Dating outside catholicism
he intent of this article is to highlight and elucidate upon the irreconcilable differences that the Roman Catholic Church has with Freemasonry.Notice, from the outset, that I do not mention any irreconcilable difference that these two organizations or philosophies have with each other, or any irreconcilable difference that Freemasonry has with the Catholic Church or Catholicism in general, because there is not one.
Here, Freemasonry sees itself as being a partner, rather than an enemy, to all monotheistic religions.It is through him, the God who became man for our sake, that we have true life.The opportunity for life in Christ Jesus is motivation for the Church to celebrate her sacraments.I find that it is this brand of intellectual laziness that is to blame for Catholics being ignorant about what the Church teaches and a key reason for their fall into grave sin.In the instant case, by specifically identifying all Masonic groups as ‘forbidden societies’, the 1917 Code of Canon Law (#2335) was a much better guide for Catholics, on this issue, than the 1983 Code of Canon Law (#1374), which forbids Catholics from joining any organization that acts against the Church.In comparing the two principles side by side, essentially, what we are talking about here is righteousness or holiness (though Freemasonry would not use the latter word).
The question is, ‘How is that man finds himself righteous before God or holy?
“Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden.
The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.
To understand why the principles of Freemasonry are irreconcilable to the Catholic Church, we must begin with examining the principles of the latter.
The focal principle of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ.
If Freemasonry were just offering an alternative path to salvation, it would rank among the other religions that Catholics cannot belong to, but what makes the Masonic order a thorn in the side of Catholicism is the appealing nature that it has to all Christians.