Freemasonry: The Naked Truth

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Freemasonry And Scandals

Scandals are generally due to the excesses and confusion that exist in some Lodges, confusion between Freemasonry and politics for some of them, the mafia for others. This is an intolerable situation and it is up to Freemasons themselves to understand the situation and fight against all abuses when they occur.

When we check what Wikipedia[1] tells us about Masonic scandals, in France for example, it is quite alarming. Starting with the late 19th century, when Masonic networks were very powerful, various abuses took place, culminating in a major political scandal: the creation of systematic and unauthorised files on all army officers[2].

 During the 1990s, many French Freemasons (in particular those of the Grande Loge Nationale de France) were involved in politico-financial scandals, amply reported by the press. To quote just a few: scandals concerning the subsidized low-cost housing schemes in Paris and in the adjoining region; the scandal concerning the Naval Development Construction in Toulon; the case of collusion in the courthouse in Nice; as well as the Nimes City Hall scandal, the Elf scandal (Dumas, Sirven and Le Floch Prigent, the successive chairmen, were all Freemasons). Grand lodges have always condemned these practices and the Freemasons condemned by the courts have been excluded from their Lodge following such cases. The negative influence of certain Masonic “Fraternal groups[3] was also brought to light in these scandals.[4]

In March 2009, the journalist Sophie Coignard[5] wrote a book entitled "A State within the State?" in which she claimed that French Freemasons organize themselves in a very modern way to help each other and exert their influence on society. She questioned the compatibility between the oath taken by a magistrate upon his appointment and the oath taken by Freemasons.

 In a ruling at the end of 2011, the three investigating magistrates in the case known as the “Carlton de Lille” claimed that the illegal network of prostitution was set up by "Freemasons, libertines and politicians". According to François Koch[6], a journalist specialised in Freemasonry, there was no evidence of the involvement of Grand Lodges as such, but their members were over-represented. Six of the eight indicted for "aggravated offense of procuring in an organised gang" were Freemasons. According to Stephane Durand-Souffland, journalist of the newspaper Le Figaro, Freemasonry was indeed omnipresent in this particular case.

[1] (in French)

[2] Systematic records of the religious and political affiliation of officers in the French Army, initiated by General Louis Andre, War Minister, were kept by the Masonic Lodges of the Grand Orient of France. This was in fact setting up a parallel hierarchy system. For each officer, there was a fact sheet on his political and religious leanings, independent of the evaluation by his superior officer.

[3] An independent association which regroups Freemasons of several Grand Lodges having the same profession or the same outlook on certain questions.

[4] Bernard Méry, in two books published in 1998 and 1999, criticised the influence of Freemasonry in the French judiciary system and denounced several cases of collusion and corruption. He is a lawyer and essayist who hosts a popular talk programme on the French radio.

[5] Sophie Coignard is a French essayist and journalist. Also foreign correspondent for the weekly Le Point.

[6] French journalist and essayist. He has worked for the weekly L’Express since 1988, and is in charge of the Express blog on Freemasonry, “La Lumiere”(“The Light”)