Catherine, age 8: She consciously offered her illness for Fr. Stefano Manelli and for the Institute of the Franciscans of the Immaculate”
Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.
Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.
On 1 July the following output is “Official Note of the Authority of the Institute,” dual signature of the Secretary-General, Father Alphonsus Maria Bruno FI, and Commissioner Apostolic Father Fidenzio Volpi OMF Capp., Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception:
” In view of some serious abuses that have harmed the image and at the same proper religious life of the Institute, please note the heads of all the homes that Mariane removal, even for short periods of Religious assigned to them can be only with the express written permission from the respective national delegation if the trip takes place within it, or the Commissioner’s Apostolic if you go abroad.
These provisions shall also apply to the Reverend Fathers Guardians and Vicars Officers.
To them require the posting of this notice in the albo of each House Mariana, his reading of the Community and the timely execution of the provisions in it.
Rome, July 1, 2014 »
We would like to argue that this Note is a further step towards the degiuridizzazione of the Church. The statement may appear severe and disproportionate, but we will try to show how the value of the document in question goes far beyond the events of the Institute founded by Father Stefano Manelli.
The question of the role of law in the Church is one of the crucial clash between the Catholic tradition and modernism, although it is among the least openly discussed. The Church was built by our Lord Jesus Christ as asocietas perfecta , ie a society sufficient to itself, with, at its core, all that needs. That’s the legal time is essential for every human community, which, if it is not regulated by your own, must borrow to others, thus ceasing to besocietas perfecta , to become societas imperfecta , indebted to another company in its own right. Hence the traditional care of the Church in respect of its domestic law, with attention to the forms and formalities, note that, at first glance, you could also appear excessive, but that has always played the dual role of safeguarding the independence of the Body Mystical Christ, in his human side, and to give greater substance and strength in the salvific mission of the Bride of Jesus, for this purpose has always been present in canon law as a norm “supercostituzionale” we would say today, through the principle of salus animarum suprema lex .
Modernism, however, attempted to deprive the life of the Church the legal aspect, considered unsuitable to accommodate the changing nature of the inspiration of the Spirit, in the name of a carismatismo, often unexpressed, which tends to justify or condemn individual stocks, not on the basis of legal certainty, but according to their membership or not the line of the renewal pursued by it, in a sort of double standard Leninist sauce Catholic: when the norm contradicts the anxiety of novelty, it should not be applied, as it contradicts “the inspiration of the Spirit”; when, however, the same rule may help quell the Tradition, sorry to “modernize the Church”, hitting those who are opposed to the “winds of change”, then it must be applied with extreme rigor, perhaps forcing it to what you need.
Canon law, far from the oppression of formalist whose fabled modernists, is the most concrete guarantee of a concrete realization of justice in the life of the Church, why unfair rules may find application, if not abuse, and thus with a crime, even on a purely legal: the unjust rule is never true norm, but always anti-juridical action, because it contradicts the natural law, hierarchically superior to the positive rules (imposed by the legislator).This principle is valid for all legal, even for those who deny it, in canon law is formalized explicitly.
Here is the elimination of legality and its replacement with the carismatismo and ideological politicization of action, far from opening up spaces of freedom, allowing the most blatant abuses.
And the note from which we started is an outstanding example. The Constitutions of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, no. 70, read as follows:
” The brothers should dwell in their own religious house observing a common life and can not assentarsene unlicensed Father’s guardian. And if it comes to a prolonged absence [for months] , the Minister General, with the consent of his Council, and for good cause, may grant to a monk living outside the home of the Institute, but for no more than a year, unless it is for health reasons, study or ministry to be carried out on behalf of the Institute (cf. canon 665 § 1). For a longer period is necessary indult from the Holy See . ”
Etiquette According to the interior, then, to go abroad you have to ask permission from the National Delegate (acting as Provincial).
What is the logic of the conjunction of the Constitutions and the internal Etiquette? The validity of the reasons why a brother may leave his habitual residence is decided by the nearest or, to be more precise, by the scope from which the friar himself out if he leaves the house and, therefore, comes from ‘ authority of the Father Guardian, the latter will give permission; if you have to go abroad, and thus evade the authority of the National Delegate, these will be to authorize it. The logic is so simple as to be trivial: who better than the person who has authority over a particular area can be related to the needs of the individual friar with those in the field governed by him? With the added benefit that is to decide who is closest to the actual personal situation (the monk) and collective.
What he says, however, the Note: For travel within the state, decides the national delegation, and for those abroad, even the Apostolic Commissioner.
For the canon law (constitutions) the friar is a resource, an asset, a grace of God, of which the manager may decide to deprive the scope that it lacks. To abuse (hereafter prove that the Note is a legal violation disguised as a rule), however, the presence of the friar in a given area is a danger, which may decide to run the monk in charge of the environment in which the present becomes . The right part of the confidence in the subject, until proven otherwise; abuse totalitarian and anti-juridical, however, part of the systematic mistrust, against which even the evidence to the contrary becomes, de facto , impossible.
