« Dear Nicolas… », not just once, but 13 times !!!
His first letter having been rejected with typical Stifanesque disdain, Alain Juillet has sent a second to the non-recipient of unsolicited correspondence from the Elysée Palace. In it, among other things, he reveals that our self-proclaimed spiritual guide has written to Nicolas Sarkozy no less than 13 times since the beginning of his mandate as Grand Master, including once to ask to be awarded the Légion d’Honneur “because he is Grand Master of the GLNF !!! link
My Very Dear Brother François,
Having written to you on March 27th to propose a solution with an honourable way out in order to avoid an explosion of the GLNF and reply to the expectations of the vast majority of the Brethren I regret to note, without further comment, that you replied by simply rejecting my offer, while what is happening is the sad confirmation of what I have feared for several months. Refusing to accept reality you have taken a collision course with destiny and pass the blame for the current crisis onto others while the responsibility is totally yours.
It is time to face up to things. Maître Legrand was appointed because you decided to resign as Chairman of the Administration Board so as to gain time and put off the inevitable date of your departure. As part of her mission she is progressively taking over the management of all the non-spiritual and associative part of the obedience. Far from looking solely at the annual report accounts and the fees she is taking action; auditing the accounts of the head office, putting Wagram up for sale, a study of Scribe which had been ignored up till now. The audit of the property section is likely to have criminal law consequences. The solidarity section could also create some surprises. Her recent stand announcing her intention to chair the national council of discipline when confronted with the sanctions imposed upon Brethren is symptomatic. She represents and applies the laws and habits of the republic and no-one can be exonerated from them no matter what motives are invoked. The result of the appeal to be announced at the end of June will no doubt remind us.
According to the Supreme Court decision of last December. you are the Grand Master. Since then, your resignation from the Administration Board creates the problem of the co-existence of the two functions which lack clarity in the statutes as the recent arguments presented at the court of appeal have ably demonstrated. The increasing doubt arising from that and a perceived absence of legitimacy explains why certain Jurisdictions and more recently a large number of PGMs has taken stances that you refuse to accept when they are just as legitimate as your point of view. Personally I note and consider that by your own deliberate will it is the ad hoc administrator who manages our Obedience. In two and a half months it is the Court who will decide.
Contrary to those who over these past months have spoken out for and against you I am one of those who have not changed their opinion nor voted the prolongation of your mandate from 3 to 5 years and the successive changes to the statutes aimed to give you absolute power. I have backed nothing, neither directly or otherwise, and the fact of labouring upon oneself with brethren in Lodge has never meant that one must accept everything. It is these problems that the obedience has encountered that have caused me to react and to implicate myself by writing the report of the committee of reconciliation prior to accepting your request to take charge of the reform project.
I began this reform with enthusiasm, convinced of its need in an Obedience whose statutes and by-laws have become inadapted to today’s realities. In spite of some good ideas such as the creation of a Provincial College of Worshipful Masters, I note with sadness that the reform took a false turn aimed to preserve the existing system at all levels. What’s more, you sensed my reticence when I resigned from the Council of the Elders since you decided to transfer my full and complete responsibility into a role of co-ordinator. I have always sought constructive solutions such as in the preparation of your meeting with our Brother Claude Seiler in May 2010, my action for the re-integration of our Brother Jean-Paul Perez, or my regular meetings with FMR and the Myosotis since July 2010 in order to make you hear the voice of those opposed to you.
The vast majority of the brethren want no more of a federative revolution than they want of an excessive concentration of power in the hands of a single person and of charges that for too long have generated hierarchical excesses and multiple strayings from the given path. Simply put, the reform must return us to the fundamentals practiced by the other Regular Grand Lodges and the installation of counter-balances in order to no longer suffer the law of a small group who no doubt will have to account to justice one day. Each moment which passes demonstates that you confuse the arbitrary power of a clan chieftain with the fraternal authority of the Grand Master of a Masonic Obedience.
The meeting last Wednesday of the provincial Grand Masters of the Parisian region was a new demonstration. I trust that the meeting of the PGMs on April 15th, where teams headed by you and Jean-Pierre Roullet will present their conclusions, will show that I am wrong; but your will to crash through and the orientation of the proposals whose objectives are questionable make me fear the worst, particularly since there is virtually no risk of contradiction.
At the risk of repeating myself, in order to succeed our evolution we must be open to all proposals provided they respect regularity, are ready to help us adapt to the legitimate expectations of the Brethren and we have a duty, for the safeguarding of all in the future, to include an exceptional procedure for the impeachment of the grand Master.
The situation gets worse every week. 10 PGMs, a third of all of them, have just announced that they no longer recognise your authority and place themselves under that of Maître Legrand and others are going to follow in spite of sanctions and threats. The hasty nomination of their replacements will basically change nothing, and far from drawing together that which has been put asunder, will in the end stigmatise the dissent within the Provinces and add even more to the disarray of all. Whether you like it or not you cannot remove from office by retaliatory measures and replace all the national and provincial officers who no longer have confidence in you. It is high time you forgot your own interests and the defence of those you are protecting and got on with only concerning yourself with the genuine interests of the GLNF and the Brethren.
