I am currently interested in joining a local Free Mason Lodge. Problem is I am Catholic. Actually I'm almost a non practicing catholic, I still believe in God and some christian teachings, its just the sex abuse scandals/coverups really turned me off to the Vatican and the Cardinals as a whole. I know the Catholic church frowns upon/excommunicates Catholics that become Masons, but my children still attend a catholic school and I want to raise them catholic. So my question is can I join as a Catholic and can I keep my membership private, or at least from the church?