"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.'"
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