The Masons, or Freemasons, are not a cult, but rather they consider themselves a fraternal organization. However, the history of the Masons has been influenced by groups that were considered cults.
According to old handbooks of freemasonry, the organization is engaged in the search after the divine truth. Many of the practices of Masons mimic conventional religions, which has helped draw accusations from various religions that they are indeed a cult. The Catholic Church is particularly opposed to the Masons, as they believe the rituals of the Masons aim to corrupt Christianity. Due to the history of the Masons and the perceived anti-Catholic bias, Catholics are not allowed to join the Masons, according to the Catholic Education Resource Center.