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Fr Ashley Beck says the Church teaches clearly that Freemasonry and Catholicism are incompatible. Continue Reading

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    5 years ago

    The Masons have a history steeped in ant-Catholicism. The seem to have lost a number of members in the last 20 years, and have toned down some of the blantent bigotry against Catholics, but I remain unconvinced that they have changed that much.

  2. Teresa
    5 years ago

    I have absolutely no time whatsoever for freemasonry but this article is a little hypocritical. As someone else has already mentioned, the masons are not the only ones to exclude women, the church does as well. However my main gripe is criticism of the masons not mentioning Our Lord by name for fear of putting other religions of or at least to make it more acceptable. Again this is something that is becoming more and more prevalent in Christianity, how many schools, aid agencies etc refuse to mention Jesus for fear of offending. We are being sold the idea of all religions being equal on too many fronts and I for one do not like it.

  3. grand mother
    5 years ago

    are we short of good works in our own church to join another organisation?? Beware those seeking power and thrills !!!

  4. Bulbajer
    5 years ago

    I am not for the Masons, but this article is not very well written. "One could also point to the exclusion of women from lodge membership..." The Church does allow women, and their role since Vatican II has increased, but comparaed to men they have no power. And the Church only stopped having women in the clergy in the 4th century, when the Church was incorporated into the Roman Empire. I am a Catholic and love the Church, but this is hypocrisy. Also, the article is entirely one-sided. Again, I am not in favor of the Masons, but we Catholics should not expect everyone to respect us if we look down our noses at them and stick to the infallibility doctrine as our main weapon (this is a reference to Buzzy Gran's comment).

  5. thomas
    5 years ago

    In his book, The Lost keys of Freemasonry, Manley P. Hall, who, according to the masons themselves, was the leading masonic philosopher of the 20th century, wrote this, "When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy". That says all that needs to be said about what is at the core of freemasonry, LUCIFER.

  6. Buzzy Gran
    5 years ago

    Bill, do you know why as a Catholic you can not be a mason? Because the church as said it is wrong.

  7. Steve
    5 years ago

    JASON: You wrote "how is this different from The Knights of Columbus, they also require secrecy." This of couse is not the same at all. First off, the oath one takes is fully disclosed to the oath taker so there is no hidden secrets. Secondly any secrecy that is required is done so for discreet reasons and there is no penalty associated with coming clean on any given secret.
    So NO KoC is nothing like masonry!

  8. Bill
    5 years ago

    The original condemnation was based on false and inaccurate information. That same idea held by Catholics about Freemasonry is even more incorrect today. So if the law is wrong, why should Catholics not become Masons? Its a fine fraternity and there is nothing withing that is against Catholicism or Christianity. I am a Catholic and a Freemason and I see not reason why I should not be.

  9. Antony
    5 years ago

    Here in the UK by far the best two books on this subject are still Darkness Visible: a revelation & interpretation of freemasonry (1957) and Christian by degrees (1955) by Walton Hannah. Both books were written by him whilst still an Anglican priest and before joining the Catholic Church. He was then Secretary of the Annunciation Group.

  10. Jason
    5 years ago

    "Third, the oaths required in the initiation rites require the new Mason to promise to keep secret the organisation's rituals, even though he does not at that point know what they are. These oaths are what Christian moral theologians call "vain" - they are not acceptable and cannot bind the person making them, even if they are done in the name of God. This is the problem with the oaths, not (as is sometimes claimed) the dire penalties which used to be referred to in the rituals." How is this different from the Knights of Columbus? They require secrecy also.

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