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First the Legion, now the "Miles Jesu"

From the official website of Miles Jesu, an "Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life" and known as one of the "new movements" involved in the "new evangelization" of the post-Conciliar era (emphases mine -- CAP):

STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION OF THE ECCLESIAL FAMILY “MILES JESU”

In the spring of 2007 the Founder of Miles Jesu, Fr. Alfonso Durán, was removed from the office as Superior General, a position which he filled since the founding of the Ecclesial Family in 1964. Due to serious mental and physical health problems he was judged unable to continue in his position by the ecclesial authorities. Almost at the same time, thirteen members of Miles Jesu presented a request for an investigation into the Institute, indicating in their request alleged irregularities in the practices of Miles Jesu. The Cardinal Vicar of Rome, his Emminence Camillo Ruini, in conjunction with the Congregation of Religious, initiated an Apostolic Visitation under the guidance of Fr. Anthony McSweeney, SSS.
During the Apostolic Visitation a number of irregularities and questionable practices came to light in the sworn testimonies of many members. Also the behavior of Fr. Durán in regards to certain questionable conduct and his exercise of authority came to light. The conclusion of the Apostolic Visitation was that an outside person should be called in to work with the Ecclesial Family in order to correct these situations and to work with the members in the renewal of the Institute.

In a Decree issued on March 25, 2009, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, named me, Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S., as Commissary for Miles Jesu invested with full authority. The mandate is to write a new Constitution which defines the charism, spirituality, and apostolic nature of the Institute; to develop adequate vocational discernment and formation policies (ratio formationis); to review the financial policies, and in general to completely revise all its practices and customs.
During the past seventeen months, I have worked closely with the membership in pursuit of this mandate, as well as with former members who have left during or after the Apostolic Visitation. In time it has become clear and undeniable, that the Founder, Fr. Alfonso Durán, presented erratic behaviors that were totally beyond the scope of the powers given to him. Some members have identified wounds caused by the inappropriate exercise of authority under his leadership. The mistaken sense of allegiance and obedience instilled in the membership facilitated his behavior, which was totally unacceptable and not in accord with the discipline of the Church nor supportable in any way by a healthy sense of consecrated life.
Members who challenged his actions or behavior were often ostracized. The internal discipline and customs of the Institute provided protection for the Founder. It must be said in justice, that most of the members had no idea of the improper conduct of the Founder. Some of the allegations against Fr. Duran are hearsay and have not been verified. However, many are factual. It is important for all that the truth be disclosed, which is the reason for this public statement.

During this year and a half of my ministry with Miles Jesu I have come to know and admire the membership and the charitable projects of the Institute. All are filled with love of God and a sincere desire to dedicate their lives to God’s service and to the Church. Members are actively involved in the drawing up of new Constitutions and a complete review of the customs and practices of the Institute in the spirit of the Gospel and in fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Particular attention will be paid to developing new government structures ensuring the proper exercise of authority and promoting an active participation and co-responsibility of the members in the life of the Institute.

In my personal contact with Cardinal Vallini, I perceive that he wishes to assure the membership and also the lay associates (“Vinculum”) of his concern and of his assurance that he accompanies them in this process with his prayers and with his conviction that the membership today has a right to a future. We are in close communication as he follows with interest the process of renewal we are undertaking.

As Commissary and in the name of the Church, I wish to express my deep concern for all those members, former members and family members who may have been hurt in the past due to the manner in which authority was exercised. I also am personally grateful for those members who had the courage to solicit the intervention of the Congregation of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, thus bringing to light the situations under question.

Though this communication may come as a surprise and be painful to many members, Vinculum members, and friends of Miles Jesu, the truth cannot be hidden. Only in truth can a better and healthier future for Miles Jesu be achieved. The work of renewal is already in progress and there is enthusiasm for the future that the members are building together. United in prayer and in fraternal love, and assured of the Church’s motherly care, we will get through this time of difficulty and come to the dawning of a new day. We walk towards that day in hope and trust in God’s loving care and protection.

Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S.
Commissary
Miles Jesu
28 July 2010

16 comments:

James said...

Hard to know how to respond to this, unless and until Miles Jesu announces what sins Father Durán is supposed to have committed. I presume that if he were just another sodomite, the announcement would have said so?

M. A. said...

"Members are actively involved in the drawing up of new Constitutions and a complete review of the customs and practices of the Institute in the spirit of the Gospel and in fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Particular attention will be paid to developing new government structures ensuring the proper exercise of authority and promoting an active participation and co-responsibility of the members in the life of the Institute."

Ha? I confess that I don't know much about this Institute, but it almost seems to me like a rebellion, a "democratic" take-over has occured.

