My father was a Mason for over 50 years. He was also a Shriner.
I am the only person in my family that converted to Roman Catholicism. My father disowned me the day I announced that I was being baptized as a
I am a Knight of Columbus.
Until very recently, if any Catholic joined the Mason's, he was automatically excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. This is because, until
very recently, the Masons were virulently anti-Catholic.
In the 1980's, the automatic excommunication for any Catholic that joined the Mason's was removed. The Church still strongly advises against any
Roman Catholic joining the Masonic Orders. But, unless one actively works against the Church, it will no longer automatically result in
BUT, one may NEVER be a member of both the Masonic Orders and the Knights of Columbus. If one is, then you are violating the oath you have taken in
order to become a Knight. You have also demonstrated, in the most obvious way, that you do NOT support the Catholic Church by joining such an
It does not matter what some other Knight, Priest, Brother, Nun, etc. may tell you in their ignorance. I have had various Priests, etc. tell me many
things over the past 60 plus years that were in error. There are Priests that also do not follow the solemn vows they took upon ordination. That
doesn't make them right, does it? Any more than telling you that you can belong to both organizations is correct.
The simple fact is, that the Knight's of Columbus, as an organization, very specifically prohibits any member from also being a member of the
Mason's. This is fact, not just opinion.
Any person that claims to be a member of both should query up through the Knight's organization to find out just how strong this prohibition is. If
they should bring their membership to the attention of the governing bodies of the Knight's, they will quickly be stripped of their membership in the
One simply can not be a true member of an organization that supports the Catholic Church, and also be a member of an organization that fought against
the Catholic Church for centuries.