Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Was it the fear of rational thinking that fueled the Church opposition, through the Jesuits, to Masonry and Illuminati?
What is the Church's major problem with these two groups?
You mentioned fear of rationalistic thinking, which I believe is a prime component. The entire episode must be viewed in its historical context,
keeping in mind that today’s Roman Catholic Church is a very different organization from what it once was.
Today, it is a simply another Christian denomination. 500 years ago, it was a brutal political power, merciless in its handling of dissidents.
is why there were “secret societies”. Not because they were up to no good, but because to organize to oppose such a monstrous tyranny
required absolute secrecy if one wanted to escape the dungeon, torture rack, and fiery stake.
The Church controlled practically every aspect of life. It decided which books were to be published, and which were forbidden to be read. It decided
what religious dogma was to be promulgated, and which were to be punished. It decided on whom was to ascend to thrones, and rule the people in
accordance with its own “infallible” dictum.
The Renaissance was the first strike against this despotism born from the union of Church and State, and was the precursor to the Enlightenment, which
woke western civilization from the slumber of the Dark Ages. The Enlightenment (nor enlightened organizations such as Masonry and Illuminati) did not
threaten the Church’s legitimate place in the world, which is to minister to its adherents. But it did threaten the Church’s intrusion into people’s
The Roman Church had launched a propaganda campaign attempting to discredit Copernicus (who did not publish his findings during his life because he
knew it would place him in mortal danger), and had persecuted Galileo. Galileo would have been burned had he not publicly recanted his findings that
the earth moves in an elliptical orbit around the sun, and even then, he was forced to live the remainder of is life under house arrest.
But Galileo was tame when compared to Church’s opposition during Enlightenment. The celebrated Voltaire is an excellent example. That Divine Infidel
gave no quarter to superstition and tyranny in any form, and continually championed the cause of human liberty. These were the ideas behind
And, they so disliked Masonry, that they created a Catholic substitute: K of C.?
The KofC is primarily an American invention, but does appear to have been established in reaction to American Catholics joining Masonic Lodges. They
are superficially similar, both in degree structure and ritual, but teach radically different philosophies.
Masonry continues to champion the individual, proclaiming that the individual is superior to all institutions, and not they to him; that institutions
exist to serve the individual, and not vice versa. That no religion has the authority to tell man what he must believe, that this is a matter between
the individual and God alone. In contrast, the KofC pledge themselves to perpetual allegiance to the Church, and its teachings.
[Edited on 7-5-2004 by Masonic Light]