Freemasonry ~ At Odds With The Christian Faith!

An upcoming celebration of architecture, religion, history, and Freemasonry to be held at Canterbury Cathedral has been blasted by the Anglican Church as being “at  odds” with the Christian faith.

In what appears to be an increasingly public disruption between organized religion and Freemasonry, there is a battle brewing over an upcoming service honoring the Masons, at Canterbury Cathedral. Historically, our Catholic friends have been the aggressors here, with Papal Bulls and other Administrative actions against the Fraternity stretching back as far as 1307 and Pope Clement V… of Jacques DeMolay in fame. However, there has long been an undercurrent in most Protestant faiths that, at best, imparts a sometimes unfriendly tone towards Freemasonic practices. Well, it’s now getting kind of public. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is openly defying a recent ruling against the Fraternity by Geoffrey Tattersall, and has plans to welcome Freemasons of the Masonic Province of Kent to the Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving and recognition this coming Saturday, February 18. The Province of Kent consists of some 6,000 Masons across 184 Lodges. Apparently, Freemasons have donated nearly £300,000 in restoration efforts at the Cathedral. The service will also coincide and help to celebrate the upcoming 300th Anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England this year.



Chancellor Tattersall is all too familiar at More Light In Masonry. We reported on a story last year in which he ruled that a Masonic Square and Compass could not be present on the gravestone of a long time Freemason if contained within an Anglican cemetery. Tattersall gave as his overriding reasoning an excerpt from a report entitled Freemasonry and Christianity: Are they compatible? — a summary of the deliberations by the General Synod of the Church of England in July 1987””. From his findings within this report, Tattersall stated that “it was “clear that some Christians have found the impact of Masonic rituals disturbing and a few perceive them as positively evil.” Some believed that Masonic rituals were “blasphemous” because God’s name “must not be taken in vain, nor can it be replaced by an amalgam of the names of pagan deities.”

These actions of determining what is and what is not allowed on Church property, although completely within the rights and purview of the Church, go a long way in stating the obvious; which is that the Anglican Church views Free Masonic philosophies as being in conflict with its particular doctrine. To say the least, we find this latest protest at Canterbury, regrettable.

Canterbury Cathedral, at paradoxplace.com

Even still, true to form, the Freemasons of the World continue to stand up for their communities and the historic structures and Institutions that comprise them- even if… and especially if– those SAME Institutions attempt to denigrate our Wonderful Fraternity throughout!

The article at VirtueOnline.org, one of several over the last couple days, follows next:

“Welby’s Masonic Service at Canterbury Cathedral at Odds with the Christian Faith

By David W. Virtue, DD
January 10, 2017

The Archbishop of Canterbury is following the example of President Donald Trump’s thumbing his nose at the US judicial system.

In blatant defiance of a recent ruling against Freemasonry by an ecclesiastical judge of the Church of England, Justin Welby is opening his archiepiscopal cathedral at Canterbury to a full-scale Masonic service on February 18, 2017.

Canterbury Cathedral agreed to hold the service of thanksgiving to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry after receiving a donation of £300,000 ($374,520) from the Masons for the restoration of the North-West Transept in the Cathedral.

This is in complete violation of the spirit of the ruling by Chancellor Geoffrey Tattersall (Queen’s Counsel) who as the judge in the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Carlisle banned a family from having the Freemasons square and compass emblem engraved on the gravestone of a Freemason who died after devoting much of his life to the organization.

The set square and compass is a Masonic symbol and can be found on a number of large wooden tables at Liverpool Cathedral where Justin Welby was Dean before becoming Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury.

While Welby was Dean of Liverpool he accepted a gift of £69,000 ($86,139) by the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, which was used to install a new elevator in the Lady Chapel in Liverpool Cathedral despite the uneasiness many felt about Welby’s and the Cathedral’s close association with Freemasonry.

The service at Canterbury Cathedral is expected to last about three hours and it is not clear whether Archbishop Welby has given his permission for the Masons to participate in full regalia.

Judge Tattersall’s ruling delivered on 8 September 2016 was met with an angry response from the Masonic community. In his ruling, the judge stated that epitaphs on the gravestone “must be entirely compatible with the Christian faith.”

Though Provincial Grand Master Keith Hodgson had argued that the Masonic symbol “can be seen in most cemeteries in this area,” Judge Tattersall ruled that “no evidence has been produced to me that such symbol appears in any Church of England churchyards in the Diocese.”

Tattersall’s judgement was also questioned as he failed to disclose the symbols in prominent sections of Liverpool Cathedral and other cathedrals and did not disclose how he had arrived at the judgement that no such symbol has been used on any other gravestone. Liverpool Cathedral under Welby had permitted the symbol to be engraved on the elevator being donated.

Tattersall’s ruling quoted at length from the report Freemasonry and Christianity: Are they compatible? — a summary of the deliberations by the General Synod of the Church of England in July 1987.”



“In his ruling Mr Tattersall quoted the Synod report which stated that “it was “clear that some Christians have found the impact of Masonic rituals disturbing and a few perceive them as positively evil.” Some believed that Masonic rituals were “blasphemous” because God’s name “must not be taken in vain, nor can it be replaced by an amalgam of the names of pagan deities.” It noted that Christians had withdrawn from Masonic lodges “precisely because they perceive their membership of it as being in conflict with their Christian witness and belief.”

