Obviously worried about how the Grand Masters of Grand Lodges on the other side of the duckpond would interpret lest Friday’s postponement of the decision by the Paris Court of Appeal and even more worried by a recent communication by the Supreme Commanders of the 3 Jurisdictions, François Stifani has sent yet another letter westwards. link
And, as usual, it has merely some sort of resemblance to English. He claims to have 95% of the brethren of the GLNF supporting him. If we accept the membership figure of 45000 (LML in English doesn’t) that means a support of about 42750. Surely among that large number there is at least one Brother capable of translating François Stifani’s French into decent English !!! Or could it be that the total number of Brethren still behind him is far less than that, so reduced that they can all meet together in a phone booth and still close the door ?
The letter is the usual dog’s breakfast of half-truths, falsehoods and stifanatic interpretations of reality.
At least one American Brother is aware of what is really going on. And, as he points out, the reference to Tom Jackson’s speech (at the recent XIth World Conference of Grand Lodges in Columbia) was a direct reference to the current crisis of the GLNF. And that Jackson’s own position is far from clear.
E-mail dated June 29th 2011
Here's the latest missive fired off to US GLs en masse.
Let me see if I understand. Stifani is now basing his legitimacy of office upon how a court-appointed attorney addresses him in a letter? LOL!
Apparently, Stifani believes a long excerpt from a speech by Tom Jackson will sufficiently keep US GLs in line. Stifani can flatter himself that Jackson's speech was referencing his own current imbroglio, but the references to the internet and competing appendant bodies are stuck in there because of a fight here in the US over the CBCS body to which Jackson belongs, versus a new one formed this year by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the US by way of a charter from the Scottish Reformed and Rectified Rite of Occitania. Jackson and a handful of members who wanted their CBCS Priory to be an elite supper club of super-special Masons (because the others let in too much riff raff, apparently) ran afoul of the Grand Encampment and the original agreements by which they were allowed to operate in the U.S. So his comments about "no degree higher than the third" is an unintentionally hilarious bit of comedy. And since the Scottish Reformed and Rectified Rite of Occitania was formed by disgruntled GLNF members in the mid-1990s, it's easy to see why Stifani would feel a strong affinity for Jackson's position.
Of course, this letter from Stifani is dated today, and was sent via email. How is anyone to know whether it is for real, or if his signature has been electronically "forged," as he alleges in the Sarkozy letters?
But the real question is, now that the June 27th meeting didn't happen in Paris, what's next?