After reading through the posts on this thread, here's my conclusion: GL specific restrictions in law beyond the general ones on candidate qualifications are in direct opposition to the tenet that the focus should be on the internal qualifications of the man. Certainly a felony on his record might point to real problem with a man, but is that 100% accurate on his current internal qualifications? It's my guess that such restrictions were caused by Lodges failing to exercise due diligence in making such decisions. A man selected by the Lodge is not only granted access to the Lodge, but to Freemasonry worldwide, a fact the GL would expect each Lodge to consider. Cordially, Skip.