Guernsey Freemason list criticised by Grand Master

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

The head of the Freemason movement in Guernsey  ( England ) has hit out the publication of a list of lodge members in the island.

( Province of Guernsey and Alderney – England )

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The list was posted on an internet forum and includes the names of a number of former and present politicians, jurats and bailiffs.

Provincial Grand Master David Hodgetts said the publication of the list raised issues regarding data protection laws.

He said: “It shouldn’t be published and if somebody has published something, maybe they’ll be prosecuted.”

He added that he felt disclosure of membership should be optional.

The list of members was circulated on Twitter shortly after the general election in April.

Jurat Hodgetts said public perception of the group was misinformed, and stated: “I know there’s nothing evil about Freemasonry.”

He added: “We are in danger of being accused of trying to advance ourselves by saying we’re a Mason, and if we don’t say we’re a Mason then we’re secret and we’ve got something to hide.”

He said: “The thing about Freemasonry that people aren’t concentrating on is the fact that the only organisation that gives more money to charity is the National Lottery in the United Kingdom.”

He said: “We’re about trying to make ourselves better citizens, in fact we promise to do so.

David Hodgetts

 Jurat David Hodgetts said he felt a

list of members should not be published

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We raise money from our own pockets for charity – that’s what Freemasons are about.”

Guernsey’s politicians are currently not required to declare membership of the Freemasons.

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The United Grand Lodge of England definitely broke relations with the French National Grand Lodge

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

 

The United Grand Lodge of England definitely

broke relations with the French National Grand Lodge

 

London, United Kingdom. 

Masonic press agency from London announced that the United Grand Lodge of England definitely broke relations with the French National Grand Lodge.

The decision is effective from the 12 September 2012.

LA LOGGIA CONVIVIUM DI ROMA REVOCA L’OBBEDIENZA AL G.O.I.

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

LA LOGGIA CONVIVIUM DI ROMA REVOCA L’OBBEDIENZA AL G.O.I.

Il giorno 6 settembre 2012 la Loggia Convivium ha revocato la propria obbedienza al Grande Oriente d’Italia di Palazzo Giustiniani. In qualità di membro della suddetta Loggia, ma per iniziativa esclus

ivamente personale, voglio darne direttamente notizia ai Fratelli del G.O.I. (tra i quali c’è senz’altro qualcuno che stimo) in quanto sono certo che verranno comunicate a tal riguardo informazioni distorte e strumentali; metodo quanto meno bizzarro per gestire l’informazione all’interno di una fratellanza massonica, unico tuttavia che in questa costituisca veramente tradizione.
La Camera di Mezzo della Loggia Convivium, credendo fermamente che un’Istituzione Massonica per lavorare alla Gloria del Grande Architetto dell’Universo nell’antichissima tradizione della catena iniziatica che ha come fine la ricerca dell’universale in ogni singolo uomo, debba tenere uniti i propri fratelli favorendo la libertà di coscienza e la crescita interiore di ciascuno di essi e che, solo svolgendo questo Lavoro in assoluta buonafede, oltre a porsi come esempio per il perfezionamento dell’umanità, possa pretendere di essere riconosciuta quale depositaria e iniziatrice di Regolarità, è giunta alla decisione di revocare la propria obbedienza al G.O.I., avendo, viceversa, constatato che, non per unica responsabilità dei vertici istituzionali, ma per la corrispondenza a questi della maggioranza dei Maestri di Palazzo Giustiniani, detti valori vengono pervicacemente e consapevolmente invertiti in un’opera di sottomissione delle coscienze.
La Convivium, ha deciso la Revoca dell’Obbedienza come modalità di uscita dal G.O.I. e non l’Assonnamento, perché non intende interrompere bensì proseguire il suo Lavoro iniziatico con maggior forza e vigore, confermando con ciò la Centralità della Loggia rispetto all’Istituzione, da tutti posta a parole come fondamento, ma nei fatti ridotta a mera formalità dalle riforme costituzionali e dalle interpretazioni condivise a stragrande maggioranza intorno ai compiti dei Consigli e dei Collegi e, dunque, dei Maestri Venerabili che della Centralità della Loggia sono il perno.
Vorrei, inoltre, dire a quei Fratelli suggestionati dalla paura che l’uscita dal G.O.I. sia un salto nel buio, che sono certamente nel buio se vi restano dentro, che il Palazzo e i Riconoscimenti non fanno Massoneria, che la Massoneria è una realtà iniziatica costituita esclusivamente da individui liberi e consapevoli in catena tra loro, ovvero una Loggia, e che bastano tre Logge per fare una Gran Loggia.
Alessandro Winkler

Recognition in Alaska

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The United Grand Lodge of England has given recognition to Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alaska

The Grand Lodge and its jurisdiction were consecrated by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington on 6 September 1969, from three lodges operating in Alaska, which it had warranted in 1965. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington was recognised by UGLE on 10 December 1997. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alaska shares jurisdiction with the Grand Lodge of Alaska, which had already granted it recognition.

