(Rome) "It takes a permit." A letter from a Franciscan of the Immaculate describes the life subject to approval, that the brothers have to lead, since they were placed under provisional administration.
In 1990, the Order was recognized at the diocesan level and 1998 by Rome, the Orden internally moved from the Old Rite under Pope Benedict XVI. f to the Old Rite and for pastoral care it was specified by the Pope as bi-ritual, since 11 July 2013 it has been under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. Acting Administrator is the Capuchin Father, Fidenzio Volpi, "a skilled and proven man of power (who is known to move between the internal equilibria of the Superior Conference of Male Religious Communities of Italy - CISM ), with mephistophelian smile and biting repartee, " said Messa in Latino .
"We Are no Longer Able to Print and Disseminate Our Own Books"
The Franciscan of the Immaculate Conception described in his letter that he passed by the office of Order internal publishing, Casa Mariana, in Frigento recently. "My heart beat. I felt in me an unusual emptiness and dismay at the thought that we can no longer write for our own publishing house, and are not even allowed to distribute the books of our own publishing company in our convents.
I look at the house. In there are our books. Many of them we have written, and much more contributions to our religious journals: Fides Catholica , Annales Franciscani , Immculata Mediatrix ... Many books have been translated by us from Latin, others we have from Italian, the language most used in the order, translated into other languages.
That is our life inside, years of study, sweat and sacrifice. The Apostolic Commissioner has ruled that we are no longer authorized to use them. What sin do they represent?
"But it Needs a Permit"
I took courage and rang the bell at the door. A sister opens and I ask her about the new liturgical calendar of the Order, because we didn't have one in the monastery.
"I can not give you one Father, you know that it requires a permit," replied my sister, kind and understanding.
What could be sinful about a liturgical calendar?
"But it needs a permit."
Exactly the permit.
"From the Apostolic Commissioner of course!"
"Our Life is Made by Applications, Special Permits'"
Since we have been under provisional administration, our life is governed by applications for "special permits" to the Commissioner. You are to provide a copy in writing and are granted permission only by expressed personal validation .
A permit is needed to use the books of the Order from the Order's own publishing house and be able to impart them. Any "public dissemination" is prohibited.
A permit is required to celebrate the Holy Mass in the traditional Rite.
A permit is required to use the Roman Ritual for the Old Rite.
A permit is required for the Liturgy of the Hours to celebrate it in the Vetus Ordo.
A permit is required to celebrate the Holy Mass with the Sisters of the Order, for both the Old and the New Rite.
A permit is required to conduct a meeting of the lay community of the Order or of the Third Order.
A permit is required to carry out a "Day for Maria" (a day of prayer, which is performed by the Order on pilgrimage or in parish churches and is open to all).
A permit is required to visit our Founder. It is strongly advised not to make such a request at all, which is actually not approved anyway.
A permit is required for any initiative in the Order. "
Even more permits are needed of the founders of religious orders:
"Our Founder even needs explicit permission to be treated at the hospital. He needs an explicit authorization in order to move from one convent to another. He was blamed on the official website of the Order publicly for the fact that he had at first dared to visit the convent of Teramo. In reality, the Apostolic Commissioner had even given the permission to do so." A grueling guerrilla war.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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