Breaking news from Rorate Caeli:
FFI Commissioner Volpi admits guilt of defamation and lies,
must pay 20,ooo Euros by March 3, make public apology and issue a
press release through an Italian news agency.
Will Pope Francis allow what’s left of the FFI to survive?
The chickens have come home to roost for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, and possibly just in the nick of time.
Rorate Caeli contributor Francesca Romana has translated the first report from Chiesa e post concilio reporting that Fr. Volpi will pay the family of Franciscans of the Immaculate founder Fr. Manelli a large cash sum for his “defamation and lies” and make public apologies on all websites he runs and in a letter to all FI friars and nuns.
For regular readers of this blog, you know that Fr. Volpi was brought in for just one reason: to crush one of the fastest-growing, traditional-minded religious orders in the world — but not on his own: as he admitted in the past, at least in his words, he was “specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ,” Pope Francis to carry out his mission.
Our questions now are simple:
Will Pope Francis now finally rein this man in and force his boot off the throat of an order that only wants to serve God as the saints have all served Him for two millennia?
And will Pope Francis finally end this unjust commissioning and allow the poor friars who have had to flee the grip of this cruel man to return to their sworn vows and live out the remainder of their vocations in peace? We pray to hear in the affirmative soon.
Read the full report over at Rorate Caeli and please continue to support the Franciscans of the Immaculate with your prayers.