[quote=Alma]I am afraid a close relative is considering becoming a Mason. :bigyikes:
I told him he would be automatically excomunicated by the Catholic Church -I even made him read the statement issued by the Vatican-. He challenged me to prove him that the Masons are enemies of the Catholic Church and want to destroy it.
Where can I find good, reliable information about this?
Thank you in advance!
Just tell him to listen to the Masons.
I was given a tour of the Scottish Rite Temple in Collingswood, New Jersey, several years ago. There a Mason described how the men being initiated into the Masons participate in full-uniform skits recollecting how the Roman Catholic Church in the 14th Century cruelly disbanded the Knights Templar organization and stole their property, so that the Knights were forced to retreat to Scotland and reform themselves as the secular Masons.
“That is why we are so opposed to the pope and popery,” he argued.
In truth, the Knights were a Church order formed to protect the highways and biways of the Holy Land after the First Crusade. When the Holy Land was seized back by Islam, the Knights lost their purpose. In effect, they were suddenly just a fabulously rich Church-owned “corporation” making money hand over fist with nothing else to do.
The Church, not the Knights, was the owner of the Knights Templar property. The Church decided to disband the Knights and distribute their lands to the Kingdoms in which they were found. It was the Church’s prerogative to do so. These anti-Church skits the Masons put on are inane and unjust, and just cultivate anti-Catholic prejudice.