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It seems that some members of the Catholic Church have actually opened their eyes to the reality of Freemasonry and the fact that the vast majority of it around the world holds absolutely no enmity toward the Church:

Snippet: VIENNA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Eight popes over 200 years in a barrage of 20 legal interdicts have condemned Freemasonry, pronouncing automatic excommunication against any Catholic who becomes a member of a masonic lodge. 

Now, a new book by an official of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is claiming that a practicing Catholic can simultaneously be a Freemason and that the penalty of excommunication may "certainly not" be applied to "Catholic Freemasons

Full story here: https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholics-can-be-freemasons-claims-pontifical-council-cleric

And here: https://novenanews.com/freemasons-catholics-not-excommunicated-vatican/

 

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The mills of thr Church grind exceedingly slow!

In his  book The Freemason At Work, Harry Carr tells of his discussions with Cardinal Heenan.

In 1974 Cardinal Heenan recieved a communication from the Holy See to the effect that Canon 2335 no longer automatically bars a Catholic from Freemasonry.

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Rex Kersley

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A fundamental problem was that the 1738 Papal interdict was made on the basis of 'rumour' and 'gossip' concerning what nowaydays can only be regarded as irregular freemasonry within reach of the Vatican.  Naturally, each pope has tended to support his predecessors down the centuries, so no change could be countenanced while that was happening.  Further confusion is found when the claim is made that freemasonry is 'universal'.  From a Papal viewpoint, which considers Roman Catholicism as universal and thereby the same everywhere, that viewpoint was applied to the 'universality' of freemasonry.  In one sense freemasonry is 'universal' in that it exists everywhere but in another sense it is not, because its practice varies from place to place and from time to time.  The Roman Catholic church appears not to have been able, or perhaps willing, to apply that compromise alongside its narrow interpretation of its own universality.  Notwithstanding all of that historical situation, it is now true to say that the Roman Catholic church does not rail against the kind of freemasonry practised under UGLE and its adherent Grand Lodges, as regards its general membership.  However, the priesthood is still barred by their church from masonic membership.  Many of the Orients, particularly the atheistic ones will, I'm sure, always be beyond the pale.

Yes, the mills do grind slowly but they do indeed grind.  Just a few years ago the Vatican apologised for their actions in murdering the Knights Templar.  Now they are taking on board that UGLE freemasonry is not anti-church.  There is still a way to go but the direction is good.

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