A branch of the Masonic tree

Co-Masonry is a fraternal body committed to the same principles and purposes as Freemasonry, and is indeed a branch of the Masonic tree, a branch which the tree in various ways tries to disown, but which nevertheless claims the sme ancestry and rights to function in the name of Freemasonry. It differs from the established, ‘segregated’ body in two important ways: It is International (that is, it works under a Constitution and a Supreme Council in Paris, France) and it opens the doors of Ancient Freemasonry to the qualified applicants without distinction of sex or race or religions.

Helen Wycherly, quoted in Karen Kidd’s On Holy Ground.

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