Thursday, January 01, 2009

The heads of American Freemasonry


Akram R. Elias - Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia.

Wise Master of the D.C. Evangelist Chapter of Knights Rose Croix and the Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. A recipient of the Valentine Reintzel Medal for outstanding service to Freemasonry, Ill. Elias is a member of the various York Bodies of Freemasonry, the Shrine, and the Royal Order of Scotland. Professionally, he is President and Founder of Capital Communications Group, Inc., an international consulting firm that works closely with the U.S. Department of State in the Public Diplomacy area. In recognition of his efforts, Ill. Elias has received numerous awards, including the prestigious National Award for Excellence given by the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He currently serves on the national board of NCIV promoting citizen diplomacy across the country. A naturalized citizen of the United States of Lebanese origin, Ill. Elias won three Telly Awards in 2001 for writing and co-producing the documentary Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington starring Richard Dreyfuss.

"Global Civil Society" = Decoded: New World Order

Global citizen

Promoting greater understanding was the need of the hour. In the era of global capital, global information and global village, one needed to be a global citizen and should relate to one another. "Because of globalisation, we need a global civil society," said Mr. Elias, who has 20 years of professional experience as a consultant/contractor in cross-cultural training, international trade and political relations between the United States and countries from around the world.

Last week, he spoke at the Centre for Security Analysis and the Observer Research Foundation. He said the discussions had covered a wide range of topics — American civil society structures, the importance of religion, the role of religion in government and how separation works, secularism and American democracy.

Ronald A. Seale, ° - Sovereign Grand Commander, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR), Supreme Council 33°, Southern Jurisdiction.

John William McNaughton, 33° - Sovereign Grand Commander, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR), Supreme Council 33°, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

Douglas E. Maxwell - Imperial Potentate, Shriners of North America, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (AAONMS): highest ranking Shriner in the world.


"Ronald Reagan and Freemasonry"

Article & photos of Ronald Reagan being conferred with the titles of "Honorary Scottish Rite Mason" & "Honorary Member of the Imperial Council of the Shrine" by these men's predecessors in 1988 in the Oval Office of the White House. This includes a fascinating account of a dispute regarding the Grand Master of DC's sovereignty over all Masons physically within the confines of that Grand Jurisdiction, including Sovereign Grand Commanders of the AASR.

On February 11, 1988, President Ronald Reagan welcomed Grand Commander Kleinknecht to the White House. ...

Wanting to debunk long-standing fictions about Freemasonry, Fred manned an aggressive and winning campaign against an extremist faction within the Southern Baptist Convention that wished to condemn Freemasonry.

Similarly, Fred took unprecedented steps to heal misunderstandings between Freemasonry and the Roman Catholic Church. Through personal conferences with high Vatican officials in Rome and in Washington, he set the cornerstone for building cordial relations between the two great institutions.




Sovereign Grand Commander,
Supreme Council of AASR from Romania

Dear Sovereign Grand Commanders,
Dear Grand Masters,
Ladies - Sisters,
Dear Brethren, Distinguished Guests

More than 200 years ago, in May 30, 1786, Frederic the Great established the first Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in the world.

Today is a great historical day for the Romanian Scottish Rite, for the Romanian Freemasonry, and even for the A A S R all over the world. It’s a great celebration for all of us. We have the honour to see among us the successor of the first Sovereign of the Scottish Rite, Ill. Br. C. Fred Kleinknecht (Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council Mother of the World), the Sovereign Grand Commander Robert Ralston, Sovereign Grand Commander Friedrich-Wilhelm Schmidt, Sovereign Grand Commander Corrado Ballaco Gabrieli, Sovereign Grand Commander Leopold Tröthann, Sovereign Grand Commander Peter Kozma, Sovereign Grand Commander Nogueira, our beloved Brother Robert Woodward, the chief of the NATO Bases Lodges.

