An introduction to Freemasons

Posted July 23, 2010

Preface: More and more people are calling the office (Claretian Teaching Ministry – CTM) with concerns relating to Freemasons. The following is intended to open people’s eyes to this society and to the position of The Catholic Church against any association with Freemasonry.

The position of the Catholic Church regarding the Freemasons is as follows:  The new code states in Canon 1374: “A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.” An interdict is an ecclesiastical penalty that deprives the person of the right to celebrate or receive the sacraments but is less harsh than excommunication.

SOURCE: Rome, Feb 6, 2007 ( – Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum University.

The following section is one small example —

Educational Principles

“With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavors to take to itself the education of youth. They think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan. Therefore in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.”

SOURCE: HUMANUM GENUS – Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII on FREEMASONRY – DATE: April 20, 1884.

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Please click on the “Prayers” tab, at the top of the home page, where I have posted a “Prayer of Release For Freemasons and Their Descendants.”