Konongo-Mampong, 04 December, 2022 / 9:10 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Ghana has faulted the Member of Parliament (MP) of Effutu Constituency in the West African nation for saying that Catholics are free to join the freemason society.
In an interview with local media in Ghana, MP Alexander Kwamina Afenyo Martin revealed that he is a member of the fraternal society. The MP said that his membership to the men-only, oath-bound fraternal society does not affect his Catholic principles.
In a Tuesday, November 29 statement reacting to the MPs’ comment, Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of the Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong said it is “unfortunate that the honorable Member of Parliament does not know the teaching of his Church on this matter.”
“Contrary to what Honorable Alexander Afenyo Martin believes, Freemasonry is not approved by the Catholic Church,” Bishop Osei-Bonsu says, and adds that “Catholics are forbidden to become Freemasons.”
The Ghanaian Catholic Bishop explains that the Catholic Church has opposed the Freemasonry fraternity since its inception in 1717.