It’s confirmed : Massachusetts says « NO » !!!
Massachusets, the first of the US Grand Lodges to temporarily withdraw its recognition of the GLNF.
On saturday Winnie reported a rumour that the GL of Massachusetts had suspended recognition og the GLNF. Unfortunately the rumour is now confirmed.
The following letter has been sent to Jacques Rodier by Jeffrey Gardiner, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Massachusets.
(available in pdf, link)
The Grand Lodge os Massachusetts is one of the oldest Grand Lodges in the world having been founded in 1733 just 3 years after 4 Lodges met in london to form the first grand Lodge in history. The list of Grand Lodges in the world that it recognises can be consulted on www.massfreemasonry.org/index. You will quickly see that the GLNF is nowhere to be seen.
by : Arturusrex
THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE
OF ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS
THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
R.W. Jeffrey L. Gardiner Masonic Building
Grand Secretary 186 Tremont St., Boston 02111
June 13, 2011
Jacques Rodier, Grand Secretary
Grande Loge Nationale Francaise
12, Rue Christine de Pisan
75017 Paris, France
Dear Brother Rodier,
At a Regular Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts held on June 8, 2011, the
following report was presented by our Committee on Foreign Relations:
“Grande Loge Nationale Francaise (GLNF), unfortunately, since October 2009, has been
increasingly disrupted by discord and disharmony. It is regrettable that under the current
leadership these internal quarrels have led to law suits in the civil courts of Paris. These
civil actions have resulted in two facts: 1. the day to day governance of the GLNF in now
in the hands of a court appointed “ad hoc” administrator, and 2. the internal problems of
the GLNF have been widely covered in the national and local press in France. In
addition, the various groups within the GLNF have been airing their differences in public,
often using excessive, un-Masonic and at time libelous language.
“A joint Communication from the Grand Lodge of Switzerland, Grand Lodge of
Luxembourg, Grand Lodge of Germany and Grand Lodge of Belgium indicate they have
jointly undertaken actions leading to the suspension of recognition of the GLNF.”
“Due to the internal problems within the GLNF and for the sake of regular Freemasonry
and in order to protect the reputation of our Grand Lodge it is the recommendation of the
Committee on Foreign Relations that this Grand Lodge temporarily suspend recognition
of the GLNF, until the administration of GLNF is returned to the legitimate officers of
the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise.”
Whereas, a motion was made and seconded that the Grand Lodge of Masons in
Massachusetts temporarily suspend recognition of the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise,
Whereas, an affirmative vote of the members of the Grand Lodge present was made and
accepted by the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Most Worshipful Richard J.
Therefore, receive this letter as official notification to your Grand Lodge of our
temporary suspension of recognition of your Grand Lodge.
Jeffrey L. Gardiner