It is not surprising knowing that John Paul II is a Freemason that he has been placing many Masons into key positions.
All the barriers have come down to Catholics joining the Masons. The barriers have slowly come down. John XXIII officially allowed tolerance of Masons, although the books still forbid Catholics from joining. The Masons had continually joined in increasing numbers from after W.W. I onward.101 In 1974, Pope Paul VI gave permission "in particular cases", which conveniently allowed many American Catholics to join the Masonic lodge.102 Pope John Paul II placed into canon law a rule that took effect Nov. 27, 1983 that
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