A Grand Orient is “Continental” a Grand Lodge “regular”, right?


The name an organisation itself says nothing about recognition. When a country has a Grand Lodge and for whatever reason a new organisation is founded, the new organisation can just call itself Grand Lodge with a very different name, or choose to name itself “Grand Orient”. Then again, perhaps the new organisation prefers to call itself a “confederation”. It is only later that existing Grand Lodges will decide if they recognise the new organisation.

So, the Grand Orient of France is “Continental”, but the Grand Orient of the Netherlands” is “regular”. Both the Grand Orient and the Grand Lodge of Belgium are “Continental”.

Confusing? Definitely!

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