An e-mail from England

Published on by Winnie

Dear LML in English readers,

We have received the following e-mail from a Brother in England, member of the UGLE.

"Today (July 20th) a letter was sent to the Metropolitan Grand Lodges, Provinces and Districts announcing that at its meeting yesterday (July 19th) the Board of General Purposes decided to suspend relations with the GLNF. This falls slightly short of withdrawing recognition but in fact is virtually the same. Visiting in either direction is forbidden. However those Brethren with dual membership (UGLE & GLNF) will not have to choose which Obedience to stay with. They can continue to attend their GLNF Lodges as members of the GLNF and UGLE Lodges as English Masons. The President of the Board will put a motion at the September meeting of the Grand Lodge to bring the suspension into full effect. Look at the UGLE web site in the Foreign GL section where there is a brief note about the suspension link and a further note against the GLNF listing in the European GLs link. I have been told the full text of the letter is to be posted on the "Freemasonry Today" web site, apparently now restricted to UGLE members only LML in English will attempt to get a copy.


For information, the Grand Masters of the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland have written to their Provinces and Districts announcing their suspended recognition of the GLNF. The Scottish letter is on the GL of Scotland website. For the moment nothing has been published on the GL of Ireland website."

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gars de l'Est 07/21/2011 09:42

Dear Brother,

Please find below a text copy of the pdf document I have received from a Brother in England.

The given reason for the suspension is merely the "substantial disharmony" within the GLNF. The GL of Scotland was more spefific, referring to the cancellation of the expected meeting of 27th June
(by Stifani)

"United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London Ve2E 5AZ Telephone: 0207831 981 1
Fax: 02078316021

Dear Provincial Grand Master,


20 Ju1y 2011
At the June Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge the President of the Board of General Purposes made a statement about the turbulence existing in the Grande Loge Nationale Française ("GLNF") and
indicated that the Board would continue to monitor the situation closely.
The Board regrets that the situation within the GLNF has deteriorated, with some 600 or more Lodges dissociating themselves from that Grand Lodge or indicating that they will be doing so. This
means that it is now an impossible task for our Lodges to know which French Masons may properly visit our Lodges and which may not.
Harmony within Lodges and with fellow Masons has always been one of the customs and usages of Freemasonry. This is a fundamental principle urged upon candidates at their initiation. Indeed, it is
so fundamental that it has never been considered necessary to enshrine it as a Rule in the Book of Constitutions, though the "Antient Charges" which are published as a part of the Book of
Constitutions urge the cultivation of brotherly love, "avoiding ail wrangling and quarrelling, aIl slander and backbiting".
The Board considers that the GLNF may be in breach of Paragraph 8 of the Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition - "That the principles of the Antient Landmarks, customs, and usages of the Craft
shall be strictly observed" - which are also included with the Book of Constitutions. While the evidence of substantial disharmony within the GLNF is overwhelming, the Board is reluctant at present
to recommend withdrawal of Recognition, but will recommend in its Report to the September Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge that relations with the GLNF be suspended.
The consequences of such suspension will be that:

1. our Brethren will no longer be permitted to join or to visit Lodges under the GLNF; and

2. our Lodges will no longer be pennitted to elect as a joining member or admit as a visitor any Brother who is a subscribing member of a Lodge under the GLNF, unless he is also a subscribing
mernber of a Lodge under DGLE or under a Grand Lodge, other than the GLNF, recognised by UGLE.
This suspension will not force any of our Brethren who are currently also members of Lodges under the GLNF to resign from any such Lodges; nor will it prevent such Brethren from continuing to
exercise, as mernbers of Lodges under the GLNF, such rights, including those of visiting, as they enjoy under the GLNF.

The Board hopes that, although a formal suspension of relations with the GLNF cannot be achieved until Grand Lodge meets on 14 September, you will encourage the Brethren of your Lodges to act in
the meantime as though the above restrictions were already in force.
If you or your Provincial Grand Secretary, to whom a copy of this letter is being sent, have any questions at all about the scope or effect of these restrictions, please get in touch with the
Assistant Grand Secretary (; tel nr).

Needless to say, the Board also hopes that it will not be too long before harmony is restored within the GLNF so that we may resume normal relations with our Brethren in France.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,

, . .
Grand Secretary
Distribution: Provincial Grand Masters Provincial Grand Secretaries
Grand Superintendents and District Grand Masters (for information) Provincial and District Grand Scribes E (for information)

Winnie 07/21/2011 09:50

Many thanks my Brother,

I will take the text and publish it as a specific article.