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From the Wiki translation of the rules: www.ask.com... So the Commisssioner of the League himself signed off on these rules. You can see that this is a major rule infraction, regardless of what your toes think.
In 1983, Prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the personal approval of Pope John Paul II, issued a Declaration on Masonic Associations, which reiterated the Church's objections to Freemasonry. The Declaration states:
"The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion...." and "...the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association(s) remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden."
It may be that Rome has a misunderstanding about Freemasonry, it maybe be also that Rome is looking at it worldwide rather than just the US. But the point that seems important to me is that the League Commisioner has made the call and it's in the rule books. Might it change some day, sure. But it hasn't yet.
the problem is that Catholics assume too much about freemasonry, when in reality it serves to enhance any spiritual or religious journey a man chooses.
To me it signals that a bunch of guys playing cards or having a beer and burgers can enjoy one another's company. I would be astonished if anyone in either group raised a divisive religious-philosophical issue. It would spoil the mood. (Besides, nobody at the picnic cares about Billy's philosophy, he wants to hear about how much he's getting per bushel or what the European stock market is doing.) Heck, Obama played golf with Boehner. That didn't signal anything.
The fact that KoC and Freemason lodges get along so well together should signal the flawed politics of the situation.
I will only hope that they don't know about the rules, ignorance is sometimes a defense. Hurt his faith? I don't know. Hurt his standing in the Church that he professes to believe in and accept? Yeah, it hurts it.
Any catholic mason will tell you there is nothing in Freemasonry that detracts from his faith.
I kept looking and found a site called Freemasoninformation. They had a Canon lawyer as a guest writer on the subject of the disagreement between Cathloics and Masons. He wrote, among other things,
The two traditional enemies of Freemasonry are the royalty and the papacy. Masons even believe that Christ, dying on Calvary, was the "greatest among the apostles of humanity, braving Roman despotism and the fanaticism and bigotry of the priesthood." When one reaches the 30th degree in the masonic hierarchy, called the Kadosh, the person crushes with his foot the papal tiara and the royal crown, and swears to free mankind "from the bondage of despotism and the thraldom of spiritual tyranny."
I won't include all 12 (Wall of Text problem), but you can go yourself for the rest.
The next significant event in Catholic-Masonic relations occurred in talks that occurred over a six-year period between 1974 and 1980 when representatives from the German Episcopal Conference held talks with a group representing the Grand Lodges of Germany. The conclusion of the German Bishops’ Conference was:
“the Freemasons have essentially not changed. Membership [in the masons] places the foundations of Christian existence in question. Detailed investigations of the Masonic rituals and fundamental ideas, and of their current, unchanged self-understanding make clear: Simultaneous membership in the Catholic Church and freemasons is incompatible.”
Jenkins points out that “the bishops reached their unequivocal conclusion after having first considered the positive elements of Freemasonry, including its humanitarian interests, charitable works, anti-materialist ideology, as well as the excellent personal qualities required of its members.” He states that the bishop’s listed twelve areas of Masonic teaching that were at variance with the Church’s own belief, and with which the Church could never reconcile itself:
Canon Lawyer on the Dispute The German Bishops' position has been the dominant one ever since and explains the 1983 Declaration without having to bring politics into it.
1.The Masonic World-view: The Masons promote a freedom from dogmatic adherence to any one set of revealed truths. Such a subjective relativism is in direct conflict with the revealed truths of Christianity.
2.The Masonic Notion of Truth: The masons deny the possibility of an objective truth, placing every truth instead in a relative context.
3.The Masonic Notion of Religion: The Masonic teaching holds a relative notion of religions as all concurrently seeking the truth of the absolute.
www.maronitemonks.org... I suspect that means that they follow a different law from the Roman Rite Church, so a Maronite could possibly be a Mason.
The Maronites, an Eastern rite Catholic Church, profess the same Apostolic Faith, celebrate the same Mysteries (Sacraments) and are united with the chief Shepherd of the Church, the Pope, as all Roman Catholics throughout the world. They have their own distinct theology, spirituality, liturgy and code of canon law. (emphasis added)
Originally posted by charles1952
By joining the Masons, they are in grave sin, and are not eligible for Communion until the proper penances have been performed.
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Their Monsignor is aware of their dual membership and they have not been excommunicated or prevented from attending Mass.