Is a Catholic allowed to be a Mason?


Is a Catholic allowed to be a Mason?



No, Canon Law past and present has maintained that Catholics invloved in Freemasonry are excommunicate and thus outside of the Church.


Can you show me the Canon Law that says this?



Check the Search feature. You’ll find this has come up before. I am still waiting for a reply on one Thread as to source material from one poster who thinks the Church’s position in condeming membership in Masonry for Catholics.

You can find out more about the Church’s position on Freemasonry here


Can you show me the Canon Law that says this?

Here you go:


In the 1917 CIC, it would be canon 2335:

Those who join a Masonic sect or other societies of the same sort, which plot against the Church or against legitimate civil authority, incur ipso facto an excommunication simply reserved to the Holy See.

The 1983 CIC (which abrogated the previous one) seems to have incorporated it into canon 1374:

A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.


And dont forget that Cardinal Ratzinger issued a clarification on that specific Canon about the Freemasons.


No, they worship other gods and embraces other religion’s beliefs.

Instaurare omnia in Christo!!!


No, Catholics are not allowed to be Masons under any circumstance.


Exactly…that is the link provided by Genesis315 in post #5. The most pertinent paragraph being:

Therefore, the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and, therefore, membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful, who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.



Pax Vobiscum.


No. Masons will allow their members to be Catholics, which is why the issue comes up. We don’t agree with them that their beliefs are compatible with Catholicism.


Which beliefs are not compatible?


Masons allow men of any religious background to join provided that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being. This leads to religious relativism.

Furthermore, the Freemasons support such things as Nationalism and Secularism, which are dangerous ideals. Consider how the Freemasons in Italy in the mid-1800s pushed Italian unification (under a King who was the Grand Master of the Italian Freemasons) and provoked a war against Pope Pius IX, ending the Papal States.

In the past Masons have been very anti-Catholic, with connections blatant anti-Catholic groups like the Orangemen.


Can Catholics also be Masons?
By Gail Besse Special to The Pilot
Posted: 9/7/2007

The question repeatedly arises, and the answer is still no, a Vatican official reminded participants at a recent conference on Freemasonry.

But Freemasonry’s core philosophy is incompatible with the Catholic faith, noted Bishop Gianfranco Girotti at a forum on the issue at Rome’s St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty, Zenit news reported.

“Masonry requires that its members adhere to a minimal belief in a supreme architect of the universe and leave aside all other pretensions of truth, even revealed truth,” he said. This basically means that Masonry requires members to renounce truths such as Christ’s divinity and the Trinitarian nature of God.

“A Catholic cannot ignore the fundamental principles behind an organization, no matter how innocuous its activities appear to be,”

Father Timothy Goldrick, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in North Dighton, said he has been asked about membership in Masonic youth groups, and always advises against it.

“I am aware of the animosity of the Masons towards all things Catholic (and even Christian), especially with our essential doctrine of the resurrection of the dead,” he said. “Since membership in the Masons is in decline, a recruitment drive is underway. I expect to be asked more questions about the possibility of membership.”


Only if he or she is a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ Union.


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