The Holy Roman Catholic Church has once again climbed up on its ecclesiastical high horse to ride roughshod over Freemasonry.
In today's issue of The Pilot: The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, several prominent Catholic theologians were quoted regarding Freemasonry.
Father Edward McNamara, a professor at Regina Apostolorum University, has said, "Masonry requires that its members adhere to a minimal belief in a supreme architect of the universe and leave aside all other pretensions of truth, even revealed truth. This basically means that Masonry requires members to renounce truths such as Christ’s divinity and the Trinitarian nature of God. A Catholic cannot ignore the fundamental principles behind an organization, no matter how innocuous its activities appear to be."
Franciscan Father Zbigniew Suchecki chimed in with: "Whoever is inscribed in an association that plots against the Church must be punished with a just penalty; whoever promotes or directs that association, must be banned."
And of course they reprinted an excerpt from the declaration of Cardinal Ratzinger, once head of the Holy Roman Inquisition and now known as Pope Benedict XVI, "The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive holy Communion."
In 1996, Lincoln, Nebraska Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz forbade Catholics to belong to Freemasonry and 11 other groups whose goals were "perilous to the Catholic faith." He gave members a month to renounce their memberships and seek "reconciliation." Those who refused were excommunicated.
Do Catholics take this stuff seriously? Do Catholics who are also Masons care what the official church dogma is about Freemasonry?
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