I met these Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate yesterday at the Ramsgate Mass for St Augustine. Without commenting on it they seemed a little anxious about the impending visitation. I said I would offer Mass for them, I will, I'll offer Mass on Ascension Day, our Missa Solemnis at 7.30pm. One of them knows Brighton well, she was school here, when I asked her where, with a slight hint of embarrassment she replied, 'Roedean'.
There is a post on Air Maria which sheds a little more light - or shadow - on the whole affair, the second article defending Fr Volpi's actions is by Fr. Agnellus Maria Murphy, who many in this country will know from 'A Day with Mary', I have never considered him to be a wet liberal. However, without getting into ad hominem arguments I tend to have sympathy with a comment made by friend.
There really is nothing here to justify the drastic action taken. Since it would appear that the overwhelming number of friars supported the direction the institute was taking, surely it was for the five to ask to be transferred to an institute more to their taste; there is no lack of non-traddy Franciscan congregations, most of whom are desperate for vocations. In fact, this response confirms my view that the action taken by Aviz, Volpi and others is disproportionate, scandalous and downright cruel. His entire defence is simply a more elaborate way of saying that the Friars were getting too traditional for his taste.It is the disproportionate nature of the Holy Sees response that is scandalous. It reflects very badly on this Papacy.