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Originally posted by rotarychris7
Disciple_of_Truth, Pope Pious IX is probably who you are thinking of, and he was a Mason yes. But, he formally left the fraternity sometime prior to his election as pope.
In this connection, Henry C. Clausen, 33rd Degree, Sovereign Grand Commander of Scottish Rite Masonry of the Southern Jurisdiction makes the following remarks in his book, Clausen's Commentaries On Morals and Dogma (1974):
".. . . Many of our friends who are members [of the Catholic Church] reject as foreign to America the medieval fulminations against our Fraternity, realize how very much we have in common, accept the standards of American democracy, recognize we have a pluralistic system in a new and permanent form of relationship between religion and government, and call upon their church leaders to stop attacks upon Masonry and upon Masonic ceremonies. . ..
"Actually, a start, at least, has been made right in the Vatican. There have been discussions for liberalization of the restrictive provisions of canon laws. It has been said that since the codification of the canonic laws in the Codes Juris Canonici, the papal Bulls and Briefs are only the expressions of personal opinions."
Originally posted by NuTroll
*note im not catholic, so im not taking a side on who is / isnt the "true" pope. these are the only articles i could find about xxiii and paul vi being FM.