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To: ebb tide
He quotes Don Esposito, Grand Master of Italian Freemasonry, who said: “A series of Paul VI’s decisions are an indiscriminate opening toward Freemasonry”

I certainly do not understand this.

I grew up during the reign of Paul the VI and from my earliest memories it was not permitted for a catholic to be a member of the Freemasons.

Even today one can not be a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Freemason.

So how is it that Paul VI opened the church to Freemasonry?

3 posted on 02/06/2013 12:11:29 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac
The hostility between Freemasonry and the Catholic Church goes back centuries and I think it has always been the rule that Catholics were not allowed to become Masons.

A few years ago I attended a Masonic funeral service in a Catholic parish hall for a man who had been both a Catholic and a Mason--but he had been a Mason before he converted to the Catholic Church. There was nothing anti-Catholic in the Masonic ritual that they went through. Probably there are many Masons who are unaware of the traditional anti-Catholicism of Freemasonry.

Andrew Jackson was a Mason but he appointed the first Catholic Chief Justice of the United States, Roger Taney.

Back about 1959 the Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor ran a series of articles on anti-Catholic groups in the US--one of the articles was about the Masons.

6 posted on 02/06/2013 9:37:58 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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