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Caudillismo - Tosatti: Bishops who Agree to Incardinate Friars who Want to Leave the Franciscans of the Immaculate Blacklisted?

The great Caudillos of Argentine history are celebrated by Argentine composers 
Ariel Ramírez and Felix Luna (famous for their Misa Criolla) in this 1966 album
The current situation of ecclesiastical politics might perhaps be better understood by those who have a grasp of three important concepts in Hispanic (Spanish and Spanish-American) political tradition: Caudillismo, an ancient and powerful political concept, system, and idea that is deeply ingrained in the Hispanic mind and experience, regardless of the theoretical political system in place; Caciquismo, a very peculiar and mostly Latin American version of Caudillismo; and the Argentine hazy political sub-concept of Caudillismo and Caciquismo known as Peronismo, that transformed the highly successful Argentine Republic of the early 20th century into what it is today.

Much more on that in the future.

But what brings them to mind is this small excerpt of Marco Tosatti's latest text on the status of things in Rome and the new phenomenon of De-Ratzingerization. Tosatti, by the way, speaks of the demotion of Cardinal Burke as a fait accompli. Because of the harsh intervention that has brought about the near-destruction of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, many priests of that institute have tried to find refuge by asking to leave the order and be incardinated as priests of regular dioceses. Marco Tosatti, the senior religious correspondent for ancient Italian daily La Stampa reports the following:

The transferral of Cañizares to Spain had appeared in the Iberian press – with no small irritation of the interested party – some months before the decision had been made official. And the same thing happens with Burke. It is astonishing because no pope before this one – to my knowledge – has anathematized gossip and rumor-mongering, repeatedly and often, as much as the current one; and yet, clearly, also his close entourage is not without sin.

And we hope that the unconfirmed report, according to which the Pope is said to have asked for the list of bishops who incardinate in their dioceses the friars of the Franciscans of the Immaculate who wish to abandon the order after its intervention and compulsory re-education, is not true. But unfortunately, we fear the opposite.

If, as Tosatti clearly implies it is, this information is true (which would not be shocking considering the evolution of current events), the situation of the former Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is even more suffocating than before, on a level never before seen in the Church in recent centuries (for instance, there certainly was no blacklist of dioceses incardinating as secular priests the former Jesuits after the suppression of the order in the 18th century, and in similar cases). These poor priest-friars will simply remain with no way out, other than completely abandoning the priesthood, if even the bishops willing to welcome those who want to leave the modified order are blacklisted by the highest levels in the Vatican. (Of course, if true, the bishops can still incardinate them, but are aware that they may suffer consequences.)