My husband is considering...

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My husband is considering...
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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 8:39pm

joining the Masonic Lodge!!!!


When he got home from his vacation with his family (His dad is a Mason as well as several other of his family members) he began researching the Masons.


I am not familiar with the Masonic Lodge and what it is all about. I have tried to research it and I can see that the Catholic Church is adamantly against the Masons.


Is anyone familiar enough with the Masons and the Catholic teachings on the subject to help shed some light on this subject? I really do not like the idea that my husband is considering joining a "cult." However, I do not have an argument for him besides the fact that the Church is against it.


Thoughts and opinions are welcome. In the meantime, I will continue to search the internet for valid arguments against being a Mason.


TIA!!

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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 10:42pm

Hi Jennifer. Welcome to the board!!

I don't know much about the Masons at all, except that I am pretty sure he can't join if he's Catholic. I look forward to other's responses, because I need enlightening on the subject too!




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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 11:07pm

Hi Sofia ~


My DH is not a Catholic. He is a Born Again Christian, formerly raised Baptist.


In everything I am reading, the Masonic Lodge is an occult and very anti Jesus. I am not liking what I am reading and I told my DH that if he chooses that he wants to join the masonry, I do not want to know about it and I will not support it.


He thinks there is nothing wrong with the masonry since his dad and uncles are masons.


**but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isa

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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 9:15am

Quick answer, because I'm running out the door: The Masons are very secretive. Because of that, there is a lot of misinformation about what they do. From what I've actually seen, it is basically an elite men's club. I do not believe the satanic stuff has any basis in truth.


Catholics can't join because the Masons take some oath -- again, I don't know the details -- but the church has a problem with it.


I looked into this ages ago, but I can't remember much about what I discovered! I'm interested to hear others' take.


Polly


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Wed, 08-12-2009 - 2:43pm

Polly said what I was going to say. They are very secretive. I worked with a couple of masons, and they are very hush-hush about the organization, and whatever it is about the members are about they are very devoted to it and take it seriously.

I, too, would be very interested to see if anyone else has any insight. Anything that's secretive is fascinating to me (of course!).








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Registered: 04-02-2009
Fri, 08-14-2009 - 8:50am

A friend of mine recently read and reviewed a book about the Masons.... check it out here:

http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-review-masonry-unmasked.html

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Fri, 08-14-2009 - 9:53pm
I don't know anything about the FreeMasons but from what I've heard from others, not just here, it's not something I'd want for my husband either. I would ask your pastor and his what their views on the Masonic Lodge are as well. You could approach his pastor with "my husband is considering this and I know nothing about it, but have heard mixed feedback from various places."
~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
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~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Sun, 08-16-2009 - 11:36am

Since posting of the original message, I have emailed my Priest's admin to set up an appointment with the Priest to discuss. I have also emailed my husbands pastor to get his take on this.


I have done many web searches and from what I can determine, there is no Christian denomination that condones FreeMasonry. In fact, all the searches I have done whether it be Catholic, Christian, Baptist, Methodist, etc...they are all in agreement that Christianity and FreeMasonry are incompatible.


**but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isa

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Sun, 08-16-2009 - 5:03pm
Aw man, that just absolutely stinks to have this weight on your shoulders. It's tricky enough to have an interfaith marriage without additional strains placed on it. You'll be in my prayers for clarity, guidance, peace and healing in your marriage - regardless of the direction things go.
~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

Irish siggy courtesy beaches59

~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Sun, 08-16-2009 - 8:57pm

Thank you Trish!!


I am holding on tightly to my faith and my prayers! I went to Church this evening and I could not focus on anything other than the lies from my husband and his wanting to join the masonry.


I know I am being tested. After Mass, I spoke with Fr. Brian momentarily. Gave him a quick synopsis of what is going on and will meet with him later in the week (most likely on Wednesday). His assistant was at Mass tonight as well and I gave her a heads up on my email.


I want to do the right thing in all of this, I will update with the input of Fr. Brian and my husband's Pastor.


**but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isa

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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 10:08pm

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Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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