Franciscans of the Immaculate, a Suppressed Way of Life

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Today is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which in better times was the beautiful feast day of consecrated religious life in the Church. After the withering “Springtime of Vatican II”, consecrated life suffered greatly, but was just beginning a beautiful resurgence; with the Franciscans of the Immaculata among the best examples of the true restoration of Catholic religious life.

Now, in the reign of Pope Francis, this quintessential post-conciliar Pope has determined to complete the work of Vatican II.  Rotate Caeli has just published the following article which includes a never-before seen video recorded by the Franciscans themselves. This exclusive look at the now devastated order is thanks to Rorate Caeli:


Video of Franciscans of the Immaculate Seminary the day it was shuttered by Commissioner Volpi

When will the mainstream media demand answers?

On December 8, 2013, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Theological Seminary of the Immaculate Mediatrix (STIM) of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI) was closed by their Apostolic Commissioner, Fr. Fidenzio Volpi. On the same day, one of the friars filmed the entire day, which presents, along with additional footage, the way of life in that same seminary.

This footage was then kept in secret, witness of something no longer tolerable to those in power, unseen until now.

In this Year of the Consecrated Life, on the Feast of the Purification, which is seen as the Feast of the Consecrated Life, Rorate has obtained this video exclusively, making public a contradiction that has been hidden up to now for the safety of those involved.

With all the problems and scandals in the religious life in our times, which seem to be deemed praiseworthy by the highest authorities, what you’ll see in this video is what they find so unacceptable, so horrific, so dangerous that it had to be stomped out and crushed as “specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ,” Pope Francis.

Punishment and suppression — and with no trial.

But perhaps our Lady, on her feastday, is offering a vision very different to that which seems to dominate presently in the Church — a vision of the consecrated life which is, as Simeon says of Christ, a sign of contradiction.

A great number of the friars seen in this film have had to flee after the closing of the seminary, having found themselves in a new atmosphere of doctrinal corruption and moral relaxation, of the disintegration of the religious observance they had avowed themselves to maintain on pain of grave sin.

We say “flee” because it’s true. We hear from numerous FI saying how they are in danger, how another Friar they know will speak with us “once they’re safe” meaning in a new diocese with a friendly bishop. You’d think they were fleeing 16th Century England and the Tower — but this form of priest hunting is so much more dangerous as it comes from within.

Watch the video. Spread it far and wide. And pray to our Lady today to make good of this nightmare and grant these good men peace at last.

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Note: the music in this film is sung by the former STIM seminarians.

For the background on this controversy, Rorate has the background here.

It seems imminently fitting that this video should be seen today, on the Immaculata’s Feast of the Purification, the feast of consecrated life, since Pope Francis chose the feast of her Immaculate Conception to be the day for suppressing the Franciscans of the Immaculata. The Franciscans of the Immaculate, true to their name, were totally devoted the Immaculate Mother of God, and they were also uncompromising in their loyalty to the faith. Pope Francis, by his suppression of this order demonstrates clearly his antipathy towards Our Lady and to the dogma of the faith. Now that we know that Francis was behind the Synod’s agenda and the midterm Relatio, we see in action, the heresy in the Church that is the fruit of Vatican II and is unfortunately personified by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis uses every media PR trick he can to convince us that he is the first pope in history to be truly merciful, as he pushes his agenda to separate God’s mercy from His justice, and to separate dogma from practice. Such logical impossibilities are not found within the truth of the Roman Catholic faith; one must turn to heretics like Martin Luther to find such inconsistencies. As the Synod approaches, expect the professional Catholic media apologists and the likes of Kasper and Marx to step up their hype, and Franciscans of the Immaculate will be forced into the background. May they be like St. John the Baptist, who died for the truth and whose truth survived the intended suppression by the leading heretic of his time.

St. John the Baptist, the precursor of Christ, travelled Judea preaching penance (Matthew 3,1). Our Lord introduced His ministry with the words, “Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4, 17), and at Fatima, Jesus sent His own Mother to call us to penance. Despite Pope Francis’ cloying call for a false mercy, now is the time for penance! Now is the time to respond, for the night comes, when no man may work.

Now is the time, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

Return to Fatima.

Viva Cristo Rey!