I turn to my email and find a link to a piece by the Vaticanista Marco Tosatti who writes for La Stampa. He drills into the travails of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. HERE (My translation)
In sum, in the absence of serious and grave reasons [behind the treatment of the FFIs] I have to think that we are dealing with an internal war, waged in the Pope’s name, with the cruelty characteristic of closed environments and of all that touches on the liturgy. In the guise of mercy. But beyond the exemplary case of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, there has been a proliferation of individual cases, small things and less small, which make someone who is experienced with the ecclesiastical world, think that there has been set in motion an undeclared process [NB: “processo” has also an overtone of “trial” or “proceeding” – images such as kangaroo court and star chamber popped into my mind as I hit that phrase. And then there is a classic phrase “undeclared war”.], but, even so, not any less effective. One might think that the Pope doesn’t love all that has to do with traditionalism, and in particular with liturgy; and that, even if he officially defends the decisions of John Paul II and of Benedict XVI in this vein, certainly choices of openness toward that world [of traditionalism], deep down he has different sensibilities.
We all know about persecution of strong-identity Catholics from outside the Church. We are also used to internal persecution.
But never fear! There has been a statement from the Holy See Press Office about both the FFIs and the Legionaries of Christ! HERE
FFIs and the Legionaries? Addressed together? On the one hand, men and women who, with the founder, were trying to live Franciscan ideals. More and more, over time, they turned to the traditional form of the Roman Rite to sustain their spiritual and apostolic lives. They had an internal dispute that was fairly small but it was blown up into a huge deal. Now they are being pretty much hammered by the Holy See. On the other hand, you have a group that was massively dysfunctional because of the machinations of their founder, a lying incestuous deviant monster. Disbanded? Nahhh.
I guess that desiring what St. John Paul II called “legitimate aspirations” is pretty awful and must be stamped out before it gets, you know, out of hand.
I repeat. Do not stop. Do not flag. Do not relent. Keep working for your goals and legitimate aspirations. Push forward.