid parishes where confessions are available daily and where Eucharistic adoration and Marian devotion are integral to parish life. They realize that the most powerful weapons against ecclesial Freemasonry and the deep church and state are the Rosary and the Blessed Sacrament.
I believe that over time it is these faithful traditional Catholics will act as a magnet for discouraged rad-trads, conservative mainstream, and even those “felt banner” Catholics who still may be seeking out truth. We are privileged to become the seedbed of a renewed Church of tradition, reborn from the ashes of a failed pastoral experiment yet still facing many persecutions. If we can persevere through these Our Blessed Lady has promised that her Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart will triumph over Freemasonry. But we must faithfully play our parts: frequent Communion and daily rosary without fail. Pray for all priests, both good and bad, who today are under the incessant lash of Satan. Encourage your pastor to become a part of the Marian Movement of Priest if has not yet consecrated his priesthood to Mary. The fight is on and the enemy is bolder than ever before but we hold the ultimate weapon.
Fraancis J. Pierson +a.m.d.g.
 Rev Luigi Villa, Vatican II About Face, Apostolate of Our Lady of Good Success, 2011, p.87
 Dr. Franco Adessa, Who is Father Luigi Villa?, ibid. pp 22-24
 Fr. Stefano Gobbi, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, Marian Movement of Priests, #405e-C
 Fr. Stefano Gobbi, To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, Marian Movement of Priests, #406d-x