Will the Regular Freemasonry in Latin America have a new horizon after the election of its new leader?

Monday 9 April 2012

Will the Regular Freemasonry in Latin America have a new horizon after the election of its new leader?

As stated by APMR's Secretary General three years ago (and recently by Retiz Licona, running for IMC's Executive Secretary) the Brazilian Freemasonry transformed itself to be the vanguard of Regular Latin American Freemasonry. This year Brazil will host one of the most important Masonic events that could launch Latin American Brethren into a new era by deciding on their new leader and therefore a new policy.

During the campaign APMR published two interviews with PGM Hernando Osorio Rico (Colombia) and PGM Eduardo Retiz Licona (Mexico), both running for IMC's leadership. After it was leaded by a Central American Brother (Guatemala) now the Grand Masters of all member Grand Lodges will chose between a North American (Mexico) and a South American (Colombia) Brother to lead the future of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation.

It's hard to say who will win but the stakes are high. We have analyzed both interviews granted to APMR's Secretary General and we tried to have the official opinion of the Secretary General but he politely refused us by saying that "I can not say that if a candidate or other will be the future Executive Secretary due to our neutrality policies. What I can say is that if Hernando or Eduardo will be appointed as IMC's Executive Secretary I will be the first in extending my hand for promoting future IMC projects."

Both candidates have a more human vision of Freemasonry and a more interactive one with the profane world and with local, national and Inter-American authorities. Both have close ties with North American Brethren and they are well-known in their national Masonic communities, both leading until a few years ago the most emblematic Grand Lodges in their countries.

There are also rumors on both sides saying that the vote of each Latin American Grand Master could change in the following days and that the general impact could create some misunderstandings, being for the first time in its 65 years of existence when the candidates for IMC's leadership granted public interviews and talked publicly about their government programs. By this not only the Grand Masters of each country but also all Brethren were able to see their type of speech, their vision and type of understanding the role of Freemasonry in the future of Latin American history and that of the 21st century Freemasonry.

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