J.M.J. With so much evil swirling around us, we must pray for protection. The Two Hearts are just the answer!
A short but helpful explanation of why membership in the Masons is incompatible with being a Catholic is offered by "Catholic Answers."
This brief presentation restates the well-known incident of the intervention of then Cardinal Ratzinger on November 26, 1983, one day before the promulgation of the revised Code of Canon Law.
Some had mistakenly thought that since the "new" 1983 Code of Canon Law did not specifically prohibit membership in the Masons as did the 1917 Code of Canon Law, now there was no longer any official ban; however, the future Pontiff declared that the censure was still in effect.
The pertinent paragraph from that Declaration on Masonic Associations concerning membership in it by Catholics and reception of the Most Blessed Eucharist:
Therefore the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them (Masonic associations) remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.