Large group of Franciscans of the Immaculate ask for new religious congregation? October 29, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disconcerting, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, Liturgy, martyrdom, Papa, persecution, religious, sadness, scandals, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
I have not seen this reported elsewhere, but, then again, I’ve been completely out of it for a week and a half. So, maybe take this with a grain of salt, though I’ve never known Mundabor to be incorrect in reporting in the past.
In a nutshell, it appears that a large fraction of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, which order had its founder and superior forcibly removed and its orientation towards the TLM significantly reduced through direct papal intervention (Francis) earlier this year, has appealed to the Holy See for the formation of a new body of religious intentionally focused on the Mass of All Ages and the whole traditional Liturgy. One bit of extraneous data I did see is that the number of religious Mundabor quotes may be low – it could be well over 200, even closer to 300, which would be about half the FFIs:
Very interesting development in the matter of the FFI.
Apparently……between 150 and 200 friars have asked the Bishop of Rome permission to create a separate congregation, which would be exclusively devoted to the Traditional Mass. [This is extremely revealing. The FFIs, and most who entered that body, had little or no experience of the TLM. But after embracing it in the wake of Summorum Pontificum, the entire order - or nearly so - was transformed by the experience. Now, that is all these many faithful, devout religious souls desire. They crave the traditional Liturgy. It is so mystical, transformative. And they are willing to go to great lengths, even enduring persecution and discomfort, to be able to liberally embrace the whole traditional Liturgy again. This also shows that whatever permissions are being given for offering the TLM, problems of lack of focus or access remain, or else this request would not have been made. Also, we need to remember that one of the tiny dissident faction that opposed the focus on the TLM was appointed as the new superior of the order. Incredible.]
……Here we have a Pope profiting from a small number of opponents to the clearly conservative (also liturgically) character of the organisation to stage a coup and install at its head the leader of the six (six; sei; sechs) dissidents, and what is happening now is the result of another of Francis’ inconsiderate actions. [Whether the number of opponents of Tradition, let us call them dissidents for convenience, is 6 or 10 or 12, it is very small. All indications are that the vast, vast majority of the FFIs were perfectly fine with the direction the order had taken, wanted it to go further along those lines, felt very edified by the process, and are now heartbroken at the termination of its natural growth.]
The sheer number of those who made the request should prove to the blindest Pollyanna that Francis did not try to (and did not have any need to) “pacify” an organisation torn by “internal strife”. On the contrary: the organisation was and is extremely compact, and Francis used a very small number of troublemakers to subvert the organisation’s spirit. [Well, the driver behind the move was Cardinal Bras de Aviz of the Congregation for Religous, a very liberal Brazilian. Braz de Aviz has opposed the traditional Mass and the whole traditional practice of the Faith in the past, and has made some derogatory comments regarding the Society of St. John Marie Vianney in Campos. Normally, I would say that Pope Francis simply acquiesced in the request of his inferior, but in this case he got directly involved in the repeal of Summorum Pontificum for the FFIs, and made the determination of making this action truly final, limiting any appeals of this situation to himself, which is why the FFIs are now making this appeal directly to the Holy See.]
…Notice, though, what is happening: the Mass Of The Ages is such a beautiful patrimony that once a sound religious order has been allowed to enjoy it, its members will do whatever they can to keep it…….
I will keep watching this. I think it is very significant. Somehow or other, a coup was executed against the leadership and mass body of the FFIs by a few disgruntled liberals (liberal being a relative term). The extent of Pope Francis’ involvement is not clear, save that he made the determination to oust the founder/superior Fr. Manelli, and reserved judgments on this matter for himself alone. We shall see what develops, but we are sure to learn more in the future.