Originally posted by The Conspiracy Follower
1. What might be the percentage of 33rd degree owners among freemasons? (masonicinfo.com several times mentioned 5% - to my mind it's really too
much. If there're ~6mln. freemasons, then according to this statistics there should be ~300k 33rd degree freemasons. It's is really surprising -
could you then say what's so honorary about it then? 0.05% would sound better to me.)
There are indeed that many 33rd degree Freemasons throughout the world. The 33rd degree is NOT an adminstrative rank, it is only an HONOR, much like
receiving a medal, for outstanding service to society or the fraternity. Based on that, it is VERY understandable that there would be that many 33rd
degree Freemasons throughout the world.
Additionally, only masons who are members of the Scottish Rite (appendant body) can receive the 33rd degree, and less than 50% of masons actually do
join that body, so there are more masons being made 33rd degrees than you think.
There is only one honor in Freemasonry higher than the 33rd degree, and that is the Grand Cross. There are currently only something like 50 living
recipients of this award.
Again, it is not a rank or position, only an award for outstanding service.
2. How long does it take to reach 33rd? (or more precisely, who might be the youngest one about whom you're aware?)
That depends on the level of involvement of a mason in the Scottish Rite. If you ask for the award, you will never receive it, so it depends solely on
your service. Additionally, a mason must have receive the Knight Commander Court of Honor award first, which takes at least 4 years.
If the welfare of the society was your goal, I believe there would be plenty of material claiming how good freemasons are, but now I haven't heard of
Are you serious? So you mean to tell me that the 50 Shriners hospitals, which treat children FOR FREE, don't mean anything? how about the THOUSANDS
of masonic charities that exist? Here's just a few:
Do a search for "masonic charity" and you will find endless articles and sites with PLENTY of verifiable information of masonic charity and
And another thing, I spent quite a lot of time browsing the web but was unable to find any cue of fraternity's meeting agenda. What's the point of
those meetings? Are you being taught anything during them? How often it takes place?
It depends on if it is a stated lodge meeting, in which lodge business (such as events, charities, sick members, paying of bills, etc) is discussed,
or if it is a conferral of degrees (initiation), in which esoteric subjects are being taught.
I would even consider becoming a freemason one day, however, it might be that I am not naive enough for that
Think what you want, the majority of Freemasons that I know are some of the most intelligent, accomplished and far-seeing men I have ever come across.
You'd be lucky to be able to join the ranks of such personalities.