The Opposition Pilot Committee
Paris, January 5th 2012
Most Worshipful Brother
General Grand Secretary
The annual meeting of the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) in Paris on December 3rd, 2011 did not occur under the conditions of solemnity and dignity required by our Grand Lodge rituals.
In fact, this ceremony had been organised like a political « rally ». Outside there was top security police surveillance, inside the assembly was filmed.
To ensure a docile audience, over a period of several months, the Grand Master had closed 180 Lodges, modified the composition of the greater part of the Sovereign Grand Committee and suspended or struck off numerous Brethren judged to be hostile to him…
Despite these precautions worthy of certain political regimes, this parody of a “Grand Lodge ceremony” took place in a tumult of cries and jeers, the participants having unfortunately no other means of being heard and of showing their rejection.
With satisfaction we have noted that no Grand Lodge attended this travesty of a Grand Lodge ceremony. What’s more, we had taken the precautionary measure of informing your Grand Master of our concern about how the meeting would occur.
No-one can nor should take joy from the sad spectacle our noble Institution has made of itself.
Violence has entered our Temples ; it remains there by the obstinacy of a single man, a despot from another time, his determination to remain in power is the only obstacle today to a return to peace and harmony in our Obedience.
With all their wisdom, our founding fathers could never have imagined such a situation and alas, our Constitutions are powerless to resolve it ; that is why we were obliged to call upon civil justice in December 2010 and we are awaiting its decision.
We know that Grand Lodges throughout the entire world are preoccupied by these sad events. Five European Grand Lodges have just initiated the procedure for withdrawing recognition of the GLNF
Our warmest thanks go to those who have sent messages of compassion and support to the GLNF Brethren. They help us during this trial.
Trusting that soon we will once again take our place in the Chain of Union of Universal Masonry, we send you, Most Worshipful General Grand Secretary, our most fraternal wishes for 2012, wishes we ask you to pass on to your Most Worshipful Grand Master.
Assuring you of our unfailing Fraternity.
The President of the Opposition Pilot Committee
Member of the Union des Loges Régulières françaises (ULRF)
Claude SEILER Dominique MOREAU
Past Provincial Grand Master
Jean MURAT Serge BARTHELEMY
Past Assistant Grand Master Past Provincial Grand Master
Group of Provincial Grand Masters
Alain BELLET - PGM Picardie-Plaine de France
Marc CAIRE - PGM de Neustrie
Pierre COHEN – PGM de Lutèce
Christian DEGNY – PGM de Bretagne
Georges DUCROS – PGM Austrasie – Champagne Ardennes
Philippe GESTAS – PGM Polynésie Française
Zavoche HOUCHANGNIA – PGM Dauphiné Savoie
Philippe MARTIN – PGM Auvergne
Jacques PAROT – PGM Asie Pacifique
Yves PENNES – PGM Paris
Jacques STUDER – PGM Vallée du Rhône
Laurent TOUBOL – PGM Rouvray
Jean Luc VENTURINO – PGM Massilia