GLNF (National Grand Lodge of France)
documents relating to the Grand Lodge of Minnesota's Recognition of the
GLF and Related Subjects - 2001-2002
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everyone can read, copy, or print documents provided by the GLNF (National Grand
Lodge of France) relating to the Grand Lodge of Minnesota's recognition of the
GLF (Grand Lodge of France) and related subjects, and the reaction of some U.S.
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Assistant Grand Master of the GLNF, for inclusion on this webpage.
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Concerning the unrecognized Grand Lodge de France
For several years the spokeman for the Grande Loge de France has
sent hundreds of messages via Compuserv influencing, strangely enough, regular
intelligent erudit Masons in the United States and Canada. This in order to
obtain recognition for his Grand Lodge which remains outside the regular masonic
family because of its failure to break relations with the Grand Orient de
France, the mixed men and womens' lodge Droit Humain and the continued visits
with the Grnad Lodge Feminine de France.
In many of his messages of which there is a file, he is
extremely vociferous in his grand lodge's refusal to sever those relations. He
screams that the members of his grand lodge are free men and masnoic oaths and
regulations are superfluous.
Have you noticed all these years not once has he mentioned GOD.
And most perplexing in spite of every lodge in the North America, in every
single ritual, God is pronouced so frequently.
Before you can become a Mason in North America the first
question demanded "Do you belive in God?" When yo uare first admitted
into a lodge you are caused to kneel for the benefit of prayer. You are asked in
whom you put your trust and you answered in GOD. You knelt at the altar and took
an OATH before GOD and you sealed it with your lips.
You promised you would not assist or be present at making a
woman a Mason.
What happened to you revolutionary American Masons? Have you
radically changed? You do not believe in or love GOD anymore. You prefer to sit
in lodges with women? You prefer to sit in lodges with men and women together?
You prefer to sit in lodges without a Volume of the Sacred Law on the altar? If
you support the person and his unrecognized grand lodge who have convinced you
this is regular, then you do not believe in GOD and you do not believe in the
OATH you took when kneeling at the altar.
In an interview in the newspaper Le Parisien, the Grand Master
of the Grande Loge de France states that his grand lodge and the Grand Orient de
France intend to accelerate their association as they know each other since a
The GLdF continues to deny dual membership with the Grand
Orient. On National Television June 13, 2001 Bruno Ettienne an historian and
author and excellent freemason excalimed that he was a member of both grand
lodges like many others.
And of course the famous interview of both Grand Masters in Le
Figaro magazine in a lodge of the Grande Lodge de France.
We repeat that we would be so happy if there were one regular
Grand Lodge in France and we leave the door open for negotiations iwth the GLdF
if they will interdict dual membership with the Grand Orient and
visitation with mixed men and women lodges and the Feminine Grand Lodge of
Concerning the unrecognized Grand Lodge of France
The Chief Sysop of the Masonry Forum has called to order some
who it is claimed have attacked the above named unrecognized grand Ldoge.
For many years the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise has been
agreesed without its attacker being in the least cautioned by the same Chiefs.
Th assailers had an unopposed field until it became apparent the assaults were
reaching the ears of the noviates who joined the offensive.
Even these degradations were accepted until messages referring
to lack of patriotism and cowardice of the members of the GLNF made this Grande
Lodge furious at the allegations of the spokesman from the Grnde Loge de France.
In his message dated Monday Oct. 31, 1994 he wrote "No
matter how many of them wree imprisoned or tortured, how many died or
disappeared 'just' because they were masons, the spirit of solidarity between
Masons and between Grand Lodges only increased WITH THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION OF THE
GLNF. After the war and during the very difficult 10 or 15 years of
reconstruction, ATHIEIST Grand Lodges like the Grand Orient, co-Masonic ones
like the Droit Humain and regular GL's like the grand Lodge of France,
fraternally helped each other to rebuild."
His statement is disgraceful and insulting to all regular
masons. An insult to many regular masons from the GLNF who were also imprisoned,
tortured, died or disappeared just because they were masons. Disgraceful to
those of the GLNF who survived and still members of the only GOD fearing regular
Grande Lodge in France.
His statement is insulting to GLNF members Generals Lemnitzer,
Mooney, Wade, Talley, to those who survived the landing in Normandy and the
entire war, and the ten thousand Masons who were initiated, passed and raised in
the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise.
HIs statement is insulting to the memory of many of the greatest
heros of France who became members and Grand Masters of the GLNF.
The GLNF never attacked the Grande Loge de France. Its spokesman
began it all, apparently with the acceptance of those chiefs of the Compuserv
Masonic Forum who never called him to order.
To what lengths will the spokesman go to obtain recogniton? All
his Grand Lodge needs to do is proclaim a belief in GOD and sever relations
with, as he is quoted above, the Atheistic Grand Orient of France, the mixed men
and women's Droit Humain Lodge and the Grande Lode Feminine de France.
Concerning the unrecognized Grand Lodge of France
Grand Master of the Grande Loge de France refutes the insistence
of his spokesman's continued hypocrisy in claiming its 264 years of existence.
In an interview published in the newspaper "Le Republicain
Lorrain" April 26, 1997 the Grand Master of the Grand Loge de France states
"In 1994, we celebrated our Centennial.
He continues, if one must situate us on the chess board, we are
between the belief in the revealed God as in the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise
and the secularism of the Grand Orient of France. We have a vision of a greater
Question. If the Grand Master of the Grande Loge de France
states officially that in 1994, his Grand Lodge celebrated its CENTENNIAL, how
could the present Grande Loge de France be 264 years old
January 15, 2002
An article in our information pages called Breves (Briefs) has
been distorted by others inferring the GLNF has recognized the Grand Orient of
After a year long attack by the Grand Master of the Grand Orient
Alain Bauer and Michel Barat of the Grande Loge de France in the media, and
interviews, now Past Grand Master Claude Charbonniaud brought suit against the
former for slander.
Several days before going out of office GM Claude Charbonniaud
received a communication from GM Bauer of the G.O. desiging a rendez vous to
discuss the situation which was damaging freemasonry in France.
To save freemasonry in France and to quiet the media, GM
Charbonniaud agreed to drop his case if TM Bauer would arrest his ill founded
attacks in the press and other. An agreement was reached that each would
practice freemasonry it desired. The GLNF regularly with the 12 points and the
G.O. with its atheistic nonsense, women's organizations and mixed lodges of the
Droit Humain, Memphis Misraim, etc.
There never was the slightest question of establishing
recognition of the Grand Orient de France. They practise a special brand of
freemasonry and find members in the GLdF.
Teh regulations of the GLNF expel a member immediately if he
visits a lodge under a grand lodge with which it is not in recognition.
THEREFORE, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS LETTER AS CATEGORIC. THE GLNF DOES
NOT RECOGNIZE THE GRAND ORIENT DE FRANCE. Not now nor ever.
After fifty years of the pracise of regular freemasonry to have
to waste so much time on this ridiculous nonsense. Pathetic I say.
To all my brothers wheresoever they may be, have a wonderful
2002 filled with health and happiness.
Assistant Grand Master GLNF