Pour l’ancien Grand Maître de la Grande Loge de France, qui pratique désormais dans un atelier maçonnique basé en Corse, l’initiation n’a pas pris une ride. À la clé, un perfectionnement de l’homme censé bénéficier à la société…
Pour de nombreux francs-maçons, il est une référence. Les livres qu’il publie régulièrement y sont pour quelque chose. Alain Pozarnik, initié en 1972 à la Grande Loge de France, dont il a été le Grand Maître entre 2004 et 2006, n’a de cesse d’inciter ses frères à intensifier leur démarche spirituelle. Quitte, parfois, à les bousculer un peu. Son dernier ouvrage en date, paru ce mois-ci sous le titre La régularité initiatique des francs-maçons existe-t-elle ? , va dans ce sens. Parallèlement, il s’emploie à mieux faire comprendre la franc-maçonnerie au grand public. Fin octobre, à Ajaccio, il était ainsi le premier invité du Lazaret Culture Club pour une conférence portant sur le sens de l’initiation de nos jours.
Vendredi soir, il est également l’invité du magazine culturel 6 ½, sur France 3 Corse ViaStella. Autant de rendez-vous au détour desquels il professe sa foi en une possible amélioration de l’homme.
Records of two million members of the secretive Freemasons have been published online, showing that its members during Britain’s imperial heyday included Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling.
Membership records from 1733 to 1923 — mainly in Britain and the British Empire — have been digitised and published on the family history website Ancestry, the company said Monday.
“The records demonstrate the extensive involvement which Freemasons have had in British society,” Diane Clements, director of the Freemasonry library and museum, said in a statement. The records show details including Freemasons’ names, profession, residence and when they joined the society, which grew out of guilds in Britain in the Middle Ages and became a club for men involving ritual and symbols.
The recent atacks on Paris have awaken an enormous surge of solidarity worldwide. Different Masonic Obediences had manifested their sorrow and revolt about those bloody events and the lost of almost two hundred human lifes, in those hiddious acts. Religion was invoked by the jihadists to sustain those attacks. It was clear then, and even before, that the aims were political and foresee the creation of an Islamic Empire departing from the Middle East. Am empire unified under a sole religion, a system of moral called Sharia and the demolition of the secular society. Freemasonry, as an instituton and Order, does not pronounce itself about political matters but among its founding principles are the combat for freedom, progress and knowledge and the fight against obscurity, hatred, and discimination whatever may be the forms they may assume. Today is no different then centuries before, when Freemasons stand up against the curtain of dogmatism and repression that Catholicism and other sects in the Protestant movement aim to impose to those who look to advance science and knowledge. Some remarkable freemasons were part of that movement like John Téophiles Desagiliers, The Mongolfier Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren and so many others. Europe as a continent and as an idea has been formed around a couple of principles and values that may it singular, an oasis of concordia in a world where prejudice and autoritarianism subsist in so many forms. Europe is a place of inclusion of welcoming those that for some reason leave their countries by fear and look for a peaceful port to rest and start a new life. But Europe cannot transform itself into a dark reality that those militants of hate and destruction look to transform her. Freemasonry, as such, supports legal and constitutional measures that consolidate the Rule of Law, the defense of public liberties, but also secure the day-by-day of the European citizens. Security is also an European value. We cannot allow that religious temples and congregations are transformed into pulpits of hate, racism and extremism. There are limits to the liberty of religion. Those who preach these radical and extremist ideas and values have no place among ourselves. This is the spirit of the sword of Light that we hold as Warriors of the Light as the most dearest of our symbols. In this new battle Light will defeat darkness. Whatever it takes.
Cumpre-se daqui a pouco quase um ano de actividade maçónica ritualista da LOJA SUN YAT SEN e os propósitos iniciais estão a ser cumpridos. Nalgumas ideias. Dar consistência a um projecto maçónico que possa perdurar independentemente dos desenvolvimentos circustanciais das comunidades que formam Macau como Região Administrativa Especial da China. Praticar uma ritualísitica maçónica de acordo com as melhores práticas internacionais tornando a Maçonaria um espaço de inclusão e não um espaço de exclusão em razão de uma língua, raça ou nacionalidade. Estimular o conhecimento dos princípios maçónicos guardando, a recato, as matérias que são de acordo com os usos e costumes maçónicos, assuntos constitutivos do segredo maçónico. Dar a conhecer aos interessados a vocação histórica de Macau como entreposto cultural, religioso e simbólico. Explicar a riqueza pluralística da Maçonaria em termos de visões organizativas e de qual o papel que a Fraternidade pode desempenhar no século XXI atendendo às facilidades de comunicação oferecidas pela Internet e pelas redes sociais. Obviar a expressões de dogmatismo e de rejeição pura, face ao que é diferente, inovador ou inusitado. No que concerne ao acesso à verdade simbólica, ninguém tem o privilégio do saber único, da regra exclusiva ou da fidelidade àquele corpo de princípios que o costume ou o institucionalismo considerou incontornáveis. Em última palavra, o Maçom é um livre-pensador que expressa o que crê, com liberdade e responsabilidade e entre as quatro paredes do Templo ou na vida profana exalta e corporiza os princípios da sã liberdade, da simplicidade, do trabalho, da persistência, do diálogo e do respeito pelo Outro. A Loja é o maior divisor comum de quem pensa assim e é por isso o centro de congregação dos Homens Livres e com sentido ético elevado e exigente.
Brotherly love, belief, truth, temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice these are far more potent to human development, to human relations, to human life, than are the rules of science. It is simply a question of physical of spiritual values. ~ L. L. Williams.
Declaration of Foundation of the largest of the Mixed Grand Lodges of the United States. Somehow originally restricted to the European continental world, the phenomenon of mixed Freemasonry is acquiring great importance in the U.S. What can explain this phenomenon that the old Obediences consider odd and inappropriate? We may only guess. One possible explanation is that the sense of Fraternity, of human communion is somehow lost in modern society. People are tempted to live a very individual life out of their communities and this is why racism and xenophobia is rising everywhere. This is not a exclusive male problem, is a human problem and at the length that women gained the same rights of men in every dominion of human activity it arrive this time to the dominion of freemasonry. This lead to a logic argument: if men and women share the same rights and duties, and have access to the same positions and jobs in society, mainly those that a decade or two ago were monopolised by men why should they be excluded from Masonic activity and Masonic Lodges? There is no reason for that and we acknowledge that traditional and strict Masonic institutions like the United Grand Lodge of England recognise the sincerity of the Women Freemasons, use their temples for male Masonic meetings. It is been claimed that the reason lays in the Landmarks written by Priest Anderson almost three centuries ago, one of which restricts Freemasonry to men. The following question is how something written three centuries ago can determine how a fraternal community works in the 21st Century? We have not fine a logical and reasonable answer.
<We, Freemasons of due form, holding the 33d and last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, following the Grand Constitutions of Freemasonry of 1786, as these were revised on 1875 and in keeping with the tradition of International Mixed Freemasonry, which we received in sacred trust from our forefathers who were Freemasons, gathered together today, on December 14, 1996, at the Zenith of Athens in common and unanimously decided the founding of the INTERNATIONAL MIXED ORDER.>