I've been posting around the pervasive influence of Freemasonry in Anglo-American culture. Usually, that tradition was very wide-open and generous when it comes to its racial and spiritual attitudes, but there's one enormous exception to that particular rule, which concerns Roman Catholics. Indeed, a lot of European and American politics in the last 220 years has involved a running and frequently bitter confrontation between Masons and Catholics. Can you explain that?
Like a social and political movement, modern Freemasonry coded in the Uk, in early 18th century. It had been dedicated to the thought of brotherhood, and accepted anybody who could sign up for belief in a single God, however that figure was imagined. Christian believers, Jews and Muslims all qualified under that qualifying criterion, as did any Hindus who could assert the various gods of this belief were manifestations of the greater monotheism.
So why wouldn't you Catholics? Initially, the hostility based on Catholics themselves. Masons were quite pleased to admit Catholics, however the Catholic Chapel in absolutist Europe was highly concern about the things they saw like a Protestant-derived cult that trained radical ideas of broad religious tolerance. Also arousing suspicion was the strong ancient Roman and Roman Law dislike of secret communities of every kinds, because that secret groups should have something wicked to hide. That assumption was even more likely once the group under consideration required that it is people swear oaths of secrecy, presented in astonishingly bloody terms.
Now it's arrived at Our ears, and customary gossip makes obvious, that particular Communities, Companies, Devices, Conferences, Congregations or Conventicles contacted the most popular tongue Liberi Muratori or Francs Massons or by other names based on the various languages, are distributing everywhere and daily growing in strength and males associated with a Religion or sect, pleased with the look of natural probity, are became a member of together, based on their laws and regulations and also the laws laid lower on their behalf, with a strict and unbreakable bond which obliges them, both by an oath upon the Scriptures by a number [sic] of grievous punishment, for an inviolable silence about everything they are doing secretly together. But it's within the character of crime to betray itself and also to reveal by its attendant clamor. Thus these aforesaid Communities or Conventicles have triggered within the minds from the faithful the finest suspicion, and all sorts of prudent and upright males have passed exactly the same judgment in it to be depraved and perverted. For if they weren't doing evil they will not have so excellent a hate from the light.