The ‘Principles of Freemasonry’ were formulated on the first post-war meeting in German Freemasonry in Saint Paul’s Church in Frankfurt. Sixty years later, they still express very clearly what Freemasonry is and what it wants to achieve. The agreement reads:
‘Freemasonry unites Men who are seeking spiritual refinement through venerable rituals in a fraternal setting.
Philanthropy, fraternity, benevolence and education in humanities are its main tasks.
Freedom of confession, conscience and thought are its greatest goods. That is why every free man of good reputation, regardless of his religion, race, nationality, political convictions and social status may become its brother.
A Freemason sees divine creation filled with wisdom, strength and beauty in the world building, in everything that lives and in the moral conscience of the human. He admires the creation symbolised by the Threefold Great Architect of the Universe. Freemasonry is an ethical, not a political association and does not partake in political or confessional party battles. It is neither a religious community, nor a secret society, does not demand unlawful discretion and does not teach secret knowledge.’