Article No 1: Constitutes a felony to be a communist, or to belong to a
masonic lodge or any other secret society.
Article No 2: As these organizations are now banned by the effects of this
decree, all monies and properties are to be confiscated immediately.
Article No 3: Any advertisement to exhort the principles or pretended
benefits of masonry or communism, or anything against the Religion or the
Motherland, will be penalised according to this law.
Article No 4: To be considered a mason, will be those who had been
initiated into masonry and had not been expelled from the Order, or not
broken altogether their relationship with the organisation. It would also
be considered a mason those expelled from the Order with the apparent
reason to protect the member from the objects of this law.
Article No 5: From the date of this publication, masons and communists, as
defined in article No 4 above, will be liable to be imprisoned with a
"minor jail offense", a minimum of 12 years and one day, but this situation
could be aggravated by the "Aggravated Circumstances" as explained in
Article No 6.
Article No 6: "Aggravated Circumstances" is to have obtained any of the
Degrees from the 18th to the 33rd inclusive, having taken part in any
Annual Communications or being part of any Committee or Board of the Grand
Orient of Spain, which would indicate the great confidence of the Order
entrusted upon the member.
Article No 7: Any mason or communist, who belongs to either organisation,
must notify the Government of his affiliation within two months of the date
of this law.
Article No 8: Without prejudice to other penalties as per article No 5, and
those who have not a reasonable excuse to be absolved, will be separated
immediately and indefinitely from Government jobs, Public or Official
Corporations, managerial and advisory positions in private enterprise
companies, as well as any other job in which any kind of confidence is
entrusted upon them. This law will cover this employment situation in
perpetuity. It will be considered a attenuating circumstances providing
information to the authorities about the persons who had performed the
initiation into masonry, their superiors, or any other person involved in
masonry or any other item of information that will be of benefit in the
carrying of this law.
General Francisco Franco