Masonic symbol banned on headstone

In the recently-published judgment Re St Oswald Dean [2016] ECC Car 5, the Chancellor refused to grant a faculty for the addition of the Masonic symbol to a memorial to the Petitioner’s late uncle, who had a lifelong association with Freemasonry. In his considerations of the circumstances relating to the petition, the Chancellor reviewed the relationship between the Church of England and Freemasonry, a position which has received relatively little attention at national level since it was discussed at General Synod in July 1987. Continue reading