New Archbishop: Masons have no place in the Church

Independent (England), Nov. 15, 2002
http://news.independent.co.uk/
By Jason Bennetto

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has said he believes Christianity and Freemasonry are “incompatible” and has refused to appoint clergymen to senior posts because they are members of the Brotherhood.

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The Rev Gregory Cameron, chaplain to Dr Williams, said: “He questions whether it’s appropriate for Christian ministers to belong to secret organisations. He also has some anxiety about the spiritual content of Masonry.”

A spokesman for the Archbishop said he was “worried about the ritual elements in Freemasonry – which some have seen as possibly Satanically inspired – and how that sits uneasily with Christian belief”. He continued: “The other idea is that because they are a society, there could be a network that involves mutual back-scratching, which is something he would be greatly opposed to.”

A spokesman for the Freemasons in England said: “As far as we are concerned, there is no incompatibility between Christianity and our organisation whatsoever.”

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