Today a wonderful thing has happened: the Sovereign Grand Commanders are present here together with the Grand Masters of the Grand Lodges for a common celebration. This proves that Masonry is only one, though we talk about Romania, Germany, Hungary, France or America. What happens today should stand for a new level of the World Freemasonry. As I’ve already said, there isn’t a European Masonry and an American one - the Masonry is only one! Whatever is against it is in fact outside Masonry.

The fraternal love must work indeed and win. I think this is our message, especially that we are now on the verge of unifying - in the profane field of world union -, at the point of restoring and installing the new order of the Temple of Solomon. For this we all swore, this is our ambition and, within this, Romania and Romanian Masonry is in the proper position and has all the historical, cultural and spiritual rights to be part of the wonderful universal chain of fraternity, the universal chain in which we all are neighbours. Masonry should be what it was before, the promoter of this union on the world plane. We are convinced that Masonry, the Scottish Rite, represents the elite that leads and will lead the mankind towards harmony and peace and towards love, which is above all.

I want to thank once again the high and distinguished guests, to thank you, Brethren, for everything you have done so far and please consider seriously the fact that from now on a new stage begins, a stage in which we have to dedicate ourselves to work and prove that we are indeed an elite and we deserve the sacred mission we were called at.

God bless you!


excerpt from “Papal Rome and the European Union” by Richard Bennett and Michael de Semlyen:

In February 1992, The Maastricht Treaty, or Treaty of European Union, was signed at Maastricht in Holland by the foreign and finance ministers of the member states. Its objective was to bind the twelve nations into cooperation or “ever closer union” on a range of issues other than economic and trading. To this end the EC was renamed The European Union. The Maastricht Treaty established economic and monetary union, which would lead ultimately to all member states sharing a single currency. The religious dimension, although not apparent, was the key to what was being formed. Among European leaders who were most influential in furthering the Maastricht agenda were Jacques Delors and Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers (both Jesuit educated) as well as devout Catholics German Chancellor Kohl and Prime Minister Felipe Gonzales of Spain. These four leaders were all products of the Roman Catholic Social Movement, which believes that “there is no nobler task than the unifying of our continent” and views the idea of a united Europe as essentially a Catholic concept.

The Amsterdam Treaty followed and was signed in 1997 as a further notch of the ratchet of “ever-closer union”, meaning in fact, ever diminishing sovereignty, following the principle of acquis communautaire (which asserts “that what has been acquired cannot be taken away”). The Amsterdam Treaty gave more powers to the unelected Commission and particularly to its unelected President as the initiator, administrator, mediator, negotiator and guardian of the Treaties. The Treaty of Nice, signed by Prime Minister Tony Blair in December 2000, was the last in the series of treaties, which have progressively drained the UK of its sovereignty. At Nice there was finally and irrevocably established the EU as a sovereign federal state. A new European criminal code, Corpus Juris, will replace the classic, longstanding British criminal code. Vital elements such as Trial by Jury and Habeas Corpus are missing from this new code.


On December 8, 1955, on the Catholic “Feast of The Immaculate Conception of Mary Our Co-redeemer,” the European Ministers’ delegates officially adopted the European flag, twelve stars on a blue background, designed by Arsene Heitz, who, today, is an octogenarian artist in Strasbourg.

Recently Heitz revealed to a French magazine the reason for his inspiration. According to the artist, he thought of the twelve stars in a circle on a blue background, exactly the way it is represented in traditional iconography of this image of the Immaculate Conception. A devotee of the Virgin Mary, Heitz never misses praying a daily Rosary. Heitz noticed the words of the Apocalypse, “And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,” Revelation 12:1. As a devout Catholic, he applies this to Mary, whom Catholics worship.

The European Union’s flag consists of twelve stars, inspired by the halo of twelve stars that appear around the Madonna in Catholic pictures of her. And, that is how a profoundly religious symbol came to be the official European Union flag.

