Good Catholics should not be Masons

The overriding problem is that in spite of what Freemasons claim, their way of life is a religion, with all of religion’s hallmarks. You can no more be a Freemason and a Christian than you can be a Muslim and a Christian. LONDON (UK Catholic Herald) – A few years ago I was told that at the ceremony of induction of the vicar of one of the local Anglican churches, the Bible which was handed to him had embossed on its front cover the emblem of the Freemasons, the square and compasses. It subsequently came to light that nearly all the male members of his Parochial Church Council were “on the square”, and his predecessor as vicar had been a Mason as well. This is not a “low”, or Evangelical, church, but very firmly in the Anglo Catholic tradition, where a number of clergy and lay people over the years have talked of becoming Catholics.

Why is all this a problem? The reason is that the Catholic Church teaches that Freemasonry and Christianity are incompatible. The Holy See in 1983 reiterated the traditional position that Catholics who are Freemasons are in a state of grave sin and may not receive the sacraments – the Declaration on Masonic Associations was signed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and makes it clear that local bishops cannot dispense from its provisions.

There were two reasons for this document: first, the new Code of Canon Law, which came out at the same time, no longer mentioned Freemasonry by name in its list of organisations which Catholics are forbidden from joining; second, mistaken advice had been given in the late Seventies in Britain and America which suggested that Catholics could be Freemasons if local lodges were not anti-Catholic; the 1983 rescript corrected that advice. Consequently, Anglicans or others who are Freemasons wishing to become Catholics will have to discard their aprons: this may keep the numbers of potential converts down.

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2 comments for “Good Catholics should not be Masons

  1. January 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I really do not know how to answer you without a lengthy debate. I am not will to go there, but I don’t write these articles.
    We post articles that have to do with prophecy, and the New World Order as prophesied by Daniel. This has a lot to do with Freemason. By saying that, this is the only reason I posted this. I don’t doubt the Masons do so much great work. It goes deeper than this.
    What you disagree with, maybe you should discuss this with father Beck.
    Sorry you found this offensive.
    Blessings, Jodie

  2. November 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Well, really those details shoud be taken up with the catholic site provided in the article.
    Freemason Order plays a major role in the New World order. I am not here to debate it. I guess we just have to agree to disagree.

    Other bloggers may want o comment.
    Blessings, Jodie

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