The law is the protection of people, while deposing his freedom of will is for the holder of power, which is not seen more limited in his activity, from the norm.
More specifically, the Commissioner may extend beyond the Constitutions? Can violate them? It can change them? No, because the Commissioner is a superior general pro tempore . And, if the Superior General could change at will the Constitutions, they have no further value and reduce the life of the Order to the pure subjection to the will of the Superior. Other than the self-attributed to Father Manelli!
You could say that the pope’s authority is superior to that of the Constitutions and that, therefore, as Father Volpi enjoys the confidence of the Pope, the authority of the Pope covers the Commissioner’s actions. But this is false.
Official Note of the Authority of the Institute
It will be said that it is formalism. I have not! It is the most elementary rules of guarantee against abuse. The Constitutions are written codification of the lives of members of a religious order: violate them is to violate their lives, changing them means changing their lives. It’s just that, if the Pope wants to do it, is forced to do it in person, assuming full responsibility and that this power can not be left to someone who, at least in theory, can then be repudiated tomorrow by the Holy See.
As you can see, this note is not only a violation of the law, but it is a blatant violation; and this being obvious (would almost say ostentatious) makes a real attack to the whole legal system: it is as if the Commissioner said: “Canon law does not allow it, but my mission is over the legal system because I enjoy the confidence of the Pope and, therefore, I do what I think is appropriate, regardless of the law. “
Once again (and we fear that it will not be the last) the story of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception is true litmus test of the degree of depth reached by the crisis in the Church, the crisis of which the eclipse of the law is far from being an integral part secondary.
Magister: The words and the silences of Pope Francis
Silence regarding the Franciscans of the Immaculate, for whom the treatment has been worse than the disease
The words and the silences of Francis, in private with religious superiors
At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of Friday 3rd of January “La Civiltà Cattolica” circulated a fifteen- page report of the three-hour meeting which Pope Francis held in the Vatican on the 29th of November with the Superior Generals of religious orders.
Very little had leaked out of that meeting. But Father Antonio Spadaro, director of the Jesuit periodical in Rome, published with the imprimatur of Vatican authority, was among the 120 present and transcribed the Pope’s words, which were afterwards verified by him before publication.
“When Pope Francis speaks off the cuff and holds a dialogue, his speech comes in successive waves and must be followed carefully as it is nourished through the personal interaction between him and his interlocutors.” This is how Father Spadaro’s report starts and opens the last issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica” now able to be downloaded in three languages – Italian, English and Spanish – from the magazine’s site.
There is no lack of highly colourful expressions in Pope Francis’ language.
For example, regarding the formation of novices: “We must form hearts. Otherwise we will form little monsters. And these little monsters will form the people of God. This really gives me the goose-bumps.”
Or again, concerning what the priorities in the consecrated life are: “ It is the prophecy of the Kingdom, which is non-negotiable. The emphasis must fall upon being prophets, and not playing at being them. Naturally, the devil presents us with temptations, and this is one of them: playing at being prophet without [actually] being one, in taking on the pose [of one]. But you cannot play with these things. I, myself, have seen some very sad things with regard to this.”
During the meeting, Pope Francis, let it be known that he was working on two documents: the first on the vocation of “brothers” that is, religious who are not priests, and the second on the relationship between bishops and religious, in substitution of a document from 1978 “ Mutuae relationes” , which he defined as “no longer relevant”
Moreover, he announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the consecrated life. Father Spadaro recounts: “These words are received with a long applause. The pontiff smiling, looks at the Prefect and the Secretary of the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, saying: ‘It is their fault, it is their proposal: when these two meet, they are dangerous,’ thus making the entire assembly laugh.”
The Prefect and the Secretary in question are the Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Focolarin, and the Spaniard José Rodrìguez Carballo, Order of the Friars Minor; the latter nominated by Pope Francis and the former by the previous pontificate.
Both – and with them the Pope – were in the news recently regarding the harshness they employed with “an external commissioner” to one of the most flourishing religious congregations – the Franciscans of the Immaculate – and among other things prohibiting them from celebrating Mass according to the Old Roman Rite.
After Rebuilding the Desolation — Commissioner Closes Friaries of the Franciscans of the Immaculata
Pope Francis: “They will make mistakes, they will make a blunder [meter la pata], this will pass! Perhaps even a letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine (of the Faith) will arrive for you, telling you that you said such or such thing… But do not worry. Explain whatever you have to explain, but move forward… Open the doors, do something there where life calls for it. I would rather have a Church that makes mistakes for doing something than one that gets sick for being closed up…”
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