Have you ever wondered why Roman Catholics are forbidden to join the Freemasons? The reason it seems is that the very tenets of Freemasonry, that all religions are equal (including none), its focus on “deism” and its promotion of secularism, are simply incompatible with the Catholic faith. Hence one cannot claim to be a Catholic and a Freemason at the same time, as their world views are mutually exclusive.
I do not know any Freemasons, but my deceased great-uncle was a Freemason of the Scottish Rite 14th Degree . I have inherited his ring and am not sure what to do with it. As well, a deceased neighbour was once the Grand Master of the Madawaska Lodge that I pass everyday on my way to swimming.
I do not think Masons are bad people nor do I think there has been a conspiracy to subvert civil society against the Catholic Church to establish nations free from divine monarchy and Church control. I think the notion of the nation-state with fixed boundaries and separation of church and state came about from forces that far exceeded some men secretly discussing their world view over coffee and brandy. Nevertheless, the Freemason philosophy and world view is indeed alive and well in Canadian society.
Curious to learn more about the antagoism between this “secret society” and the Catholic Church? This recent article in the UK Catholic Herald explains it well.