Mozart, the Pope, and the evil tunes of the Freemasons

The Widow’s Son made some comments on this earlier today and I wanted to follow suit with some additional musing.

I am having a hard time understanding the spin doctoring going on with the Church’s declaration that Pope Benedict (formerly Ratziger) is a fan of Mozart, one of the (forgive the pun) patron saints of early Freemasonry.

The justification the piece makes for the Pope’s interest is summed up in their statement that:

“…Freemasonry in the 18th century was a completely different thing from [that of] the 19th or 20th centuries. There was no problem to be a deeply convinced Catholic and a Mason at the same time, as is illustrated by the examples of many priests, abbots, etc. [who were Masons] in the late 18th century”…

Why, you may ask, is it odd that the pope likes to listen to Mozart with such vim and vigor? Remember, the Catholic has issued several Papal Bulls on the evils of Freemasonry, including then Cardinal Ratzinger, who in 1989 said pretty plainly that”

“As the declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Masonry says, no Catholic may be a Mason.”

Strikes me as odd that the ideas of Freemasonry, which haven’t really changed in more than 300 years, are acceptable when it comes to the listening habits of the man, they say, is the closest to God on earth.

My guess… when the Pope said he liked Mozart, he has no idea that he was a Freemason, and had to justify his interest and admiration with someone who is in a “grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.” Maybe it’s just like listening to Jazz at the turn of the century, something just the wild kids did. But the Pope even went on to say that:

“Mozart “thoroughly penetrated” his soul as he was growing up in the 1920s and ’30s in rural Bavaria, near Salzburg, Austria, Mozart’s birthplace. Benedict tries to get in a few minutes at the keyboard every day, usually playing Mozart.”

I guess in the end, maybe it will help illustrate to the Catholic Church that Freemason’s are NOT so bad, and that they can still be loyal practicing members of the faith, or any faith for that matter.

The National Catholic Reporter

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~ by Greg on August 29, 2006.

3 Responses to “Mozart, the Pope, and the evil tunes of the Freemasons”

  1. Well…I am Catholic (Eastern Orthodox)…and a Mason… I like Black Sabbath and Dimmu Borghir. Am I headed for the eternal BBQ?

    Darren 🙂

  2. I renounced catholicism long ago, really any religion for that matter.
    Judiasm,christianity and islam all got their holds on the masses through fear and the sword, not love and compassion.

  3. I’m not Catholic; many folks aren’t. I’ve decided that from my point of view, people who cite Catholic writings and prohibitions about Freemasonry have no bearing.

    My new standard answer to those who cite Catholic dislike of the Craft as evidence of it being evil is “So What!? Who Cares?” Maybe some, but not me, and why should any non-catholic?

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