Catholics?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by JMartinez, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. JMartinez

    JMartinez Registered User

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    It's been about 5 years since I've been raised and I still love masonry as much as the day I was initiated. I and Hispanic and Catholic. I also have distant relations who are in the knights of columbus and we get along fine. I am a practicing catholic and I haven't had any problems wearing my ring during mass or anything like that. Out of pure curiosity are there any brethren who are catholic? Are there members of your church or family who give you a hard time?
     
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  2. Brother_Steve

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    I am a member of a catholic church but I've not been there since my son was baptized. I am low key with my outward display of masonic symbols so I would not know. Given the fact that we do communicate with our local church, I'm sure I would not have a problem with those who "work" there but I'm not sure about the congregation.

    I guess if you're working the local fish fry outside of the lodge and they see you though, that point about wearing symbols in church is kind of moot.
     
  3. pointwithinacircle2

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    When I was going through RCIA I explained to my priest that I was a Mason and I asked if that was a problem. He looked at me curiously and said "So, you lay bricks?". He had never heard of the Freemasons. I think the answer to your question depends a lot on whether or not your particular priest believes in and teaches conspiracy theory.
     
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  4. Willaim Perkins

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    I'm a recovering catholic, and about half my family is catholic. I've heard that a Lodge near me has a priest that is a member, is their Chaplain. I've gotten snubbed by a couple KC members, but by and large no problems. stories I won't bore anyone with. From my research the origin of the this comes from Masonry's view of all religions being on an equal footing.
     
  5. Radical540

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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......"
     
  6. Willaim Perkins

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    I'd like to know the New Testament ref. for this grave sin.
     
  7. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    >I'd like to know the New Testament ref. for this grave sin.


    As far as we can tell from the New Testament Jesus performed no baptisms and at least one raising. This sounds more like Masonry than orthodox Christianity.
     
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  8. Willaim Perkins

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    From my research Christianity and Catholicism are very different. When the Roman Catholic Ch was formed in the 3rd Century "they" quickly developed ways to control the uneducated and superstitious populace by barrowing from Jewish Law. Creating symbols (Cross, fish, flame, etc.) to reinforce their authority has continued on to this day. Of course such mind games and acts of controlling are not the sole property of any religion or organization.

    I will not condemn anyone for their beliefs or affiliations, I will only state mine and where in the NT it can be found. You are correct in your words James, Christ spoke, he healed and he set an example for others to following. He didn't condemn or accept titles or set himself above the rest, and gave his life for his beliefs.- Gee, where have we come across that before?
     
  9. JamestheJust

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    >where have we come across that before?

    You may have noticed my handle: James the Just.

    By legend, James the Just was the brother of Jesus. James incurred the wrath of the priests. He was thrown down from the walls of the temple and killed with a blow to the head from a fuller's club (used for beating clothes to clean them) - whereupon all work on the temple ceased.

    This is rather similar to the legend of Hiram.
     
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  10. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Very informative replies. I have heard that some Catholics are given a hard time over their Masonic affiliations and some aren't. From this I can only conclude that it depends mostly upon the discretion of the priest at each church. Any comments?
     
  11. Willaim Perkins

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    All I can add to what I've already stated is that an old friend of mine, he's very active in the Knights of Columbus, queried me about the chances of my returning to that denomination. My answer seem to bother him. (When he asked me how long I'd been a Mason he said in a manner as if offering condolences as a wake.
     
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