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Strange sights in a Good Friday procession

A friend from the Philippines shared the following pictures with us. These were taken at last week's Good Friday procession organized under the authority of the Cathedral of the Diocese of San Pablo, south of Metro Manila. 

Leading the procession were these ladies. (At least, no one seems to have called them 'ministers of movement'). 

Then came the statues and scenes from the Gospels on carrozas. They were quite good...

The Cathedral of the Diocese of San Pablo at the background

... but the group that followed the scene of the Baptism of Our Lord was something else:

Freemasons, in the official Good Friday procession of the cathedral of a large Catholic diocese (with more than 2 million faithful), and not merely as bystanders but as members of the procession. (The Freemasonic symbol of the square and compasses is visible on the white apron with thick blue borders of the man at the left in the second of the three photographs above. Click on the picture to see more clearly.)

While we would like to think that the bishop and the clergy of the cathedral had nothing to do with this, this spectacle says much about the "acceptability" of Freemasonry among Catholics. 


  1. The real reason the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, shoddy masonry.

  2. Francis11:40 AM

    Looks like the freemasons don't have to lurk in the conciliar church's shadows in secret anymore. Their work at Vatican II and the subsequent fifty years has been so successful they can now march proudly in a Good Friday or in any other Church setting and fit right in. Lord help us!

  3. A non-Catholic military friend was once telling me about how her family saw in a certain Philippine city the selection of a young man to play Jesus; and they really nailed him to a cross. It is supposedly a great honor, but only about half survive. The others are all scarred for life. At least they aren't afraid to confront the Passion of Christ...

  4. Was not in the Phillipines were a prelate excomunacated the faithful from a SSPX parrish? That tells volumes.

  5. Filipinos, despite their outward piety and devotion, are as poorly catechized as everyone else.

  6. Michael R.3:02 PM

    The girls look like they're majorettes with a high school band. I've seen more appropriate Good Fridays outfits, but I suppose that's their uniform.

    Are we sure the guys with the aprons are Freemasons and not members of some Catholic men's club that likes pseudo-Masonic regalia, like the Knights of Columbus in America?

  7. Jose Rizal was both Catholic (cough) and Mason (among other things). He is highly revered in the Philippines. These pictures come as no surprise.

  8. @Michael R --
    No, they definitely are Masons. The blue-bordered aprons are for officers; first man is wearing the jewel of "Senior Warden"

    The white aprons are for entered apprentices.


  9. Michael R:

    I understand that you're trying to be charitable, but please, don't let charity be an excuse for stupidity.

    The Knights of Columbus are not "psuedo-masonic" and certainly don't dress in pseudo-masonic garb.

    Fortiter Pugnem:

    Utterly untrue. There are "crucifixions" but these last for only a few minutes, only the hands are (carefully) nailed through, and no one's ever died from them.

  10. Pierre de M.5:04 PM

    The late William Howard Quasha, a lawyer who fought under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines and stayed behind to form one of the country's leading law firms was a past Grand Master of the Phillipine sought to mend relations between masonry and the Catholic church. Indeed, his efforts provide some of the evidence that ecumenism is simply a code word for masonry. As such, ecumenism represents the chief vehicle for channeling masonic beliefs and rituals into the Catholic church. Let us not forget the role of masonry in protestantism and the close relation between masonry and the House of Hanover, now Windsor whose heads are also heads of the Church of England. Representatives of these protestant bodies enjoyed an unusual status in drafting the novus ordo. Resistance to the heresies of Ecumenism and Religious Liberty championed by Vatican Council II is also a resistance against the tenets of Freemasonry. The history of the relations between Masonic Grand Master and the Pauline papacy can easily be traced on the internet. Though the post-Conciliar has seemed to re-iterate past condemnations, much is left to local ordinaries to decide whether a lodge is indeed an enemy of the Catholic church. Hence, the door is left open for what you see in these pictures.

  11. That was information from a Baptist acquaintance. Sorry if it was exaggerated, but that's what I was told.

  12. Andres9:55 PM

    I have to concur with Jacob (posted 13:43). Very sadly and mournfully, the majority of Filipino Catholics are poorly catechized, ignorant of the tenets of the Faith, and even oblivious of sin already.

    What do we do? We need in the Philippines faithful bishops and priests to re-catechize the faithful.

  13. You think Our Lord is giving these modernists a warning? Tauran is a recalcitrant modernist and relativist in the same mold as "Cardinal" Kasper.

  14. Pierre de M.3:23 AM

    What is the evidence that Tauran is a recalcitrant modernist? I visited those sites and all I saw was that he praised Buddhists for their wisdom. Is this evidence of modernism and relativism? If the wisdom of Christ is absolute, may there not be relative degrees of wisdom approaching that Absolute? I do not doubt the possibility of there being false cardinals, false popes and false councils. But I am wondering how Ken's judgment about Tauran is justifiable. I know Kaspar. What I doubt is that he is like Tauran, whose manner and approach seems different as far as I know. That ecumenism is heretical I grant. But how are current churchman like him any different from the Pope in this respect?

  15. Peterman3:54 AM

    "What do we do? We need in the Philippines faithful bishops and priests to re-catechize the faithful."

    How? Culture, society, everything has to be changed. It's the same everywhere. I was born in 1970 and went right through the hellish vat2 era of the felt banner with doves on it. I knew nothing of the faith of my fathers. Mission accomplished Bugnini. And the mission obviously was accomplished in the Philippines as well.

    Just my opinion but chastisement is the only thing that can bring people back at this point.

  16. @Pierre de M.
    Here's some more evidence right here:

  17. Bernonensis2:26 PM

    Christ is risen!
    Where a pessimist might see poorly catechized Catholics, an optimist might see poorly indoctrinated Masons. Perhaps we should be realists and see both. Let's recall that Satan's house is divided against itself, and take some comfort in the knowledge that the enemies of the faith are often as confused as the faithful.

  18. Phil.E.Pino8:32 PM

    Maybe Peterman can call rains of fire upon the whole Philippines Islands - 7000 of them!

  19. Peterman12:04 AM

    "Phil.E.Pino said...

    Maybe Peterman can call rains of fire upon the whole Philippines Islands - 7000 of them!"

    Actually my post is clear I wasn't referring to the PI alone, sorry you took it personally. Chastisement is real, both man made and heaven sent. Just read any the messages from Lourdes, Fatima, LaSalette, etc etc. "With all thy getting, get understanding."

  20. Peterman2:11 AM

    Phil E my response wasn't posted so perhaps it was not charitable enough.

    Suffice it to say that our Lord does send chastisements which are sent precisely because of His love for us. The Bible is full of examples. When man doesn't respond to God's grace these things happen and it matters not whether it's Jerusalem, Pennsylvania or the Philippines.


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