Fr. William Saunders
” What are the Masons? Are Catholics allowed to belong to this organization?—A Reader.”
Rev. Robert I. Bradley, S.J.
Persons joining associations of the Masonic sect or any others of the same kind which plot against the Church and legitimate civil authorities contract ipso facto excommunication simply reserved to the Apostolic See….
DECLARATION OF MASONIC ASSOCIATION (Quaesitum est)
” …Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church…”
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON FREEMASONRY April 20, 1884
” For as soon as the constitution and the spirit of the masonic sect were clearly discovered by manifest signs of its actions, by the investigation of its causes, by publication of its laws, and of its rites and commentaries, with the addition often of the personal testimony of those who were in the secret, this apostolic see denounced the sect of the Freemasons, and publicly declared its constitution, as contrary to law and right…”