Freemasonry has been, and to some extent remains, part of petty anti-Catholicism in this country; it was, for example, why Catholics found it so difficult to secure promotion while working for the Consett Iron Company.
Masonic influence over the Church in this country, and Catholic influence over the Masons, are both immemorial in certain places. I know of a ward where the only way to get anything done is through the Catholics within the Masons within the Labour Party.
To them was and is addressed the message, formulated while he was still an Anglican clergyman, of Fr Walton Hannah, who had no time for lurid Masonic conspiracy theories.
But what of the far more politicised Freemasonry of the Continent and of its former Empires? The only recent example of a conspiracy of that kind has been based in Italy, although it was also actively in, among other places, Argentina.
The Far Right is the continuation of that which overthrew the old, organic, Catholic states of the Italian Peninsula, and the old, organic, often Catholic states of German-speaking Europe.
And in precisely the spirit against which the several States had to demand that the First Amendment to the American Constitution protect their respective Established Churches.