According to the fourth precept of the Church one must not join ‘forbidden societies.’
Forbidden societies are:
•those which conspire against the Church or the civil government;
•those whose members take the oath of blind obedience or absolute secrecy; and
•those which have a ceremonial of their own not sanctioned by the Church.
A Catholic who joins the Freemasons is excommunicated from the Church.
Under no condition may one become a member of a forbidden society or lodge.
Membership in good, Catholic societies (such as ‘The Knights of Columbus,’ ‘Knights of St. John,’ ‘Knights of the Holy Cross,’ ‘Knights of the Holy Eucharist,’ ‘Order of Malta,’ ‘Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem,’ etc.) will be of great profit to us.
Let us pray for the conversion of Freemasons:
O Lord Jesus Christ
Who showest forth Thine omnipotence most manifestly when Thou sparest and hast compassion,
Thou Who didst say, ‘Pray for those who persecute and calumniate you,’
we implore the clemency of Thy Sacred Heart on behalf of souls, made in the image of God,
but most miserably deceived by the treacherous snares of Freemasons and going more and more astray in the way of perdition.
Let not the Church, Thy Spouse, any longer be oppressed by them,
but appeased by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, Thy Mother,
and the prayers of the just, be mindful of Thine infinite mercy;
and disregarding their perversity, cause these very men to return to Thee,
that they may bring consolation to the Church by a most abundant penance,
make reparation for their misdeeds,
and secure for themselves a glorious eternity.
Who livest and reignest world without end.
The information about the ‘fourth precept of the Church’ was taken from ‘Catechism for the Catholic Parochial Schools of the United States’ by Reverend W. Faerber, published by B. Herder Book, Company of St. Louis, MO and London, with copyright dated 1942 and the Imprimatur of the Archbishop of St. Louis, + Joseph E. Ritter, S.T.D.
The above prayer is from ‘The Raccolta,’ 8th Edition, p. 410.
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