The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that Catholics are still banned from joining Freemasonry. According to the newspaper Vatican NewsThe Department for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a document signed by Cardinal Victor Fernandez and approved by Pope Francis, reiterated that Believers are prohibited from being part of the organization. The Grand Orient Lusitano Foundation, which represents Portuguese Freemasonry, expressed in a statement its regret for the position of the Catholic Church, and said that it does not find “any manifestation of hostility between two institutions that aim, in many areas of life, to achieve identical results, such as as a defense of people.” “The most deprived and in search of the highest ideals of spirituality.”
The question was raised in relation to a report submitted by Dr. Julito Cortes, Philippine bishop. “Having explained with interest the situation in your diocese, due to the continuous increase in the number of members of Freemasonry, [D. Cortes] We asked for suggestions on how to appropriately deal with this reality from a pastoral point of view, while also taking into account the doctrinal implications.” In response, the Chamber reiterates that “active commitment to Freemasonry by the believer is prohibited, due to the lack of reconciliation” between the two doctrines.
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Therefore, the official Vatican memorandum explains, “those who are formally and consciously members of Masonic lodges and have professed Masonic principles are included.” In 1983, a declaration was issued outlining the ban applicable to believers and members of the clergy of the Catholic Church.
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The Portuguese Freemasonry representative responded in a statement to the Vatican’s statements, expressing her regret “at the continuation of an unfounded vision in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that does not correspond at all with reality.” He argues that the Grande Oriente Lusitano “is not only welcomed and welcomed into its midst. It welcomes him as well.” Important figures in the Catholic Church, but also simple Catholic believers Who find no manifestation of hostility between two institutions that aim, in many areas of life, to achieve identical results, such as the defense of the most disadvantaged groups and the search for the highest ideals of spirituality.
The Freemasons assert that they view Pope Francis “as a defender of the openness of the Church to new points of view and new manifestations of tolerance, which should not be focused exclusively inward.” Therefore, they do not realize that “an institution that has defended, since its inception, and for more than 300 years, the values of brotherhood, solidarity and truth, as well as the principles of tolerance and freedom of conscience, can conflict with anything other than that. It is made up of good men and women who hate any actions that contradict it.” With human dignity.
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