The Flour Of The Devil



Franciscan Flour


Whether out of incompetence, corruption, or sheer stupidity, the Order of the Franciscans find itself in a grave, “and I underscore grave” financial difficulty. 

Yours truly’s comment, charitably on time for the festive season:


Where I come from people say: la farina del diavolo va in crusca, or “the flour of the devil ends up becoming all bran” (this was, of course, before bran was discovered as magically alternative and so very healthy). 

A lot of flour has, apparently, just become bran, as another order is threatened with financial woes in addition to their slow disappearance.

I hope the Franciscans do not get one penny from sound Catholics. There will always be exceptions of course; but as an order, they are utterly rotten.

Let them rot, then. Life is cheap in the Argentinian slums.

Send them all there.  Let them do some real begging.

Francis will, no doubt, approve.

There will always be time to reconstruct the order from a sound basis, after these guerrilleros have died without vocations.

The FFI comes to mind.




Posted on December 19, 2014, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Perhaps Francis is not planning to be around long enough to worry about the Franciscans’ future:–oly.html

    (I assume you would regard this as positive, but it could just be more “humbleness”.)

    • “Not last very long?” Because he makes another of his childish remarks? 2024 would be 11 and more years of pontificate. More damage than Stalin. And how does he know?
      If he said “I will resign in 2016”, that would be different. Though even in that case he could still say the spirit has led him to stay after all…

  2. Never throw good money after bad. If the debt can’t be restructured, then liquidate the assets and let the creditors get back at least some of their money. Jail time for the crooks, of course. St. Francis must be throwing up.

  3. I see that the man who was in charge of the order for 10 years until last year, Jose Rodriguez Carballo, is now, by one of Pope Francis’ first appointments, Head of the Institutes for Consecrated Life. His motto is ‘I know whom I have believed’. I wonder who Francis will believe.

  4. St Francis of Assissi on his death bed:

    ” . . . Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

    Those who preserve their fervor and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. But the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

    Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor, but a destroyer.”

  5. In the Fransican Parish in my city there is a lay brother ( could be studying for the Priesthood) however he is about 23 and very holy. Picture this a happy clappy mass and he receives communion kneeling down on the tounge. I pray for him as I bet he weathers many storms.

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