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Apparently, the sufferings of the FIs are never to end October 2, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, manhood, martyrdom, persecution, priests, religious, scandals, secularism, self-serving, the return, Virtue.

That seems to be the clear message of Apostolic Commissioner Volpi, who has taken the extraordinary step of suspending, a divinis, 6 Franciscans of the Immaculate priests who asked to be released from their religious vows so they could serve in various dioceses around the world.  These six had apparently already taken up residence, and been offered priestly roles, by various bishops.  This puts the report of a blacklist of bishops who offer refuge to suffering FIs in an entirely new light:

Rorate has learned that Volpi has in fact suspended “a divinis” six Friars (names withheld for their protection) who are under the care of bishops outside of Italy who have welcomed them and are awaiting their dispensations from their vows from the Congregation for Religious.
The cause of this incredibly violent ecclesiastical censure is in fact their wanting to leave the Institute. This is incredible because the general rule, confirmed by a very long canonical tradition, is that a suspension “a divinis” is a penal action to be imposed only for a grave transgression, and above all, after a normal procedure that includes the right to defense and only after two admonitions administered within a certain period of time. Commissioner Volpi instead communicated to the Friars the admonitions and the suspension at the same time, sending three letters at the same time, and in this way lacking the formal conformity to norms that is expected in these situations. The “crime” committed is the fact that these Friars were outside of their monastery, an act that takes them out of Volpi’s jurisdiction and therefore an act of disobedience to the Pope. They were treated in this account as if they were schismatics…!
Canon Law, together with plain common sense, has been completely trampled upon. The reason why these Friars and many other Friars left the house in the first place to find refuge among reasonable and understanding bishops is that the atmosphere within the Institute had become intolerable and suffocating for them, with extremely grave effects both physical and psychological. To save their vocations and to not lose their faith altogether, they decided to ask for the dispensation of their Religious Vows that bound them to the Commissioner, and to ask various bishops to incardinate them in their dioceses as simple priests.

A number of bishops in Europe, in Asia and in Africa have welcomed these legitimate requests, which are common affairs: the Congregation for Religious grants every year in an expeditious manner thousands of dispensations to Religious of both sexes who, for various reasons, want to leave their Religious Institutes…….

There is much more at the link.  This situation continues to devolve and is simply incredible. The harshness, the vindictiveness of all of this simply beggars the imagination.  No matter how much they are pilloried by certain preferred members of this tragically suffering order, every single one of Rorate’s reports on this matter have been proven to be accurate and true, to date.  Thus, it certainly appears that the FIs are simply to be broken and reduced to fruitless tools of the new order, or completely driven from the priesthood and/or religious life.  Some choice.

At this point, I have a very hard time seeing this ongoing persecution as anything but a progressive witch hunt of the lowest kind, fired by wild straw man ideas of ideological opponents (and you know who has played, and continues to play, an enormous role in all that – he refuses to ever address the real issues at hand). I pray this is not the case, but the mounting evidence points to a bloody-minded vindictiveness in pursuit of ideological vendettas behind this infliction of suffering. There has been nothing even remotely proffered to justify this cruel treatment.  It is simply beyond belief, and yet it is happening.

Pray, pray for the Franciscans of the Immaculate.  In a profound sense, they are very blessed to be the recipients of this seemingly endless suffering.  It speaks to the efficacy of their apostolate in light of Grace.  Our Blessed Lord frequently chastises those He loves most.

But woe to those by whom scandal comes.


1. Tim - October 2, 2014

“It certainly cannot be true that Pope Francis is aware of the Pharaoh-like hardened heart of Commissioner Volpi who is not willing to listen to the Voice of true mercy asking, “Let my People go!” Surely the Pope cannot be aware of it. Surely.”

Anyone care to place a wager on that statement?

This sounds so much like what Paul VI’s Vatican did to Archbishop Lefebvre.

2. TLM - October 2, 2014

Wow…..this is incredible. Truly tyrannical. What now will happen with the Bishops who offered to take them? I am afraid for them as well. Pray.

3. RemnantoftheFaith - October 2, 2014

What is this? A tyrannical communist regime? You better believe it…

In the Counciliar Church, being Catholic is a crime, punishable by the worst kinds of treatment, as demonstrated here.

Blessed are they when they are reviled and persecuted on account of staying faithful to the True Church of Jesus Christ and not the False Church of Darkness.

4. Anonymous - October 2, 2014

Fr. Volpi incidentally sees himself as merciful. “I was told to crush them completely but I don’t want to crush them… I want to save them.”
As for the Sisters…they will feel the full fury. Lord have mercy on your spouses.

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6. Magdalene - October 3, 2014

The hatred for the most faithful of Catholics is evident; they are not wanted. We see what is happening to Cardinal Burke and to the incredibly holy charism of the FI. This hatred for those who wish to live ALL the teachings and traditions of the Church is seen all the way to the top.

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