Pontifical Acts – November 7, 2012 – Pope Benedict XVI appointed Brother Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, Professor of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Professor Bagnato, a Freemason, is a member of Estrela da Libertade Lodge #2877 of Sao Carlos, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Orient of Sao Paulo State, federated to the Grand Orient of Brazil.
Some in the Roman Catholic Church have long stated that no Catholic may hold membership in Freemasonry and the Church at the same time; that the Church and the fraternity are incompatible.
As a Catholic Freemason – who sought guidance from the Church before joining the fraternity – I tend to believe that the “some” don’t seem to understand the rules – the Canons – that Catholics are supposed to follow. Read more »