Freemasonry Quotes

That no master for favour nor dread, Shall no thief neither clothe nor feed. Thieves he shall harbour never one, Nor him that hath killed a man, Nor the same that hath a feeble name, Lest it would turn the craft to shame.

At a time when the Church had a vertual monopoly on morality and moral behavior, the Masons through their lodges had their own community of moral teaching and doctine. Masonic morality tended to deal with the behavior between people and generally in that respect was little different from the Church. However, the Church tied to regular the morlity of thought and feelings, ritual and dogma. The incluences on Freemasonry came from much of the known woprld and was not as parochial as the Chiuch with Masonry being an early form of globalization. The Church however needed the Masons and their cooperation in order to build their great churches and cathedrals which were fundamental in seeting the awe and uniqueness that was so important in capturing an illiterate population. So the mildly "competitive" moral activity of the Masons was overlooked. However, by the 18th century,the Roman Catholic Church was more and more critical of Freemasonryt mostly for failing to share all Catholic moral positions and by the 19th century there was open conflict between the Chruch and the Masons. The church banned its member from becomming Freemasons and eventually created the Knights of Columbus as a Catholic Competitive organziation but one that was under the control of the Vartican. Part was a reaction to the virulent anti-Catholic movement that was rife in America and many Masonic Lodges would not accept Catholics. The Regius Poem, often referred to as The Halliwell Manuscript, c.1390, is the oldest Ennglsh langiage document of Freemasonry, It was a long poem with a then classic rhyming scheme. It articulate 15 moral precepts and even more "principles" of the Engliosh Masons at the time, which was not terribley different from Masons today.

Freemasonry, The Regius Poem. aka The Halliwell Manuscript, England, c.1390

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Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of Freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow, and Master Mason. The candidate of these three degrees is progressively taught the meanings of the symbols of Freemasonry, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other members that he has been so initiated. The initiations are part allegorical morality play and part lecture. The three degrees are offered by Craft (or Blue Lodge) Freemasonry. Members of these organisations are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies (separate from those who administer the craft degrees).

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