Symbols That Are Lost

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol will be released in bookstores tomorrow.  I admit, I will be reading it.  While many of my friends ridicule books such as Harry Potter, Da Vinci Code, etc., I happen to find all of them enjoyable.  I mean, they would not be popular if they weren’t good novels, right?  So, instead of finishing up Scott Hahn’s “A Father Who Keeps His Promises” (which will be reviewed hopefully by this Sunday or sometime early next week), I will be running to Barnes and Noble or Borders tomorrow to join the masses in buying this book.

No one knows what the plot will be, which is somewhat annoying.  Who buys a book without knowing what it will be about?  All we know is that it takes place in Washington, DC, and involves the protagonist from the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, Robert Langdon.  Some also say that it will include references to Freemasonry (a fraternal secret society), and those familiar with conspiracy theories know that many center on the architecture of Washington, DC, as well as the street layout, claiming that much of it is related to Freemason symbols. I find Freemasonry very interesting, and at least recently, I tend to read about it in the context of the “Endowment” ceremony that faithful of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) participate in.  This past summer, I decided to take my camera and visit the “House of the Temple“, which is a Masonic temple in DC.  It was a very interesting experience.  The building is locked, so you have to ring in to the security desk.  You cannot wander around by yourself, so you need a guide to take you on the [free] tour.  They have a huge library on books related to Freemasonry, and anyone can sit there and read the books for free.  The temple was beautiful, and seemed somewhat…religious, even though Freemasons claim that it is not a religion.  I guess I should note here that Catholics are not permitted to join Freemasonry*, since it has many of the trappings of a religion, among other reasons.

So, I’m very excited about reading Dan Brown’s latest novel, and I will review that here as soon as I can.

*The most recent statement by the Catholic Church on Freemasonry was by Pope John Paul II in 1983, in Quaesitum est, saying:“The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion” and “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 remains forbidden.”

Catholics were first prohibited from joining Freemasonry in 1738 by Pope Clement XII, in In eminenti apostolatus specula.

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~ by onecatholic on September 14, 2009.

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