Holiness Pope Pius VIII (d. 1830)
"... eradicate those secret societies of factious men who, completely opposed to God and to princes, are wholly dedicated to bringing about the fall of the Church, the destruction
of kingdoms, and disorder in the whole world. Having cast off the restraints of true religion, they prepare the way for shameful crimes. Indeed, because they concealed their societies, they aroused suspicion of their evil intent. Afterwards this evil
intention broke forth, about to assail the sacred and the civil orders. Hence the supreme pontiffs, Our predecessors, Clement XII, Benedict XIV, Pius VII, Leo XII, repeatedly
... condemned them in apostolic letters; We confirm those commands and order that they be observed exactly. In this matter We shall be diligent lest the Church and the state suffer harm from the machinations of such sects. With your help We
strenuously take up the mission of destroying the strongholds which the putrid impiety of evil men sets up." (Source: Traditi Humilitati [On His Program for the Pontificate], Encyclical of Pope Pius VIII, May 24, 1829 A.D.,
"To Our Venerable Brothers, Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops")
11. Clement XII, constitution In eminenti;
Benedict XIV, constitution Providas; Pius VII, Constitution Ecclesiam a Jesu Christo; Leo XII, constitution Quo graviora.
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