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Freemasons Edict

 by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the Reformation had failed? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1772,

Please click the icon to follow us on Facebook.Pope Clement XIV was forced to issue the Freemasons Edict in order to protect Catholic hegemony in North America.

Because in recent years the Vatican had become increasingly alarmed by the transformation of a simple trade and crafts association into a secret society which was actively promoting multi-faith, religious and political freedoms.
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Founded as a fraternal brotherhood in Edinburgh in 1599, Scottish emigres had taken the organization to North America where it had increasingly become a forum of discontent for the otherwise disempowered colonial power elite. Entirely reasonable measure for privacy in open public houses seemed to give way to a new form of secrecy required to enter the Lodges which had sprung up all over the Eastern Seaboard. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"And so by the late eighteen century, the travelling gentry could rely upon a more impressive network of resources than the Catholic Church. Quite simply, Freemasonry had become a competing power structure.

Of greatest concern to the Vatican was the pursuit of so-called "enlightenment" ideas, particularly the advocacy of multi-faith consensus. Because Freemasons had accepted the revolutionary principle that men of different faiths could worship a generic "creator" and perform charitable acts within the community regardless of their religion. That explosive concept was the greatest threat since the defeat of protestantism, and as a result a number of colonial gentlemen (pictured) were excommunicated from the Catholic Church. However the Church had seriously underestimated their determination of these so-called "founding fathers", and four years later, a declaration of religious independence would be forthcoming


Author says in you could well ask why Freemasons would need to unit behind multi-faith consensus in a hegemonic Catholic North America structure!. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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