The "Livre Blanc" in English !!!

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LML in English is proud to bring you the Livre Blanc for the refounding of the GLNF translated into English. Many thanks to the Brethren who have worked so hard to produce this publication since the Assizes at Montreuil in February. And many thanks to the translation team who have worked so hard since 3 p.m. yesterday to bring you this translation. If a preposition or two seem misplaced, if you occasionally get the feeling you are reafding "translated French" rather than good English, please accept our apologies. We've done our best in a very short time.

For the organigram that paints a thousand words, go to the last page at http://ddata.over-blog.com/3/57/85/53/LIvre-Blanc/Livre-Blanc-pour-la-Refondation-de-la-GLNF.pdf

 

 

The White Book for the Refounding of the Grande Loge Nationale Française

 

Summary

 

Preamble

Declaration of principle

The pre-requisites

 

The Principles of Refoundation

 

- The three levers

 

The elective system

 

The Lodges

The Provinces

National

 

Organisation

 

The Provincial Council

The National Council

The Permanent Committees

The National Committees

The Board of Administration

The Grand Master

 

The Legal Form

 

Principles

 

The Protection of the Rites

 

Principles

 

Form

 

Organigram

 

Preamble

 

The White Book totally respects and recognises the Rule in 12 points

 

 

It recognises the massive movement of rejection by the Brethren of the deviation in management by the GLNF

 

It is a result of a diagnosis of the structural problems that risk taking the obedience to its disappearance and the conclusion that a superficial reform is insufficient.

 

It is the synthesis, the link of the expectations expressed by the Brethren at the Assizes for the Refounding on the GLNF, most often converging, but sometimes diverging and attempts to respect the overall sensibilities.

 

It describes the main lines of reasoning by which the Lodges desiring a system of association, those wishing to be independent and the Rites of the GLNF  will be able to live together once again in calm, respectful and fraternal Freemasonry.

 

It fixes the objectives, the main ones of which aim to guarantee :

 

. the freedom and durability of the Lodges

. the quality of transmission

. the equality of the Brethren assuming responsibilities

. the durability of the Obedience in the short, medium and long terms

 

It sets out the main lines, it sketches some means of  implementing them and it makes recommendations.

 

It does not pretend substitute itself for those  who will be in charge of re-writing the Statutes, By-Laws and Constitutions in the transitional period. It serves as a starting point for their production.

 

 It tends to make the method of management of the GLNF which has been subject to slow and numerous deviations, closer to that of the Obediences in amity which have preserved the simplicity and authenticity of Traditional Freemasonry.

 

Declaration of Principle

 

The white Book is the contract proposed by the FMR-Myosotis collectivity and anonymous Brethren, which must be accepted and implemented by the future transitional Grand Master and the refoundation team that will be designated.

 

The Lodge is the fundamental element of the universal Masonic Order and of the Obedience.

 

It is the initiatory  crucible of Traditional Freemasonry.

 

It is placed under the sole authority of the Worshipful Master.

 

It is sovereign in the establishment of its internal by-laws, conforming to the statutes and in the management of the amount of the dues collected by it, this autonomy being granted statutorily.

 

The efficient training of its Officers must be paramount.

 

The race to recruit and obtain office and rank is no longer deemed desirable and must give way to a calm initiatory transmission respecting the Rituals.

 

The Prerequisites

 

A certain number of preliminary actions are demanded :

 

 

All decrees and ordinances made since December 4th 2009 linked to expression of opinions are annulled : the suspended Brethren, Lodges and Provinces are immediately reintegrated or reconstituted.

 

The disciplinary procedures are immediately modified. All decisions must be motivated by other than the sole desire of the prince and the qualification of “ behaviour contrary to the masonic ethic” cannot justify a sanction on its own.

 

If the audits carried out by the ad hoc administrator leave a doubt, a further complementary and deeper audit of the GLNF  and all the structures in which it participates is undertaken by an independent and recognised professional and communicated to all the Lodges.

 

An inventory of each Lodge is carried out, its real membership numbers determined and communicated.

 

The expenses are immediately placed under control then adapted in reference to the results of the audit and the budget. Decency is imposed on the way of life of the obedience in order to envisage a reduction in the dues.

 

A procedure is put in place for the designation of a transitional Grand Master who will be in charge of carrying out the reform of the statutes and by-laws, with the aid of the National Committee of Refoundation.

 

Within the framework of the national Committee of refoundation of the GLNF the transitional grand Master is assisted by a team who will consult the Brethren large and wide during the different phases of its elaboration.

 

A transitional period of 12 months is decided upon. The transitional team will present its conclusions and the transitional grand Master will implement them as soon as possible within this lapse of time.

 

It is reaffirmed that the responsibility of the Grand Master cannot be dissociated from that of president of the Association and vice versa.

 

A glossary will be drawn up which will explicitly define the transpositions and correspondences between the masonic and the civil domains.

