Concerns that a secret society may not be compatible with Christianity are being raised by the Church of England, 30 years after the issue was flagged in a report.
According to the British Guardian, the church reiterated its unease after a question was raised at the church’s General Synod, over services held last year in Anglican cathedrals for the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Canterbury Cathedral was among the cathedrals taking part.
The services followed a donation of £300,000 by Freemasons for restoration work on the Cathedral.
The 1987 report said it was clear that some Christians found Masonic rituals disturbing and a few considered them positively evil.
It said Christians had withdrawn from Masonic lodges because they felt it conflicted with their Christian witness and belief.