Pope Francis’ hand-picked Apostolic Commissioner for the Franciscans of the Immaculate is said to have “shattered” the Order, resulting in internal chaos, suffering and more.

(Rome) A group of Catholic lay associations and websites have started a petition: They demand the dismissal of Father Fidenzio Volpi from his post as authorized Apostolic Commissioner for the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

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Editor’s note: If I remember correctly, virtually the same technique was used to “shatter” the Catholic Church after the close of the 2nd Vatican Council!

“Abortion is the cause of the problems in the world and the Lord is helping us to provide the cure.”

A religious order that claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary has been criticised for displaying bumper stickers about abortion near a primary school.

Devotees of the vision, nick-named Our Lady of Surbiton, meet near Christ Church Primary School in Manor Drive, Surbiton, each day.

But bumper stickers about abortion have upset neighbours and mothers at the school.

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More details about Father Corapi’s relationship with his religious order

The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is in the spotlight, following the allegations of misconduct against one of its members, Father John Corapi. The Register spoke with Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest servant, based in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, to learn more about the charism of the order and its rules for members.

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Young Wisconsin Catholics Cheer Bishop Morlino for Welcoming Orthodox Priests

By Kathleen Gilbert

MADISON, Wisconsin, June 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics in the diocese of Madison, Wisc. are hitting back at negative media coverage of their bishop after he welcomed priests with the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest, a group renowned for their traditionalist liturgy and fidelity to orthodox Catholic teaching. Supporters note that, contrary to the picture painted by dissenting voices in the media, Morlino’s focus on orthodoxy is increasingly popular with Catholic youth – even in the liberal stronghold of University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Madison Bishop Robert Morlino, one of the most outspoken advocates for the unborn among the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, has defended the priests against criticism that the move represented a “step backward” and that the priests’ approach is, in the words of one parishioner, “quite different than we have become accustomed to.” Morlino heard parishioners from St. Mary’s Parish in Platteville at an occasionally-heated meeting on Monday.

Despite media coverage focusing on dissenting voices, many were eager to voice support for their bishop – especially among pro-life Catholics.

Peggy Hamill, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW), indicated that Morlino’s fidelity to Catholic orthodoxy was of a piece with his reputation as “a man of integrity, and consistency.”

“Pro-life Wisconsin knows him to have a deep respect for the sacredness of human life which he expects his priests to reflect,” said Hamill. “Bishop Morlino’s selection of new priests for the diocese of Madison is simply consistent with his fostering appreciation for the sacred.”

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