Thursday, January 06, 2011
Masonry is a Mortal Sin
The Catholic Church however does forbid Catholics to be Freemasons and says that those who are may not receive Holy Communion. Fr Z republishes the letter of the CDF stating this. Masonry in the English speaking world is reasonably benign, it is involved in charitable work, it is really a men's club. In England there was a time when the prohibition on joining the Masons was dropped and a great number Catholics joined Lodges, that was a mistake, hence the letter from the CDF stating nothing had changed. There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that priests had pressure put on them by bishops to downplay the Masonic issue and to give the sacraments to them.
In Engand the Masons had a rather tight grip on the judiciary, the police, local government, the armed forces, some trade unnions and a great number of businesses as well as the CofE. Catholics debarred themselves from promotion by not joining. The apparent relaxation in the 70s meant that Catholics could integrate with the institutions that held power and that those who had already joined the Masons could be welcomed back to the sacraments.
The major problem for the Catholic Church is not that 30+ degree Masons worship Beelzebub or that the Grand Orient seeks to assasinate the Pope, I somehow doubt they do, but simply that Masonry teaches that fraternity, universal brotherhood trumps every other card in the pack. The basic doctrine of Masonry is that whether we are a Jew, Christian or Muslim, we are all brothers, that these differences are unimportant. Utimately of course that means that the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as theWay to Salvation is undermined and unimportant, that being Catholic or CofE or Baptist or Methodist is immaterial, all are as good as one another. Masonry is ultimately about enshrining Enlightenment values which we see in the American and French Constitutions which are so antipathetic to the Catholic Faith: I mean values like "All men are created equal", which are now so much part of modern thinking.
Many "Traditional" Catholics in Europe see the documents of Vatican II and the Post-Concilliar Church as being infected by Masonry, for them secret handshakes are everywhere but it is not the direct influence of Free Masonry that has entered the Church but rather the values of the Enlightenment and Masonry that have touched our culture, we can't escape them.
Disinterest and the corruption scandals of the 80s and 90s have loosened the grip of Masonic Lodges on the police, judiciary and local government but who in practice is against such concepts as liberty, equality, fraternity?
The truth is that we Catholics are, or at least we would want to qualify such sound bites, as in fact society does in practice. All men are not created equal, some have special needs others have unique abilities, some will cost society dearly, some will contribute greatly.
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