French priest suspended after Freemasonry revealed


Freemason ring. Credit: Guian Bolisay via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Paris, France, Jun 11, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason.

Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of Megeve and Bishop Boivineau suspended him at Rome’s request, his parish said.

Membership in Masonic societies has long been condemned by the Catholic Church. This condemnation was repeated in a 1983 document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which said Masonic principles “have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church.”

“The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion,” the congregation said in a declaration signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI.

The disciplinary action against Fr. Vesin followed the priest’s refusal to renounce Freemasonry.

The priest told Le Figaro that he did not choose to place Freemasonry against the Church. He said his action is “the expression of my absolute freedom of conscience within the Catholic institution.”

The diocese said that the priest’s suspension is not final and can be lifted. It described it as a “medicinal” penalty intended to encourage the priest’s return to Catholic practice.

The Catholic Church has opposed Freemasonry on account of its secret nature, its religious indifferentism and its history of conspiring against the Church.

A 1985 letter to the U.S. bishops by then-Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law criticized Freemasonry’s dedication to a form of “naturalistic” religion that is “incompatible with Christian faith and practice.”

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Has Pope Francis begun PURGE OF CORRUPT HEADS, within Vatican?????Will Archdiocese of Bombay follow suit?????

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano held in Vatican bank inquiry

The BBC’s Alan Johnston reports from Rome, where Monsignor Scarano says he can “explain everything”

A senior Italian cleric has been arrested in connection with an inquiry into a Vatican bank scandal over allegations of corruption and fraud.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano works in the Vatican’s financial administration. A secret service agent and a financial broker have also been arrested.

They are suspected of trying to move 20m euros (£17m) illegally into Italy.

Pope Francis ordered an unprecedented internal investigation into the bank’s affairs in the wake of recent scandals.

An allegedly corrupt Italian monsignor who until recently helped administer the Vatican’s financial assets ends up in handcuffs and is hauled off to prison in Rome together with a financial broker friend and an Italian secret service agent.

Pope Francis’s new attempt this week to impose transparency and clarity on the Vatican’s financial dealings could not be more timely. A sweeping internal investigation into the running of the Vatican’s own bank was announced only two days ago. The result is to be on the Pope’s desk “promptly”, and a cardinal on the commission of inquiry has already admitted that major reforms are necessary.

Traditionally, great secrecy has been imposed by the Vatican on the bank’s functions. The Vatican has hitherto concealed its activities behind a wall of confidentiality, justified by the sovereign status of the papal enclave situated in the heart of Rome.

Monsignor Scarano, 61, worked for years as a senior accountant for a Vatican department known as Apsa (the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See).

He was suspended from that position “about a month ago, after his superiors learnt about an investigation into his activities”, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

Monsignor Scarano has been under investigation by Italian police for a series of suspicious transactions involving the recycling through the Vatican bank of a series of cheques described as church donations.

Nunzio Scarano is a priest from Salerno in southern Italy, who is called “monsignor” in recognition of his seniority at the Vatican.

He was arrested along with two other men suspected of plotting to move 20m euros illegally from Switzerland to Italy. One, Giovanni Maria Zito, is described as an Italian secret service agent, and the other, Giovanni Carenzio, a financial broker.

Secretive bank

Earlier this month, the Pope named a trusted cleric to oversee the management of the bank, which has been beset by allegations of money laundering.

Officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), the bank is one of the world’s most secretive. It has 114 employees and $7.1bn (£4.6bn; 5.4bn euros) of assets.

Pope Francis has given the commission carte blanche, bypassing normal secrecy rules, to try to get to the bottom of scandals which have plagued the bank for decades.

Traditionally, the Vatican Bank has refused to co-operate with Italian authorities investigating financial crime on the grounds of the sovereign independence of the Vatican city state, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome.

But Pope Francis has shown that he is now determined to get to the bottom of long-standing allegations of corruption and money laundering involving the bank, our correspondent adds.

The Institute for the Works of Religion was a major shareholder in the Banco Ambrosiano, a big Italian bank which collapsed in 1982 with losses of more than $3bn.

Its chairman, Roberto Calvi, was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London – in a murder disguised as a suicide. Mr Calvi had close relations with the Vatican.

Courtesy: BBC News Europe


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Setting up a commission was at his personal behest, say local sources.





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The appointment of a new Pontifical Commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican bank, was desired expressly by the Pope local sources say.??

This was “Pope Francis’ personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official speaking under the condition of anonymity told CNA on June 26.??

The possibility of a reform, or even of an abolition of the Institute for Religious Works was raised during the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in March.??

Once elected Pope, Francis followed some of the suggestions that emerged during the pre-conclave meetings. One example is the so-called “advisory board” of eight cardinals he will first meet with in October.??

“The appointment of the commission,” explained the official, “is in order to understand if the Institute for Religious Works fulfills the mission of the Church in its current structure, or if it needs to be reformed.

“This is why the Pope issued the chirograph, an official document of Medieval origins. Through it, he appointed a “board” of five members to report to him about “the legal position and the activities of the Institute” in order to “harmonize the Institute with the universal mission of the Apostolic See.”

