Masonry is neither a religion, nor a substitute for
religion. All are welcome to join, provided they believe
in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry is a means by which men
of different faiths may meet in harmony, when perhaps
they would otherwise remain at a perpetual distance. Discussion on religion or
politics is not allowed in the Lodge. It is generally acknowledged that
all religions teach us to do good,
sincere, truthful and honest. This fits
very well with Masonic philosophy and we encourage our
members to follow their own religion or denomination, if that is their will.
We never tell a man how he should pray or for what he
"Freemasonry has no dogma or theology. It teaches
that it is important for every man to have a religion of
his choice and to be faithful to it. A good Mason is
made even more faithful to the tenets of his faith by
membership.” Said Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, who was
also a Mason.
There is nothing whatsoever in being a Freemason that
conflicts with a member’s religious beliefs and
then are there some religions against Freemasonry?
From time to time some religious leaders have spoken
against Freemasonry, but it stems from a
misunderstanding of what Freemasonry is all about. There
are many members of the clergy of all the world’s major
religions who are Freemasons and find no incompatibility
with their beliefs and the Order. We will always have
our critics and of course they are entitled to their
views and they are also free to ask questions of us at
true that Freemasonry is anti-Semitic or anti-Catholic?
No. Freemasonry promotes unity and tolerance amongst all
men and does not discriminate against any religion. The
principles and practices of Freemasonry are compatible
with all compassionate religions that teach respect for
the deity and tolerance towards one’s fellow man. If
anything Freemasonry complements the philosophies of
these faiths. There are many practicing Catholics and
Jews who are Freemasons.
Four Grand Masters of English Freemasonry have been
Roman Catholics. Today there are many Roman Catholic