posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 09:17 AM
Free Masonry was virulently anti-catholic from its beginnings, right up through the 1960's. It was also considered a path to power and influence by
In the late 18th and first half of the 19th century, in the America's, Masons tried to control the government. They did control many counties in
some states, particularly in the Northeast. They violently controlled their members, resorting to murder and other forms of intimidation toward
anyone that tried to expose their practices.
That is fact, not just opinion. It has been well documented through many court cases, where Masons were convicted of such acts. It was proven that
these acts were approved at the very highest levels of the organization.
The result was revulsion, and a virtual death of the organization. They lost much of their assets, many chapters closed and their membership
plummeted. By the early 1860's, they had virtually no influence in the American political scene at all.
The Masonic orders reorganized into a much more benign and fraternal order. They dropped most of their political activities, outlawed violent
retaliation against members that exposed ritual, etc., and became more of an asset to the general community, instead of just being an asset to
It was the Masonic orders that had led much of the "Know Nothing" types of activities against the Irish and against Catholics in general. They
openly advocated anti-catholic legislation, laws that prevented Catholics from holding office, etc. They worked hard to try to stop immigration from
predominately Catholic countries, believing that all Catholics were inherently "anti-American".
As late as the 1960's, prominent Masons were still publicly arguing that Catholics were not suitable to hold public office.
My father was a Mason for all of his adult life. I am VERY familiar with the fact that the Masonic Orders were virulently anti-catholic into the
So, please, don't try to pass off the pap that the Knights of Columbus are modeled on the Masons. They are not, and never were modeled on the
They were organized to help Roman Catholic men. They were involved in providing life insurance for Catholic men, in an era when most insurance
companies refused to cover them. They provided for the widows and orphans of Catholic men. They fought against the rappant discrimination against
Catholics in hiring, housing, and in virtually all other aspects of life.
The Masons were a LOT more concerned with holding Catholics down, and preventing any more of them from coming into the USA. They fought against civil
rights for Catholics (and Jews, Blacks and virtually everyone but White Protestants).
No, there is only the most superficial similarities between the Masonic Orders and the early Knights of Columbus.
Today, thank God, most Masons would reject the practices of the past. The Masonic Orders are no longer racist, anti-catholic, etc. Unfortunately, in
the USA, they are still sexist, prohibiting women from becoming Masons. That is NOT the case in most of Europe.
Maybe, someday, the Catholic Church will lift its prohibition against Catholics becoming Masons. But, as it stands, no Roman Catholic may become a
member of any Masonic Order, and remain in good standing with their church.