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PostFather Hidalgo, Freemason (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 02/19/20 3:58 pm)
Gary Moore writes:
To coax a bit the doused WAIS Masonry spark that JE lamented (February 19):
What about Padre Hidalgo of Mexican Independence in 1810, who was rebelling against Napoleon's short-lived remake of Spain? Hidalgo was said to have imbibed (despite his cassock), the heady, secretive elixir of Masonry's Enlightenment deism. Only a bit more than a generation had passed since the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767--for reasons stubbornly inscrutable, but sounding a bit like the Masonic bete noire of progressivist meddling.
Plenty there for WAIS to set me straight on. https://www.jstor.org/stable/44209112?seq=1
JE comments: Gary, I think it's time to revive a WAIS discussion of Freemasonry. I have never been able to answer the question about Freemasonry and Catholicism. How is it that many notable Catholic statesmen have been Masons, if the order is ostensibly anti-Catholic? If this is a very naive question, please indulge me.
And was Napoleon I a Mason? Some sources say yes, others no.