Resolution Adopted at Pennsylvania's June Communication
At the Quarterly Communication held on June 5, 2002, the following Resolution was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania:
Whereas, the Grand Lodge of France has failed to meet all of the requisite requirements that are deemed necessary to qualify for regularity as a Masonic Grand Lodge; and
Whereas, the Commission on Information for the Conference of Grand Masters of North America has met with and reviewed a request from this Grand Lodge for several years and has found them deficient in each case; and
Whereas, the accepted protocols regulating the stability of regular Freemasonry requires that only one Grand Lodge be recognized in a jurisdiction unless mutual recognition exists between each of them; and
Whereas, there is no mutual recognition between the Grand Lodge of France and the French National Grand Lodge; and
Whereas, the Grand Lodge of Minnesota has granted recognition to the Grand Lodge of France in circumvention of this protocol.
Now, therefore be it resolved that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania suspend recognition of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota until the said Grand Lodge once again adheres to those principles with which all well-governed regular Grand Lodges agree. Be it further resolved that the Grand Master be empowered to take similar action against any other Grand Lodge circumventing this protocol.
BULLETIN: Minnesota Withdraws Recognition of G.L. of France
Reacting to the suspension of recognition by a number of sister jurisdictions, the Grand Lodge of Minnesota resolved at its 148th Annual Communication to withdraw its recognition of the Grand Lodge of France. In a July 13 communication to all Grand Lodges of North America, the Rev. Terry L. Tilton, M.W. Grand Master, communicated the resolution that concluded in part:
Therefore, Be it resolved that it is my order to forthwith suspend our recognition of the Grand Lodge of France to the end that we may again enjoy the fraternal benefits of mutual recognition and visitation with all sister jurisdictions....