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Officially, (and I'm a Catholic on hiatus for "time-served") the Roman Catholic Church, per the Vatican and all supporting Popes since Pope Clement, has indicated that Catholics involved within masonic affiliation are "...in a state of grave sin.....reserved only by the Holy See......"
Mr. Freybur...if i didn't know better I'd imagine you have PhD in Linguistics...as you seem to frequently bring in linguistics and semantics into many discussion topics.
Myself?......I take a more pragmatic approach, and take Warrior's comment more literally: expel means expel!
Our lodge meets once every week. One week is the business meeting, and the other 3 weeks of the month is set for either degree work/rehersals, or simply masonic education (which we could all use a helping of on a regular cadence to stay fresh!)
Does any subscribe to "Living Stones" magazine?
I'm just curious what your experience is, since mine has been so poor; mostly due to late arrival of issues, or in the case of July 2014, no arrival of the issue whatsoever!
To date, 2 books that I still say are THE MOST objective are:
Freemasonry for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp -and-
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris
Both of these books are about as objective as they come and don't initially dive into the complexities...
Apparently the new G.M. of Michigan is requesting (in order) contact be made to the delinquent member: 1) by letter, 2) by phone, 3) in-person home visit, 4) final letter, 5) official request to G.L. for expulsion.
Really?? You've got to be kidding!? Who has time for all that?
Once again I use...
My best guess, and based on what I see with my own eyes, is a lack of consistency in management, administration & other areas. People covet consistency, especially masons- so when that begins to slip, so does bona-fide interest.
What a travesty.....
I've got to say, the outburst I speak of was completely out of the blue and not expected from anyone. Without going into specifics, I will say it involved lodge monies and what he "thought" he had coming to him- that could not be confirmed in ANY archival meeting...