Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Franciscans of the Immaculate: Father Manelli Initiates Criminal Complaint For Slander

Father Alfonso Bruno

(Rome) The Congregation for Religious' struggle against the   Franciscans of the Immaculata  is going into a new round On March 2nd, the  legal representatives of the founder and General Superior dismissed by the Vatican, Father Stefano Manelli, has issued a complaint to the state prosecutor of Avellino. 
He founded the Order in the 1970s, it was recognized by the Holy See in 1990, returned to the original Franciscan Rule and also followed Pope Benedict liturgically.   After the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum  he implemented the traditional liturgy internally, while offering the Sacraments in both forms of the Roman Rite for pastoral reasons. Thus the Order was an absolute exception, because it was the only Old Rite religious order of the Congregation for Religious, and not under the Papal Commission of Ecclesia Dei. What appeared to be taken in a special dynamic under Pope Benedict XVI., because the Franciscans of the Immaculata, in contrast to other new ritual orders, was an attractive example of an Old Rite Order  that was also missionary in character, became under Pope Francis, the complete opposite. Now the protective umbrella  of the  Ecclesia-Dei Communities is completely absent.

Slander Campaign Against the Franciscans of the Immaculata

Attorney Enrico Tuccillo lodged a complaint two weeks ago, of slander, and the formation of a criminal organization. In this way the founder is defending himself, in the name of his brothers and sisters against the ongoing "slander campaign," which was directed initially against the men's and subsequently against the women's branch of the order.  On November 4.  2015 the  Corriere della Sera  made an appeal from direct or indirect statements by  "concerned parties" in an article series with various horror  stories about the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Similar slander campaigns have happened in the past already against other religious communities and have mostly had their origins in inner-ecclesiastical conflicts. The mass media has likewise been ever ready themselves  to assist progressive circles.  
The Congregation of Religious reacted with the introduction of an  Apostolic Commissar  to the female order and justified this step just as they did the Commisarate administration of the male branch in July of 2013. The sisters were accused that they  "did not succeed in assimilating the riches of Concilar doctrine and the subsequent papal magisterium in their consecrated life in a reasonable way and to use it in the context of their apostolic life and mission."

The Rebellious Within the Order Against  Pater Manelli are Given a Name 

With the charge,  now the opposition within the Order who have triggered and expedited in collaboration with the Roman Congregation of Religious, against the  Franciscans of the Immaculata, have a name. Rome has not named till today any reasons for the radical clampdown on the blooming religious order,  which from many points of view represent an anomaly among Catholic religious communities. It has been maintained from different sides, that the Congregation for Religious have only reacted based on a petition from members to this Congregation.  The internal opponents of the founder, Father Manelli, have never been officially identified. The letter actually does this. Less believable is that it was the catalyst for the various interventions of the Congregation.  The Order was a thorn in the side of the Congregation and other heads of religious communities for a long time.  Under  Benedict  XVI., who stood fully behind the Franciscans  of the  Immaculata, Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Religious, dared not move against the young order. Under  Pope Francis, who makes no bones about his antipathy to the traditional Rite, the playing field was  fundamentally altered.
With Pater Manelli's legal conplaint, the names now lay on the table. That is, "not an easily introduced step, which has become necessary for the protection of many of the Order's brothers and sisters," said Manelli's attorney.

Three Sisters, Six Priests and Two Laity Cited

The complaint is against the three religious sisters or former sisters,  Lattanzi, Turturiello und Lovine, against six priests and two laymen.  Among the priests there is  Pater Alfonso Bruno, who is considered the actual instigator and leader of the uprising against the founder. Father Bruno already belongs to the leadership imposed by the Vatican and was, under the late Apostolic Commissar, Father  Fidenzio Volpi, who as his right hand as General Secretary, actually became the new highest ranking member  of the Order. Also mentioned in the complaint is  Father Alessandro Calloni, who has been the General Delegate of the Order for Italy.
The two laymen are alleged to be guilty of have disseminating  an "anonymous dossier with false contents," to discredit the former leadership, who have a severe vow of poverty,  among the brothers and sisters, the faithful, the Church authorities and especially the media. "It is no accident that the same subjects now have leading positions within the Order," says the complaint.  

