We all know of the shameful treatment that has been meted out on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Under Pope Benedict XVI, this traditional order was celebrating the Latin Mass and had a stellar number of vocations. That changed when the order was basically quashed for reasons that are spurious at best. Moreover, one of the now-elderly founders, Father Stefano Manelli, has been exiled to an out-of-the-way place and essentially placed under "house arrest". He was even forbidden to leave the place on his 81st birthday to visit his parents' graves and celebrate Mass. By all accounts Father Manelli is an exemplary priest. All this is being done with approval from the highest offices of the Vatican.
On the other hand we have the case of Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, a progressive priest who just had his 29-year suspension lifted by Pope Francis. This is a priest who has called Ronald Reagan a butcher while singing the praises of Daniel Ortega and the Sandanistas, and of Fidel Castro, one of the most brutal of the modern dictators. He also espouses liberation theology. He held public office and was suspended by Pope John Paul II when he refused to step down from public office. There is no record of him recanting his public disobedience.
So here we have it: a backwards set of priorities when it comes to the pope dealing with his priests-sons. He leaves to languish in exile a faithful priest while lifting the suspension of a priest who is most likely still a very progressive priest. We all can see what is wrong with this picture. Why does His Holiness not see it?
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