C of E raises serious concerns about Christian Freemasons

Feb 11, 2018 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian:

The Church of England has reiterated “significant concerns” about Christians becoming Freemasons amid renewed controversy about the presence of the secretive organisation at the heart of the British establishment. Christopher Cocksworth, the bishop of Coventry, flagged up a 1987 report issued by the church that highlighted a “number of very fundamental reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity”.

The bishop was responding to a question tabled at the church’s General Synod, meeting this week in London, which sought information on services celebrating last year’s 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) held in “a number” of Anglican cathedrals.

Cocksworth said such data was not collected or monitored centrally, but added that cathedral services were required under canon law not to contravene church doctrine.

Michael Baker, UGLE’s director of communications, also said the information was not “to hand”, but added: “Services held in various cathedrals were normal services according to the prayer book and did not deviate from normal Anglican practice.

“The Anglican synod has never come to a conclusion on the compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity. The 1987 report raised what [it] termed ‘serious questions’ and the synod recommended that they be discussed throughout the church. As far as we are aware those discussions have never taken place.”

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