GLNF Meltdown: Grand Lodge of Ireland Rumored To Be Next

Discussion in 'Masonic Blogs' started by My Freemasonry, Jun 6, 2011.

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    Word is trickling in that the Grand Lodge of Ireland may announce this week that it is withdrawing recognition of the Grande Loge Nationale de France (GLNF), in the wake of six other European GLs so far this year (Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium).

    In addition, the United Grand Lodge of England meets this month, and the issue will undoubtedly be on the agenda. There are also suggestions that the Grand Lodge of Scotland is considering severing its "auld alliance" as well. Losing recognition of the Anglo GLs will be symbolically catastrophic to the GLNF, as it was UGLE that aided in its formation and growth after WWI, to the exclusion of the long-established and perfectly regular Grande Loge de France (GLdF).

    No U.S. or Canadian GLs have yanked recognition of GLNF. Yet.

    Meanwhile, GLNF Grand Master François Stifani continues to cling to his position as the obedience disintegrates around him. I can't put my finger on which simile best describes the spiraling mess. A scorched earth policy, as he continues to either expel or accept the resignation of waves of grand officers and representatives, along with hundreds of members (including the Grand Secretary and the ten member Council of Sages resigning, and 14 provincial GMs expelled in May)? Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, with a court appointed administrator up in the wheelhouse? Or just whistling through the graveyard, as the zombie army approaches?

    The GLNF is supposed to hold its General Assembly at the end of June, and the Paris court has ordered a carefully monitored election, along with demanding a financial audit of all accounts. Sounds serious, but the internal officers in charge of the audit last week sent a letter to the administrator saying they just need a little more time, since they've only had six months or so...

    And of course all of this continues to be gleefully played out in the French media, to the embarrassment of all French Masons.
    Cartoon from Franc-Maconnerie Magazine, No. 9, April/May 2011.

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  2. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

    Wow. Makes our issues seem trivial.
  3. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

    this news feed puts forth some really juicy stuff. lol.
  4. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

    Some of the links are especially good.
  5. dbindel

    dbindel Registered User

    It's a damn shame this is happening. As an international Masonic traveler, I would assert that my visits to GLNF lodges in Asia are bar-none the most fulfilling lodge experiences I have ever had.

    Back in January this year, our GLNF brethren in Asia seemed unconcerned about the Stifani mess and considered their local Masonry as something that was not really affected much by the drama at the top. I am nervous that this may soon affect the regularity of their charters... that would be an extremely sad day.
  6. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

    This is nuts. This is why I think our Grand Lodge took away the "Absolute" power from our Grand Master back in the 40s or 50s. According to what I have seen, he does not have the power to make a Mason on sight or expel someone without following the proper channels, to include charges.

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