I think this is an interesting subject. If you can't receive communion, aren't you in effect Ex-COMMUNION-Cated?
Here's an interesting tidbit from EWTN:
"Presumably, there are few if any Christifidelis readers who are unaware that the bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, the Most Rev. Fabian W. Bruskewitz, on March 19, 1996, using his legitimate authority to make laws which bind members of his flock, published a legislative pronouncement naming twelve organizations, membership in which was defined to be "always perilous to the Catholic Faith and most often is totally incompatible with the Catholic Faith." (Southern Nebraska Register, March 22, 1996.)
The list of organizations contained in the law includes: the Society of St. Pius X and a chapel served by its priests; three non-Catholic organizations which are openly opposed to and contemptuous of the Church's teaching on the sanctity of human life; the Freemasons and four subsidiary groups. Also named are two organizations whose inclusion is sure to cause the most controversy: Call to Action (CTA) and its Nebraska chapter, Call to Action Nebraska. The legislation went on to state: "Any Catholics in and of the Diocese of Lincoln who attain or retain membership in the above listed organizations or groups after April 15, 1996, are by that very fact () under interdict and are absolutely forbidden to receive Holy Communion. Contumacious persistence in such membership for one month following the interdict on [the] part of any such Catholics will by that very fact () cause them to be excommunicated..."
That aside, Padre Pio would be very displeased at such a church erected in his honor.
Freemasonry's denial that there is one true religion and promotion of religious indifferentism flies in the face of the
Catholic Church's teachings.
I attended a Masonic ceremony before that was stated very explicitly. The Masons founded the Jacobin movement that triggered the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. These so-called tolerant Freemasons were responsible for an ancestor's beheading during the French Revolution on account he was a Catholic bishop and a nobleman in 1794.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia:
They were also chiefly behind the Mexican government's persecution of the Catholic Church during the 1910s and 1920s.
For a Catholic to support Freemasonry in any way is a bit like a Jew to support the Nazis.
No, because excommunication deprives one of the common spiritual prayers of the Church (St. Paul speaks of it as "delivering one up to Satan"), not just participation in the sacraments. Thus there is a real difference between the juridical punishments of interdict and excommunication.
The commission of any grave sin (such as joining the Freemasons) means that one should not receive holy Communion before having confessed and received absolution, but this doesn't constitute even a legal punishment: the sin, after all, is imposed by yourself and not ecclesiastical authority. And so it's not the same as excommunication. Though if you live in the diocese of Lincoln you will still be excommunicated if you join the Freemasons!