And… the traditional Carmelites in Pennsylvania are being investigated with an “Apostolic Visitation”, 25-28 September. The nuns have been served by a priest who was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Remember them?
The sisters are in the middle of a building project… because they have vocations.
Obviously, there must be a Visitation to see what they are doing so that….
…. they can tell all the women religious in the world to do the same thing.
In the Bolletino we read today that Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Taranto as “Special Delegate” to take control of the group called “Memores Domini” (“Mindful of the Lord”). All of its governance has been suspended and the Delegate has control. The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life appointed Jesuit Fr, Gianfranco Ghirlanda as an “Pontifical Assistant” for canonical issues related to the group.
Memores Domini is tied to Communion and Liberation. It is an association with both religious and lay members. It was under the Diocese of Piacenza. It has some 1600 members in 32 countries.
Sisters of Memores Domini take care of Benedict XVI.
They’ve been scrutinized by Francis before. There is a summary of their tale at Eponymous Flower, I think perhaps originally in Italian at Messa in Latino. MiL also had THIS.
The EpFlower piece … I’ll share one bit:
The leadership of the community, elected for a five-year term in 2018, was summoned to read the papal decree on June 26 in the presence of Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Roman Dicastery. Present were Antonella Frongillo, the President of Memores Domini and board members and managers of some houses of the same. Father Ghirlanda was also present, outlining the line of his action.
As is customary in such cases, the reason for the papal intervention can only be guessed at. Cardinal Farrell said in the summons that some of the statutes had to be changed, but despite a corresponding announcement by the chair in May 2018, the Vatican had no concrete proposal. For this reason, the dicastery decided “in agreement with the Pope” to appoint P. Ghirlanda as papal delegate, so that he would “lead the revision process of the directorate and the statutes”. The cardinal let something through: Part of the duties of the de facto Commissar was also to “fix some problems that were reported to the dicastery”.The decree criticizes the dual function of Don Carrón as superior of CL, who is also the spiritual assistant of Memores Domini. There is a lack of the necessary separation between the leadership function and spiritual guidance, which affects the conscience and freedom of the individual.
On June 2, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the chairwoman, according to Cardinal Farrell, to “keep watch over the good practice of the charisms.” Almost identical words had taken the Pope on March 7, 2015 when he received the whole of the community leadership Communion and Liberation (CL) and tens of thousands of its members on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary on St. Peter’s Square. At that time, the choice of words was a reproachful reference to the “danger of self-centeredness”. It was previously known that the conservative community was not among the Argentine Pope’s preferred groups. “Francis did not approve of the founding charism of CL, but put it on the index,” said Vaticanist Sandro Magister at the time.
Only as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires did he maintain close contacts with the so-called Roman Community. Andrea Tornielli, the house and court Vaticanista and now editor-in-chief with coordination and guidelines for all Vatican media, comes from this circle of just six people. Nevertheless, the harshness with which Francis admonished the community in March 2015 was surprising. He literally accused CL of stifling the fire and extinguishing the embers:
“Don Giussani would never forgive you if you lost your freedom and turned into a museum guide or admirer of the ashes.”