This is always a confusing topic for those unaware of the facts. The Freemasonry of today is NOT the Freemasonry of the Founding Fathers.
The ‘craft’ was infiltrated and usurped by the Jesuit Illuminati under Weishaupt and Knigge at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad in 1782 in Continental Europe and the Jesuit Illuminati were active in America, as confirmed by George Washington as well.
The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry was a creation of the Jesuits of Clermont and based upon their Rites of Perfection, which is where the Illuminati got their nickname ‘perfectibilists’.
Albert Pike was responsible for its ‘development’ in America. The York Rite of Freemasonry was corrupted and defiled by herbert Kitchener in England and t.s.webb in America. The ‘roman catholic’ church has been ‘against ‘Freemasonry’ since 451 AD when the split occurred between the ‘esoteric’ spiritualist Christians who descended from the Israelite High Priest tradition (that came out of Egypt with Akhenaten-Moses and became Nazarene Essenes and the Society of Ormus from the Brotherhood of the Sun) and the Canaanite/roman empire nobility who were the continuation of the empire.
As mentioned previously, for all intents and purposes, the Freemasonry of today is controlled by Jesuit Illuminati elements, though, the majority of the ‘rank and file’ know NOTHING of this, hell, they rarely know ANYTHING of the true history of the craft to begin with, which is a result of the Jesuit corruptions and obfuscation. The Jesuits HATE the ‘catholic’ church, and have done everything in their power to destroy it and place THEIR people in charge, witness the Jesuit ‘white pope’ Francis who answers to the Jesuit ‘black pope’ Sosa, who answers to the Illuminati ‘grey pope’ Orsini, the ‘boss of bosses’. I wouldn’t ‘trust’ Ratzinger as far as I could throw him. He was a nazi, most likely an SS member (Jesuit) and the Hegelian dialectic ‘opposing puppet’ playing that part in the corruption and disinformation discrediting masons