Ok, this happens - Knights of Columbus are not, and arent associated with “the masons.”
Pius XIIIclearly declared freemasonry an enemy of the Church in a late 1800’s encyclical. A Catholic who joins freemasonry is subject to excommunication. And BTW, all Shriners are masons as it is a requirement to join the Shrinersthat one be a Mason.
I’m fairly uncertain what the issue is with where our charitable donations go. We are Catholics, so our donations go to the same places the Church Herself donates, plus a ton of small local niches for which she doesnt necessarily have a fund.
As I’m a convert, not surprisingly my father was a 32nd in addition to being a 32nd degree Mason. It saddens me that he was that, in addition to an abusive most of my life.
Then I worked in a union shop with other electricians (while finishing EE studies) who were Masons. They were outright dirty to me because I refused to join. I refused while a Protestant bc of the alcoholic jerks my father hung out with, like him.
That’s not to say all masons are alcoholic jerks, but their rites are pagan like and they’re crooked as a dogs hind leg from top to bottom of the organization.
Anyway, yes our agents now do ethical investing advising…means what we invest in AS INDIVIDUALS doesnt go to companies who do things against Church Teaching. Of course the same is true for ALL of our donations, everywhere. We abide by the rules…we raise money, we give it to ppl who verifiably need help, or more accurately, for resources that we hand deliver to them.
Local parish new mothers pantry - bottles, diapers, etc.
Food pantry run by the Church.
I’ll not attempt to list all, but I say with no hesitation any funds we raise help those in need.
Hope this helps.