Originally posted by New Age Bounty Hunter
Why the need for such costly huge buildings?
Because standing on a street corner is generally described as loitering.
Most of the landmark Lodge buildings or Temples are from a bygone time when Masonry was more active (early in the last century and after WWII).
Modern Masonry has seen a downturn in membership (mostly through loss of membership to natural causes), and many Lodges consolidated - some more than
once - and therefore there are actually far fewer
Lodges in the U.S. than there used to be. Some Lodges own the land and building, some just
Personally, I think Freemasonry should go the McDonalds route and own
all the lands and buildings. My McDonalds stock has been pretty good to
me over the years.
Why are freemasons excommunicated from the church?
Some will argue that they were
excommunicated (Can 2335: "Affiliation With Masonic or Similar Societies. Those who join a Masonic
sect or other societies of the same sort, which plot against the Church or against legitimate civil authority, incur ipso facto an excommunication
simply reserved to the Holy See."
), and that they still are subject to excommunication ("...the Church’s negative judgment in regard to
Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore
membership in them remains forbidden
- Quaesitum est) however, it's my opinion that Can. 1374 ("A person who joins an association which plots
against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; one who promotes or takes office in such an association is to be punished with an
") which replaces Can. 2335 is pretty clear; Masonic membership doesn't get you an excommunication anymore
. Canon Law
supercedes the opinion of the Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei. Even if the Cardinal who issued it eventually did become Pope. At the time the opinion
was issued, Ratzinger was not infallible.
Therefore, it's my opinion as a Roman Catholic food group that Can. 1374 remains in full force and effect. As Freemasonry doesn't plot against the
Church, it's members can't be excommunicated.
Why did Hitler want them exterminated?
Because Hitler was an evil person who splooged himself when he spoke in public.
in other words, he had issues.
But it goes beyond that. There was a German general - Erich Ludendorff - who founded the Aryan-German Tannenberg League, wrote angry diatribes like
"The Nation At War"
and "Annihilation of Freemasonry Through The Revelation of Its Secrets
" (No, Ercih, tell us how you
feel about Masonry!
). He claimed that Freemasonry was a machine that cranked out 'artificial Jews.' The Nazis really liked
Ludendorff's work - although they considered him (the man) a mystico-religious nutbag who was political kryptonite.
Hitler read Ludendorff's works, and he made pretty clear what he thought about Freemasonry (and the Jews) pretty clear in his book Mein Kampf
("..."The general pacifistic paralyzation of the national instinct of self-preservation, introduced into the circles of the so-called
`intelligentsia' by Freemasonry, is transmitted to the great masses, but above all to the bourgeoisie, by the activity of the great press, which
today is always Jewish..."
There is also the Dieter Schwarz book (put out by the Nazi propaganda printing house) "Freemasonry; It's World View; Organization and
" which, again, lays out why Freemasonry is bad for the Nazis: "...in contrast to the anti-racial attitude of the lodges, the Nazi
attitude is race conscious ... Masonic lodges are associations of men who, closely bound together in a union employing symbolical usages, represent a
supra-national spiritual movement, the idea of Humanity ... a general association of mankind, without distinction of races, peoples, religions, social
and political convictions..."
I'm sure there are some members here here who will probably agree that the enemy pretty much nailed Freemasonry with that one.
Why were they concidered criminals in China, Russia, and other countries?
...and Italy, Iran and so on...
Masons and dictators are like oil and water. They just don't mix will. Giuseppe Garibaldi, Benito Juarez, Simon Bolivar, George Washington, General
Cappello, etc. Masonry is always on the hit list when a dictator, an undemocratic or totalitarian regime comes to power. Why? For the same reasons
the Nazis despised them.
Why would anyone take blood oaths, to protect the secrets of some meaningless ritual, and secrets of the organization?
Much like Jeep's motto, "It's a Masonic thing, you wouldn't understand."
But I think you're mistaken. There are certainly obligations and rituals, but - as far as I know - no blood oaths. And it's certainly not
meaningless ... unless you are of the belief that your word is meaningless.
And anyone who tells the secrets or attemps to tell, turns up dead or disappears. Who knows how many people who have disappeared or is missing
thoughout history by the hands of masons. I know of one, Captian William Morgan, who screamed murder as he was kidnapped and never seen again, by the
masons after he threaten to write a book about the secrets.
Meh. I strongly believe that you have no knowledge of the Morgan Affair outside what you may have read on an anti-Masonic site. And I say this with
authority, because NO ONE
knows what happened to William Morgan. There are only theories.
As far as 'how many people have disappeared at the hands of Masons' goes ... probably none. Not one. I'm reasonably certain that there has been
no Masonic plot to disappear people.
That's not to say that there are no individuals who claim Masonic affiliation who invested their time as individuals
I have seen tombstones at the cemetery with all these masonic symbols, square and compass, but I have not seen any tombstones with the masonic
symbol and any other religious symbol combined, like the Christian cross, or the Star of David. Why is that?
Because it's economically unfeasible for a tombstone producer to make a stone that specific; they'd just sit around unsold.