How Freemasonry works

It needs to be. One of the good things that Freemasonry has, as an Order, is the door open. To come inside one need to knock at the door and pass through an enquiry and afterward being approved in a ceremony of initiation. But the Order is not a prison. Anyone who is dissatisfied because he cannot find inside what he is looking for or disagrees on the way his Grand Lodge [or Grand Orient] is run has all the right to move away and step out. The Order is an open house. In this time of conflict and nonsense it appears sometimes for those who search that Freemasonry as an institution can provide the power, being it political, financial, institutional [or other sort of it] that may help the one to climb the social stairway. Who comes inside with that intention is a recipe for deception. He cannot find that alley within the Freemasons. Probably in other places.
«La puerta de entrada a la masonería es estrecha pero amplia la de salida».
http://www.diariocordoba.com/…/la-puerta-entrada-masoneria-…BibliaEsqCompasso

Is Freemasory an International Organization?

Freemasonry exists throughout the world. However, each Grand Lodge or Grand Orient is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry. Traditionally the United Grand Lodge of England had some sort of symbolical authority over deist Freemasonry. This situation has changed and today are so much ‘regular’ Grand Lodges not recognized by the UGLE as recognized. A good example is the United States as only 30 of their state Grand Lodges are recognised by UGLE. This fact does not make them irregular but simply not recognised. The same happens with the countries, that are recognised by some and not by others. A good example is Israel that is not by 32 United Nations member states.

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Thoughts for 2016

Oath

Three or four thoughts for 2016. First Freemasonry is alive and incorporate, in every location, a facies aligned to the traditions of the society and distinctive cultures. In some societies, FM is more open and society-driven. In others more circumspect and group-driven. English, Irish and Scottish Lodges  are referenced in activities and initiatives aiming to connect them to the communities they serve. Charitable initiatives are customary in these constituencies as FM fills a gap that is usually filled, in the Catholic world, by the institutions of the Roman Church or close to it. But an effort to attract new members is noticeable, and a new generation is coming in. Freemasonry needs new members that may rejuvenate the project and the lodges. But is not solely a question of members but also of new views. One cannot assume, in the second decade of the 21st century, that younger generations pursue the same cardinal values of older generations. The newcomers are more open to the world, more akin to the new technologies, to the Internet. They participate, regularly and actively, in the social media, they use the Messenger and Twitter fluently. Another characteristic is that there are frankly open to a greater role of women and sexual minorities in contemporary societies. They praise equality of gender and non-discrimination, whatsoever. Something that is looked with major reservations by older generations. We cannot demand them to live by the standards we lived and organize ourselves. It would pretentious and authoritarian. If not ridicule. FM is a traditional institution and needs time to adapt to the new tendencies of the modern date. To new ideas. Some will say that is declining in purpose and membership and would disappear sometimes, in the future. Others will say that FM needs to stay without changes and any sort of modernization. These conclusions may be fantastical but a lot needs to be done to keep the Fraternity walking along to where the world is coming to. The danger here is ossification and lack of spirit.