In December 2013, the Vatican increased the persecution of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI). The FFI is a traditional religious order with convents in the whole world, which sticks to the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional catholic theological positions.
The Apostolic Commissioner Fr. Volpi, appointed by ‘pope’ Francis himself said the FI problem is its “crypto-lefebvrian and definitely traditionalist drift”. Seminaries were closed: no ordinations for one year. Ordinands must take unprecedented oath on Novus Ordo. And everything was orderd “by the Vicar of Christ”.
Notable are Fr. Volpi’s affirmation that the intervention into the Franciscans of the Immaculate was “specifically ordered by the Vicar of Christ” and his speculation that the FI “has become the battleground of a struggle between different currents in the Curia, with the specific involvement of persons in opposition to the new pontificate of Pope Francis”!
Excerpts from the letter from Roberto De Mattei who demands the resignation of Fr. Volpi:
[…] Fr. Volpi accuses all those who criticise him of being against the Pope, but this tyrannical regime, apart from being unknown in the history of the Church, is it not in complete contrast to Pope Francis, who has recommended the avoidance of every kind of authoritarianism and the use of mercy and tenderness towards friends and enemies? An objective expert on Vatican affairs, Mark Tosatti, also took note of this, asking himself in La Stampa dated 4th December “But what have these poor religious done? Have they gambled, abused minors, led an immoral life? They have done none of these things.” The truth is that Fr. Volpi, on his own initiative, or through a third party [pope Francis himself], wants to normalize the Franciscans of the Immaculate, making them similar to the other religious orders who are going astray. To achieve this, it is necessary to transform their spiritual and moral doctrine, destroy the internal discipline, put an end to the regaining of the traditional liturgy and for them to become open to the corruption of the world, just as he and his Capuchin order have done, with disastrous results. […]
It is known that Bergoglio is a sworn enemy of the Traditional Latin Mass. In February 2014 he said in an audience witch Czech bishops that the Old Mass “is just a kind of fashion” and “we have to show some patience towards people who are addicted to this fashion”.
The Virgin Mary told us on 5 august 2013:
“You must revere my Son at all costs and lead His people on the path to holiness, no matter how difficult this will be for you.
Those of you who will continue to perform the traditional Mass will be tormented until you agree to abandon it entirely. Many amongst your religious orders will betray you to the enemy behind your back. You will, just like my Son before you, be taken before those who claim to be your peers and be accused of heresy, for insisting on continuing to show respect for the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”