thrown against Freemasonry:
Freemasons attended the funeral of Jimmy Savile (See Fig 1)
Simply put, no, Freemasons did not attend the funeral of Jimmy Savile nor was he a Freemason.
For those unfamiliar with Jimmy Savile (See Fig 2), he was an TV and radio personality in England who was known for raising millions for various charities. He was born and raised in a Catholic family, and received a number of honors and awards to include the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Knight Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (KCSG) which is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See which is bestowed upon Catholic men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Roman Catholic Church; I believe that he was posthumously stripped of his honors.
After he died on October 29, 2011, allegations came to the surface that he was a sexual predator and pedophile, and which was confirmed after an investigation. As you can see in the photo, at his funeral there were a number of men wearing white collared regalia. To anti-Masons, particularly Catholic ones, such regalia is proof that Freemasons were present. The facts do not support such a claim though as English Lodges use blue collars and would also be wearing aprons (see Fig 3). Now doing some research into Catholic groups that operate in England shows that these men at the funeral were from the Knights of St. Columba which is a Catholic fraternal service founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1919. Here is a picture I found for the Knights of St. Columba (See Fig 4) which matches the regalia seen in the funeral pictures.
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