Death of a Freemason
It numbs my mind and can only describe the attitude and action of the Catholic Church, in not according the late Quezon Gov. Rafael Nantes, a Freemason, Catholic burial, as the highest order of bigotry.
Gov. Nantes was not only a Freemason, but was also said to be a ‘born-again’ Christian.
My question is: What could be more Catholic and a Christian than one that is born-again and a Freemason at that?
Why persecute Freemasons until now when Freemasonry is an establishment founded on the benevolent intention of extending and conferring mutual happiness upon the best and truest principles of moral life and social virtue?
How could it go counter with the teachings of the Church when this fraternal organization advocates and promotes friendship, morality, and harmony among human associations?
How could it not be religious when this ancient institution was founded on the basic principles of the Brotherhood of Man and the acknowledgment of a Supreme Being?
The typical Freemason is a responsible member of his community, busily engaged with his domestic, social, vocational, and civic obligations. In a nutshell, this was Gov. Nantes.
But, why deny the late governor a Catholic burial “unless some signs of repentance before death had been shown” by the deceased,” a bishop exhorted?
How many people have already died, including, perhaps, those who perished with Nantes, that were not able to confess their sins, much less asked forgiveness from a priest, before an abrupt and unforeseen tragedy ended their lives, yet have received Catholic burial?
Why, singularly, invoke the Canon Law against the late Gov. Nantes? Is being a Freemason a sin?
Admittedly, masonry is not a religion, but it is a brotherhood of man that welcomes all religion and practices religiosity.
For those who wonder what, we, Freemasons, believe in, it is this:
That there is one God, the Father of all men.
The Holy Bible is the Great Light in Masonry
And the Rule and Guide for faith and practice.
Man is immortal.
Character determines destiny.
Love of man is, next to love of God, man’s first duty.
Prayer, communion of man with God, is helpful.
I am sure I will be meeting the same dogmatism when my time comes, but I’d rather be buried amongst excommunicated, but upright Masons than being amidst holier-than-thou priests and bishops found guilty of child molestation, yet still being covered up by the Church.