The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the religious order of dearly beloved friar, Benedict Groeschel, released a letter yesterday to Apostolic Nuncio Christophe Pierre, calling on Pope Francis to institute an investigation into all the charges by Archbishop Vigano -- to either prove or disprove them. They also reiterated the need of bishops to ban from the seminary those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies or those who live or actively promote the gay lifestyle. Amen to that!
This order of priests and brothers is completely dedicated to the poor. They began as a reform movement walking in the steps of St. Francis of Assisi:
The Friars of the Renewal are Franciscans in life and rule but this particular incarnation of the spirit of the poor man of Assisi is relatively recent. The community began in 1987 when eight Capuchin friars, desiring to work for personal and communal reform within the Catholic Church, joined together. The life and apostolate of the friars’ common life, as seen on the streets of inner cities and poor communities throughout the world, are rooted in the ideals and spirit of the Capuchin reform born in the early 16th century. [Read more....]The friars are men in love with life. They pray at the bedsides of the homeless. They operate soup kitchens. And they care deeply about the little ones in the womb waiting to be born. One of the friars, Fr. Fidelis Moscinski, CFR, participated in a Red Rose Rescue (RRR) in 2017 offering help inside an Alexandria, VA abortion mill to the women planning to kill their babies. The friars released a statement about the RRR that says the order supports acts of "conscientious objection to actions that attack the inviolability of human life and seek to break the common bond of human solidarity.” They also state:
Through our prayers, public witness, and solidarity with the unborn, the elderly, and all those whose lives are threatened by death as the proposed solution to problems, we seek to uphold the right to life and the dignity of every human being. We try to accomplish this within a variety of apostolic works and commitments including supporting crisis pregnancy centers and homes for expectant mothers, prayer and counseling at places where abortions occur, spiritual retreats for those who have been affected by abortion, and providing programs for inner-city youth.I want to publicly thank the friars for joining their voices to the call for openness, transparency and action to clean out the cancerous rot in the hierarchy. Read the letter! Let us all pray for Pope Francis and for the bishops that they do the right thing!
Lord Jesus Christ, High Priest and head of the Mystical Body, have mercy on us.
Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us.