Anonymous said...

You can view the former Constitutions of Miles Jesu on Wikileaks. Someone leaked them. Also the LOYALTY PLEDGE is on wikileaks. That is the document where you basically agree to be blindly obedient.

http://file.wikileaks.org/file/miles-jesu-first-application.jpg

http://file.wikileaks.org/file/miles-jesu-constitutions.pdf

http://file.wikileaks.org/file/miles-jesu-loyalty-pledge-2009.pdf

http://file.wikileaks.org/file/miles-jesu-decree-of-investigation.pdf

Be patient trying to load the wikileaks stuff I think their site is overloaded due to the fact that they are in the news all the time now.

Anonymous said...

Miles Jesu had been one of the main promoters of the beatification of Isabella.

Anonymous said...

"Miles Jesu had been one of the main promoters of the beatification of Isabella."


So? Does this mean Queen Isabella wasn't a holy woman?

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I'm not surprised at this news. I had dealings with this group in the 1990s and I thought them rather cultish.

Delphina

Christopher Sarsfield said...

I just read their pledge of loyalty, and I can not say that I see anything wrong with it. Mles Jesu is made up mostly of lay people. I think this is their equivalent of the vow of obedience. Notice it does not even imply that the pledge binds under pain of sin. Does anyone know anything specific in the constitutions that is objectionable?

Anonymous said...

Delphina said:"So? Does this mean Queen Isabella wasn't a holy woman?"
No. I was complementing Miles Jesu that they had the courage to take up her cause amidst so much opposition. They also were doing great work in Ukraine bringing the Faith to the people there after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early '90s. I hope all this good work they have been doing will be able to survive this.

Gideon Ertner said...

Another glorious fruit of the "new springtime."

Anonymous said...

Yes, with all the "fruit" of Vatican II, there is certainly no shortage of fruitcakes.

Anonymous said...

Anon 18:28

Thank you for clearly that up.

Delphina

Anonymous said...

"Miles Jesu had been one of the main promoters of the beatification of Isabella."

tHERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS. QUEEN ISABELLA WAS VERY MUCH LIKE A SAINT, AND DID MUCH TO BUILD THE CHURCH.

HOWEVER, WE ARE FORGETTING A SPANISH MONARCH WHO IN THE ESTIMATION OF MANY, WAS A SAINT BY HIS DEVOTION TO THE CHURCH, AND TO HIS ASSISTANCE TO SO MANY NEW RELIGIOUS ORDERS AFTER THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, AND OF HIS MISSIONARY ZEAL.....NONE OTHER THAN KING PHILLIP II OF SPAIN.

BOTH MONARCHS DESERVE TO BE BEATIFIED.....OR DECLARED VENERABLE AT LEAST!!

Rodrigo said...

Miles Jesu were also behind the splendid pamphlet "Why Apologize for the Spanish Inquisition?". I think that their record, sicj as their - deeply unpopular - support for Isabella's canonization, should lead people to be careful about tarring them as another neo-con house of cards. It sounds as though the members have shown a lot more sense in addressing their internal problems than can be said for, e.g., the LCs. Let's pray that they'll come through this stronger and continue to promote robust Iberian piety.

Anonymous said...

I don't think much good will come from any of these Vatican II "traditional Orders", nor from the Vatican.

The Pope just today appointed a radical liberal American priest...the Rev. William Tobin C.SS.R., as the new Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Religious. He is the former superior General of the Redemptorist Order who saw the Order decline further under his watch...and who persecuted the SSPX affiliated Transalpine Redemptorists priests and brothers, and was against them when they entered into negotiations with the Vatican to become a new community under Ecclesia Dei.

He is a radical liberal dissenter raised to the rank of Archbishop, at 58, and now Secretary of the Congregation for Religious. The good work of Cardinal Rode and the investigation of the dissident USA nuns will be undermined or destroyed by Tobin's influence.

With this appointment, I hold little hope for religious life in the Church...at all.

Except in the SSPX and affiliated Orders.

Anonymous said...

"Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S.
Commissary
Miles Jesu
28 July 2010"

If I'm not mistaken, isn't this priest the same radical liberal who was once the Superior General of the Precious Blood Fathers. He's an American I believe.

Something smells rotten in the Vatican.....a liberal American investigator for this Order, and a new radical liberal American Secretary of the Sacred Cong. for Religious.

Not a good day for the Catholic Church.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that Miles Jesu was a poor man's Opus Dei. They are odd bunch in England and attract even odder supporters.

Anonymous said...

http://www.regainnetwork.org/article.php?a=47246186