Having authored Masonry Unmasked for general readership, here John Salza writes specifically for Catholics, showing why the Church has always condemmed Freemasonry and continues to condemn Freemasonry today (despite mistaken claims to the contrary). He explains Masonic doctrines, history, rituals, oaths, and curses, showing that Masonry is totally incompatible with Christianity and the Catholic Faith.
He answers the questions: Who is the god of Freemasonry? How does Freemasonry view the Holy Bible? What are the self-curses of Freemasonry? Why does Freemasonry appear to be compatible with the Christian Faith? What have the Popes said about Freemasonry? Are Catholics involved in Freemasonry excommunicated? How does a Catholic exit Freemasonry?
Packed with facts and very well documented, Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons is a brief but potent revelation by a man who has been there—and then returned to the One True Faith.
John Salza has appeared on EWTN, and he hosts Catholic radio programs on Relevant Radio and EWTN Radio. He is the author of several apologetics books including: The Biblical Basis for Purgatory, The Mystery of Predestination, and The Biblical Basis for the Papacy.
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Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons
Easy to read and very clearly written. Uncovers the deceptions that are presented with in Freemasons and also refers directly to the Bible in many places throughout the book. Brings up Pope Leo the XIII and Pope Gregory XVI ;s points on the matter such as the "Indifferentism" and the Church. I have read other books on this matter and if you just want a clear simple less than 100 pages to give you the basics of this that is clear and backed up by good reasoning this is the book for you. If you are looking for a more in depth book on Free masons and the Catholic church I would still read this 1st as it gave me a really good basic understanding before reading a much deeper more involved book. I plan to buy more of these books because all my extra copies have been given away at this time and I want to have them to give to people that it could really help.
I have read this book cover to cover more than once. It is an easy read with all the information that you would want to know about this topic, to include a glossary and notes citing all of his sources. If you are Catholic or know someone who is and belongs to a Masonic organization you must get this book for them. I can tell you that after spending many years in a Masonic organization I had know idea what the Catholic Church taught on this topic. However, if I had taken the time to do just a little research I would have known better. When I would ask Masons who were Catholic about being a member of the Masons and being Catholic and how do you reconcile that membership with the Church I would almost always get a vague answer about that was a long time ago everything is fine you can be a member. That could not be further from the truth as you will learn from this book! John Salza is the real deal and he knows this issue inside and out because he was a 32nd degree Mason and and now brings this information to all of us. Here is a quote from then Cardinal Ratzinger on 26 November 1983. "Therefore the Church;s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion." Rome, from the Office of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 26 November 1983. Joseph Card. RATZINGER Prefect