“The Synod’s primary theological objection centred upon Freemasonry’s use of the word “Jahbulon,” which is the name used for the Supreme Being in Masonic rituals, and is an amalgamation of Semitic, Hebrew and Egyptian titles for God.”

Conservative Christians are angered by Welby’s willingness to “accept large bribes both at Liverpool and at Canterbury Cathedrals and compromise the very essence of the Christian faith when even the Roman Catholic church bans Freemasonry in its Canon Law,” as a senior clergyman told VOL. “How can Welby expect his clergy to follow the law of the Church and accept discipline when he himself so dismissively treats such a significant issue when both General Synod and an ecclesiastical court have so clearly ruled on the issue,” he said.

Welby’s predecessor Dr Rowan Williams took a much firmer doctrinal position against freemasonry. However, in April 2003, Williams was forced to apologise to Britain’s 330,000 Freemasons after he said that their beliefs were incompatible with Christianity and that he had rejected them from senior posts in his diocese.

The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, has agreed to preside personally at this Service. The Cathedral has agreed that a special plaque will be placed in the Cathedral building to show the support given by the Freemasons, as well as a permanent engraving in the Stonework within the Tower.”



 

In a RECENT Update!

“Justin Welby made his controversial decision to allow the Masonic service in Canterbury Cathedral because of a large donation.”

“There is a violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima since the original apparitions in 1917 in Portugal.”

“by Deacon Nick Donnelly  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 17, 2017    8 Comments

 

Justin Welby, the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, is allowing a full Masonic service to be conducted in Canterbury Cathedral on the same day that Cardinal Nichols reconsecrates England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westminster Cathedral on February 18, 2017.

Canterbury Cathedral was the Mother Church of All England from 597 till the death of the last Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Pole, in 1558. It was the heart of the Catholic Church in England and one of the major shrines of Christendom because it housed the shrine of St. Thomas à Becket. 

Justin Welby made his controversial decision to allow the Masonic service in Canterbury
Cathedral because of a large donation.

 

The Masonic service in Canterbury Cathedral marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London. It is reported that the Masonic service will last three hours, but the published order of service appears much shorter. It remains unclear whether Justin Welby has given his permission for the Masons to participate in full regalia in Canterbury Cathedral. The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Rev. Robert Willis, will preside at the Masonic service. The Duke of Kent, who is the Grand Master of the Freemasons, will also be in attendance along with other High Rulers in the Craft.

Virtue online: The Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism reports that Justin Welby made his controversial decision to allow the Masonic service in Canterbury Cathedral because of a large donation: “Canterbury Cathedral agreed to hold the service of thanksgiving to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry after receiving a donation of £300,000 ($374,520) from the Masons for the restoration of the North-West Transept in the Cathedral.”

Justin Welby’s and Canterbury Cathedral’s decision to allow a Masonic service is controversial among certain groups of Anglicans in light of the 1987 summary of the  deliberations by the General Synod of the Church of England, Freemasonry and Christianity: Are They Compatible?:

It was “clear that some Christians have found the impact of Masonic rituals disturbing and a few perceive them as positively evil.” Some believed that Masonic rituals were “blasphemous” because God’s name “must not be taken in vain, nor can it be replaced by an amalgam of the names of pagan deities.” It noted that Christians had withdrawn from Masonic lodges “precisely because they perceive their membership of it as being in conflict with their Christian witness and belief. The Synod’s primary theological objection centred upon Freemasonry’s use of the word “Jahbulon,” which is the name used for the Supreme Being in Masonic rituals, and is an amalgamation of Semitic, Hebrew and Egyptian titles for God.

Cardinal Nichols’ reconsecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westminster cathedral on February 18, 2017 inaugurates the celebrations of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The Mass at Westminster Cathedral includes the crowning of a specially commissioned statue of Our Lady of Fatima. 

There is a violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima since the original
apparitions in 1917 in Portugal. Tweet

 

There is a violent history of Masonic hostility to Our Lady of Fatima since the original apparitions in 1917 in Portugal. Father John de Marchi’s account of the miraculous events at Fatima, personally verified by Sr. Lucia, recounts the hostility of local freemasons towards Our Lady and the three visionaries at Fatima. Arthur Santos, the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, who persecuted and psychologically tortured the three children, was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Leiria, and founded a new lodge in his native Vila Nova de Ourem. The Masonic Lodge at Santarem, a neighbouring town to Fatima, became the rallying point to atheistic opposition to Our Lady of Fatima. In September 1917, men from Santarem joined up with men from Vila Nova de Ourem to attack the makeshift shrine at the site of the apparitions. 

In view of this history of masonic anti-Catholicism, is it more than an unhappy coincidence that a major Masonic service is being conducted in the ancient Mother Church of the Catholic faith in these lands on the very same day that England is reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima? Even if it is coincidence, it is a conjunction of events that is profoundly significant and meaningful.” 



After reading through the preceding article, may we consider the words of the Tiler’s Toast, and apply them to any and all that we meet- Freemason or not… but especially for our Brethren!

And now let us drink the age-old traditional toast to the Craft – to all Freemasons, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth: may our brethren of all nations be united under the mantle of universal friendship and brotherhood for the benefit of all mankind.With me, brethren – to all Freemasons, wheresoever dispersed!

Lodge Festive Board, at Freemasoninformation.com

Stand strong Brethren, and keep up your good and fruitful Work!