The Commission on Information for Recognition: 2012 Report
CONFERENCE OF GRAND MASTERS OF MASONS IN NORTH AMERICA
The Commission on Information for Recognition
The Grand Lodge of Albania was consecrated on October 14, 2011 in Tirana by the
Grand Orient of Italy. It is composed of three lodges previously warranted by
the Grand Orient of Italy. It has adopted the Ritual and Book of Constitution of
the Grand Orient, the Principles for Grand Lodges Recognition accepted by the
United Grand Lodge of England, as well as the "Aims and Relationships of the
Craft" of the UGLE. The Commission is of the opinion that the Grand Lodge of
Albania meets the standards for recognition.
It was reported last year that the two groups representing the Grand Lodge of
Baja California had worked out an accord that would have unified them again into
one regular Grand Lodge. The leaders of the two groups signed the agreement,
termed the Denver Accord, and were confident it would be ratified by both
groups. This did not happen; therefore the Grand Lodge of Baja California
remains two separate organizations, and neither satisfies the standards for
There continues to be no progress in the unification of Freemasonry in Bulgaria.
The Commission received submissions from both Grand Lodges, but there appears to
be no interest on the part of the United Grand Lodge of Bulgaria in entering
discussions with the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Bulgaria, either for unification or
for establishing a treaty to share the jurisdiction. Both of these Grand Lodges
appear to practice regular Masonry, and both were of the same origin until they
split in 2001. This Commission has urged the two Grand Lodges to resolve their
differences for the past eight years to no avail; therefore this issue will not
be addressed again until the brethren in Bulgaria reach some type of agreement
that will meet the standards for recognition.
GRANDE LOGE NATIONALE FRANCAISE
The difficult situation involving the GLNF was reviewed in great detail from
data presented to the Commission, as well as statements from parties explaining
both sides of the issues. It was reported that some 28 regular Grand Lodges,
including six in the United States and one in Canada, have now suspended
fraternal relations with the GLNF. Although the GLNF is still considered to be
regular, there is a question of them meeting the standards for recognition.
After much consideration, the Commission is of the opinion a reasonable course
of action to consider is to suspend fraternal relations with the GLNF until such
time a resolution to their crisis is achieved. New elections are scheduled in
the near future, and it is hoped that a solution will be forthcoming.
The agreement of unification of the two Grand Lodges that was reached in 2010,
has been broken, and the situation has reverted back to two Grand Lodges
claiming to be the legitimate source of Freemasonry in that country. There is
also evidence that negotiations for unification have ceased. This being the
case, the Commission is of the opinion that neither Grand Lodge now meets the
standards for recognition.
The Grand Lodge of Tahiti was constituted on December 21, 2011 from three lodges
previously chartered by the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise. Data was presented
that indicates this new Grand Lodge practices regular Masonry and is a sovereign
territory. The Commission is of the opinion that the Grand Lodge of Tahiti meets
the standards for recognition.
Several last minute submissions to the Commission this year have resulted in
unnecessary difficulty in getting the material to Commission members, leaving
insufficient time to adequately study and research the subjects to be
considered. In the future, any submissions to the Commission must be received by December 1st in order to be considered at the annual meeting the following
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