[quote=Stephen Mills]What are your thoughts on freemasonry? I’ve heard that masons are anti-catholic…
Freemasonry is fundamentally anti-Catholic.
*“The Papacy has been for a thousand years the torturer of humanity, the most shameless imposture in its presence to spiritual power of all ages . . . In presence of this spiritual cobra, this deadly, treacherous, murderous enemy, the most formidable power in the world, the unity of Italian Masonry is of absolute and supreme necessity.” *
Albert Pike A. Pike, Dec. 28, 1886, letter to the Italian Grand Commander, (Official Bulletin, Sept. 1887, 173)
“Popery and priestcraft are so openly allied that they may be called the same. Nothing that can be named is more repugnant to Masonry, nothing to be more carefully guarded against, and this has always been well understood by all skillful masters” (Freemason’s Chronicle, 1887, I. 35)
[quote=Stephen Mills]I have a few family members that are confirmed, practicing Catholics (whether or not they are good or bad Catholics is a different story)* and *freemasons. They don’t seem all that terrible to me.
They probably aren’t terrible people but they aren’t Catholic. One cannot be both Catholic and a Mason. The church’s teaching regarding Freemasonry is very clear.
[quote=Stephen Mills]I certainly don’t approve of their secrecy, but they do a lot of great charity work. Countless children have been given free medical care at Shriners’ Hospitals
Al Capone was big on charitable work. It’s great PR.