I have been battling with an issue that is almost driving me crazy (i think this would be the right thread). Before I became Catholic, I joined the masons (2010) and went on to become a shriner. Of course, this was done in good faith as I had no calling at the time to join the RCC which was a couple years ago. I also had no idea that there was such a beef from the RCC regarding the masons. Currently, I do not see myself as anything more than a dues paying member as I am having a hard time surrendering my membership. The members of my lodge are super guys and considering its a small town, there will certainly be some social ramifications. I talked to a long standing member of the lodge and stated to him that I am considering leaving the fraternity and of course he asked me to seriously reconsider after genuinely congratulated me on becoming Catholic. All of these guys are Christian from all denominations and even the dinner prayer always ends “in Jesus name”. We all know the Shrine has only one goal which is to support the children’s hospitals and there is, and never has been, any sort of plot against the RCC.
So you may be asking, what am I whining about (lol)? Well, I have spoken to 2 priests and of course they highly advised me to denounce masonry. I know there are some Catholics here that are masons as well so I would appreciate some advice. I read a long article from Catholic Culture and the angle they took was it would be ok to just be a “passive member” meaning paying dues and engaging in the charity work. I gathered it would not be ok to become an officer and actually go through the ritual.
Any case, this is a very intense struggle and I certainly do not want to have to refrain from the Eucharist but I just cannot see where being a member (inactive or non-practicing) is mortal sin. Could it be because I haven’t been convicted that is wrong thus lacking the “knowledge of grave sin” or number 2 requirement for mortal sin?
Sorry if I sound a little nuts so please bare with me. Thanks so much.