[Square & Compasses]

Police Detective Has Time for Traditional Path

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:06:22 -0400
From: Robert Cairo <RCAIRO1@woh.rr.com>
Subject: One Day Classes Cheat New Masons
To: masonry-ask@mit.edu
Message-id: <bae5c39079e6d.79e6dbae5c390@columbus.rr.com>

I became familiar with the controversy over the One Day Classes through your fine web-site. Unfortunately, the Grand Lodge of Ohio had a One Day Class conducted earlier this year (2007). Luckily for me, I petitioned my Lodge just after the class.

I am very glad that I did not get the "opportunity" to churn through all three degrees in one day. I will remember my initiation for the rest of my life. It was a simultaneously powerful and bewildering experience: THAT IS THE IDEA.

The Masons in the One Day Class get cheated out of that experience and the do not get the leisure to contemplate the why of the ritual. If they never learn it then they will just be McMasons. If they later learn it on their own then they will be angry with the Grand Lodge for denying them a centuries-old experience.

I am a police officer in a very over-worked Detective Section in a busy police department in a violent city; added to that, I attend college at night. So I don't have any patience with the idea that certain, "successful" men are "too busy" to attend Lodge and earn the degrees in the traditional manner.

I hope that the Grand Lodge of Ohio may hold another One Day Class in 2009. By that time, I will be a MM and plan to campaign against it.

Sincerely, Robert Cairo

(Bro. Cairo sent a follow-up letter a few months later.)

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