A former secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Leon Marchal, affirmed that the stars are those of “the woman of the Apocalypse.” Enthusiastically he explained, “It’s wonderful that we have gotten back to the Introit of the new Mass of the Assumption. It’s the corona stellarum duodecim (the crown of the twelve stars) of the woman of the Apocalypse.” The Catholic Church has always claimed that she represents the Virgin Mary, “the mother of God.” This means that the European flag is a Catholic flag.

The EU, which now has fifteen member countries, has confirmed that the number of stars will always stay at twelve, which indicates that the stars do not represent countries. A leaflet, “Building Europe Together,” given to visitors to EU headquarters in Brussels, says: “The European flag (is) a shared flag, blue with twelve gold stars symbolizing completeness. The number will remain twelve no matter how many countries there are in the European Union.”

The Marian (Mary worship) symbol of twelve stars is on every license plate of the European Union and every banknote in Europe. Vatican-issued Euro coins have the Pope’s image with twelve stars.

So important is Mary in Catholic worship, that on September 2, 1958, Archbishop Montini of Milan (the later Pope Pius XII) released on the mountain Serenissima a twenty-meter high statue of Mary and called it “Our Beloved Lady, Ruler of Europe.” Pope Pius XII called Mary “Mother of all Nations” and called on March 3, 1953, for a reunion of nations. Bishop Dr. Graber said on September 9, 1978: “I’ve asked for a Marian European International. . . . We pray and ask in silence that the western world one day will be as it was: a IMPERIUM MARIANUM [Mary's Imperial Kingdom].”

The Beast is riding, to be dominated by the woman who rides the Beast, Revelation 17.

Read the book, A Woman Rides the Beast: the Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days, by Dave Hunt, 580 pp.

Also, The Papacy, by J.A. Wylie, 95 pp.

— based on an article by Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi

Other references:

* Circle of stars (Wikipedia article)

* Flag of Europe (Wikipedia article)” Flag of Europe (Wikipedia article)


The Order of Merit pro Merito Melitensi of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a knightly order of merit established in 1920. It is awarded to men and women who have brought honour and prestige to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta or actively promoted Christian values or works of charity in the Christian tradition as defined by the Roman Catholic Church. Although, strictly speaking, honorees become knights or dames, they are not invested in a religious ceremony as knights and dames of the Order of Malta itself (which is a military order of chivalry); therefore the Order pro Merito Melitensi (sometimes "Melitense") may be bestowed upon non-Catholics. Conferees include prominent statesmen, such as Ronald Reagan (who received it while still in office) and George H.W. Bush. The Order of Merit has certain ranks (such as knight commander) no longer used in the Order of Malta, and has no nobiliary grades. In this way it is comparable to numerous orders of merit around the world, including the Papal orders.

Remarks at the Annual Dinner of the Knights of Malta in New York, New York

January 13, 1989

Your Eminences, Your Excellency, Your Most Eminent Highness, President Peter Grace, and ladies and gentlemen, tonight for me is a moment from humility: to stand here before you, the members of the most ancient order of its kind in the world, formed in the Holy Land 900 years ago -- or as some of us would say, only yesterday. [Laughter] But to stand in this way before the members of this order with its remarkable history, which speaks to the entire ebb and flow of Western civilization, and its noble present, which is a monument to the highest values of free men and women, is to be reminded once again that the only true calling of man is service to God, and to have served in that calling is cause not for pride but for gratitude.

Uncivil Liberties
Trillin, C. | February 13, 1989 issue

The article focuses on government's policy for the homeless in the U.S. Cardinal John O'Connor of New York asked President Ronald Reagan the other day about criticism that his Administration had made virtually no effort at all to build housing for the homeless. This was when the President was a guest on the Cardinal's television show just before receiving an award in New York from the Knights of Malta of America, which was described in the newspaper as an organization dedicated to serving the sick and the poor. Reagan explained to the Cardinal that most of the people who live on the street are there because they prefer that way of life.

More info on Reagan & SMOM Knights of Malta at:



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