New Study Program Offered for the York Rite

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment

New Study Program Offered for the York Rite

Exciting news for all York Rite Masons eager to know more! The York Rite Sovereign College is now offering an education program for all York Rite Masons, based on the similar Master Craftsman Program pioneered by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction, and by one of the same authors.
Brother Robert G. Davis has created the Companion Adept of the Temple, a self-study program that covers the degrees and orders of the Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar. This is outstanding news for York Rite Masons who have long desired a way to continue their education. The program offers five exams of multiple choice and essay questions, focussing on the ritual, philosophy and esoteric aspects of the York Rite. The first two exams cover the Chapter Degrees; the third covers the Cryptic Rite; the fourth covers the Orders of Chivalry; and the final exam is entitled “The York Rite Traditions and Freemasonry.”
The program is administered, appropriately, by the Sovereign College, and will cost $30. Resource material and reading lists are provided, along with ordering information, as well as guides to finding much of it using books available online, including works like Understanding the Royal Arch, Guide to the Royal Arch Chapter, Some Royal Arch Terms Examined, and The Royal Arch: Its Hidden Meaning. Symbolism of the degrees and orders is illustrated in the exam material.
This is truly exciting news for brethren who have literally begged for this type of program. The AASR’s Master Craftsman Program has been wildly successful (we in the Northern Jurisdiction have nothing like it), and this fills an enormous void for York Rite Freemasons.
For ordering information, contact the York Rite Sovereign College’s Detroit office at yrsc_na@yahoo.com.
Visit the Sovereign College website at www.yrscna.org

Déclaration

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Grande Loge Suisse Alpina. la Franc-Maçonnerie Féminine en Suisse

Déclaration

L’Assemblée des Délégués de la Grande Loge Suisse Alpina a adopté le 6 juin 2009 la déclaration ci-après concernant la Franc-Maçonnerie Féminine en Suisse.

Considérant ce qui suit

  1. Depuis très longtemps et parallèlement à la GLSA, il existe en Suisse d’autres organisations maçonniques qui ne travaillent pas strictement selon la définition de régularité de notre Constitution
  2. s’agissant de loges féminines et selon la connaissance que nous en avons, elles pratiquent une maçonnerie de qualité qui, tout en admettant des femmes, est proche de la régularité selon la définition de la GLSA
  3. la GLSA documente l’existence de ces organisations, p.ex. dans le « Handbuch des Freimaurers » paru en 1999 et sur son site internet, en publiant notamment une synthèse sur la franc-maçonnerie féminine
  4. à bien des endroits en Suisse, une collaboration au niveau des loges s’est établie, soit dans le domaine de la bienfaisance, de conférences, de commémorations ou simplement pour partager les mêmes locaux

la Grande Loge Suisse Alpina

  1. reconnaît
    l’existence en Suisse de la maçonnerie féminine avec laquelle elle n’entretient toutefois pas de relations formelles et avec laquelle il n’y a pas, de part et d’autre, de droit de visite ni d’échange de garants d’amitié.
  2. est favorable
    à des contacts informels réguliers au niveau des directions suisses de la GLSA et de la Grande Loge Féminine de Suisse et considère que ceux-ci auront des effets positifs pour la franc-maçonnerie en Suisse.
  3. est ouverte
    à des contacts non-rituels entre loges de la GLSA et loges féminines pour collaborer activement dans les domaines social et humanitaire, culturel ou artistique, ainsi que dans d’autres sphères spécifiques

Grand Orient of Brazil broke ties with GLNF

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Grand Orient of Brazil broke ties with GLNF

The Grand Orient of Brazil has suspended relations with the French National Grand Lodge yesterday, February 13, 2012.

Tullio Colacioppo, the Grand Chancellor of GOL, informed GLNF that relations were suspended because of the deplorable situation in which the GLNF finds itself. This decision paves the way for Latin American Grand Lodges to start break relations with French Freemasonry.