I've been reading these posts and confused as to why this subject is brought up...Has there been an influx of freemasons I don't know about?
Jason I believe I am the one guilty of reviving this thread. I did so because someone I am acquainted with has claimed that many of the bishops in the Church today are Freemasons, including HAH Bartholomew. I have not been able to find any direct evidence of this, but someone I know personally has also told me of a story in a parish they once were part of where there were several people (I think the priest included) who were Masons in that parish and at one time they even had a Masonic ritual in the church! This was in the late 90's - early 00's.
So I posted here trying to find out if anyone could offer any proof either way. The thread turned to debating whether or not Freemasonry should be something to be concerned about and whether or not it is evil and all that. The decrees of the various jurisdictions make it clear that one cannot be a Freemason and an Orthodox Christian at the same time. See: http://www.docstoc.c...and-Freemasonry if anyone has any doubts on that.