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Who has more power a 32nd degree mason of the Scottish rite or a knights templar of the york rite?
It depends on what you mean by "power." If you mean the power to read a newspaper through brick walls, or fly through the air unseen for long distances, or bend steel bars with your bare hands, or melt stainless steel with your x-ray vision, then the answer would clearly have to be a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. But, if you mean the power to get free sodas from any vending machine, or always find an empty parking spot, or the power to get a comfy nice armchair at work, or always get a warning instead of a ticket when you're stopped for speeding, that kind of stuff, then the answer is that kind of power is for Knights Templar only.
Degrees in Freemasonry, Scottish Rite, Royal Arch, etc. DO NOT confer power.
Even in Blue Craft Freemasonry, the Grand Master, though afforded particular respect, is "On the Level" with all other Master Masons.
Ahh, the "Blue Craft" Freemasonry. That's the stuff.
There is no degree of Craft Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason. Although some Masonic bodies and orders have further degrees named with higher numbers, these degrees may be considered to be supplements to the Master Mason degree rather than promotions from it. An example is the Scottish Rite, conferring degrees numbered from 4° up to 33°. It is essential to be a Master Mason in order to qualify for these further degrees. They are administered on a parallel system to Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry; within each organisation there is a system of offices, which confer rank within that degree or order alone.
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