posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 05:21 PM
Originally posted by humbleseeker
If there was any plot against the catholic church by Freemasons, it was not intended. The catholic church condemed Freemasonry because of the ideals
that Freemasonry stands for. I think the main one would be tollerance for all faiths. Although I believe that you can be excomunicated if you are
found to be a Freemason even today.
i believe ,it might have started by the knights templars ,then was passed down to the masons as far as why the church would want to ban it ,but i just
found some info as far as that goes ..
Advise masons that Freemasonry is not anti-Catholic although, depending whom you ask, the opposite may be true.
In 1974 Cardinal Seper wrote to the bishops, stating that “The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith . . . has ruled that
Canon 2335 no longer bars a Catholic from membership of masonic groups. . . . And so a Catholic who joins the Freemasons is excommunicated only if the
policy and actions of the Freemasons in his area are known to be hostile to the Church. . . .” But there have been developments since then.
In 1983, a new Code of Canon Law was published, wherein Canon 2335 was replaced by Canon 1374, which only forbade membership in
organizations which “plot against the Church” and removed the penalty of automatic excommunication, replacing it with “a just penalty.” This
is in conformity with Cardinal Seper’s interpretation. Shortly before the new Code was published, however, the Sacred Congregation, under a new
Prefect, issued a pronouncement that Canon 1374 did not really affect the original policy. Although the pronouncement nullifies Cardinal Seper’s
earlier ruling, it was issued prior to the effective date of the new canon. Accordingly, some dioceses are holding that the canon supersedes the
ruling and are on that basis permitting masonic membership.
The point is that masonry is neither “for” nor “against” any faith or denomination. The repeated need to say so is deeply
troubling as it reveals, at best, questions arising out of on little or no capacity for independent thought.