-"Are you a travelling man?"
-"I travel from west to east."
Fraternal bonds among Freemasons are supposed to transcend national allegiance, and Freemasons in opposing armies are expected to assist one another if this is necessary and practicable.
Freemasonry is opposed by the Catholic Church as espousing theological and metaphysical ideas contradictory to the Nicene Creed. In certain times and places, membership in a Masonic organization has incurred automatic excommunication from that religion.
Freemasonry in Fort PillowEdit
Mack Leaming was a Freemason. While wounded in the aftermath of the Battle of Fort Pillow, he used the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress to ask for assistance from any Masonic Confederate soldiers who might recognize it. One did, and gave Leaming water without which he likely would not have survived the night.
Freemasonry in "Under St. Peter's"Edit
When Pope Benedict XVI was educated by Deacon Giuseppe on the history of the Order of the Pipistrelle, he thought to himself Freemasonry. We have a freemasonry of our own. Who would have thought that? Freemasonry, of course, wasn't nearly so old as its members claimed. But that was - or might be - beside the point.