locally, the KofC work with Masons and with other Protestant groups on charitable goals.
It is a misunderstanding about ecumensim. Masons do not fit. Suppose the local abortion clinic was out to help battered women find lodging? Should we join them? Should we join wiccans to promote environmental cleanliness? Should we join PP / March of Dimes to prevent birth defects?
These examples may seem extreme, but that is precisely my point about the Masons. They are that bad for society.
Working with Protestants has been given limited sanction by the Church in our times for the purpose of Christian unity. But there is no unity with the works of darkness, and the Masonic organizations are of those (though members themselves likely do not know this at first).
No, I it is different. I asked. It is called the Order of Alhambra . They look like shriners with round box caps with tassles. The KofC wear black hats with feathers.
When there is a danger to the Faith or souls etc., it doesn’t.
I was there. There were no mason representatives on stage, nor did I encounter any. But the KofC was big.
[quote=Semper Fi]The KofC doesn’t do fundraisers with Masons, but my uncle is a 3rd degree KofC member and he will work with masons who run a food bank here and if they are out of something and if our food bank has something they will send it over before it spoils. stuff like that.
I think they are imprudent to collaborate with the masons at all. They should find another group. It is one thing to be working with Protestants who are our separated brethren, but quite another to be dealing with a known enemy of Christianity.
Not just any people here, but a group pursuing the establishment of naturalism in all things.
How about these:
2 Corinthians 6:14 Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? …
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of.
And from Humanum Genus
- … Thus, with a fraudulent external appearance, and with a style of simulation which is always the same, the Freemasons, like the Manichees of old, strive, as far as possible, to conceal themselves, and to admit no witnesses but their own members. As a convenient manner of concealment, they assume the character of literary men and scholars associated for purposes of learning. They speak of their zeal for a more cultured refinement, and of their love for the poor; and they declare their one wish to be the amelioration of the condition of the masses, and to share with the largest possible number all the benefits of civil life. Were these purposes aimed at in real truth, they are by no means the whole of their object. …
- … For, from what We have above most clearly shown, that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view - namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism…
- … It may seem to some that Freemasons demand nothing that is openly contrary to religion and morality; but, as the whole principle and object of the sect lies in what is vicious and criminal, to join with these men or in any way to help them cannot be lawful.
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII