Put on Your Surprise Face…
Francis Punished the Franciscans of the Immaculate because they are “Traditionalist”
UPDATE 12/19/13: Deep Dive into the Vatican Crackdown
UPDATE 12/14/13: Vatican Rejects Calls for Removal of “Fr.” Volpi (click here)
UPDATE 12/11/13: More details and links to translations and documents (click here)
UPDATE 12/10/13: Lay Supporters of FFI demand Removal of “Fr.” Volpi (click here)
Finally, for the first time, the “Apostolic Commissioner” Fidenzio Volpi, OFM Cap., de facto now the head of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, has officially admitted to the real reason for the far-reaching interference with the order when “Pope” Francis issued a blanket prohibition against their use of the 1962 Missal (“Traditional Latin Mass”) on July 11, 2013: They were “crypto-Lefebvrian” or at least “traditionalist.” (See our original coverage of the case here.) Of course this is not at all surprising, but what’s remarkable here is that it has now actually been admitted, as the news story below shows.