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Freemasonry is not exclusively a Catholic concern. The American Lutheran Church forbade membership in the Lodge for its clergy; a prohibition that was relaxed with the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.
There was considerable debate over Lodge membership for clergy at the constituting convention of the North American Lutheran Church in AD 2010...I believe the outcome was that the proposed prohibition was dropped. It was disheartening to hear otherwise orthodox clergy state that if forced to choose they would choose the Lodge.
The Luthern Church Missouri Synod has taken a firm line against Freemasonry and includes a volume on the Lodge in the “How to Respond to” series produced by Concordia.
“Sons Of The Desert” seems a more desirable group to me.
Very good. In my misspent and profligate youth, when I thought I was reaching something (not yet ready to return to the Church), I entered the Blue Lodge, and eventually reached the heady 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite.
Then started working my way up the York Rite.
I was diverted away from Detroit by God and because of a certain Franciscan friar who was a saint sent by the same God to soften my heart of stone, I joined the KofC and eventually rejected the Freemasons.
I am forever in debt to the good padre and to Almighty God who placed him in my path.