Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout our lives we learn by asking questions. These are some of the most common and frequently asked questions regarding Freemasonry:

What is Freemasonry?

Where do the names Freemasonry, Masonry, and Free and Accepted Masons come from?

How and where did Freemasonry start?

What is a Lodge?

What is a Grand Lodge?

Is Freemasonry an international organization?

Is Freemasonry a secret organization?

What happens at a lodge meeting?

What are degrees?

What is the significance of officers’ titles?

Why does Masonry use symbols?

Does Freemasonry have a political agenda?

Are there not Masonic Groups who are involved in politics?

Is Masonry a religion?

Aren’t you a rival to religion?

Why do you call God the Great Architect?

Why don’t some churches like Freemasonry?

Why will Freemasonry not accept Roman Catholics as members?

Why are some Masonic buildings called temples?

What are the other Masonic organizations?

What is the relationship between Freemasonry and groups like the Orange Order, Odd Fellows and Buffaloes?

Why can’t women join Masonry?

Are there Masonic organizations for youth?

Are there financial commitments for Masons?

Is it true that members can never quit?

Isn’t ritual out of place in a modern society?

Why do grown men run around with their trousers rolled up?

Why do you wear regalia?

What are the secrets of Freemasonry?

Why do Freemasons take oaths?

Why do your obligations contain hideous penalties?

Are Freemasons expected to prefer fellow Masons at the expense of others in giving jobs, promotions, contracts and the like?

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