Presented with the proposals that I hoped would be constructive and open to get out of the crisis, some have said that I wanted to replace a masonry of “wheeling and dealing” by a “State” masonry imagined by a senior public servant to help politicians. They misunderstand today’s reality and the way 13 letters from the GLNF have been archived at the Republic Presidency since the beginning of your mandate. Far from asking for the Legion d’Honneur for yourself because you are Grand Master, we should return to what made us strong: our independence of spirit compared to the political and economic pressure coming from elsewhere.
When I requested the nomination of a Deputy Grand Master you said he must have been Provincial Grand Master prior to that. I have searched in vain for that article in our statutes and by-laws as well as in Anderson’s constitutions, before discovering that our TRF André Roux and Claude Charbonniaud hadn’t been. In the interest of the GLNF, and overlooking your reaction, it would have been better for you to have studied my proposal which at least offered you an honourable way out while preserving the major part as did our Most worshipful Grand Master Pierre Cheret, elected in 1947 and “resigned” in 1958.
Your most serious mistake is that you imagine the brethren like me are fighting you personally, whereas our only aim is to defend our Obedience which finds itself in pieces today. To get the GLNF back on the rails, without exception, and respecting the opinions of all, I tell you that I am one of those who, like at the Grand Orient some years ago, our only hope is a committee of Co-ordination and Protection of the GLNF and I have put this to both you and Maître Legrand. This committee that I am prepared to chair will be made up of about 15 well-known Brethren representing all feelings of the GLNF : the Myosotis blogs, FMR, the main Jurisdictions, the PGMs and your representatives if you can accept that they participate. The Brethren on this committee will be charged with finding a consensus concerning the necessary evolution and will ensure that the Obedience sanctions firmly those who have committed punishable acts and will open the doors once again to those who have been excluded without genuine masonic reasons. It is this team which will have to put the Obedience back in working order, get the main modifications to the statutes voted before beginning the process of the election of a new Grand Master in the shortest possible time, knowing full well that if you do not resign it is virtually certain that you will be impeached at the next general assembly.
In conclusion, I do not doubt for one moment that this new proposal will gain me once again many attacks from those who are close to you and from your most strongest opponents, each judging me from his own criteria. It is their sovereign right although I deplore the violence of attitudes based upon affirmations without evidence. I regret that you have opened a Pandora’s Box that will no longer close; but my Masonic oath of tolerance and fraternity leads me to listen to all the messages in order to detect the real questions underlying the false interpretations.
Contrary to the ambition that those who do not know me suggest I have, my sole objective is to bring the GLNF out of this unequalled crisis as quickly as possible. May each of us respect article 12 of the rule in 12 points which states that we must give assistance and fraternal protection and that under all circumstances we must remain calm and maintain an equilibrium essential to a perfect mastery of oneself.
My Very Dear Brother François, I offer you my masonic and fraternal greetings.
TRF Alain Juillet
April 8th 2011
“….The audit of the property section is likely to have criminal law consequences. The solidarity section could also create some surprises.” As in his 1st letter Alain Juillet suggests that what we have seen up till now is only the tip of the iceberg.
“….the law of a small group who no doubt will have to account to justice one day.” He is under no illusion that a number of those at the top will be ending up in court.
“….It is high time you forgot your own interests and the defence of those you are protecting …” Alain Juillet is well versed in the ways of the 3rdfloor of the Pisan bunker. The system could not have been put in place and maintained by only one man. It is a team effort, it has taken years to fine tune and those who have participated will have to answer for the collaboration.
“…They misunderstand today’s reality and the way 13 letters from the GLNF have been archived at the Republic Presidency since the beginning of your mandate. Far from asking for the Legion d’Honneur for yourself because you are Grand Master…” No-one ever really believed François Stifani’s feeble explanation that the letter sent to Nicolas Sarkozy was written and signed without his consent and that he had no knowledge of the reply. Now we know that there has been a multitude of correspondence between Pisan and the Elysée Palace, including one where the recipient of unsolicited correspondence from the Elysée palace asks for a “big gong”, just because he’s got a blue apron with lots of gilded baubles. Let’s hear his explanation that this one is once again a forgery !!! Forgetting one letter could be called an oversight. Forgetting 13 borders on senile dementia !!!
“…When I requested the nomination of a Deputy Grand Master you said he must have been Provincial Grand Master prior to that. I have searched in vain for that article in our statutes and by-laws as well as in Anderson’s constitutions, before discovering that our TRF André Roux and Claude Charbonniaud hadn’t been…” François Stifani is a lawyer by trade and he and his 2 predecessors have changed the statutes and by-laws at will over the years. But he still doesn’t know them, just as he loves to wear his blue apron but doesn’t know what the embroidered symbols mean !!!
“…will ensure that the Obedience sanctions firmly those who have committed punishable acts and will open the doors once again to those who have been excluded without genuine masonic reasons…” There will be no witch hunts but those who have done wrong will have to answer for their wrongs and those who have been wronged unjustly will be fully re-instated.
“…I regret that you have opened a Pandora’s Box that will no longer close…” The François Stifani period has been the most troubled in the almost 100 year history of the Obedience. No matter how well the reforms are phrased, no matter how open and forgiving the brethren can be persuaded to be, no matter who takes over as grand master after the institution of the reformed statutes and by-laws, what François Stifani has caused and allowed to happen will leave scars that, even healed, will continue to mark each and every member of the GLNF.