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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England is the UK’s largest, secular fraternal and charitable organisation. It has over 330,000 members working in 8,644 lodges throughout England and Wales and 30,000 more members overseas.

Here is a selection of frequently asked questions about freemasonry, if you cannot find an answer to your specific question, please ask us using the form at the bottom of the page. We can then add to this section to assist others.

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What is Freemasonry?

What happens at a lodge meeting?

Isn't ritual out of place in a modern society?

Why do grown men run around with their trousers rolled up?

Why do Freemasons take oaths?

Why do your 'obligations' contain hideous penalties?

Are Freemasons expected to prefer fellow Masons at the expense of others in giving jobs, promotions, contracts and the like?

Isn't it true that Freemasons only look after each other?

Aren't you a religion or a rival to religion?

Why do you call it the VSL and not the Bible?

Why do you call God the Great Architect?

Why don't some churches like Freemasonry?

Why will Freemasonry not accept Roman Catholics as members?

Isn't Freemasonry just another political pressure group?

Are there not Masonic Groups who are involved in politics?

Is Freemasonry an international Order?

What is the relationship between Freemasonry and groups like the Orange order, Odd Fellows and Buffaloes?

Why don't you have women members?

Why do you wear regalia?

How many Freemasons are there?

How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?

How much does it cost to be a Freemason?

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