Is freemasonry against the Catholic Church?


#1

I am having discussions with, and trying to evangelize, someone who has questions about the freemasons and the Catholic church. I explained what I know, and gave him some information to read on why freemasonry is basically incompatible with the Catholic church.
He has more questions, one being where he can find information confirming freemasonry is against the Catholic church. He says he read something about freemason “knights of Templar” representing the Popes during the crusades. Anyway, any information or references you could give me would great!


#2

Freemasonry has a history of anti-Catholicism. Because of this, the 1917 Code of Canon Law provided for the automatic excommunication of members of masonic sects: “Those giving their name to masonic sects or other associations of this sort that machinate the Church or legitimate civil powers contract by that fact excommunication simply reserved to the Apostolic See” (1917 CIC 2335).

The current (1983) Code does not explicitly mention masonic sects, however, Church teaching concerning membership in such organizations has not changed: “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” (CIC 1374).

For more information see:
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]What is the Catholic Church’s official position on Freemasonry?*
*]Declaration on Masonic Associations.[/LIST] For a detailed history of freemasonry see:
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*]Masonry (Freemasonry)[/LIST]


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