I can understand why the Catholic Church would discourage members from becoming Free Masons because of their oaths and because, in a sense, it is indeed much like a religion. Also, I don’t disagree with what the New Catholic Encyclopedia says. However, in your first post, you said Free Masons worship Satan at the upper levels. That is NOT in the Catholic Encyclopedia and is absolutely false. Perhaps you heard a rumor about this or visited an anti-masonry website but you’re absolutely wrong about it and are propagating a lie in posting it here.
Just because the Catholic Church discourages members from joining does not mean the organization worships Satan. As I pointed out, most Free Masons in America are indeed Christians. There are about three million Masons in the Unites States. George Washington and 13 Presidents of the United states as well as 13 Vice Presidents and 35 Justices of the Supreme Court have been Masons.
The Free Masons I know are all upstanding honorable Christian men. They also do a great deal of Charity work.
As I suggested before, talk to a Free Mason or visit an official website to learn the truth about their organization. As a Catholic you may not want to join the organization but that doesn’t bean you have to demonize them either.
**Freemasonry, or Masonry, is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, a universal society of friends who seek to become better men through their association with one another and their families. It is a 600-year-old fraternity with a 3, 000-year tradition, the prototype of most modern fraternal societies and service organizations.
In a society whose moral values are being severely tested, Masonry brings men together for fellowship and the promotion of integrity and good citizenship.
Masonry requires a belief in God and urges its members to be faithful to their own religious beliefs, but it is not a religion.
It encourages its members and their families to be good citizens and to choose their own best means of political expression, but it is not a political organization.
Its charitable activities and good works are for the benefit of all humankind, but it is not a benefit society or welfare institution.
Membership in a Masonic lodge is open to men 21 years of age or older, without regard to race, color or religion. Those accepted for membership must be of good character and reputation, and believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul.
Freemasons try to live in accordance with high moral principles as good citizens. They do not claim to have a monopoly on these ideals, but they do join together in lodges to help each other intensify their devotion to these enduring values.
Freemasonry welcomes men from every religious denomination or creed, requiring only that they affirm their belief in a Supreme Being, and that they are of high moral character and are good citizens. Masonic lodges are nondenominational and non-political. Partisan and sectarian discussions are not permitted in Lodges. Masonry is not a substitute for church or religion. The Fraternity urges its members to practice their own particular religious beliefs in their daily lives.
In the United States alone, Freemasons provide over $1 million a day, year after year, for charitable causes. These dollars go to support scholarships, medical research, hospitals for crippled children, facilities for those who have speech disorders or mental illness. Masonic groups also help people with serious eye problems and with respiratory difficulties. They provide retirement homes for members, their wives and widows.**