Priest, Vatican Curia Member Wants to Reconcile with Freemasonry - But Is A Mason Himself
en.news It's possible to be a Catholic and a Freemason, because freemasons are “certainly not” excommunicated, Father Michael Weninger, 68, claimed at a February 11 presentation of his book “Loge and Altar” in Vienna.
Weniger was ordained in 2011 by Cardinal Schönborn. He is a widower, former diplomat and member of the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
Weninger presented his 500-page-book together with the Austrian Grand Master Georg Semler. Francis, Schönborn and high-ranking Vatican officials received copies. Schönborn’s response was “nothing but goodwill.”
The Austrian “Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1954” writes (Wordpress.EastLancsmark.org, October 14, 2014), that Weninger himself is a mason.
On the opening day of this lodge in 2014, Weninger presided a Eucharist which was attended "by most masons present of all faiths.”
On that day, "Bro Rev Michael" was installed and Invested as "Chaplin" (sic!) in each of the three lodges Installation ceremonies.
Weninger underlined that he had already given copies of his book to Christoph Schönborn, to high-ranking officials in the Roman Curia and even to Bergoglio himself.
The Church has repeatedly condemned Freemasonry for promoting the heresy of religious indifferentism. The Virgin of Good Success condemns civil and ecclesiastical masonry.