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Whose side are you on, bishop?

Luiz Demétrio Valentini, Bishop of the Diocese of Jales (Brazil) since 1982, known as one of Brazil's "Socialist Bishops", went on April 10 to the Masonic Lodge "Colonel Balthazar" in Jales, in honor of its 53rd anniversary. He was received with great honor, as the following pictures attest:

During his lecture, he claimed that the climate is now conducive to fruitful dialogue and rapprochement between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. Bp. Demetrio noted that at 71 years of age he still has at least four more years as a diocesan bishop, a period that he can use to push for closer ties between the two institutions. 

No, we are not making up this stuff.

Photo sources: Messa in Latino and Missa aos domingos
Original story source: Jornal de Jales


  1. This is the end game for the infiltration of the anti-christ into the Temple. Next comes the anti-pope... & then the Return of Jesus, the Christ!
    Make no mistake. The devil is running, but there's no place to hide.

  2. Funnily enough, each and every of these Freemasons looks more like a member of the clergy than the good bishop...

  3. John Q.9:41 PM

    He looks rather out of place in his open collared shirt in the midst of all the nicely attired masons.

    If I were a mason, I would take offense.

  4. Exactly my thought, John Q. Let us honor the Freemasons, who do not forget their rites and traditions! Actually, no respectable group (from Buddhists to Muslims, from Hindus to Freemasons) would agree to do to their rites and traditions what the Latin Church did. What a disgrace. Almighty God, please restore Jerusalem!

  5. Eyeing Tradition10:03 PM

    Given what the Church has done, stood for, and taught during the past 50 years, why, exactly, is this unacceptable? We've disregarded a host of other teachings from Pope Leo XIII. Why not his condemnation of Masonry?

  6. Francis10:17 PM

    The ironic thing is April 20th was the 128th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII encyclical Humanum Genus, which condemned freemasonry, among other things.

  7. I don't comment on here because I cannot stand the polenmics of some of the commenters when it comes to Traditional Catholicism. However, I make an exception today to say this:

    We know by the writings of past popes that a Catholic can never be a Mason. I'm sure you all can rattle of by name those apostolic exhortations or letters, or even the encyclicals where it says this.

    For a bishop to even attend a lodge and be honoured and walk side by side, is a smack to the face of Christ! Isn't masonism connected to the Devil? I call upon everyone to report this evidence to the higher-ups at the Vatican and get this bishop demoted or lacizied. This is a big NO NO!!!!

  8. NIANTIC11:35 PM

    At least this "bishop" had the decency not to wear his episcopal regalia to that Masonic lodge because THAT would have been an insult to God's Holy Church. Besides, he would not want to wear a cross into that place for fear of evangelizing. Cannot be so insulting to Masons, it would be so hurtful to those "seperated brethren". I wonder if we will hear from the Vatican. Hopefully they are working on the proper wording of a "pre-amble". Yeah sure....

  9. What's next? A rapprochement with the satanists?

  10. Is it just me or are the masons concelebrating versus populum?

  11. Why were there women at this Lodge?

  12. Anti-Bugnini12:55 AM

    Ain't it strange that many Vatican II, Novus Ordo churches resemble masonic temples.

  13. Why can't we report this to the Holy See?

    "Someone already has"

    Then is anything being done?

  14. Your Excellency,

    I am delighted to inform you that you are still in full communion with the church according to the present law of the Holy Mother Church. Please continue to collaborate with the freemasons until they can completely destroy the Church of Christ and create the New World Order.

  15. Hmmm at the Spanish language Masses at my parish, the EMHCs and lectors wear things very much like those around their necks. It always bothered me, and, well, now it bothers me a lot more. The English and Tridentine Mass goers are considerably traditional and do not do anything like that (and there are no EMHCs at our English Masses).

  16. Peterman4:21 AM

    "Anti-Bugnini said..."

    Dad gum I wish I had thought of that handle. Brilliant.

  17. VirgoPotens4:23 AM

    "And in closing, I'd just like to go ahead and propose a toast to Baal!"




    It has been asked whether there has been any change in the Church’s decision in regard to Masonic associations since the new Code of Canon Law does not mention them expressly, unlike the previous Code.

    This Sacred Congregation is in a position to reply that this circumstance in due to an editorial criterion which was followed also in the case of other associations likewise unmentioned inasmuch as they are contained in wider categories.

    Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.

    It is not within the competence of local ecclesiastical authorities to give a judgment on the nature of Masonic associations which would imply a derogation from what has been decided above, and this in line with the Declaration of this Sacred Congregation issued on 17 February 1981 (cf. AAS 73 1981 pp. 240-241; English language edition of L’Osservatore Romano, 9 March 1981).

    In an audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect, the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II approved and ordered the publication of this Declaration which had been decided in an ordinary meeting of this Sacred Congregation.

    Rome, from the Office of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 26 November 1983.

