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Montana Freemason  May 2013                                Volume 86 Number 2

    in attendance at the Grand Lodge tiled session can     Jurisprudence Committee and the Grand Master may
   openly and freely discuss any and all charges made      give their opinion or opinions; however, they will not
   by the petitioners will be voted on by all voting       have the authority to stop prevent, table, or withhold
   members in attendance at the tiled Grand Lodge          any discussion or voting.
   session. A majority favorable vote is required to       Submitted by Euclid Lodge #58
   establish an official reprimand. The Jurisprudence      Should any MParosopnonveinolta’steExtphelairnaOtiaotnh as a Master
   Committee and the Grant Master may give their           Mason, injure either an innocent Masonic Brother (or
   opinion or opinions; however, they will not have        any man or woman’s) reputation, good name, lively
   the authority to stop, prevent, table, or withhold      hood, cause bodily harm, or engage in any unmasonic
   any discussion or voting.                               conduct that brings either shame or discredit to the
                                                           Craft and the Principles and Ideals of Freemasonry.
         The accused Mason must be present at              This section would allow Chartered Lodges the power
   the Grand Lodge tiled session. He may enter a           to bring forth a petition for an Official Reprimand of
   statement of opinion and reasoning defending his        said member by the Grand Lodge of Montana. This
   actions. He may do so in a verbal or written form.      will be decided and voted upon by the Members
   This action by the accused must take place before       of Grand Lodge when in session at the Grand
   the members of the Grand Lodge vote.                    Communication. The Grand Master currently has
 B. Revocation of an official reprimand by Grand           the power to reprimand and Lodges have the power
 Lodge. A Mason in good standing who has received          to reprimand through the Trial of a Master Mason.
 a reprimand from Grand Lodge may petition the             This would allow Constituent Lodges to an alternative
 Grand Lodge to have the reprimand revoked and all         method to levy charges with appropriate checks and
 charges removed from the member’s record under            balances.
 the following conditions.                                 This waJus rliasrpgreulydreenfcoermCaotmtemd ittoteaechCioevmemtheentins tent of
    1. The brother who received the reprimand must         the drafters because some of the numbering of the
    obtain the injured parties forgiveness, make           subsections did not follow the usual format in the
    amends and or make full restitution.                   Code.
    2. The brother must clearly state in the petition      This resolution would amend the constitution and
    what he did to correct the wrong doing. This           would require referral to a special committee to
    petition must be accompanied by a letter from the      report and recommend passage or defeat; if passed
    offended party stating that the petitioners’ actions   by a simple majority, it would be referred to the
    have been pardoned and that he is forgiven of the      Committee on Jurisprudence to report at the next
    charges.                                               annual communication, at which time it would
    3. The brother may then petition the Grand Lodge       require a vote of three fourths of the members present
    for a dismissal of any and all charges included in     to be adopted. Sections 810, 820.
    the reprimand.                                         Note: When a new section is proposed, even though
    4. The brother must present his request to the         a new number may be proposed for the section, the
    Grand Secretary no later than 120 days prior to        Grand Secretary, as codifier, will assign a number to
    the next annual communication of Grand Lodge.          the section.
  The Grand Secretary must verify the accuracy of the
information by contacting the offended party. If the
Grand Master and the Grand Secretary are satisfied
that the petition to revoke the official reprimand
and the letter from the offended party are in order
the petition may then proceed to the next annual
communication of Grand Lodge.
  All petitions for the revocation of an official
reprimand by Grand Lodge will be read in their
entirety in a tiled Grand Lodge session. All voting
members in attendance at the Grand Lodge tiled
session can openly and freely discuss the Grand Lodge
reprimand, the revocation of the reprimand, the
charges, the letter forgiving the petitioner or any other
items pertinent to the petitioner or the reprimand.
The petition to revoke the reprimand will be voted on
by all the voting members in attendance at the tiled
Grand Lodge session. A majority favorable vote is
required to revoke the official reprimand. The

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