 

The Principles of Refoundation

 

The Refoundation of the GLNF will use three essential levers to give better guarantees to the Lodges, to the intermediate structures and to the Obedience.

 

They are, in order of decreasing importance :

 

the elective system

 

the organisation

 

the legal form

 

These levers stand on a fundamental system of direct or indirect representation to avoid ambiguities between what is masonic and what is civil.

 

Men chosen wisely by the Lodges, putting themselves humbly at the service of the Obedience and the intermediate structures.

 

The Obedience must put itself at the disposal of the Lodges and not the reverse.

 

 

An elective system from the “bottom towards the top”

 

The Lodges

 

To represent them externally the Lodges have two delegates : the Worshipful Master and an elected Delegate

 

The elected Delegate must be preferably a past Worshipful Master who is a regular attender of the Lodge and.in good standing

 

Only the Lodges can revoke the elected Delegates and replace them.

 

The system only functions if the Lodges are intimately aware that the quality of the Obedience depends upon the quality of the men that they delegate.

 

The Provinces

 

Provincial Councils are constituted. The two Delegates from each Lodge sit in the Council as do the Provincial Officers.

 

They elect the Provincial Grand master, the Deputy and the Treasurer. The other Provincial Officers are named by the Provincial Grand Master. Their nomination is ratified by the Provincial Council.

 

The Provincial Council designates or elects the members of the Provincial Committees and the national Delegates.

 

Each mandate lasts 3 years and in not renewable.

 

The National

 

The National Council is the decisional body: it is composed of Provincial Grand Masters and National Delegates proportionally to the number of Member brethren in a Province taking into account the respective size of the Provinces.

 

A national function can only be held by a past Worshipful Master who has been a Provincial Officer for at least three years.

 

The National Council is the heart of the management of the Obedience.

 

After having identified the qualifications of the Brethren who have worked for the Obedience in all the Committees, this body proposes the candidate for the Grand Mastership, who is elected by the Lodge Delegates in a General Assembly.

 

This body elects the Members of the National Committees which are statutorily independent of the Grand Master. The Members of all the Committees are irremovable during the period of their mandate, except in the case of grave and motivated Masonic sanction. They are chosen from outside the Members of the Provincial Committees.

 

Each mandate is for a period of 3 years non-renewable.

 

No matter what his position or his mandates a brother has only one vote and no more at each decision.

 

Organisation

 

The Obedience values the spiritual progression of all the brethren and relegates its material functioning to its proper place.

 

It guarantees the healthy and happy functioning of the Lodge and the respect of the Rite practised, and intervenes solely for the mutual sharing of technical and financial means and only when necessary and called for by the Lodge or the Province.

 

The Provincial Council

The Province ensures transmission of an administrative sort between lodges and National level.

The Province ensures transmission of a spiritual sort through the intermediary of the Committee of Rites.

Brethren of the Committee act solely in the spiritual field of the Rite for which they are designated. Province contains all the functions of National level, except Communications and External Affairs.

The Provincial Committees report their activity yearly to the Provincial Council.

 

The National Council

 

It meets at least three times yearly. Should a fraction (to be defined) of the members so require, they may convene it at their initiative outside the statutory frequency or include a specific item in the Order of Business.

It may accord assignments and subject questions to the various Committees.

It requires the various Committees and Commissions to present to it their annual report(s).

It may, (as may the Provincial Councils), set before the Committee for Ethics to decide on the opportuneness of invoking the procedure of revocation of the Grand Master, should one half of its members so require.  Such revocation of the Grand Master shall entail his revocation as President of the Association.

Under its supervision, the Obedience’s news and information service will be refounded and put at the service of the o-be-designated decisional instances.

It ensures that each Province remains within human dimensions and could eventually take measures to re-equilibrate such. 

 

 

The Permanent Committees

 

Each committee comprises the minimum number of members necessary for their levels and geographic specificities. Their number shall be decided in concertation. A committee may comprise one or several persons according to the Provincial or National needs of the moment Seats on such committees are not honorific but involve real activity.

Seven Permanent Provincial and National Committees are constituted:

 

1. Budgetary and Finance Committee

It establishes and manages the Budget.

 

2.Auditing and Management Supervisory Committee

This invigilates financial transparency and respect of commitments. Auditing of the accounts shall be external to the GLNF and must not be confided in a member of the GLNF. Brethren who so desire must be enabled to verify all accountancy items and documents under the terms of a protocol to be defined. 

 

 

3. Temples, Halls and Real Estate Committee

It is in charge of questions of real estate, building projects, works supervision, maintenance, usage and booking management and preparation of Masonic Halls, Temples and rooms.

 

4. Ethics Committee

It is the custodian of usages and customs. It is empowered to deliberate on procedures of revocation of the Grand Master and to transmit such procedure to the Committee of Masonic Justice.

