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French priest, active Mason, removed from parish

Catholic World News - May 24, 2013

A French priest has been removed from ministry after he refused to end his active involvement with a Masonic lodge.

Father Pascal Vesin was asked by Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy to quit his affiliation with a Masonic lodge, the Grand Orient of France. When he declined, the bishop removed him from his parish post, reportedly acting on orders from the Vatican.

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  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - May. 25, 2013 8:18 AM ET USA

    "on orders from the Vatican". Is this another spineless bishop. Pope Francis must be saying "how long O Lord?"

  • Posted by: GymK - May. 24, 2013 8:32 PM ET USA

    Whoa! Did someone in the Church FINALLY "remember" that the Masonic lodge is not our friend, not a harmless men's group, and maybe, just maybe, not even "Christian"? Of course, our brilliant American Bishops see no threat from the masons, but one would think the French (and the Italians) would be better educated and have a better historical perspective. What's that old saying? Once burned, your fault -- twice burned, my fault! Pray for Pope Francis!

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