The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary express our deep fraternal respect and sympathy to our friends in the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. A most troubling situation has afflicted their community. We have avoided saying anything on the subject because too much is being said right now, and much of it is uncharitable, foolish, and morally corrosive. (For that reason, I have disabled comments on this posting. Instead of commenting, pray.)
Professor Roberto de Mattei’s assessment of the situation seems just and reasonable to us, but we have no interest in debating the issue. The Professor’s petition drive in support of the FFIs can be found here.
Please pray for the good Friars, Sisters, Nuns, and lay affiliates of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Prayer to their special patrons is recommended: after the Queen of the Seraphic Order, they are St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Pio of Pietrelcina (who was the spiritual father of Padre Stefano Manelli, one of the Order’s two founders.)