"Indeed Impressive and  Striking, but False Evidence"

For example,   Ilaria Turturiello (formerly  Sister Maria Letizia), because she made, "Indeed Impressive and Striking, but False Evidence," alleging abuse she is supposed to have suffered.  She was, according to her, forced by her superior, a niece of the founder, to sexually gratify the owner of a supermarket. The women's superior has in the meantime, filed a counter-complaint for defamation and slander.
The former sister also offered the media the story of a "poor fellow sister", who likewise, she said, knew to tell the questionable horror story, which was gleefully broadcast by some of the media. This "fellow sister" was approached by the media for a quote but she denied Turturiello's claims.
The founder, Manelli, must lay his cards before the judge's table.  
The smear campaign of Corriere della Sera and other media was commented upon then by  Messa in Latino. The traditional  site opposed the harsh and unjust attacks against this Order, "which wasn't guilty of anything" compared to the shortcomings and defects of other orders, where the Congregation for Religious sees  no impulse to intervene:
"The moral of the story? The new message of Rome to Religious Orders appears to say: if you give in to your sexual desires, lie, steal, betray, deny doctrinal truths and dogmas, disturb ecclesiastical order and promote liturgical abuse, it doesn't matter, the main thing is that you do not hit out at the Vatican Council II and the achievements of the post-conciliar epoch."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Airmaria (Screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


Ivan said...

It's great to see that some justice may finally enter the picture in this tragic event.

M. Prodigal said...

It takes going to the civil justice system to get things right!

Anonymous said...

“…the main thing is that you do not hit out at the Vatican Council II and the achievements of the post-conciliar epoch."
Proved true, time and time again. Nothing is held sacred but license for personal gratification, masked under the guise of obedience or intellectual and cultural superiority. Fraudulence on steroids.

Franco733 said...

May justice be served and please let Divine justice be swift even in the year of Mercy. Such a Travesty and Hypocrisy by the Congregation for Religious

Anonymous said...

The moral of the story? The new message of Rome to Religious Orders appears to say: if you give in to your sexual desires, lie, steal, betray, deny doctrinal truths and dogmas, disturb ecclesiastical order and promote liturgical abuse, it doesn't matter, the main thing is that you do not hit out at the Vatican Council II and the achievements of the post-conciliar epoch."

This is true in dioceses as well, not just religious orders.

Ivan said...

The Hierarchy has been trained since the 1930's, in a military style of obedience. They have lost sight of the fact that their allegiance belongs to Christ above all else. Hence the success of Vatican II, the new mass and the disdain of tradition.

Anonymous said...

In a perfect Catholic world (in the future age of peace) a Catholic would never sue another Catholic but in this case you have a Catholic suing people who actually aren't even Catholic but rather a bunch of reptiles who pretend to be Catholic for who knows what reason, free housing, food, pension, etc.
Good for Fr. Stefano, he must be a holy man doing good work or he would not be persecuted like this. I hope to meet him one day.

Anonymous said...

The Church has always been about strict obedience, which is exactly what the modernist pond scum latched onto to help enforce their agenda

Athelstane said...

So, am I to assume that Fr. Geiger's name is among the six priests named in the complaint?

Tancred said...

Disobedience is a trademark of modernist clergy.

Tancred said...

I expect so. Hope to know more.

Anonymous said...

True but the folks that unfortunately find themselves under the pink mafia have to have strict obedience or be put out on the street and sent up to a mountaintop like Fr. Manelli. They demand obedience when it fits their perverted ways.

Anonymous said...

More Team B antics. Hopefully they will all be put in jail but just like St. John's Abbey, Georgetown, Notre Dame, and McCarrick queers--they have bought off the justices and politicians.

Sybok said...

yeah vatican 2, question it and thats it

meanwhile syncretism, pro abort politicians, blahblahblah we all know here is not only tolerated but praised as the roman oracle has done lately with a mass murdering anti-mother

Angelo said...

Great hope for all Traditional Catholics. Pope Benedict XVl breaks his silence, now criminal charges against Bergoglio's henchmen for the grave injustice to the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Viva Cristo Rey? Viva la Santisima Virgen de Guadalupe!

proudmomoffive said...

The FI will prevail over Francis. The Franciscans have been around for 800 years, in which Our Lord and the Seraphic Father have protected the Order. The Benedictines of Fontgoumvault were established in the 1100's and saw the complete destruction of their Abbey at least 3 or 4 times, they almost dissapeared during the French Revolution. We have to look at the bigger picture. We have to suffer this Holy Father and suffer the Passion the Church is going through, but in the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph!

Eirene said...

Thank God that the FI's are able to find some justice - albeit in the secular law courts! That it should come to this is profoundly sorrowful. Why couldn't Francis just leave that lovely Order alone? At least Volpi
has gone to his Maker! Telling that the "dissident trouble-makers" are now occupying "leading positions"
in the opposition camp. The enemy always appears to look after his own - but let them wait - and they will see how they too will be cast aside once he has no further use for them. Like a spider sucking the life out of the victims that fall into its web. They should have known better!