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Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate now under Fire

2 June, 2014 0 Comments

The Wind of Beijing is Blowing on the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

By Mauro Faverzani | Rorate Caeli | May 30, 2014

Well, by order of His Eminence João Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of the Consecrated Life, Sister Fernanda Barbiero, from the Institute of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, has become the new “Visitor” or “Wrecker” of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.

It is a rather bizarre choice, because the new Commissar has absolutely nothing in common with their charisma. Certainly nothing with the male branch of the religious Family founded by Father Manelli, where at least they sent a Capuchin (Fr. Fidenzio Volpi) [Rorate note: that gives us no comfort whatsoever, for all the evident reasons].

The task given to Sr. Fernanda is rather like forcing a healthy patient to take medicine: there is no reason for it. Leaving aside any harm it might cause, because medicines also have side-effects, especially when they are taken for no reason.

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