What is the Church's position on Freemasonry?

There are elements within the Church that misunderstand Freemasonry and confuse secular rituals with religious liturgy.

Although the Orthodox Church have occasionally criticized Freemasonry, there are many Masons and indeed others who are dismayed that the Church should attack Freemasonry, an organization which has always encouraged its members to be active in their own religion.

Many of the servants of God were and are Freemasons.