More unsubstantiated gossip from an anonymous source, released by a pseudonymous blogger who skirts all accountability.
There is no way to verify the accuracy of the account of what is going on within the FSI. The source has to be someone within the community, who is not exactly an objective observer (nor one who is cooperating with the Church for that matter), which makes a real confirmation of the facts all the more crucial. That confirmation ought to be done before something is released to the public as though it were fact. There are many lives affected by this Internet spectacle.
The blogger further claims that the prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, and the secretary, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo (to whom he refers as the “Duo) have “thoroughly destroyed” the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Really? This man simply does not know what he is talking about, because he is only interested in one side of the story—the one that serves the purpose of his blog.
So the question for him and those like him is whether Pope Francis wishes to obliterate the sisters, which according tot he omniscient blogger, was the will of the Holy Father for the friars.
The gravest irresponsibility in all this is that the blogger and all those who have concocted and published their theories from the bits and pieces on the Internet do not know what they do not know. They have no way of assessing how much, or how little of the pertinent information they have or its relative value.
The behavior is irresponsible and all the more because so much is done without the slightest accountability.
But then again, they don’t care about any of this because this “reporting” is all about their own agenda. They have made no real investment in our Institute or any real knowledge about the issues involved. Ours is a symbolic cause for them and we friars and sisters are their canon fodder.
This is why I say I am ambivalent about the Internet and the excuse it provides for intellectual, cultural, moral and religious voyeurism.
It is a disgrace.