I started this same thread in the Misc. Forum with no response so here i go again.
My God-daughter emailed me this morning asking me about the Oddfellows and the female version of the Oddfellows called the Rebbeckah’s. Before she converted 4 years ago, she attended weekly Rebbeckah meetings, but stopped only because RCIA was on the same night. She has now asked me if there was any reason she should not rejoin this group. I don’t know anything about the Oddfellows. I thought they were a branch of the Mason’s. I understood (maybe incorrectly) that the Mason’s were extremely anti-Catholic.
I don’t know how to answer her question and I don’t want to throw up red flags for no reason so I just told her I would see what I could find out. Could someone please help me?
Dear Deanna - I DID find your other post in the Misc. Forum ( too late, it seems ) and tried to explain not only the masons, oddfellows, etc. , but why men’s fraternal organizations exist - what they are and aren’t. And why paranoia is unjustified.
But - I’m NOT gonna repeat it again here, however just use the SEARCH option on the homepage, type in Oddfellows, and pick the first choice of the two offered…
Oddfellows is a fraternal organization - NOT a religion.
It is NOT secret society- the lodge in my hometown has a very big Coca Cola sign out front - it even lights up.
Their phone number is in the Southwestern Bell phone book.
They cook hamburgers and hot dogs on the 4th of July, and help people whose mobile homes burn down or get blown away in tornadoes without fanfare or recognition in the community.
The Masons have a similar building, with a big sign outside, phone number printed in the book. If you’re ultra-curious, you can order a membership roster from the Grand Memorial Temple in Waco and see for yourself that neither Bush is a Mason. The latest excitment in that lodge was when someone burned the lasagne and they had to open the windows to let all of the smoke out!
They aren’t a religion either - nor do they wish to be or claim to be or pretend to be. I am one, and I know. I have written some lengthy discussions of Freemasonry if you’ll run a SEARCH on this forum homepage for National Treasure ( the current movie ), or look for it under the Water Cooler forum -
They’re various pieces, trying to keep good Catholics from panic, stampede and calling up the bishop with needless concern.
Unfortunately, what I’ve read in these forums is very much like the 5 blind men - each feeling of and trying to describe an elephant.
Otherwise, Odds and ends of Canon Law, but mostly hearsay and fear - or what nuns told 'em in Catholic school.
I’m a published Masonic writer and scholar - ask me if you wish - my only promise to you can be: If I don’t know the answer, I won’t be like a typical man and tell you something that I made up ! And YES - I WILL stop on the highway and ask for directions when hopelessly lost ! http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon12.gif Any wives out there with husbands who’ll admit to doing that ?
Someone in this thread ( see above) offered oddfellow links - try 'em or do a Google search. www.masonicinfo.com is a level-headed place to begin for the Masons - I have no problems with what this brother has to say on his website - and that’s saying a mouthful ! It’s a refreshing site.
Have a Happy and Holy Advent 2004, Deanna - and to each of you…