WHO ARE THE MASONS THAT WE PRAY FOR THEIR CONVERSION IN THE MILITIA IMMACULATAE?
A. THE BEGINNING:
In 1717, in an historical context, cultural and Protestant as it was the English one, the Freemasonry, called speculative was born. She derives from the Corporations of the free masons which were prestigious medieval Christian associations. They were the builders of the great Cathedrals (freemasonry operative). In the sixteenth century began the decadence of the corporations because of the admission of members of high society.
The word Freemasons operative changed in a Protestant environment frequented by free thinkers (the philosophical circles, libertines, Illuminati, rationalists) into “Speculative Masonry” because they would dispute on details with unending debates. An indefinite spirit of Tolerance was propagated in them.
On the 24th June 1717, on the fest of St John Baptist four operative lodges residing in several quarters of London, came together there, giving birth to the Gr…