ISSUE 22, July 2007
Editorial
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master : Address of the Pro Grand Master : Report of the Board of General Purposes
Historic: Architect to a King
Young Masons: Value of a warm welcome
Faith and Freemasonry: The twin supports
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
The Grand Secretary: Notes
   Travel: In the footsteps of the pharaohs
Inventor: Voice of the people
Human Rights Court Judgement: Landmark victory for Masons
International Conference: Masonic history unveiled
The Grand Chancellor: Special overseas role
Specialist Lodge: Prior Rahere and his legacy
Public Service: Serving the famous
Education: Events : Importance of the cable tow
Lbrary & Museum: Fraternal art
Masonic Charities: RMTGB : Grand Charity : RMBI : NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Historic announcement
    At first sight, a brief comment about other Orders outside the Craft and the Royal Arch by the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, at the annual investiture in April (see p6), may not have seemed all that significant.
    But it was, in fact, a comment of major importance. As the Duke made clear:
    “I am pleased to acknowledge formally their existence and regularity, and in particular their sovereignty and independence.”
    It was the first time that the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) had officially made such a pronouncement, and was a most welcome initiative by the Grand Master.
    As the Grand Master pointed out, the Preliminary Declaration of the Act of Union of the two Grand Lodges in December 1813, stated that it was ‘declared and announced that pure Antient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more’, that is to say ‘Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch’.
    The Duke remarked that this had been the position for nearly 200 years and would remain unchanged. Nevertheless, he added, since many members of the Craft were also members of these other Orders, there was a need to say something about their status.
    Promoting the Royal Arch Lord Northampton, addressing Supreme Grand Chapter in April as First Pro Grand Principal (p21), announced that he had received an interim report from the working party set up to look at recruitment and retention in the Royal Arch.
    This interim report has suggested that there should be a representative in each Lodge to promote the Royal Arch to Master Masons. A final report will be available at the next convocation in November and will go to Grand Superintendents for their views and then be widely distributed thereafter.
    The indissoluble link between the Craft and the Royal Arch would benefit from such a link, with a designated Lodge officer explaining to Master Masons the benefits of joining this excellent Order, giving the Royal Arch a much higher profile among recently recruited brethren.

Court ruling
    Brethren in the Grand Orient of Italy are to be congratulated on their victory against job discrimination against Freemasons following a decision handed down by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg (P35).
    The case is being carefully considered by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), which has kept a vigilant watch on such attempts at discrimination in England and Wales.
    It is not without significance that, where a public authority – national or local – in this country has attempted to discriminate on job applications solely against Freemasons, such authorities have never attempted to test their action in the UK courts.
    When challenged by the UGLE, they have, on legal advice, backed away, as was one notable challenge, for instance, made successfully against the Ministry of Defence. However, it is to be hoped that the ECHR decision will clarify the situation beyond doubt.


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