Completely fed up with the ongoing turmoil within the GLNF, (that they suggest dates from more then 20 years ago) 3 of the most important masons on the French scene, Alain BAUER, former Grand Master of the Grand Orient, Michel BARAT, former Grand Master of the Grande Loge de France, and Roger DACHEZ, President of the French Masonic Institute and renowned historian, have written a joint letter to the UGLE, the “Vatican” of world Freemasonry. link
They write in their own names but their combined influence and the indirect association with the institutions they represent are a brutal blow to François Stifani.
And it couldn’t come at a worse time for him. This coming Saturday he hopes to strut his stuff before a large international audience at the annual formal Grand Lodge meeting of the GLNF.
The “large international audience” is likely to be farcical, particularly since Stifani’s opponents have written to 172 Grand Lodges in French, English and Spanish urging them not to come (this letter will be presented in a separate article). Well informed sources suggest that the traditionally strong representation from central African Grand Lodges will be at a minimum with no or only one or two Grand Masters attending, the others preferring to send a delegation of minor officials.
Bauer, Barat and Dachez are none too kind with the UGLE, accusing it of complacency over the past 20 years, allowing matters to fester unhindered within the GLNF.
But will this letter force the UGLE to make a positive move ? Journalist François KOCH states that the UGLE Grand Chancellor has gathered support from within Great Queen Street.