History

CLIPSAS – CENTRE DE LIAISON ET D’INFORMATION DES PUISSANCES MAÇONNIQUES SIGNATAIRES DE L’APPEL DE STRASBOURG.

The CLIPSAS was founded on January 22, 1961, at the initiative of the Grand Orient of France and of Eleven Sovereign Masonic Powers which, face to the increasing intransigence of certain obediences, combined to call upon all the Freemasons to be bring together, respecting their sovereignty, their beliefs, their rites and their symbols, for a genuine and indissoluble Universal Union Chain.

The CLIPSAS is an association registered in the prefecture of Paris, according to the French Law of Associations Recognized promulgated on July 1, 1901.

The CLIPSAS is an International Association of Liberal Freemasonry. By adhering to the ethics proposed by the founding members, we are proud to submit our fidelity only to the message of tolerance, fraternity and union.

The purpose of the CLIPSAS is to put together the Freemasons and the Masons who consider that the great victory of humanity over itself consists in the ABSOLUTE FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE.

Towards the advance of the recognition of Absolute Freedom of Conscience (including freedom of association by definition) and towards the reconciliation of the different metaphysical concepts of Freemasonry, CLIPSAS members Lodges are free to open their works using or not the Bible and to place them or not under the aegis of the Great Architect of the Universe.

The CLIPSAS is the center of the Fraternal Union of Freemasons who consider that freedom of conscience is the great victory of humanity over itself and that, far from being a reason for disunity, this freedom leads to bring down all the barriers, thanks to the free confrontation of ideas.

By surpassing the limitations of fraternal relationships, CLIPSAS’s obediences saw the need to jointly undertake studies on the problems that determine the future of man. To this end, the CLIPSAS organizes an annual Symposium to examine the questions posed in the modern world, which questions have been at the centre of the discussions in the member obediences throughout the year. These meetings of Freemasons from different countries and cultures lead to very positive results.

The Annual General Meeting is the supreme organ of the CLIPSAS. It is made up of duly mandated representatives, usually the Grand Masters. All Freemasons and female Masons, including apprentices, may be part of the Assembly.

For the Association to be administered between meetings of the Assembly, it shall elect for three years an office composed of a President and six Vice-Presidents. The Presidents of the CLIPSAS:

The Presidents of the CLIPSAS :

GRAND ORIENT DE BELGIQUE 1961-1990

Georges BEERNAERTS 1961-1962

Charles CASTEL 1962-1964

Walter HEINZ 1964-1966

Paul VAN HERCKE 1966

Robert DILLE 1966-1970

Victor MARTINY 1970-1973

Pierre BURTON 1973-1976

Jaak NUTKEWITZ 1976-1979

André MECHELYNCK 1979-1982

Nicolas BONTYES 1982-1985

Silvain LOCCUFIER 1985-1987

Guy VLAEMINCK 1987-1990

GRAND ORIENT DE FRANCE 1990-1993

Jean-Robert RAGACHE 1990-1993

GRAND ORIENT DE LUXEMBOURG 1993-1996

Marc-Antoine CAUCHIE 1993-1996

GRANDE LOGE FÉMININE DE FRANCE 1996-1998

Marie-France COQUARD 1996-1998

GRANDE LOGE SYMBOLIQUE ESPAGNOLE 1998-2000

Javier OTAOLA BAJENETA 1998-2000

GRAND ORIENT DE LUXEMBOURG 2000-2004

Marc-Antoine CAUCHIE 2000-2004

GRANDS ORIENT ET LOGE ASSOCIÉE DU CONGO 2004-2007

Gabriel NZAMBILA 2004-2007

GRANDE LOJA UNIDA DO PARANÁ 2007-2010

Jefferson Isaac João SCHEER 2007-V2007

GRAND ORIENT DE LUXEMBOURG 2008-2011

Marc-Antoine CAUCHIE 2008-2011

GRANDE ORIENTE LUSITANO 2011-2014

António REIS 2011-2014

OMEGA GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK

Louis DALY 2014-2017

GRANDE LOGE MIXTE DE FRANCE

François PADOVANI 2017-2020