A Temple opens its doors

A Temple opens its doors on the occasion of the Patrimony Day. The Lodge is “La Bonne Amitie”.
“Il y avait beaucoup de monde ce samedi devant le 22 de la rue Félix Wodon à Namur, un imposant bâtiment qui abrite la loge maçonnique de La Bonne Amitié. Exceptionnellement, à l’occasion des journées du patrimoine, le temple ouvre ses portes aux visiteurs. L’affluence a surpris Jacky Marchal, chargé du mot d’accueil. “Oui c’est vrai, je me suis bien rendu compte au nombre de coups de fil que j’ai reçus qu’il se passait quelque chose. Tant mieux!”
A l’ouverture, les curieux qui patientaient à l’ombre sur le trottoir d’en face ont rapidement traversé la rue pour franchir la porte. Il y avait là plus de 150 personnes, souvent intriguées. “C’est un domaine qu’on connaît relativement peu, c’était donc l’occasion de s’informer, confie une dame. Les francs-maçons sont toujours porteurs d’énormément de pouvoirs, de décisions au niveau politique… Et ils apparaissent un peu comme une force occulte…”
“C’est un sujet qui m’intéresse par tout le mystère qui l’entoure, ajoute sa voisine. Je suis fan de Mozart, j’ai lu des livres sur Mozart, Mozart était franc-maçon. Donc de fil en aiguille, j’ai voulu en connaître davantage et me rendre compte de ce qu’est une loge et un temple”.
https://www.rtbf.be/…/detail_journees-du-patrimoine-la-fran…

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Arnold D. Palmer dies

Gourgas Medalist – Illustrious Brother, , 33° dies at 87.
Illustrious Brother Arnold D. Palmer, 33° was raised to the celestial Lodge above Sunday evening, September 25, 2016 at the age of 87. The king of golf was a member of Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Valley of Pittsburgh and the Valley of Cincinnati. Illustrious Bro. Palmer was coroneted with the 33° on June 2, 1998. He was presented the prestigious Gourgas Medal for Notably Distinguished Service in the cause of Freemasonry and Humanity in 2010.
R.I.P.palmer
Via Scottish Rite, USA.

History of Prince Hall Freemasonry discussed at Sunday at the Site

History of Prince Hall Freemasonry discussed at Sunday at the Site [Via the Emporia Gazzette]

An organization as old as the United States of America, Prince Hall Freemasonry, was the topic at Red Rocks State Historical Site on Sunday.
As part of the Sundays at the Site series, Kansas Prince Hall Freemasons gathered on the porch of Red Rocks, historic home of the William Allen White family, to tell the story of the organization and its founding.
The history of the organization’s founder, Prince Hall, is a bit of a tricky subject.
“We don’t factually know where Prince Hall actually came from,” said Claude “Eric” Cannon, district deputy grandmaster for the 1st Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas. “What’s more regretful, we don’t even know his real name.”
According to Cannon, the first record of Prince Hall was a marriage announcement in 1763. A slave from 1749 – 1770, Hall became a free man on April 9, 1770, a month after the death of Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre.
“The death of Crispus Attucks ignited Prince Hall’s ambition to be a leader of the black community,” Cannon said. “A black man had died for freedom that he didn’t even possess. Prince Hall was destined to fight and see that blacks exercised that freedom.
“He began to go about the town preaching equal treatment for blacks, education for black children and the abolishment of slavery and slave trading, but it fell on deaf ears.”
Cannon said it was the desire to join an organization with influence which lead Hall to seek to become a mason.
“He made several attempts to join the lodges in Boston,” he said. “However, his attempts to join the brotherhood of freemasonry were repeatedly rejected.”
It wasn’t until March 1775, when Hall and 14 other freed men were initiated into masonry through Lodge No. 441 of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. It was the first time black men were made masons in America.
On July 3, 1776, a day before the U.S. became a sovereign nation, African Lodge No. 1 was established, with Prince Hall named grand master. On Sept. 29, 1784, the Grand Lodge of England issued a charter to African Lodge No. 1, designating it No. 459 and making it a regular lodge with all rights and privileges of any lodge in the world.
One of the biggest events for the lodge came during Shays’ Rebellion, when Hall offered the lodge’s assistance to James Bowdoin, governor of Massachusetts, to help keep the peace.
“The African lodge grew in popularity and Prince Hall was such an excellent leader that the grand lodge in England made him a perpetual grand master,” Cannon said.
The African lodge began expanding, setting up two more locations in Philadelphia and Providence, Rhode Island.
Hall died in 1807, and in 1808 the three groups organized into the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
Prince Hall freemasonry continued to expand westward, but it wasn’t until the late 1800s that it came to Kansas.
“The door of legitimate masonry was opened to the dwellers on the hills and the dells of Kansas by the grand lodge of the state of Ohio,” Cannon said. “The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge for the state of Kansas was formed and ready to start the ancient craft of freemasonry in the state of Kansas.”
Cannon said the Prince Hall Freemasons carry on the spirit of their founder to this day.
“Masonry is a progressive science,” he said. “It’s something we do to keep on moving forward. Even today, years after Prince Hall started his journey, we stand trying to do the right things in our communities. Staying true to the things that he taught.”
Emporia is home to a Prince Hall Freemason Lodge. The St. John Lodge No. 14 is located at 425 Merchant Street.
http://www.emporiagazette.com/…/article_ee3de164-4e5d-5692-…