 

5. Masonic Justice Committee

It ensures the disciplinary power within the Obedience. It manages the procedure for the revoking of the grand master.

 

6. Assistance Committee

It manages the situation of Brethren in difficulty.

 

7. Rites and Rituals Committee

It ensures the respect of the transmission of the Rites. The Provincial Rites and rituals Committees are organized by the National Council. The members of the Committees are national, are chosen in agreement with the Jurisdictions when they exist and with the rites when there is no Jurisdiction.

 

 

The Permanent National Committees

 

Two Committees do not exist at a Provincial level and are manages at a national level  in order to deliver a coherent action. The members are named by the National Council.

 

  1. External Communication Committee

The GLNF will undertake external communication only when necessary and in conformity with the rules. External publications will be controlled by this Committee.

 

  1. External Relations Committee

It is in charge of relations with the Obediences. It is also in charge of, along with the Rites and Rituals Committee, relations with the amity Jurisdictions.

 

 

The Board of Administration

 

It manages the civil affairs within the framework defined by the National Council.

 

It comprises an even number (yet to be defined) of Members plus the President of the Association. The only de facto member is the Treasurer. All the members, with the exception of the Treasurer, who is elected, are designated by the President of the Association.

 

The Board of Administration votes and controls the salaries, the representation budgets and ensures that no key salaried position, in contact with the finances, is given to a Brother.

 

The Grand Master

 

Without ostentation he represents the Obedience in the outside world, aided by the Grand Chancellor.

 

His authority derives from the Worshipful Masters and the Lodges Delegates.

 

He is the protector of the Rule in 12 Points, of the Traditions and the Rites whose first 3 degrees are entrusted to the GLNF.

 

His mandate is for 3 years non-renewable.

 

He bases his decisions on his Board of Administration where, wisely, he will attempt to obtain unanimity or unanimity less one vote. Nevertheless, he can resolve an eventual blockage by an absolute majority decision.

 

He is the guarantor of Harmony.

 

In case of resignation, revocation or permanent incapacity, he is replaced by the Deputy Grand Master who must organize new elections within three months.

 

 

The Legal Form

 

Membership of the GLNF Association by Lodges will be the general rule and the constitution of Lodges in associations will be an option.

 

This point constitutes a source of contention between two steams of thought which, if not brought together, risks producing an irremediable separation.

 

Nevertheless, these aspects become subsidiary if the other levels have fulfilled their roles correctly.

 

The Lodge decides sovereignly to belong to the common rule or to form or maintain its situation as an association.

 

If it decides to form an association the Lodge undertakes to respect totally the Statutes that will be adopted in the future.

 

In the optional form, in order to comply with the requirements of Regularity, all the Brethren will be obligatorily members of the GLNF.

 

The Protection of the Rites

 

Several Rites arrived at the GLNF brought by the Jurisdictions. They wish that the agreements that prevailed at the moment of their arrival be preserved.

 

The relations between the Jurisdictions or the Rites not represented by a Jurisdiction on the one hand and the GLNF on the other will have to be made precise within the framework of a Charter. The Jurisdictions will be respected and will not interfere in the conduct of the administrative affairs of the GLNF. The members named by the Jurisdictions will solemnly undertake to interfere in none of the affairs of the Obedience and to work exclusively within the mission granted to them by the Charter.

 

The Rites will be protected by the National Committee of Rites and the Provincial Committees of Rites made up ogf non-elected members designated by their Jurisdiction on the basis of their qualification.

 

Each Rite will have at its disposal a national Lodge of Instruction whose Worshipful Master will be named by the National Council in concert with the Committees of Rites.

 

Prior to taking office the Worshipful masters, wardens and officers in charge of movement will undertake obligatory training adapted to their future functions and provided by the Lodges of Instruction.

 

The rituals which have suffered manipulations will be corrected.

 

The members of the Committee of Rites will visit Lodges regularly to ensure the quality of transmission and the working of the Ritual. They will be able to be solicited by a Worshipful Master as an aid for certain Lodge meetings.

 

The decision to create a Lodge in a given Rite will be controlled and overseen by the Committees of Rites to ensure the regularity of the working of the Ritual.

 

Form 

A simplification of terminology, titles and regalia is recommended.

 

A distinctive sign will only be worn by officers when they are on an official mission. Outside these circumstances, the regalia of the degree and the rite are the only ones accepted in Lodge.

 

The only masons who will sit in the East are those designated by the Worshipful Master. No official will do so at his own initiative.

 

A transversal analysis of the oaths and obligations will be done to withdraw all notion of allegiance to persons, also those objects of cult of a personality will be withdrawn.

 

The term “dignitary” will be forbidden.

 

The term “Order” will be formally abandoned and replaced by “Obedience”. Nonetheless it will be retained for reference to belonging to the Obedience of the International Regular Masonic Order.

 

 

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