Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: FREEMASONRY, 06-25-14
Posted on 06/25/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT by Salvation
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The teachings and practices of a secret international organization whose modern origins date from the first quarter of the eighteenth-century. Freemasonry began as a fraternity of Deists in Europe, and its basic orientation has been naturalistic, i.e. supernatural, ever since. Its hostility to the Catholic Church has evoked numerous declarations of the Holy See, notably of Popes Clement XII (1738), Pius IX (1864) and Leo XIII (1884). The Code of Canon Law (1918) decreed that no Catholic may join "Masonic sects or any other similar associations which plot against the Church" (Canon 2335). The most recent statement is from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Prefect Joseph Ratzinger, of November 26, 1983: "It has been asked whether there has been any change in the Church's decision in regard to Masonic associations since the new Code of Canon Law does not mention them expressly, unlike the previous code. This Sacred Congregation is in a position to reply that this circumstance is due to an editorial criterion which was followed as also in the case of other associations likewise unmentioned inasmuch as they are contained in wider categories. Therefore, the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church, and therefore, membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion. It is not within competence of local ecclesiastical authorities to give judgment on the nature of Masonic associations which would imply a derogation from what has been decided above, and this in line with the declaration of this sacred congregation issued February 17, 1981
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From the present: Ratzinger: Therefore, the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church, and therefore, membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
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I'm curious as to just what that means. Does "plot" mean disagree with, or something more sinister?
Is there generally accepted evidence that the Masons have plotted against the Church in the past? What is that evidence? And do those plots continue to this day? Thanks in advance for any clarification.
**I’m curious as to just what that means. Does “plot” mean disagree with, or something more sinister?
Is there generally accepted evidence that the Masons have plotted against the Church in the past? What is that evidence? And do those plots continue to this day?**
Your questions are answered in the links above. Please read a couple of them — they are all FR links.
I am not even an amateur when it comes to Masons and the Church, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
It is my understanding, that in Europe, during the 19th century, there were Masonic organizations actively working to harm the Church.
However, in the US, Masonry has been seen as generally benevolent, with no particular malice toward the Church. I had the opportunity to read portions of a Scottish Rite text (more of a commentary), that wasn’t terribly kind to the Church.
In the US (1970s-80s), Catholics asked the Church to allow members to be Masons, as their is no history of bad blood. The word came down that the Masonic system of beliefs was inconsistent with Catholicism, though it did recognize the generally positive nature of the organization.
It has been my personal experience that Masons are good people, patriotic, and charitable.
This is going to ruffle a few feathers, or crease a few aprons, or whatever.
The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita. The author quotes the actual Masonic document, which both Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) and Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) asked to be published. This document describes the Masons’ diabolical strategy to destroy the Church by infecting her leaders with Liberal ideas.
They need a scapular instead!
I replied to a thread yesterday that seemed to imply that Vatican II was a Masonic plot. Of course, I’m not at all certain how a Roman Catholic in good standing can believe such a thing. It sounds sedevacantist. A lot of what passes for traditionalist Catholic posted to FR sounds sedevacantist. Sedevacantists believe that there has not been a valid pope since 1958.
If it’s a choice between Masons and the Catholic Church, then I guess I have to pick Masonry.
At least they don’t put Marxists in their highest positions of authority.
Did you miss this post?
That's funny. At the time "liberal" ideas meant things like free speech. Marxism only came to be regarded as liberal after 150 years of twisting the definition of liberal.
Marxism is better seen as leftist.
In Ratzinger’s time?
**At the time “liberal” ideas meant things like free speech.**
I don’t think so.
I guess you missed this too.
Masons built King Solomon's temple. There were no Catholics around then.
Now let's see.... Shriners (part of the Masonic organization) raise millions of dollars per DAY to support the FREE burn and orthopedic hospitals for kids.
Catholic priests fudgepack the poor kids.
There's another new thread about another Catholic priest on the run in CA over this behavior.
Will the Catholics aver get their act together and purge the morons?
Most of the founding fathers of the USA were Masons.
The churches, Catholics and others demonize Masonry because they want to control the time and money of their members.
It also gives them a "straw man" to rant about in sermons. (Now I'm referring mostly to Protestant churches who are against Masonry.)
(1)It didn’t imply VII was a masonic plot. It does imply that they were involved somehow. Given Protestants also had input, it’s not so far-fetched. At the very least, the article does show that The Masons sure do love it and Francis though. That in and of itself should concern Catholics.
(2) The source was not a sedevacantist site.
And LOL at “Freemasonry” being the “random” word of the day.
Why are you trying to change the subject by mentioning alleged abuse?
Are you aware that abuse among non-Catholic ministers and teachers is much higher than for priest.
I agree no child molestation is OK, but it’s not just one group of people doing it.
Look to the homosexuals who are usually pedophiles in disguise.
Sometimes “random” becomes a whole lot less random.
I doubt there were any Masons back in King Solomon’s day either. LOL!
Why do you doubt it?
Masons designed and built the temple.
Catholic priests have been convicted in court case after court case in the last decade.
The Catholic church has coughed up MILLIONS in restitution to victims.
but masons with a small 'm'
Fear not; be not dismayed. With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone too I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron From a templemount website.
Alleged because over half of them have been proved innocent. For example, in my area, the jury convened after the hearing and the foreman stated (according to attorneys who talked with other jurors.) “Well, he’s a Catholic priest, not let’s prove that he’s guilty.”
Trouble was this priest was also employed by the state to work at the boys reform school and had state dates to back him up. He wasn’t even at the school when the alleged misdeeds took place.
Actually, although many American Masons are nice enough, I can think of at least two times in US history that American Masons have acted with grave hostility toward Catholics and the Catholic Church.
In the last part of the 19th century, in the upper northwest, Masons, along with other nefarious groups, tried to close down Catholic parochial schools by making all private schools illegal, and forcing all school-aged children to attend public schools.
This was overthrown by the Supreme Court, but it survives in the Blaine Amendments of various states that forbid the expenditure of public funds to help provide for the educational needs of any child going to a Catholic school, named after James G. Blaine, Republican presidential candidate in 1884 (”Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine! The continental liar from the state of Maine!” - I still remember SOMETHING from high school US history).
As well, Masons gave rise to the anti-Catholic government of Mexico in the early part of the 20th century that ultimately murdered many Catholic priests, many thousands of Catholic laity, and forbid the open practice of Catholicism in Mexico, outside of church buildings, including Catholic education and catechesis.
Thanks so much for the history lesson.
But how will Italy build up its military forces enough to carry out another inquisition? Join up even more closely (if that’s possible) with Iran, Russia, Syria and Lebanon, perhaps?
I’ll remind you that this is the U.S.A., by the way.
Thank you for the information!
I have only recently spent time learning about the Mexican martyrs, especially Bl. Miguel Pro. What a very sad time in the history of such a Catholic country.