United in Brotherhood

The CSCE has been constituted

TO THE SOVEREIGN GRAND COMMANDERS AND GRAND SECRETARIES GENERAL OF ALL REGULAR SUPREME COUNCILS

TO ALL GRAND MASTERS AND GRAND SECRETARIES OF ALL REGULAR GRAND LODGES

Dear Brethren,

Ill&MP Bro. Jean-Luc FAUQUE 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for France, 1804,

Ill&MP Bro. Jesus SORIANO CARRILLO 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Spain, 1811,

Ill&MP Bro. Spyros CAMALAKIS 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Greece, 1872,

Ill&MP Bro. Jean-Claude CHATELAIN 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Switzerland, 1873,

Ill&MP Bro. Luigi MILAZZI 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Italy, 1875,

Ill&MP Bro. Constantin IANCU 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Romania, 1881,

Ill&MP Bro. Eberhard DESCH 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Germany, 1930, and

Ill&MP Bro. Agostinho GARCIA 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Portugal, 1993

have the honor and privilege of informing you of the definitive constitution in ZURICH (Switzerland) on May, 20″, 2013 of the

CONFEDERATION OF THE SUPREME COUNCILS FROM EUROPE

of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite

The object of the Confederation of the Supreme Councils from Europe is to:

  • bring together the European Supreme Councils in order to implement common actions, while complying with their autonomy and independence,
  • establish a permanent link between the confederated Supreme Councils, notably by organizing periodic meetings,
  • represent, on specific mandates, the European Supreme Councils,
  • promote the primacy of the Right of the Scottish Order and the sovereignty of the Supreme Councils,
  • promote the cooperation regarding the respect of cultural, religious and national differences, the transmission of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Europe, and also regarding the ritual terms, the traditional dimension and the ethical spirit,
  • provide in general any necessary information and help in order to improve the transmission of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite,
  • exchange information between the Supreme Councils inside the Confederation regarding the practices, difficulties and evolutions of Masonic Bodies in their respective countries and give one another mutual assistance when necessary,
  • organize common working sessions on any topic that would, directly or indirectly, be connected with the Masonic expression of the Rite,
  • prepare in common the participation to international conferences with the Supreme Councils from other continents,
  • privilege a common position of the Confederation members in regards to any subject with geo-political Masonic interest, especially on the specific criteria of fraternal relationships between the European Supreme Councils.

The Confederation of the European Supreme Councils reiterates:

  • its complete attachment to the aims and basic principles of traditional and regular Freemasonry whose vocation it is to gather within itself, without exception, all trustworthy men who pay respect and love to their fellow men in order to develop their appetite for uprightness and personal responsibility, their devotion to truth, justice and freedom, their will to think and act with tolerance and wisdom for the constant benefit of the unity, happiness, progress and well-being of the human family and each one of its members.
  • that a Supreme Council, organized according to the prescriptions of the Grand Constitutions of the Order of the Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the 33rd and last degree, rules supremely and exclusively over its territorial Jurisdiction, and moreover, is the only body entitled to confer the degrees of the Scottish hierarchy.
  • that the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite covers 33 degrees to which its followers can progressively be initiated according to their abilities and acknowledged merits. The Supreme Councils have inalienable jurisdiction over these 33 degrees. However, they have limited their initiation transmission to 30 degrees, from 4th to 33rd. The first three degrees of the Rite are transmitted by an independent, sovereign, regular and traditional Masonic Body.
  • that it abstains, along with each one of its members individually, from any interference into the legislation, organization and administration of Masonic Bodies – such as Grand Lodges – inside traditional and regular symbolic Freemasonry, and the Lodges composing them.

The Confederation of the European Supreme Council is attached to:

  • the motivations and principles that presided over the creation of the first Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1801,
  • the fundamental principles of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite as defined in the Grand Constitutions of May lst, 1786 and the Constitutions and Statutes of 1762, the only fundamental laws of the Scottish Order, with due consideration of the various cultures and civilizations uniting the Supreme Councils,
  • the conservation, promotion and defense of the values of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in their original authenticity,
  • the transmission of the Scottish Rite in its spiritual purity to all Master Masons without any condition of rite, race or religion,
  • the development of necessary evolutions in the spreading of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, resulting from the evolution and the transformation of the European Masonic bodies.
  • the specific mission of the European Supreme Councils in the defense of their indisputable sovereignty in front of the authorities of other constituted Masonic bodies.

The Confederation of the Supreme Councils form Europe aims at gathering all the European Supreme Councils of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite which recognize one another and abide by its values and precepts.  In due respect of the sovereignty of the Supreme Councils inside the Confederation, it aims the natural representation of the Supreme Councils in Europe.

Lausanne, May 16, 2013

With brotherly love,

Ill&MP Bro. Jean-Luc FAUQUE, 33°

President

Ill&MP Bro. Eberhard DESCH, 33°

Vicepresident

Ill&MP Bro. Constantin IANCU, 33°

Secretary General

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