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If You are Catholic You may NOT be a Mason

Wherein blogs an unflinching Fr Z:

One of the main functions of the Church is to say “no”.

In saying “no” by the Ten Commandments, God the Father was not simply trying to ruin what would have otherwise been a good time in life.  He said “no” because, after the Fall, we tend to hurt ourselves.  Similarly, Holy Church, having Christ’s own authority to teach and govern, say “no” to things we do – or think- that actually hurt us rather than “free” us.

One of the things that hurt us, to which the Church says “no” is being a Freemason.

NO!  If you are Catholic you may NOT be a Mason…

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Indeed, Freemasonry is quite simply:

Incompatible with Christian faith and practice.

Get that?

 

 

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Masonic Priest Removed

Good! This is the way you protect your Church from error. The BBC reports:

A Roman Catholic parish priest at an elite French ski resort has been stripped of his Church functions for refusing to renounce Freemasonry.

Father Pascal Vesin was ordered by his bishop to cease his work in the Alpine resort of Megeve, the parish said.

Bishop Yves Boivineau had warned Fr Vesin about his “active membership” of the Grand Orient de France lodge.

Freemasonry has been condemned as anti-Christian and anti-clerical by various popes through history.

Bishop Boivineau ordered the priest to cease his functions…

The principles of Freemasonry are simply irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and the Gospel of Christ, teaching a false plan of salvation.

I have posted on this dark esoteric cult before:

You cannot be a Mason and a Christian.

 

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Peter Slipper an ‘Ordained Freemasonic Priest’?

It just keeps getting worse!

And don’t get me started on Freemasons. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – and I don’t care who you are – Christianity and Freemasonry are incompatible! If you claim to follow Christ (especially being a leader: Bishops and Priests), you have no right to come with your satanically inspired spirits into the Church. So I challenge those meddling in Masonry to denounce your false religion, before you are denounced.

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Why Catholics Can’t Be Masons

Catholic  attorney John Salza once found himself inside a masonic hall, being asked to  take off his wedding ring and crucifix as he swore an oath to be reborn as a  Freemason.

Although he knew in his heart that something was wrong, he did  not leave right away. Over several years, he advanced to the 32nd degree in the  Scottish Rite — a level that only a select group of masons are invited  to.

While he was told that masonry was compatible with Catholicism, he  eventually could not reconcile the two and left the masons. In 2008, Salza wrote  a basic, short treatise, “Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons,” (TAN Publishing) that  addressed the serious conflicts that lay between Catholicism and Freemasonry  (including the Shriners).

In mid-September, Bishop Michael Sheridan  interviewed Salza for his Catholic Radio Network weekly show, “Bishop Sheridan  Presents,” and the show aired Oct. 1-7. Over the next 2-3 issues, we are running  a transcript of the show.

— Bill Howard, Editor In  Chief

Bishop Sheridan: Welcome to all in the Lord Jesus. On  our program today we are going to be discussing the topic of Masonry, or the  Masons, or sometimes called the Freemasons; an organization that we know is not  associated with the Catholic Church but wanted to bring up on this program  because it seems, at least in my experience in talking to other priests and  bishops, that there are perhaps a good number of Catholic men who become  involved with the Masons, very often in very good faith, thinking that they are  in a fraternal organization that is not in any way at odds with the Catholic  Church. Our guest today, I think, is going to lead us in a very different  direction. We are joined by John Salza.

Welcome John.

Do read what he has to say further here.

Freemasonary is to be unmasked and denounced indeed.

HT

 

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The Church and Freemasonry

On the Church and Freemasonry: A long history of incompatibility.

Cassock and compass: the relationship between Christianity and Freemasonry is an authentically “ecumenical” knot. It is not only the Catholic Church, in fact, that has secular difficulties with the “freemasons,” but also other Christian denominations. In 2003, Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of England, Rowan Williams (who had recently been made spiritual head of the Anglicans) was forced to apologize to 330,000 Freemasons in the United Kingdom for saying that their beliefs were incompatible with Christianity and for saying that he himself had excluded them from positions of responsibility in his diocese. The outcry from British Freemasonry was such that primate Rowan Williams wrote to Robert Morrow, the Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, in an attempt to put out the fire of controversy unleashed from his statement about the incompatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity.

