DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES:


Pursuant to the settled policy of this Sovereign Grand Lodge to define and reaffirm from time to time certain of the fundamental principles and rules of conduct governing the practice of Freemasonry in the Masonic Jurisdiction of the Republic of Malta;

It is declared that;

4.1 This Grand Lodge is a sovereign and independent body practicing Freemasonry only within the three degrees commonly known amongst the Craft as the degrees of Symbolic Masonry and only within the limits defined in its CONSTITUTION and in the exercise of its sovereign power does this Grand Lodge further declare that it does neither recognize nor admit the existence of any superior Masonic authority anywhere howsoever styled.

4.2 Membership of this Grand Lodge and its Subordinate Lodges shall be exclusively of men and shall have neither Masonic affiliation nor dialogue nor association of any kind with any Mixed Lodge or Masonic Entity itself comprising a membership not exclusively of men.

4.3 Freemasonry subscribes to the belief that men of good intention and differing opinion may be united through the objective attainment and accomplishment of the principles further herein defined.

4.4 Freemasonry is a charitable society not organized for profit and none of its income accrues to the benefit of any individual but all is devoted to the promotion of the welfare and happiness of mankind.

4.5 Freemasonry is a benevolent society in that it teaches and exemplifies altruism as a duty.

4.6 Freemasonry is educational in that it teaches by prescribed ceremonials a system of morality and brotherhood based upon the Sacred Law.

4.7 Freemasonry upholds monotheism yet is neither sectarian nor theological. The Volume of the Sacred Law is open whenever a Lodge is in session. Reverence for the Supreme Being is ever present in ceremonial and Brethren are constantly addressed lessons of morality.

4.8 Freemasonry is a social organization only in so far as it furnishes additional inducement for men to foregather in numbers; more material is thereby provided for its primary work of brotherly love, relief and truth.

4.9 Freemasonry seeks to improve the community through development and strengthening of the character of the individual, impressing upon its members the principles of personal righteousness and personal responsibility, enlightening them as to those things which make for human welfare, inspiring them with those feelings of charity and goodwill toward all mankind thus moving them to translate principles and convictions into actions of good deed.

4.10 By the foregoing tenets does Freemasonry stand for truth and justice, for fraternity and philanthropy, for enlightenment and orderly civil, religious and intellectual liberty. It charges each Mason to be true and loyal to the government of the country to which he owes allegiance and to be obedient to the laws of any state in which he may reside.

4.11 The Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta affirms its continuing adherence to those ancient and approved rules of Freemasonry which forbid, within Masonic Lodges or meetings, the discussion of Religion, Politics or other topics likely to excite personal animosities or personal differences; This is not to deny the more than two hundred years of Freemasonry in the Maltese Islands during which Masons have exercised their continuing inherent and absolute right of freedom of thought and obedient action in all matters religious and civil. To this end no member or Officer of whatever grade or rank has the right or privilege to speak or to act in the name of or on behalf of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta in particular or of Freemasonry in general without the prior authority and written approval of the Grand Master.

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