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Why the definition of ‘regularity’ is usually misleading

dachezThis is something that needs to be studied, deeply. One thing is regularity another is recognition. In the regularity camp, sometimes this is completely misinterpreted and misunderstood. Freemasonry has one principle: all Grande Lodges or Grand Orients are autonomous and independent bodies of the Craft. They are not federalised or depending on a superior authority that gives them sovereignty. Often, we see written by Masons scholars and commentators that the United Grand Lodge of England is the Mother Lodge of Freemasonry and a kind of superior body of it. It is not, it is just the historical founder of Speculative Freemasonry. I usually use the example of states in the international law to address the problem. According to international law, no approval procedure exists for a country to be recognised as such. The United Nations does not have, according to the United Nations Charter, any authority for recognising countries. The practice under international law is when a country is recognised by a large majority of countries he becomes ‘accepted’. Israel is recognised by a majority of the 200 countries in the world but is not recognised by the Arab countries. Taiwan is recognised by 22 nations but is not recognised as such by the rest. The Vatican City, owned by the Holy See, is an international legal person recognised as nation by the majority of countries with the exception of Bhutan, Maldives, the People’s Republic of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In the community of national Obediences the situation is exactly the same. There are Obediences which we name ‘regular’ that are recognised by the UGLE and there are other Obediences which we name ‘regular’ recognised by other Masonic bodies other than the UGLE. The United States for instance has 52 Grand Lodges but only 51 are recognised by the UGLE. At the same time the UGLE recognises as regular the majority of Prince Hall Grand Lodges that the majority of American Grand Lodges do not recognise. This is a good contribution to a debate that needs to be addressed.

[C’est quelque chose qui doit être étudié, profondément. Une chose est la régularité, une autre est la reconnaissance. Dans le camp de régularité, parfois c’est complètement mal interprété et mal compris. La Franc-maçonnerie a un principe: tous les Grandes loges ou Grandes Orients sont autonomes et indépendants en la Maconnerie. Ils ne sont pas fédéralisés ou en fonction d’une autorité supérieure qui leur donne de la souveraineté. Souvent, nous voyons écrit par des chercheurs et commentateurs maçons que la Grande Loge Unie d’Angleterre est la loge mère de la Franc-maçonnerie et une sorte d’organe supérieur de celui-ci. Elle n’est pas, c’est juste la fondatrice de la Franc-maçonnerie spéculative. J’utilise, habituellement, l’exemple des états dans le droit international pour sistématizer le problème. Selon le droit international, pas d’agrément procédure existe pour un pays être reconnus comme tel. Les Nations Unies n’ont pas, en vertu de la Charte des Nations Unies, aucune autorité pour reconnaître des pays. La pratique en droit international, c’est lorsqu’un pays est reconnue par une grande majorité de pays il devient ‘accepté’. Israël est reconnu par la majorité des 200 pays dans le monde, mais n’est pas reconnue par les pays arabes. Taïwan est reconnu par 22 pays mais n’est pas reconnu comme pays par le reste. La Cité du Vatican, administré par le Saint-Siège, est une personne juridique internationale reconnue comme nation par la majorité des pays, à l’exception du Bhoutan, des Maldives, de la République populaire de Chine et la République populaire démocratique de Corée. Dans la communauté d’obédiences nationales la situation est exactement la même. Il y a des obédiences qui nous autre nom “régulier” qui sont reconnus par l’UGLE et il y a d’autres obédiences qui nous nom “régulier” qui sont reconnu par d’autres organes maçonnique autre que l’UGLE. Aux États-Unis par exemple il ya 52 Grandes Loges mais seulement 51 sont reconnus par l’UGLE. Dans le même sense, l’UGLE reconnaît la majorité des Grandes Loges de Prince Hall mais la majorité des Grandes Loges américaines ne reconnaissent pas les Grandes Loges de Prince Hall. Ce livre est une bonne contribution à un débat qui doit être abordée.]