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Revista de Estudios Históricos de la Masonería Latinoamericana y Caribeña

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SANTOS, Joao Marcos Leitào  and  SOFFIATTI, Elza Silva Cardoso. As contencoes da liberdade. A Maconaria e a Internunciatura Apostólica no Brasil do século XIX. REHMLAC [online]. 2015, vol.7, n.1, pp.37-64. ISSN 1659-4223.

Brazilian Freemasonry was understood as not possessing the anti-clerical disposition that marked part of its European trajectory. In imperial Brazil it was a source of political articulation present in high places of power. This fact made the Catholic Church -the official religion- oppose Freemasonry in what became known as the Religious Question (1812-1815), in order to inhibit government initiatives contrary to ecclesiastical interests. Weakened internally, the church utilized its anti-Masonic strategy in the diplomatic sphere between the Vatican State and the Brazilian State, which is found in the document studied here: Instructions to Ordinaries revm° of Brazil, on how they should proceed with affiliates to Freemasonry, 1878.

Keywords : Question of Bishops; Freemasonry in Brazil; Brazilian Empire; Catholic Church..

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