Source: Catholic News Agency


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Challenge of being Goan Christian discussed

The issues of concern to Goan Catholics are discussed on every third week-end at the Pedro Arrupe Institute.

Panaji:  The challenges of being a Goan and Christian were the subject of a seminar that Jesuit priests organized last weekend at Pedro Arrupe Institute in Goa as part of a regular program to help lay people deepen their faith. Father Victor Ferrao of Rachol Seminary, the resource person of the seminar titled “The Challenge to be a Goan Christian,” told some 80 participants that Goan Society “suffers from a double amnesia.” He helped the participants to theologize in the socio-politico-economic context of Goa. The seminar attempted to blend the Goan and Christian identities. Father Ferrao said Goans—both Christians and Hindus–have a discomfort to deal with their history, especially the colonial dimension of their past, which afflicts them. While Christians do not exhibit any memory of their conversion, the Hindus have forgotten that they have evolved and transformed over time. The priest demonstrated that the term ‘Hinduism’ did not exist in the 15 and 16 century Goa, when Portuguese came and established colonial rule in the region. Goan Christians have their ancestry in the fragmentary religions like Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Nathism, Shaktism, Betal and the Santeri Cult that today have evolved into what we know as ‘Hinduism’. He declared that Goan historiography suffers from Hindu-ology or reduction of everything into Hinduism and has to be freed from it in order to heal the wounded memories of the society. He called for a serious research in the exact origins of the Goan Christians. Scholars have demonstrated Hinduism as a monolithic religion unified only in the 19th century under the British colonization. The Viashnavism and Shaivism merged in Goa only in the 1920s. He called for a “therapeutic dialogue” knowing the truth of history can heal the relations between both the communities. A theology that deals with the colonial past will not only benefit Goa but would also become an antidote to theology in Asia, which somehow has forgotten the colonial side of its history. Goa has a great opportunity to develop a new theology that will respond adequately to the de-historicized condition of our theology both in Asia and India, the priest argued. The issues of concern to Goan Catholics are discussed on every third week-end at the Pedro Arrupe Institute. The next seminar will be organized on “a Catholic response to Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in Goa” in July 20 and 21. Source: UCAN News

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How much do Clergy involve themselves in Civic matters related to Christian Community

Dear Friends,
This is the classic example of how Hierarchy of Bombay Archdiocese and the Clergy, care for Christian Community at large. If you recall, for the first time, a government representative, i.e. President of Minorities Commission of Maharashtra, had convened a meeting to discuss the problems faced by Christian Community.


Dolphy D’souza, had sent invites to number of members of Clergy; but from the following response from him to Fr.Philip Falcao, who had a courtesy to respond; one  should understand, the attitude of  Clergy, towards civic welfare of the community.

To them, Lay members of the community are meant, only to PRAY, PAY AND OBEY.
Fr. Philip Falcaon’s Response to Dolphy D’souza
Thank you Dolphy. I was on a pilgrimage to the Holy laand from June 13 to June 23 and so was not able to attend. Would be happy to know of such meeting in future and to get a feedback on the meeting of June 15.
God bless you for this initiative which will undoubtedly benefit the entire community.
Fr. Philip
Dolphy’s reply to Fr. Philip

Dear. Fr. Philip,

I was delighted to receive your email.

We must have sent over 300 invites to Priests, Lay people of all Christian denominations all over Maharashtra,.

On  my own, had circulate this to over 400 of the Priests, Religious and Principals of Catholic Churches/ Schools in the City of Mumbai.

There were over 200 participants for this event and from our community maybe 50 lay people. But very few priests and religious.

Bishop Agnelo Gracias was the Chief Guest and also Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas, Principal of St. Xavier’s College and Fr.George Athaide, Secretary of ABE besides a Representative Priest from the Kalyan Diocese.

I did not see anyone else and only 3 responses I received from the Priests /Principals about their inability to attend.

Yours is the only one on a positive note asking for details.

I have stopped complaining because of lack of response. But sometimes I wonder are we responsible for the state of affairs we are in. Why Government does not take us seriously only because we do not demand unitedly anything from them. The Christian groups who had come from different parts of the State were speaking about economic empowerment, lack of cemeteries, attacks on the community etc.

Issues are being tackled separately on the Education front and Security front by the concerned ministries but unless we have data we cannot pursue with the Government to find a resolution to the problems.

Each school when attacked or hassled  for admission has to bear the brunt as others including the community and the OTHER schools  are silent spectators. If we are a united force no one will dare brow beat us. So we make our small compromises to escape and find our little solutions. Only thing is the next year it becomes a bigger  problem to tackle.

I personally have strongly believed that when we are doing service on the education front which the Government is supposed to do, than we should be treated fairly and not in a humiliating manner.

Bottom line whom do we really cater too and why should be be on the receiving end. These questions rankle me  and I have no answers. Minorities are supposed to be bullied and we have a mindset to accept this.

Hence we need to close our ranks if we want something tangible to happen vis-a-vis the Government whether at the State or the Centre.

Will keep you posted.

warm regards,

Dolphy D’souza


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