Pope Leo 13th Proclaimed and is still the Catholic Church position today … "Let no man think for any reason whatsoever, join the Masonic Sect if he values his Catholic name and his eternal salvation."
Current Catholic Church decree: Being a Mason is automatic excommunication of anyone who is a Catholic.
Most Masons at the lower ranks are Protestant Christians. At the lower ranks are men that get together to be buddys. They call their organization a fraternal orgaization. The are do gooders that have fund raisers in the community. They meet all sorts of people that are producers in society. They make large amounts of friends. They help each other out. The men in these ranks are basically dumbies. They have no idea of what is really going on.
"The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, and their power of forgetting is enormous." --Adolph Hitler, "Mein Kampf"
Masons at the higher ranks use and manipulate the Masons of the lower ranks. These higher ranks offer favors to the lower ranks such as job promotions, record or movie deals, sex of various kinds, anything to entice the lower members.
Then comes the turning point to join the upper ranks. It could be an offer for a record deal or a staring role in a movie. To become a member of this elite group the member must do perverse sexual acts mostly homosexual in nature. Eventually they participate in rituals to a spiritual being called Lucifer. This Lucifer God is documented in the Mason's handbook and many other Mason books.
What is said
This is what the Freemason Manly P. Hall, who Masons highly regard as a modern day Masonic philosopher revealed about Masonry's deception:
"Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity - an outer organization concealing an inner brotherhood of the elect.
...it is necessary to establish the existence of these two separate yet independent orders, the one visible and the other invisible. The visible society is a splendid camaraderie of 'free and accepted' men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, educational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterious arcanum arcanorum (secret or mystery). In each generation only a few are accepted into the inner sanctuary of the work. --- Reference: Book 'brotherhood of darkness' by Dr Stanley Monteith - page 74
Albert Pike, that preeminent Masonic authority, says that Masons in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees, known as the Blue Degrees, are intentionally misled by false interpretations. Albert Pike's "Morals and Dogma" is handed out to 4th Degree Masons.
"is intentionally misled by false interpretations" of Masonic symbolism. "It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them"
The truth is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry (those of the 32nd and 33rd degrees- Morals and Dogma, pages 818-819).