Qui Pluribus

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Qui Pluribus - (On Faith And Religion) was an encyclical promulgated by Pope Pius IX in 1846.[1] It disputed the belief that reason should be put above faith.

It singled out the free gift of anti-Catholic Bibles. Its coupling of political liberalism and religious indifferentism is seen as a condemnation of the Italian Carbonari in particular and Freemasonry in general but it did not mention Freemasonry directly.[2]



Religious pluralism

Qui Pluribus's opposition to religious pluralism was considerably softened by the constitutions of the Second Vatican Council. In particular, Gaudium et Spes approves of the pluralistic culture of modernity, while Dignitatis Humanae supports Church-State separation and human rights.

Opposition to Freemasonry

The Catholic Church's prohibition of membership in Masonic organizations is still in force.

See also


  1. Qui Pluribus
  2. "While not mentioning Masonry directly, it criticizes those it does not identify for those same faults that the previous papal pronouncements imputed to Freemasonry, and is regarded as an anti-Masonic pronouncement by some Catholic sources." Roman Catholic Church Law Regarding Freemasonry by Reid McInvale, Texas Lodge of Research
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