(6-28-10; additions on 9-26-16)
The Catholic Church & Freemasonry (Rev. Robert I. Bradley, S.J.)
Can Catholics Become Freemasons? (Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.; Catholic Exchange website)
Is Freemasonry Incompatible with the Catholic Faith? (Wlodzimierz Redzioch; Inside the Vatican / Catholic Culture)
Irreconcilability between Christian faith and Freemasonry (L’Osservatore Romano, 11 March 1985)
Can Catholics Be Freemasons? (Catholics United for the Faith, 1998; PDF)
Christianity and American Freemasonry (book by William J. Whalen; “The Origins of Masonry” — excerpt from chapter two)
Freemasonry and the Anti-Christian Movement (Rev. E. Cahill, S. J.)
What does the Church say about Freemasonry? (Catholic Answers / “Quick Questions”)
Catholics and the Freemason “Religion” (Fr. William Saunders, The Arlington Catholic Herald)No sincere Catholic should join the Masons (Fr. William Saunders, Catholic Herald)
Can I Be a Catholic and a Freemason? (Fr. Thomas Ryan, Busted Halo)
Masons and Catholics (Philip Jenkins, The Anxious Bench)
Catholicism and Freemasonry (Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand)
Masonry (Catholic Encyclopedia)
Excerpt from the latter:
It is merely through inconsistency that some Grand Lodges of North America insist on belief in the Divine inspiration of the Bible as a necessary qualification and that not a few Masons in America and Germany declare Masonry an essentially “Christian institution”. According to the German Grand Lodges, Christ is only “the wise and virtuous pure man” par excellence, the principal model and teacher of “Humanity”. In the Swedish system, practised by the German Country Grand Lodge, Christ is said to have taught besides the exoteric Christian doctrine, destined for the people and the duller mass of his disciples, an esoteric doctrine for his chosen disciples, such as St. John, in which He denied that He was God. Freemasonry, it is held, is the descendant of the Christian secret society, in which this esoteric doctrine was propagated.
It is evident, however, that even in this restricted sense of “unsectarian” Christianity, Freemasonry is not a Christian institution, as it acknowledges many pre-Christian models and teachers of “Humanity”. All instructed Masons agree in the objective import of this Masonic principle of “Humanity”, according to which belief in dogmas is a matter of secondary importance, or even prejudicial to the law of universal love and tolerance. Freemasonry, therefore, is opposed not only to Catholicism and Christianity, but also to the whole system of supernatural truth.
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