In his message, the Archbishop of Canterbury apologized for the “distress” he caused with his words and revealed that his father “was a member of the Craft.” The freemasons, many of whom are active members of the Church of England, have reacted animatedly to the fact that the primate acknowledged having doubts, fears, and prejudices about the compatibility between Freemasonry and Christianity. They protested his admission that, as Bishop of Monmouth, he had blocked the promotion of masons to important posts. His critical statements on Freemasonry were contained in a private letter partially revealed by the UK mass media as Downing  Street confirmed the appointment of Rowan Williams as head of the Church of England. His colleagues’ subsequent attempts to calm the clamor only caused further controversy. In fact, a spokesman confirmed that the Archbishop of Canterbury was worried about the ritual component of Freemasonry, which was seen as “satanically inspired.”

In the Catholic Church, it is uncommon for a bishop to speak publicly about Freemasonry. Even more surprising is that the person to have done it is someone with an eye toward the ecclesiastical hierarchy like Monsignor Luigi Negri, Bishop of Marino-Montefeltro and President of the John Paul II Foundation for the Social Teachings of the Church. In November 2007, the Communion and Liberation (CL) bishop – a very close collaborator with Father Luigi Giussani – found the occasion to speak out in a history book on the Risorgimento by Angela Pellicciari, entitled The Popes and Freemasonry (Edizioni Ares, 2007, 320 pp.). In the preface to the essay, Bishop Negri says he is happy to introduce “this meaningful and relevant effort” by Angela Pellicciari, calling the book “an extremely intelligent and well-documented re-reading of the Papal teachings over the last centuries on the extremely long-standing and current topic of Freemasonry and its disruptive effect on the Church and Christianity”…

… “Freemasonry is an enemy of the Church; born with this enmity and pursuing the realization of this enmity with the destruction of the Church and Christian Civilization and its replacement with a culture and a society that is substantially atheistic, even when referring to the architecture of the universe”…

There is a lot more here, and it makes much sense.

Indeed, Christianity and Freemasonry are incompatible (as are any other esoteric and/or false religions). The Welsh Druid may feel it necessary to apologise for speaking the truth. I most certainly won’t. And professing followers of Christ (especially leaders: Bishops and Priests) have no right to bring that spirit (by association) into the His holy Church. These are matters of spiritual power.  So stop worshipping at false altars.

For more on Freemasonry, read up on the cult in the Catholic Encyclopedia here.

 

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Archbishop of Canterbury Allows Freemason to be Bishop

And why not? Everything seems to go in Canterbury Communion Anglicanism these days:

Dr Rowan Williams named the Rev Jonathan Baker as the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet despite knowing he was an active and senior mason.

The appointment, announced earlier this month, marked a significant U-turn by Dr Williams who had previously said that Freemasonry was “incompatible” with Christianity and had refused to promote Masons to senior posts.

Last week, as news of Fr Baker’s membership of the Masons began to circulate through the Church, it provoked growing concern and criticism from clergy and members of the General Synod.

When contacted by The Sunday Telegraph on Friday, Fr Baker defended his continued membership of the Masons and insisted it was compatible with his new role as a bishop.

Yet yesterday he said he had changed his mind was leaving the masons so he could concentrate on being a bishop, adding: “I wish nothing to distract from the inauguration of that ministry.”

Freemasonry, a secretive male-only organisation dating back 300 years, requires its members to declare a belief in a “supreme being” and to undergo elaborate rituals.

Fr Baker joined the Apollo University masonic lodge in Oxford while he was a student, in an initiation ceremony that involves promising to keep the “secrets of Freemasonry”.

This ritual is said to involve members being blindfolded, wearing a hangman’s noose, and being warned that those who break the oaths of allegiance will have their throat slit and their tongue torn out before being buried in the sand.

He remained a member of the lodge for more than 20 years until his resignation yesterday, rising in the organisation to serve a term as an assistant Grand Chaplain.

Fr Baker, who is currently principal at Pusey House in Oxford, said he had told Archbishop Williams he was a mason when they discussed his appointment to be the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet…

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One can but wonder what’s next in that theological malaise.