Grand Lodge Bulletin Volume 5-6

Grand Lodge Bulletin Volume 5-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Masonic Congress," to be held at Geneva. Upon recommendation of the Committee on Correspondeuce, to whom the matter was referred. the Grand Lodge declared it "inexpedient and unwise" to take part in such gathering. One of the chief objections, apart from the revolutionary character of Continental Masonry, was the chaotic state of the craft in the European countries, being distracted by the claims of rival grand bodies. In proof that these conclusions were correct we have received a circular from the Grand Orient of Italy utterly repudiating the so-called Masonic Congress, and also the Congress of Free Thinkers, held at Brussels under the same auspices. The circular says: "Italian delegates may figure both in one and the other. It is therefore incumbent on us to inform you that Italian Masonry, such as it is and has been since its reorganization, in whose name we are legally authorized to speak, was not represented there either by its lodges or its Grand Orient. We are of opinion that an international Masonic congress must represent a majority of the world's Masonry to have legal standing and serve its purpose. This evidently was not so, therefore its deliberations could not, by the mere fact of title, have weight and infiuence. We ardently await the day in which an international Masonic congress may assemble and solve the many questions common to all. Until then partial assemblies tend only to disunite our vast and universal family. We also did not consider it expedient to attend the Free Thinkers' congress, since we are of opinion that Masonic bodies cannot discuss and determine religious or philosophical subjects without danger on the one hand of internal dissension, and on the other of trenching on...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236979850
  • 9781236979858