QUAERITUR: MASONS! IN THE SANCTUARY! AIYEEEE!
5 January 2011
by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
From a reader:
There is a Freemason in my parish [AIYEEE!??] – yes he is Catholic. [Say it ain't so!] He is known as a Freemason to many people and he, despite the Church’s clear teachings on the subject, does not feel it is wrong for him to be both a Freemason and a Catholic. He feels his local lodge is not anti-Catholic so he is comfortable with his club of “old men”. Several of my friends and I have discussed this with him on a couple of occasions, even in front of the pastor in an informal setting. The pastor of our parish knows that he is a Freemason, and he continues to let him serve often as a Sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and he partakes of the Holy Eucharist. What, if anything, should be done about this situation when it seems that the pastor does not care if he is a Freemason or not. [Maybe heeeeeees one tooooo....]
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document called “Declaration on Masonic Associations“.
Declaration on Masonic AssociationsIf this fellow is a Mason, and if he is publicly known to be a mason, and if the pastor has been told, and if, indeed, he is acting in liturgical roles, and if he is receiving Holy Communion, then the bishop must be informed.
I suggest writing to the bishop with a copy to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
I very much doubt it will be ignored.
In the meantime, make sure he hasn’t hidden secret manuscripts under the altar. Look for secret signs scratched around the base. If necessary, for a fee and the promise of a few car chases, I should be able to help locate the missing clues. I am, after all, a certified symbologist.
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