posted on Aug, 31 2004 @ 10:54 AM
Ok, I'm late to this post...and new to this forum.
I'm not sure if any other masons have responded here yet, but here's the deal:
The 33rd degree, while being very special, doesn't make someone any more of a mason than a 3rd degree mason.
I am a 32 degree mason, I know several 33rds. (2 cousins and several friends.)
One attains the 33rd degree for several reasons, primarily outstanding service to the craft or to society at large - and apparently, popularity among
the supreme council figures into it at some point.
Several "worthy" masons have not recieved the 33'rd because they were too transparent in their "campaigning" for it, or because they ticked
someone off, or because it appeared that they "expected" it.
Success has long ago yielded to "sneakyness + finger-pointing + brown-noseing = promotion" in business and other areas of modern life.
Freemasonry, thankfully, is one of those poetic justice kind of things, one of the last bastions of "humility + hard work = Honor. "
Do 33rds have "power" or "authority"....well, let's say they have "clout" or "prestige." And of course in masonic circles, 33rds have a
lot of say on things. A 33rd, however, could not remove a master from his office in lodge, only the Grand Master can do that after a proper
masonic trial, etc... The master of a lodge is the supreme authority of that lodge, yielding only to the Grand Lodge itself or to annual edicts of
the Grand Master.
Since this is my first post, I'll cut it short. Like I said, I'm not sure if this has been addressed elsewhere on this forum or not. If yu have
any questions about freemasonry though, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them for you.