Saturday, June 11, 2011

GLNF Murkiness

A local brother from Germany muddies up the GLNF recognition issue.

An avid reader of this blog and resident of Thailand who is also a member of the United Grand Lodges of Germany sent a copy of the communique signed by the Grand Masters of five European Grand Lodges on 18th May 2011. The communique recaps the current controversy highlighting that due to the dispute with the Grand Master, the GLNF is being run by a court appointed administrator and that all of the internal problems are now widely covered in the press.

The document also expresses concern that because of this controversy, the GLNF will bring "regular Freemasonry itself into disrepute". The signing Grand Masters agreed to initiate procedures to suspend recognition of the GLNF.

However, as the brother points out, nothing firm has happened yet and inter-visitation can still occur... for now.

I am a huge admirer of the GLNF lodges in Thailand. Their work is beautiful and their hospitality is extraordinary. I take no joy in this situation and sincerely hope that the GLNF can soon resolve their issues and return to harmony.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

GLNF Concerns

Bro.: Chris Hodapp covers the latest news about the apparent implosion of the GLNF.  The problem is an internal battle between the GLNF Grand Master Stifani and the members.  The primary issues seem to be the Grand Master's spending habits and openly dabbling in politics on behalf of the Grand Lodge.

According to the article, six European Grand Lodges (Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium) have already withdrawn recognition of the GLNF.  While no North American Grand Lodges have withdrawn recognition, it is rumoured that the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland may soon do so.  UGLE is scheduled to meet this month where this issue will likely be discussed as well.

This is a critical issue for Thailand.  GLNF has several lodges in Bangkok and Thailand with many members having joint membership in the Scottish, Irish, and English lodges in the country.  Removing recognition would be tragic for all of the members in Thailand.  The joint St. John meeting held by Lodge Tantawan, GLNF and Lodge St. John, SC is one of the best events on the Thai Masonic calendar.

We hope  the GLNF will soon resolve its issues and return to harmony quickly.

The Thai Freemason is the independent voice of Freemasonry in Thailand.