Vatican Confirms Ban on Freemasonry

Pope Francis Freemason Symbol
El Vaticano reitera que los católicos no pueden pertenecer a la masonería

On Wednesday this week, the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) released a document reaffirming the longstanding Church doctrine forbidding Catholics from becoming Freemasons. The document, signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández, was written in response to a bishop from the Philippines who had expressed concern at a growing number of Catholics in his diocese engaging in Freemasonry and asked for suggestions about how to respond to the problem pastorally. 

The DDF’s response calls for “a coordinated strategy” involving all of the bishops in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to promote catechesis “in all parishes regarding the reasons for the irreconcilability between the Catholic faith and Freemasonry.” The Freemasons are the largest worldwide oath-bound secret society. Freemasonry promotes ideas and rituals incompatible with the Catholic faith, including indifferentism, or the position that a person can be equally pleasing to God while remaining in any religion, and a deistic concept of a “Great Architect of the Universe.” 

The full story can be found here at the Catholic News Agency website. 


Este miércoles, el Dicasterio para la Doctrina de la Fe emitió un documento reafirmando la tradicional enseñanza de la Iglesia con respecto a la incompatibilidad entre ser católico y formar parte de cualquier logia masónica. El documento, firmado por el Prefecto Víctor Manuel Fernández y con la venia del papa Francisco, da respuesta a la pregunta que había enviado el obispo de Dumanguete en Filipinas, Julito Cortés, sobre cómo afrontar tanto pastoral como doctrinalmente el rápido aumento de afiliados a la masonería en su diócesis.

El Dicasterio llamó a impulsar una estrategia coordinada entre los obispos filipinos para promover en sus parroquias una catequesis que explique por qué la fe católica no puede aceptar los planteamientos de la masonería; entre ellos, una concepción deísta de Dios como el “Gran Arquitecto del Universo” y el indiferentismo religioso, que sostiene que Dios ha dado cada individuo la libertad para abrazar, sin peligro para su salvación, la secta u opinión que más le guste con base en su juicio privado.

November 20, 2023 - 10:40am
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