What does the Church say about Freemasons?

Although freemasonry claims to have ties to the masons that built the Temple of Solomon and the Knights Templar (a monastic order of Knights from the Crusades that were supressed by French King Philip the Fair on Friday 13th of October 1307), Freemasonry is a fraternal order that originated in the 18th Century as part of the Romance movement of the time.

Freemasonary has often been actively hostile to the Catholic Church, and has been condemned by 8 different popes in 17 different proclamations, and by 6 different local councils.

Catholics are forbidden to join the Masons even though the American lodges tend not to be as anti- Catholic as those in Europe and Latin America. This was restated in a declaration issued by the Doctrinal Congregation on Nov. 26, 1983, with the approval of Pope John Paul II.

The reasons, outside of the anti-Catholic stance of the Masons, are:

It should be noted that the Catholic stance against Masons is not unique among Christians.   The Southern Baptist Conference, Pat Robinson and other Christian sects, also, hold similar positions.

- Deacon George Kozak (6/01)

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