The American KTs say « Non » to the GLNF

Published on by Allan Sanders

The GLNF crisis has extended beyond questions of Recognition by  Grand Lodges, the ruling bodies of symbolic Lodges throughout the world. Now the Knights Templar have joined the fray. In its report 2009 – 2012 to the 65th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment of  Knights Templar of the USA, the Committee on Foreign Relations  recommends that the Knights Templar suspend relations with the Great Priory, Knights Templar of France. This recommendation was adopted. link

The reason given ? …“This action is necessary as their associated Grand Lodge, the Grande Loge National Française, has had their recognition suspended by the major Grand Lodges of Europe as well as by several Grand Lodges in the United States.”

As well, the committee recommends that “…the officers of the Grand Encampment not participate in the upcoming World Conference of Grand Masters of Templary hosted by the Great Priory of France.”

When the news of this recommendation makes the rounds of the other Knights Templars of the world there are likely to be additional suspensions of relations with the French Great Priory and additional decisions to not participate in the world Conference. Perhaps those attending will be able to squeeze into a phone booth and still close the door !!!

André Bassou, Grand Master of the French Grand Priory, lists those foreign Grand Priories that have already registered their intention to attend the triennial conference in Avignon. Let us see how many decide to reverse their decision once they learn that their American Brethren will not be attending.

Comment on this post

tony calvert 08/26/2012 12:09

Perhaps it time to start a sweep stake to predict the month and date the GLNF finally has to close down the winner picking a cash prises for coming the closes and any profits going to charity.

Allan Sanders 08/27/2012 10:25



Good idea Bro Tony. First prize, a night with Ephesse, second prize, two nights with Ephesse, plus a big blue apron !!! Charity is a word singularly lacking
in the vocabulary of those who frequent the Pisan bunker.



Bernard 08/25/2012 11:59

Message of thé GM of GPTCF

Certains d'entre vous m'interrogent sur le rapport du 'Comité des Affaires Etrangères' soumis au, et adopté par le 65° Conclave Triennal du Grand Encampment KT des USA, tenu à Alexandria,
Virginie, USA, du 13 au 15 août 2012. Pour que nul n'en ignore, je joins à ce message, avec le texte en question, sa traduction en vis-à-vis pour nos FF Chevaliers non-anglophones.
Some of you questioned me re. the Report of the 'Committee on Foreign Relations' submitted to, and since adopted by, the 65th Triennial Conclave of The Grand Encampment KT of the USA, held in
Alexandria, Virginia, USA, on 13-15 August. In order that none could ignore, I attach herewith, together with the scanned original, a translation for our non-English-speaking Bro.Knights.
 
Il nous apprend la suspension de reconnaissance prise à l'encontre du Grand Prieuré Indépendant d'Helvétie (G P I H), suite à une affaire relevant exclusivement du Régime Ecossais Rectifié. On
relèvera que les Etats-Unis considèrent l'Italie comme une de leurs "colonies", excipant que le territoire italien "occupé" par eux est dorénavant "fermé" à tout ce qui se dit
"templier".
Notons toutefois en passant que le Portugal, pourvu d'ateliers de l'Ordre Intérieur depuis 1993, eut un Grand Prieuré Rectifié dès 1995, avant que le Grand Encampment USA crée des
commanderies, ...
que le Brésil abrite des Préceptories anglaises depuis 1968, puis s'était doté d'un Grand Prieuré des Ordres Unis en 2004, avant que les américains fondent des commanderies . . .
Apparemment les problèmes territoriaux n'ont pas du tout la même apparence vus des USA . . .
The Report announced suspension of recognition of the Independant Grand Priory of Helvetia (Switzerland), further to an exclusively Scottish Rectified Regime issue. We discover that the USA
consider Italy one of their "colonies", pretending the Italian territory "occupied" by their goodselves, now "closed" to anything purporting to be "Templar".
Nevertheless, one should note in passing that Portugal had Bodies of the Rectified Regime since 1993 and a Rectified Grand Priory already formed in 1995 before the Grand Encampment USA formed
Commanderies there, ...
that Brasil has had Templar Preceptories under England since 1968 and a new Great Priory of the United Orders constituted in 2004, before the same established Commanderies therein . . .
Apparently territorial matters do not look alike when seen from the States . . .
 
Ce même rapport annonce aussi suspension de la reconnaissance de notre Grand Prieuré pour la France. Décision, prise à regret, fondée sur la situation du "support" de toute activité maçonnique
en France : la G L N F !  Nous ne pouvons ici que convenir du bien-fondé de leur motivation et de leur bon droit.
Toutefois, les rumeurs diverses qui me parviennent sont totalement infondées : le Grand Encampment n'assistera certes pas à la Conférence Triennale en Avignon, mais cette absence - sans doute
justifiée selon ses critères - n'affecte en rien la tenue de la 9° Conférence Triennale puisque sont déjà inscrits à ce jour pour y assister les Grands Prieurés d'Angleterre, Ecosse, Allemagne,
Finlande, Italie, du Queensland et du Victoria (Australie), de Nouvelle Zélande, d'Espagne (les deux: Ordres Unis & Rectifié), du Brésil (les deux: Ordres Unis & Rectifié), le Grand Prieuré
(Rectifié) de Belgique et le Grand Prieuré Rectifié de France.
This same Report further announced suspension of Recognition of our Great Priory of France. The decision, regretfully taken, is only due to the situation of the French Craft under the G L N F
!  We can only concur with their motivation and their own right.
Nevertheless, rumors reaching me are totally unfounded : The Grand Encampment USA shall indeed not attend the Triennal Conference in Avignon, but their absence - doubtless justified according to
their own criteria - does in no way affect the holding of the 9th. Triennial Conference as, have already registered to attend (as of to-day), the Great Priories of England, Scotland, Germany,
Finland, Italy, Victoria and Queensland (Australia), New Zealand, Spain (both: United Orders & Rectified), Brasil (both: United Orders & Rectified), the (Rectified) Grand Priory of Belgium
and the Rectified Grand Priory of France.
 
C'est là une excellente occasion de rappeler à tous nos Frères chevaliers de prendre l'habitude, lors de toute nouvelle rumeur sur nos Ordres Unis, de se renseigner à une source
fiable : notre Grand Prieuré.  Les cancans de toutes sortes dont nous sommes tous abreuvés depuis plus de deux ans devraient nous avoir "enseigné la prudence" ?!
This episode offers an opportunity to remind everyone of our Bros Kt to make an habit, anytime some rumor goes about re. our United Orders, to question a reliable source : our Great Priory of
France. Should not gossips of all sorts we have been fed with for more than two years, have taught us to be cautious !
 
J'espère avoir le plaisir de vous voir nombreux en Avignon, si vos possibilités le permettent, et souhaite à tous et à chacun une paisible fin d'été.
Un autre message vous sera vraisemblablement adressé dès après le 12 septembre. 
Looking forward to the pleasure of meeting you all in Avignon, should it be at all be possible for you, I wish you all a peaceful end of Summer.
Another message will most probably be sent to you soon after the 12th. of  September.
 
Très fraternelement in Xto. dans les voux de notre Ordre
Very fraternally in Xt, in the Bonds of our Order.
 
Andre BASSOU, GCT
G M

Allan Sanders 08/25/2012 15:39



Only time will tell how many foreign Grand Masters will attend the triennial conference in Avignon. Start looking for a phone booth with a door that
functions !