posted on Oct, 22 2012 @ 05:28 PM
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
I guess its highly unpopular to propose that Catholicism...and actually Christianity in general (as well as Freemasonry) are both of overall positive
intent and effect.
Sure, I can dig up bad stuff about Christians or Freemasons. I could point out pedophile Priests and the Inquisition on Catholics or I could drag up
the infamous P2 of Freemasonry or the mass murdering Anders Brehvik (who happens to be a Freemason) to point out how "evil" Freemasonry is. But
those are false and invalid comparisons. Thats would be like a nurse committing murder and us then concluding that "nurses are murderers".
If you look at Catholicism and Christianities effects on civilization, the building of universities, the helping of the poor, and the conduct of the
broad majority of religious people, you can easily see the positive effects. The same goes for Freemasonry who had tremendously positive effects,
especially in older times.
If you look, on the other hand, at the enemies of both Christianity and Freemasonry....such as the Nazis and Soviet Communists, you will not see those
overall positive effects, you will see a whole lot of darkness.
Now, to get back on topic: There is certainly a conflict between Catholicism and Freemasonry. That is a philosophical conflict that goes back to
Christianites claim to exclusivity and Masonries call for tolerance of all Religions. Those two stances are difficult to reconcile.