Abuses within the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate? Come on….

Most people are already familiar with the harsh treatment dealt out to this young, thriving, orthodox congregation, the FFI, who have the “Mass of the Ages” (the Tridentine Mass) at the centre of their vocation. A petition requesting the dismissal of Father Volpi (the Commissioner placed to “sort them out”), whose intervention is apparently causing havoc and great distress to the members of the FFI, was signed by many of us. For those that have not done so yet, you can find that here: http://www.corrispondenzaromana.it/firma-per-chiedere-le-dimissioni-di-padre-fidenzio-volpi/


Cardinal Raymond Burke has been a firm advocate of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in the past

Cardinal Raymond Burke has been a firm advocate of the
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in the past

[Come on]…..this affair has become a festering wound that is in dire need of sound medical attention if it is not to develop into a full blown infection.

I suspect that we will never learn the full story of who did or said what but I am certain of one thing, Pharasaic hypocrisy is in the air.

Just what is the FFI Order supposed to have done?

What foul offence have they committed?

Celebrating too many Masses in the Extraordinary Form?

Not paying enough attention to the Ordinary Form?    Whatever.

It pales into insignificance in comparison with clown Masses, ad lib liturgy, nuns and priests who openly disregard the teachings of HMC and, Catholic Funds being invested in porn publishing houses…what next?

Maybe…….funds being diverted into abortuaries to support those medical teams and counsellors so intent upon destroying life in the womb?

German and Austrian Catholicism seems to be in total meltdown and yet, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have been singled out and an ‘outside’ regime installed curtailing the celebration of ‘the Mass of all Time’, ordinations and apparently closing several of their communities.

An Order that, less than two years ago was feted as being the model of reverence and piety, is now seemingly hounded relentlessly while those who flaunt Catholic doctrine go free.

There are many posts on this affair but I particularly like Donald McClarey’s at The American Catholic

St Maximillian Kolbe – Pray for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Pray for us.

There is a follow up on this subject (and the fine Cardinal Raymond Burke) on the same blog:
The crux of the matter is, without doubt, the Tridentine Mass – the sublimely holy and magnificent, true Mass of the Catholic Church down through almost 20 centuries. As one commenter points out: “…..[T]here are many members of the laity, I presume, who have been and are rightly expecting to continue to be, provided with the fully legitimate and ancient form of the Mass, the Vetus Ordo, which has been provided by the Friars, a Mass which they, the laity, must be provided with under Quo Primum and Summorum Pontificum.”
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8 Responses to Abuses within the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate? Come on….

  1. bukojin says:

    Thank you Kathleen.


  2. Laura says:

    Revisiting this after hearing of Cardinal Burke’s replacement, I feel my eyes opening a little bit…..


  3. “German and Austrian Catholicism seems to be in total meltdown….” As an American resident of Germany, I have to say that there is, sadly, a great deal of truth in that statement.


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    That may be so, RJB, and you have a better picture than most, I guess; but as I said to my non-Catholic son yesterday when he asked me about TIME magazine’s Man of the Year: the Church is a 2000 year old institution; and 10 years, in the case of Pope Francis (or 50 years in the case of your Teutonic clerics), is a mere blip on the screen. In the meantime, Catholic lay people wield the most powerful weapon imaginable against heresy, if they choose to use it – prayer.


  5. johnhenrycn says:

    …and the independent Catholic press, including this august blog, is another.


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    …which makes me sad to read this from a formidably orthodox magazine to which I subscribe:

    “We wonder whether we are witnessing the death throes of independent Catholic journalism…Any kook versed in WordPress can start his own blog, spout off and generate a following of like-minded kooks.”

    It should go without saying that I don’t endorse that opinion, insofar as CP&S and many of the other Catholic blogs linked here are concerned; but the blogsphere is not an unmixed blessing. Many important print publications are dying because of competition from free websites.

    Very off topic. Sorry.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    I consider it my duty to subscribe to at least one impeccably orthodox Catholic newspaper, and to save each issue. Here’s one reason why:

    “A biologist at the University of British Columbia says 80 per cent of data by today’s scientists is lost within 20 years, a victim of digital storage.Sometimes the problem is outdated storage devices, says Tim Vines. Sometimes the problem is as simple as an abandoned email account.”



  8. kathleen says:

    Sorry to report that the attacks against the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate continue. Taking these words from a commenter on the subject: “They’re attempting to close down one of the only orders that is both part of the official Church and showing amazing growth. They also seem to be doing it without just cause, and with a great deal of vindictiveness.”

    From The Eponymous Flower:

    “(Rome) The joy of Christmas 2013 has brought another sad note for the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Shortly before the Solemnity, the Apostolic Commissioner, Father Fidenzio Volpi OFM Cap has closed up three more branches of the Order. Many Traditional Mass locations in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite were connected to the closings. The faithful were faced with this fact just before the holidays, that they would be without priests and Mass locations for Christmas….

    “The Commissioner and some brothers collaborating with him, have imposed a climate of intimidation and fear in the Order,” says a Catholic from Albenga in a letter to Libertà e Persona . “In dealing with the Franciscans of the Immaculate itself, there is little sense of ‘mercy’ and ‘justice’ and even less ‘brotherly love’. And what can we ordinary believers do?”….”


    What is the aim of this said “Commission”?

    After some of the abuses at NO Christmas Masses that I read about on LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW that really made me shudder, I cannot understand why an order that honours and celebrates the holy Mass of the Ages should be dealt with in this way.


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