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PROGRESSIVIST DOCUMENT OF THE WEEK

Masons Consider Pius IX Had Been One of Them
Members of TIA have read from different sources that Giovanni Mastai Ferreti, the future Pius IX, had been a Freemason. Books register reports of the festivities the Masons promoted in Rome when Cardinal Mastai Ferreti was elected Pope. There has even been mention of a medal coined by Freemasonry to celebrate the 'Masonic Pope.' In some articles our writers have mentioned this fact in passing, not with certitude - because they had lost track of the original sources where they read the information - but rather as a hypothesis to be taken into consideration (here, here, and here).

That Pius IX could have been a Mason has raised indignation in some circles of blind-devotees of the Papacy, who refuse a priori to admit this possibility. It also created deep malaise among sede-vacantists who do not admit that a Freemason can be elected a Pope.

Without entering into discussion with these currents, TIA offers to its readers the documents below, taken from Masonic sources, as a contribution to the historical-theological-canonical debate. These photocopies are snapshots from the website of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, Canada.
Pius IX Fremason -1
Pius IX Fremason -12

Pius IX Fremason -13