It's confirmed : Massachusetts says "NO" !!!

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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 You will quickly see that the GLNF is nowhere to be seen. 

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R.W. Jeffrey L. Gardiner Masonic Building

Grand Secretary 186 Tremont St., Boston 02111

Telephone 617-426-6040

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

Grand Secretary




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