Monaco suspends relations with the GLNF

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Severing ties between

Grande Loge Nationale Régulière de la Principauté de Monaco (GLNRPM)

and Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF)

On 25 January the Grand Lodge of Monaco in a letter to the National Grand Lodge of France announced the suspension of relations between the two Grand Lodges.


Africa drops Stifani down a hole

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Traditionally the international power base of the GLNF has been in Africa, particularly the North African Maghreb Grand Lodges such as Morocco and a long list from Central Africa (Gabon, Congo, Cameroun, etc). Their Grand Masters, more often than not president of the country at the same time, followed the GLNF with blind faith, replying to its every demand, particularly when it comes to financial questions.

Well, the winds of change are sweeping across the dark continent. And the news is not good for François Stifani. With virtually every European Grand Lodge door closed to the GLNF the self-proclaimed spiritual guide was looking to support from the African Lodges as he fronts up to the forthcoming AGM in early February.

As a run up to that event, a debate on “African Masonry” will occur on RF1 on January 11th. François Stifani will be on air with Hervé N’Kom from the Grand Orient of France, Bernard Ollani from the Grand Lodge of France (GLDF) and Joseph Badila from the Grand Orient of Congo.

In preparation for the broadcast François Stifani requested the help of the African Grand Lodges. He wrote to them on December 16th asking them “…to communicate the points they would like to be covered during the broadcast…”. It would appear that the replies were not what he expected.

On December 26th the Grand Lodge of Morocco (GLRRM) declined his proposition. The Grand Secretary, Salah Cherradi, wrote, “The GLRRM authorises no-one to speak on its behalf, any such initiative would constitute a violation of its sovereignty.”

The Central African Lodges have not even bothered to reply. Ephesse is persona non grata in a number of African presidential palaces where he was traditionally received with full honours. Brethren well remember the sequence of a television report on FR2 showing Stifani, Foellner and Charbonniaud flying to Gabon in President Ali Bongo’s private jet for his installation as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon. And the red Cartier bag he received from another African dictator, official delegate of his Grand Lodge to the GLNF meeting in December 2009.

For months rumours suggesting an African participation in the financing of the Wagram apartment have been circulating in Parisian GLNF Lodges. Perhaps the full story is about to come out.

From :  January 4th,

Other five European Grand Lodges have withdrawn recognition of the GLNF

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

FIVE  European Grand Lodges take the ultimate step




Other five Grand Lodges , in fact 9, because Germany is a union of 5 grand Lodges, have withdrawn recognition of the GLNF.

They are :

Grand Lodge of Belgium

Grand Lodge of Suisse Alpina (Switzerland)

Grand  Lodge of Austria

Grand Lodge of Luxembourg

United Grand Lodges of Germany (5 Grand Lodges)


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other similar reactions:

  •  Grande Loge Régulière d’Italie, 26 06. 2011
  •  Grande Loge Suisse Alpina, 18  06. 2011
  •  GLL, 21 06. 2011
  • GLRB, 20 06. 2011
  • Grande Loge Nationale de Pologne et la GLNF, 10 05. 2011
  • Holland , 16 12. 2011
  • United Grand Lodge of Malta, 25 11. 2011
  • Grand Lodge of Lithuania 12 11.2011
  • Grand Lodge of Connecticut AF&AM 24 10.2011
  • Grand Lodge of Estonia 28 09.2011
  • Grand Lodge of Sweden  21 09.2011
  • Grand Lodge of Iowa 14 09.2011
  • UGLE 14 09.2011
  • Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 09 09.2011
  • GL of Nova Scotia 18 08.2011
  • Regular Grand Lodge of italy 21 06.2011


Holland suspends relations with the GLNF

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment


–16 december  2011 

Holland suspends relations with the GLNF

“Orde van Vrijmetselaren onder
het Grootoosten der Nederlanden” (Dutch Order of Freemasons)

take the decision, proposed by Grand Master Willem Meijer,
to suspend the official relations between the Order and GLNF (“Grande Loge Nationale Française”)

to read the letter of GRAND EAST OF THE NETHERLANDS  to To all Regular Grand Lodges,

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New masonic partnership

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment


December 26 , 2011

New masonic partnership


The Greek News  Masonic Agency  (


MasonicPress  ( )

announces the beginning of collaboration starting with 26 December 2011.

Ε.Π.Τ.Ε Νέες Συνεργασίες

Το Ελληνικό Πρακτορείο Τεκτονικών Ειδήσεων ανακοινώνει τη συνεργασία του με την με την ιστοσελίδα MasonicPress


III. C. Fred Kleinknecht Passes Away

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

lll. C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°
February 14, 1924 – December 1, 2011



To all the Bodies and Brethren of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States:


DEAR BRETHREN: A great affliction has fallen upon us—the sharp blow of an expected and grievous calamity. Our venerable and beloved Brother


of Maryland, our Past Grand Commander, will be seen by us no more in this world. It was not so long ago, when our Supreme Council closed, that he stood in the circle of the brethren around the altar and repeated with them the solemn words of parting: “It may be that we shall not all again assemble together in Council.”

C. Fred Kleinknecht

Bro. Kleinknecht was born February 14, 1924, in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from their public schools. His major interests were writing and business, but World War II descended and put an end to his transition from classroom to commerce. He served in the Navy and, with millions like him, gave to the world the precious gift of freedom.

