Vatican Confirms Ban on Catholics Becoming Freemasons
The Vatican has issued a ban on Catholics joining the Freemasons — a centuries-old secret society with an estimated global membership of nearly 6M — citing the irreconcilability between Catholic doctrine and Freemasonry....
The Vatican has issued a ban on Catholics joining the Freemasons — a centuries-old secret society with an estimated global membership of nearly 6M — citing the irreconcilability between Catholic doctrine and Freemasonry.1
In a letter published on Wednesday, the Vatican's doctrinal office said that Catholics 'in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.'2
The ban comes after a bishop from the Philippines expressed concern to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith at the growing number of Catholics in his diocese allegedly showing interest in Freemasonry.3
The Catholic Church's prohibition on Freemasonry dates back to Pope Clement XII, who called the secret society 'depraved and perverted' and declared freemasonry an excommunicable offense in 1738.4
Meanwhile, the dicastery has suggested that bishops in the Philippines should consider making a public statement on the Church's position and teaching on Freemasonry.3
The Freemasons allegedly promote ideas and rituals incompatible with the Catholic faith, including indifferentism and deistic, non-Christian teachings about divinity.4
Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Pillar Catholic. Freemasonry teaches a 'naturalistic and deistic religion' that deifies rationalism, and since Catholicism and Masonry are irreconcilable to one another, any Catholic who joins the secret society shouldn't receive Communion. The Pope must prohibit Catholics from becoming members of Masonic lodges to protect Catholic doctrine and belief.
Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by Malta Today. Though considered one by the Catholic Church, Freemasonry is not a secret society. Moreover, it's not a religion, nor does it purport to be a substitute or replacement for Christianity. However, the Church continues to ban Freemasonry because of a fundamental misunderstanding of what Masonry is and what Masonry believes.