Anti-Masonry is nothing new to the brethren of the fraternity. The forcing of making affiliation is also a matter members of the Craft have had to deal with. This is just the recent turn of events happening in Italy.
The Italian parliamentary Anti-mafia Commission (Italian: Commissione parlamentare antimafia) is a bicameral commission of the Italian Parliament, composed of members from the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The first commission, formed in 1963, was established as a body of inquiry tasked with investigating the “phenomenon of the [Sicilian] Mafia”. Subsequent commissions expanded their scope to investigate all “organized crime of the Mafia type”, which included other major criminal organizations in Italy such as the Camorra, the ‘Ndrangheta and the Sacra Corona Unita.
The Commission’s goal is to study the phenomenon of organized crime in all its forms and to measure the adequacy of existing anti-crime measures, legislative and administrative, according to their results. The Commission also has judicial powers in that it may instruct the judicial police to carry out investigations, it can ask for copies of court proceedings, and is entitled to request any form of collaboration that it deems necessary. Those who provide testimony to the Commission are obliged by law to tell the truth. The Commission can also submit reports to the Parliament as often as desired, but does so at least on an annual basis.
(ANSA) – Rome, March 1 – The parliamentary anti-mafia commission on Wednesday ordered police to seize the membership lists, from 1990 to today, of freemasons belonging to lodges in Calabria and Sicily. The lodges involved are: Grande Oriente d’Italia; Gran Loggia Regolare d’Italia; Serenissima Gran Loggia d’Italia; Gran Loggia d’Italia degli Antichi Liberi Accettati Muratori. There have been a few recent cases in which some masons have been linked to mafia activities in the two southern Italian regions. The freemasons’ lodges have denied having anything to do with Italy’s mafias: Cosa Nostra in Sicily, ‘Ndrangheta in Calabria and the Camorra in Campania.
Let us keep those brothers in Italy in our thoughts and Prayers.