Published on November 16, 2023, 6:10 pm

“Catholics Forbidden From Joining Freemasonry, Vatican Affirms”

The Vatican has recently made it clear that Catholics are forbidden from becoming Freemasons. This centuries-old secretive society, with an estimated global membership of up to six million, has long been viewed with hostility by the Catholic Church.

In a letter published by Vatican media, the Vatican’s doctrinal office stated that “Active membership in Freemasonry by a member of the faithful is prohibited because of the irreconcilability between Catholic doctrine and Freemasonry.”

The letter, dated November 13 and signed by Pope Francis, was issued in response to a concerned bishop from the Philippines who expressed alarm about the growing number of Freemasons in his country. The Vatican’s stance on this matter is not new – a 1983 declaration signed by Pope Benedict XVI explicitly stated that Catholics “in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.”

Freemasonry is known for its male-only nature, arcane symbols, and rituals. Over the years, it has also been associated with conspiracy theories alleging undue influence on world affairs.

According to the United Grand Lodge of England, modern Freemasonry is rooted in the traditions of medieval stonemasons and is considered one of the oldest social and charitable organizations globally. The organization claims to have 180,000 male members in England alone, with an additional 5,000 members in parallel female lodges. It estimates that there are around six million Freemasons worldwide.

Notable figures from history who were affiliated with Freemasonry include Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth), Winston Churchill (former Prime Minister), Peter Sellers (late actor), Alf Ramsey (former England soccer manager), Rudyard Kipling (author), and Arthur Conan Doyle (author).

It’s important to note that while the Catholic Church may hold reservations about Freemasonry due to its perceived contradictions with Catholic doctrine, other religious institutions may have different perspectives on this matter. Ultimately, individuals must make their own informed decisions based on their religious beliefs and the teachings of their respective faiths.

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