And as we have seen in the press recently, the United Grand Lodge of England are now paying the price, for their earlier failure to act.Excitement is really starting to gain momentum as the big Debate on the origins of The Grand Lodge of Westminster approaches closer on our Julian calander.There is no need to take my word on any of this as these historical records are still available to those with the interest to look.As the Rev Walton Hanna has been dragged in to this debate, it is only fair to refer anyone interested to his seminal work “Darkness Visible”.Hanna eventually moved to Canada, and became a Roman Catholic priest, still with strong anti-Masonic views.And as previously noted, he died in Canada in February 1966. Shortly after Hanna’s book appeared in 1952 a detailed response was published, under the title “Light Invisible – The Freemasonry Answer to Darkness Visible”. The author, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Freemason was a man who was not prepared to be bullied by Church based anti-Masonic bullies.One interesting fact about this Committee is that, over the years it has carefully refrained from any general appeal for funds, but as its work expanded, it has welcomed donations from Brethren, individual Irish Lodges and Provincial Lodges throughout the Island of Ireland.
There was a very good attendance of members, and we were joined on the day, by our Most Wor Grand Master, Most Wor Bro Douglas T Gray, who had driven up that morning from Dublin to join with the Chairman and Committee Members in marking the close of their centenary year.
Our four principal speakers break into the For and Against camps, and will set out their case for consideration by their peers.
On the Yea side we have Very Wor Bro John Hamill, Deputy Grand Chancellor, Past Librarian and Curator of The Library and Museum in Great Queen Street, and a Past Master of Lodge Quatuor Coronati.
If you have any doubts on the horrors inflicted on Freemasons by Mussolini and Hitler, then I would highly recommend a visit to the Pietre-Stones Review of Masonry website where you can look up a comprehensive historical article entitled “The Annihilation of Freemasonry”, written in 1940 by Sven G Lunden and published in the American Mercury Magazine Volume LII No 206 dated February 1941.
Here you will read the truth about the actions taken by Mussolini and Hitler against Freemasons, closing Grand Lodges, seizing their membership lists, arresting their members, and sending them to concentration camps.