“We Are Experiencing the Best Moments in the History of Freemasonry”
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
The Eponymous Flower
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Freemasons Meeting at Santiago de Campostela
(Madrid) “We live in one of the best moments of Freemasonry.” This was confessed by the Grand Lodge of Spain in the latest issue of El Oriente.
El Oriente, is the press organ of the Grand Lodge with the words of Oscar de Alfonso, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Spain. In a Masonic meeting in Santiago de Compostela, which was (the way to the light) under the slogan “El Camino Hacia la Luz”, the Grandmaster said: “We are experiencing one of the best moments in the history of Freemasonry.”
At the end of October in Santiago de Compostela an international Masonic conference the beaproned brothers gathered from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The result of the Sixth Conference of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation is a “Masonic Charter”, which was adopted by the lodges delegates.
Decided “Masonic charter”
Represented in Santiago de Compostela were the Grand Lodge of Spain, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Bolivia, the Grand Lodge of Argentina, the Grand Orient of Brazil, the Grand Lodge of Chile, the Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay, the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the Republic of Peru, the Legal Grand Lodge of Portugal and the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry of Uruguay.
According to the Grand Lodge of Spain combine the mentioned grand lodge includes “10,400 lodges with 350,000 Freemasons”. They are aligned with the Scottish Rite Grand Lodge of England.
What exactly the “Carta Masonica” includes was not released by the lodges. El Oriente provides only some hints in a report. How meaningful they are decided about the actual content of the Charter, therefore, can not be said. The “Masonic Charter” finds, however, that the society stands before new problems.”Fundamentalism, intolerance, the penetration of economic crime in the republican sense of community, which produces social hostility” were explicitly mentioned.
Demanded Are New “Steering Forms” in Politics
The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Oscar de Alfonso (with chain)
In addition, the Masonic Charter diagnosed a general crisis of governance and steering forms in politics. The reason for this are the different forms of corruption and ethical relativism. By contrast, the Masonic Charter calls for the creation of a “new man” whose ideals “humanist, secular and tolerant” are “on the basis of freedom, equality and fraternity”. This “new man” would be realized through the establishment of an “open society”, “new forms of cohabitation”, “new forms of production” and “new forms of civic, democratic and representative forms”.
The Inter-American Masonic Conference also spoke out in favor of legalizing the killing of unborn children by abortion in Chile and therefore supports the efforts of former UN Women Director and UN Under-Secretary General of the reorganized Socialist Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
El Oriente, the publication of the Spanish Grand Lodge is published by the Communications Secretariat of the Grand Lodge.
From 18-21 November 2015, the meeting in San Francisco in the US,, the XIVth World Conference of the regular Masonic Grand Lodge, like the Scottish Rite, under the motto “The Chain of Union: Strengthening Fraternal Bonds in a Changing World”.