Justin Welby isn't now, nor has he have you been a Freemason, a spokesperson for Lambeth Structure told Anglican Ink now. However, the archbishop’s staff rejected to discuss the archbishop’s sights around the compatibility of freemasonry and Christianity.
While his predecessor, The almighty Williams, was an open opponent of freemasonry, obstructing masons from senior positions within the chapel, his successor has to date been quiet. The Chapel of England’s official stance on masonry was set through the June 1987 meeting of General Synod in You are able to, which held Christianity and freemasonry weren't compatible.
With a election of 384 to 52 with five abstentions, the overall Synod approved the report, “Freemasonry and Christianity: Could They Be Compatible”. The 56-page report made by a seven member committee brought by sociologist Margaret Hewett, that also incorporated two masons, was launched after 16 several weeks of study. Although the Masonic people thought freemasonry and Christianity were compatible, the non-Masons found a “number of very fundamental good reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasons with Christianity.”
The report mentioned it had become “clear that some Christian believers have discovered the impact of Masonic traditions disturbing along with a couple of see them as positively evil.” They came to the conclusion Masonic traditions were “blasphemous” because God’s title “must 't be drawn in vain, nor will it be changed by an amalgam from the names of questionnable deities.”
It noted that Christian believers had withdrawn from Masonic lodges “precisely because they see their membership of it incompatible using their Christian witness and belief.” However, the report didn't take the positioning of the Methodist Chapel in England that Christian believers should resign.
In the debate, the synod noted freemasonry recommended a doctrine of works righteousness that conflicted using the Christian doctrine of Sophistication. Another reason for theological concern was blasphemy all around the Mason’s utilisation of the word “Jahbulon” for God - a combination of Hebrew, Egyptian and Semitic game titles for God.
Although some people might senior churchmen rose in defence of masonry. The Archbishop of You are able to, probably the most Rev. John Habgood referred to British Freemasonry like a “fairly harmless eccentricity”. The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt. Rev. Stanley Booth-Clibborn (the grand son of Salvation Military founder William Booth) mentioned: “The important point needs to be that tthere shouldn't be undue pressure on Christian believers who're Freemasons, with no witch search.”
Upon his appointment by The almighty Williams as Bishop of Ebbsfleet this year, the Rt. Rev. Jonathan Baker resigned in the Oxford lodge. Inside a statement published around the Ebbsfleet website, Bishop Baker stated he'd became a member of freemasonry being an “undergraduate in Oxford, before ordination. Through the years I've found it a company admirably dedicated to community existence and participation, with an eye on charitable giving first rate, especially among, for instance, unfashionable regions of scientific research.Inches
He added “Had I ever experienced anything in freemasonry incompatible with my Christian belief I'd, obviously, have resigned at the same time. On the other hand, freemasonry is really a secular organisation, wholly encouraging of belief, and never an alternative choice to, or substitute for this. When it comes to the Chapel of England, its support, for instance, for cathedral fabric is well recorded.”
However, “I have came to the conclusion that, due to the specific charism of episcopal ministry and also the burden that ministry bears, I'm resigning my membership of freemasonry.”
Numerous public cathedral services throughout Archbishop Welby’s tenure has reopened the problem. On 21 Sept 2013 Canterbury Cathedral marked the 200th anniversary of Royal Arch Masonry having a special service brought through the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Ven. Sheila Watson.