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Boycott Mercedes-Benz Over A Superbowl Commercial That Shows Freemasonry In A Positive Light? Really?

The Devil Wears MasonicDuring the Superbowl today there’s supposedly going to be a Mercede-Benz commercial where the company debuts their new (and completely awesome) CLA class. You can see the extended cut of the commercial HERE.

Willem Dafoe’s character in the commercial plays what can only be construed as the Devil, who offers the protagonist a contract for the CLA “and everything that goes along with it” for an undisclosed cost.

Some members of the fraternity take exception to the Entered Apprentice ring that Dafoe’s character is wearing, saying that it ‘libels’ the fraternity and “links Freemasonry to Satan.” Read more »

Question: Is Freemasonry a religion?

morals and dogmaAdditional Argument: “I read something in a book that made me wonder about this. The book is called “Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry” written by Albert Pike. Albert Pike is a confirmed Freemason, in fact there are currently lodges erected in honor of him, such as the Albert Pike Lodge #237 in Hopkins, Minnesota.

On page 213 of “Morals and Dogma” Albert Pike states, “Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of religion; and its teachings are instructions in religion.”

Here is a link to the document showing thie above quotation: http://crossbearer-brian.tripod.com/id284.htm

Since Albert Pike was clearly an authoritative figure within Freemasonry and his book is still used today, is it true that Freemasonry is a religion? It clearly appears to me that this claim is true, however, I would like to hear from some Masons regarding Albert Pike’s statements.

What will the Masons say this time? Will they deny that Pike was a Mason? Will they claim the book doesn’t exist? Will they say that his quote is misconstrued or out of context? I have heard all of these responses before and would appreciate a clear answer.” Read more »

Catholic Church and Freemasonry in the News

8134656316_6b4cc589e1_bPontifical 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 »

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