posted on Apr, 4 2007 @ 11:32 PM
As a Roman Catholic, I have come to realize that there are a lot of people who really don't have clue about the true nature of the Church. Yeah,
yeah, there are secret archives in the Vatican library (who knows what devastating secrets that might hold, eh?). The Church has rituals shrouded in
history (what sorcery are they performing?). And the Pope, along with the Bishops and Cardinals all wear funny hats. In other words, I am really
used to quite a bit of ignorance directed at my religion by people who choose to believe what they want to believe because, hey, why change a
perfectly good belief system even in the face of the truth?
I am not a Mason. I know a few Masons but that's as far as that has ever gone. And I certainly don't entertain any desire to join this
organization. Nevertheless, I can feel some sympathy for this group as I recognize a similar bias directed against this organization by people who
have come to believe what they believe and that's that. Some people choose to argue when they could try to learn and understand what they truly
This thread is a rather unique opportunity to dispell some long-held myths about Masonry or, through intelligent discourse, it might just confirm some
beliefs. Who knows? But understanding comes through research and discussion and this is certainly a place for just that.
One aspect, I feel, that does cause a lot of dissent is that there are people who hold many beliefs that were developed from childhood. Some people
were raised to believe that Catholics are evil (just like some might have been raised to consider Masonry evil). Some people were raised to think
that Catholics aren't even Christian! (Just as some might have been raised to think that Masonry is anti-Christian). And some people believe that
the "secret" Vatican archives are holding back secrets from humanity that will, somehow, have some importance in our own era even though these
archived "secrets" are hundreds and hundreds years old (hmmmmm....I could almost make a similar parallel with the "secrets of the Masons).
The point that I am trying to make is that things that were learned as children -- you know beliefs -- at the foot of one's parents, elders or
similar figures, are often the most difficult beliefs to challenge. As we grow older, some challenge the beliefs that they held as children while
others cling to them like the security blankets of their infancy. This is why irrational fears and hatred still exist. This is why racism and
bigotry still exist. This is why we still have people who cannot accept logic and reason in the face of truth. To do so means that the racist, the
bigot and those filled with hatred might have to reject the false teachings of their bigoted and hate filled parents, elders and the authority figures
of their misbegotten youth.
I wish to commend everyone on this thread for, so far, the discussion has been amiable and most thoughtful.