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Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« on: December 15, 2016, 01:00:04 PM »
Charges dropped against Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
Translation exclusive to Rorate Caeli.
By Marco Tosatti


The charges against Father Stefano Manelli, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have been dropped. After about a year of investigations, the Deputy State Prosecutor at the Court of Avellino, Doctor A. Del Bene, has asked for the closing of the proceedings against the religious, whose Order is still under commissioning without a valid reason having ever been given by the Congregation for Religious.

Father Stefano Manelli had recently been the subject of a particularly virulent press campaign – which seems in reality to have been promoted and inspired by someone within his own religious order – with wild allegations, scandalmongering statements of ex-sisters, and even the suspicion of murder. The saga of the Franciscans of the Immaculate has left nothing untouched, and there have been those in the mass media who have followed the flood of biased allegations with perhaps too much enthusiasm and without much critical evaluation.

Now that the legal authorities – with the motion to dismiss the case – bring justice to this campaign, which could be considered defamatory, it emerges that the founder of the Institute of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate was unjustly accused of having harmed the physical and moral integrity of the Sisters at the convent of Frigento, carrying out acts of sexual violence and abuse against them.

Those close to him commented that "the outcome of the investigation has brought clarity to the “assumed allegations” restoring justice and dignity to Father Stefano Manelli who for some time has been the subject of slanderous, defamatory attacks, amplified by the media outlets."

And now that the legal authorities have made their ruling, and it seems that Father Manelli hasn’t raped, abused or killed anyone, the question returns, to pose to the Congregation for Religious, to its prefect, and to its secretary: what has Father Manelli done; and what have the Franciscans of the Immaculate done to be treated with such harshness?

History, in its irony, would have it that the news of the dismissal of this investigation would come precisely at the end of the year of Mercy ...

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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2016, 01:49:23 PM »
How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2016, 02:22:05 PM »
How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them

Do you have personal experiences with the FFI?
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2016, 02:49:45 PM »
How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them

Do you have personal experiences with the FFI?

No
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2016, 02:57:14 PM »
How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them
How so? 

The persecution of the ffi has always seemed unfounded and unjust.

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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 03:32:51 PM »

How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them

Which illustrates one of the dangers of slander. The taint never goes away, even when the lies are exposed.
 
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 06:02:59 PM »
anybody know if ffi priests can now say the tlm?
 

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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2016, 06:28:43 PM »
Haven't heard. this just dealt with the legal stuff not the Church.
 

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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2016, 07:55:37 PM »
How weird... :( even if charges are dropped it's still hard to trust them
How so? 

The persecution of the ffi has always seemed unfounded and unjust.

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Yeah but murder?Sexual assault??
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2016, 07:57:03 PM »
Yeah but murder?Sexual assault??

And nothing came of the police investigations.
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2016, 05:16:07 AM »
The stuff was like claims that religious sisters practised an excessive physical motification and were 'cult-like', just detractive junk. Now, this is the Pope Francis process with Fr Sanbino Ardito, replacing Fr Volpi RIP, as Special Commissioner is still in force. Pope Francis and notable supporters like Jozef Cardinal De Kesel of Belgium cannot abide when a religious order or Traditional vocations, show the utter failure of latter-day Conciliarism.
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2016, 04:10:04 PM »
My brother is in the FFI and he is the greatest Man I know.
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Re: Founder of the Franciscan of the Immaculate
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2016, 06:34:31 PM »
The FFI priests at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lacrosse WI say the TLM on Sundays.  The ones I have met have been seriously humble and holy.  One played a mean paintball, all the boys were scared of him, he was brutal without mercy on the paintball course  :)
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