From the Constitution

GENERAL PRINCIPLES
OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED FREEMASON'S SCOTTISH RITE

Seven points of the ancient and accepted rules - principles

I

Freemasonry is the brotherhood that encompasses the whole world. Its roots reach up to the very origins of the human community. In its teaching it identifies and accepts the higher origin expressed with the name The Great Architect of Universe.

II

All genuine Freemasons, regardless of their homeland, form the united brotherhood that is spread all over the world. Together, they form a Freemasonry chain.

III

Every Supreme Council governs the Ateliers within its obedience in accordance with its Constitution. The authority of the Supreme Council in the protection of general rules of the Scottish Rite and basic principles of Freemasonry is sovereign and independent over the entirety of its territorial supremacy.

IV

The activities that endanger the independence of one of the regular and accepted Supreme Councils, endanger also the independence of all the others and thus endanger the totality of the chain.

V

The activity of the Supreme Council refers only to Freemasons under its authority.

VI

The most important duty of an genuine Freemason is the loyalty to its own country. Among other of his duties there is the respect of a given oath that tightens him with the Rite and his Lodge where he attained the light and Freemason's outfit.

VII

The responsibilities of all Ateliers of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is always to work for the benefit of the Rite. The responsibility of the Supreme Council is the development of Freemasonry knowledge and directing the work of Ateliers in accordance with the Constitution.