What is a Masonic Charge

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by Mikes1, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Mikes1

    Mikes1 Registered User

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    What IS a Masonic charge?
     
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you talking about Masonic charges i.e. someone filing charges against a fellow brother?
     
  3. Mikes1

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  5. Mikes1

    Mikes1 Registered User

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    Brother Traveling Man your post was of no help. Thank you anyway.
     
  6. Ashlar

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    What happens when you are arrested and you are in a court of law ? You have had charges brought against for violating the law . Well , it is the same with us . Every Lodge has a set of By-laws and every Grand Lodge has a constitution or a book of their laws , rules and regulations we are to follow , So To put it simply, it is exactly as it sounds , a Mason may have Masonic charges brought against by another Mason for violating the by-laws of their lodge and the laws , rules and regulations of their Grand Lodge jurisdiction .
     
  7. Traveling Man

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    A Masonic charge is a charge (legal) brought by another brother for violations of Masonic Jurisprudence. The book of Masonic Jurisprudence is your Grand Lodge’s Law book as well as your Lodge’s bylaws combined. The penalties are also prescribed in some jurisdictions law books.

    Nothing in the world does more to destroy brotherly love and a lodge than a Masonic Trial.

    The result if the Master of the Lodge prefers the charges a Masonic trial then ensues.

    http://www.grandlodgeofvirginia.org/education/publications/Masonic_Trial.pdf





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  8. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    Very true. Unfortunately, it can also be very necessary sometimes. :/
     
  9. Timothy Fleischer

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    Title V of the "The Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas AF&AM" is entitled "Masonic Disciplinary Procedures." If you do not have a copy, buy one or look over the Junior Warden's copy. The JW acts as the "lawyer of the lodge," and should have a copy handy at all times. He is issued one by the Grand Lodge when he is invested in the south.

    The Ancient Charges can be found at the beginning of the book, and are a good guideline for our behavior in and out of the Lodge.
     
  10. Timothy Fleischer

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    Also, I think the Laws are available in PDF format, but I do not have them in the format myself.
     
  11. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Here is a brief & general explanation of what offenses may expose a Brother to having charges filed against him in the Grand Lodge of Texas:

    "Art. 504. Violations Of Obligations And Laws.

    Every violation of a Masonic obligation, every violation of the Constitution, Laws, Resolutions or Edicts of this Grand Lodge, or usages and customs of Masonry, and every violation of the laws of the United States, a State, or of a municipality, involving moral turpitude is a Masonic disciplinary violation."

    The law book goes on to enumerate specific offenses, but the above pretty well covers the subject.
     

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