    Joseph Card. RATZINGER

    + Fr. Jerome Hamer, O.P.
    Titular Archbishop of Lorium

  19. Ad Altare Dei6:43 AM

    Young Canadian RC Male,

    One addition is that the 1917 Code of Canon Law explicitly mentioned the masons as a group which Catholics are forbidden to join under penalty of automatic excommunication. That being said, I believe the New Code simply mentions "secret societies." The then Cardinal Ratzinger, continued to uphold the Church's longstanding law that Catholics cannot join the masons under the same penality mentioned above. While the term "secret societies" is more of a general term, the tinkering that they did with the New Code of Canon Law can make for ambiguous reading.

  20. "Francis said...
    The ironic thing is April 20th was the 128th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII encyclical Humanum Genus, which condemned freemasonry, among other things."


  21. GUYS! It's time to ACT! I just wrote a letter to the CDF and sent it to them through email. Here it is. PLEASE forward it to the CDF or send it to the CDF in letter and urge them to respond!

    To: Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    CC: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, members and staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    Recently, I come across the Papal Encyclical of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus, in which His Holiness condemned the Freemason for them being the "capital enemy" of the Roman Catholic Church.

    However, it was recently reported that Bishop of Jales, Brazil, His Excellency Bishop Luiz Demétrio Valentini, attended the 53rd Anniversary celebration of Masonic Lounge in Jales. During his visit, His Excellency delivered speech saying that he would like to use the remaining 4-year term as a Bishop to reconcile the Church with the Freemason. (Ref :

    According to the teaching of the Church, Bishops are successors of the Apostles who bear the mission to evangelize and educate the people of God with the teaching of the Gospel and of the Church. I am wondering if the Bishop named above was teaching what the Church teaches and if I am bound to collaborate with him because, according to the profession of Faith promulgated by His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II, I am bound to "adhere with submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act."

    Furthermore, I am wondering if the Papal Encyclicals published in the past, like 100 years or so, are still valid and if what they contain still true.

    Thank you for your concern. I am looking forward to seeing an informative response from the Congregation. I am reachable at the email address: ____________

    Until then, I remain united with you

    in Christo Rege et Maria Regina,

  22. And this is a surprise?

  23. Okay, what does this little man hope to do by his interactions with his local lodge? Co-op on parish or diocesan carnivals... tell them they need to convert, or morph Church doctrine and the need for conversion into the V-II "can't we all just get along" irrationality?


  24. 1. The bishop is dressed as one might in preparation fro induction into the Masons.

    2. Irish churches which I have seen have been re-ordered and do, indeed, give the impression of that which one might find at The Lodge.

  25. I'm afraid that I have come to the point that I am simply not surprised. Which is a bad thing. I should be shocked and expectant of a reproof from the Holy See. But I am certain that no such reproof will be forthcoming.

    The only thing that shocks me now is my lack of shock at things like this happening.

    And I have only been Catholic for six years...

  26. Thomas said....

    I am a cradle Roman Catholic and I am always shocked at this behaviour....and even more so at the complete lack of justice in the church of today, well illustrated in some comments about the failure of The vatican to reprove de factos schism amongst its bishops. Be shocked always: do not accept what is most unacceptable. Worse still, this is but one among so many pastors failing their flocks.

  27. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Can this be reported to the Vatican?

  28. "Novus Ordo" Saeculorum...

  29. Anonymous said, "Can this be reported to the Vatican?"

    Seriously?! And then what?


  30. Anonymous said...

    "Can this be reported to the Vatican?"
    23 April, 2012 20:39


    They cock their pens
    And write their pappy
    Spill their ink
    On trees once sappy.

    They do not fight
    With soul and might
    They'd rather sit
    And letter write.

    Oh these our lords
    Approved patricians -
    Who give their lives
    For bloody petitions.

  31. Eloquently put Long-Skirts. Who could pen it better?

  32. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

  33. Sir Thomas More: "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for WALES?"


    Look to the timeless
    Look to the true -
    Look to the Christs
    Giving their lives for you.

    Look to His Mother
    Look to Her spouse -
    Flee from the dens
    Where the thieves rob His House.

    The thieves have seduced
    The thieves have well groomed
    Their sheepheaded souls
    They have crushed and consumed.

    The new hired Herods
    Lure with a kiss -
    Only pure-pious wise men
    Know something's amiss.

    Follow these wise men
    It's clear who they are -
    Light shines upon them
    Under Bethlehem's star!

  34. I am truly appalled but not shocked or surprised. I will take the time to write to Cardinal Levada. It will not be the first time that I have written to the Vatican about the behaviour of a Bishop. That bishop was eventually removed since many others had made complaints about him.
    Let us not forget that amongst the Twelve there was Judas, about whom Our Lord himself said "It were better that that man had never been born".

  35. Read the books of Don Luigi Villa who was personnally entrusted by Pope Pius XII to fight the clerical freemasonry. He owns letters of mission signed by this holy Pope. He is now 93 and the modernist bishop of his incardination diocese tried to get rid of him, saying that his books were slandering (mainly against Paul VI for his book "Paolo Sesto beato?"). The poor bishop was very imprudent because he can do NOTHING against Fr Villa.
    See Fr Villa's reply here (sorry it is in Italian):


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