In 1947, he took a job at the House of the Temple, learning about the Scottish Rite from the ground up. This hands-on approach remained the trademark of Fred, as he liked to be known, throughout his fifty-six years at the Supreme Council. Within a year of joining the Temple staff, Fred married his childhood sweetheart, Gene Elizabeth Kamm, a life-partner in the truest sense, and they had four children: Gene Ellen, Henry, Scott, and Joan. Gene’s confidence in Fred’s potential was the turning point in his life, and with her encouragement and support, he studied accounting at Benjamin Franklin University.

In 1949, he began his Masonic journey in Maryland’s Silver Spring Lodge No. 215. He joined the Scottish Rite in Baltimore in 1950, received the rank and decoration of a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1955, and was coroneted an Inspector General Honorary of the Thirty-third Degree in 1959. He was also a member of Mt. Pleasant Chapter No. 13, R.A.M., King David Council No. 19, R.&S.M., St. Elmo Commandery No. 12, K.T., Boumi Shriners, the National Sojourners, and many, many other Masonic organizations.

In the Supreme Council, Fred applied his education to reforming the bookkeeping methods, quickly saving the Rite tens of thousands of dollars. His initiatives demonstrated his leadership potential. From accounting, he moved up through numerous administrative positions at the House of the Temple.









By 1966, the then current Grand Commander, Luther A. Smith, placed Fred in positions of increasing responsibility, leading to his appointment as Assistant to the Grand Commander on January 1, 1966, and Acting Grand Secretary General on January 1, 1967. The Supreme Council endorsed Bro. Smith’s confidence and elected Fred Grand Secretary General and S.G.I.G. at-large on September 28, 1967. He served in this position for nineteen years until the Supreme Council elected him Sovereign Grand Commander on October 23, 1985.

Immediately, Fred set about repositioning the Order within the context of a changing world. To accomplish this mission, Fred sought quality. He said, “Because Freemasonry lives not just for today, but for generations to come, we must be first class in whatever we do.” Working closely with his staff, Fred initiated profound innovations in every area of Scottish Rite endeavor and brought an Ancient and Accepted Order into the new millennium.

Fred knew that building strength for tomorrow’s Rite meant growing financial support today. He rebuilt the Rite’s endowment infrastructure and helped generate forty-seven state and local Scottish Rite foundations. His commitment to securing a sound financial future benefited the House of the Temple itself. He established the House of the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc., and in just twelve years, its endowment enabled construction of the Pillars of Charity Alcove and the Scottish Rite Hall of Honor to recognize major donors.

The annual Scottish Rite Calendar Program, an effort Fred began in 1989, has enabled much-needed improvements in the House of the Temple, including reconstruction of the Temple’s damaged grand entrance steps and completion of the Cornerstone of Freedom Hall, the Hall of Scottish Rite Regalia, the George Washington Memorial Banquet Hall, the Burl Ives Room, the Americanism Museum, the Albert Pike Museum, and the total renovation of the Rite’s most valuable scholarly resource, the Supreme Council Library. In 1991, Fred approved the creation of the Scottish Rite Research Society and supported it in word and deed, becoming member #1.

Following Grand Commander Albert Pike’s lead, Fred officially presented a copy of the Revised Standard Pike Rituals to the Supreme Councils of Prince Hall Scottish Rite Freemasonry. Wanting to debunk long-standing fictions about Freemasonry, Fred manned forceful action against an extremist faction within the Southern Baptist Convention that tried to condemn Freemasonry. He also took unprecedented steps of meeting with high Vatican officials in Rome and in Washington.

Internationally, Fred appointed a Deputy to oversee Western Europe and Africa, restored a regular Scottish Rite presence in Portugal, established new Supreme Councils in Togo and the Ivory Coast, and reestablished the Scottish Rite in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and Romania.

At home in the U.S., the Rite responded to a nation in need. Immediately following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Southern Jurisdiction pledged $1 million to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund to assist children and spouses of 9/11 victims. Fred encouraged the expansion of the RiteCare Speech and Language Disorders Clinics with direct and indirect support.

These few facts, briefly sketched, highlight only a small portion of Ill. C. Fred Kleinknecht’s service to the Supreme Council, 33°, for the Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. His eighteen-year tenure as Grand Commander was exceeded only by Grand Commanders Albert Pike and John Henry Cowles. A family man who valued his wife, children, and grandchildren above all else, Fred extended that love and loyalty to his church, country, Freemasonry, and, most of all, to the Scottish Rite. Rapid and resolute, Fred rejuvenated the Scottish Rite and inspired dynamic activity in every area of our order’s mission. The Kleinknecht legacy of leadership will inspire us for years to come.


The funeral for Ill. C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°, Past Grand Commander, will be held at the House of the Temple, 1733 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, 202–232–3579, on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Rev. W. Kenneth Lyons, 33°, G.C., Grand Chaplain of the Supreme Council. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the House of the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc.

December 2, 2011

Ci ha lasciato Ettore Loizzo, Libero Muratore e Uomo Libero.

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Roma 1 dicembre 2011:

Ci ha lasciato Ettore Loizzo, Libero Muratore e Uomo Libero.

Il Gran Maestro del Grande Oriente d’Italia, Gustavo Raffi, a nome della Giunta e dei Fratelli tutti, ricorda il

Fr. Ettore Loizzo

Gran Maestro Onorario

Libero Muratore e Uomo Libero, testimone di un impegno politico attivo che abbandonò solo per dedicarsi a ruoli di primaria importanza nel governo del Grande Oriente d’Italia. Coscienza critica della Massoneria calabrese, lo ricorderemo per l’azione pedagogica nei confronti dei più giovani e per la strenua difesa dei valori e dei principi di libertà e fraternità.