Franciscan Order worldwide in grave financial distress due to corruption

U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, new minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, pictured in RomeBro. Michael Perry, elected Minister General of the Francisco Order on May 22, 2013, in front of a mosaic of St. Francis in Rome

Catholic World News reports, December 19, 2014, that Brother Michael Perry, the minister general (and therefore the worldwide leader) of the Franciscan order has revealed that the religious order is in “grave” financial difficulties, and that Italian civil officials have been asked to investigate irregularities in the conduct of the order’s financial affairs.
In a letter to all Franciscan friars, dated December 17, Perry discloses that the leadership of the order opened an investigation into the affairs of the general treasurer. That inquiry unearthed evidence of problems that led to the resignation of the treasurer and raised further questions about the propriety of financial activities—both by Franciscan friars and by outsiders handling the order’s legal affairs.
From Perry’s letter:

First, the General Curia finds itself in grave, and I underscore ‘grave’ financial difficulty, with a significant burden of debt. Second, the systems of financial oversight and control for the management of the patrimony of the Order were either too weak or were compromised, thus limiting their effectiveness to guarantee responsible, transparent management. We have initiated steps to address these concerns. Third, there appears to have taken place a number of questionable financial activities that were conducted by friars entrusted with the care of the patrimony of the Order without the full knowledge or consent of the former and current General Definitorium. Because of the scope and magnitude of these activities, they have placed the financial stability of the General Curia at grave risk.

Perry asks for understanding from the world’s Franciscan communities and also for contributions to help resolve the situation, “which involves also the repayment of significant debts.”
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St. Francis must be weeping . . . .
~Eowyn

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marblenecltr
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Thank you for this important information; it is proof that the red dragon’s wrath is attacking all of God’s creation, and his main target is those who serve the Lord the most. Hence, much prayer calling for protection, wisdom, discernment, and understanding of the price to be paid if they fail in carrying out their responsibilities is needed for them from God’s servants. It is hard to identify, let alone manage, all the attacks. Our house is on fire, ravaged by termites, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lave, bullets, radiation, famine, plague, sword, wild beasts, … It is important to see the… Read more »

josephbc69
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“In His Way is our peace.”
Please add my Ditto to Eo’s, and good on you for writing it so well!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I feel a profound sorrow for anyone who has fallen to the extent that they would steal from God. I do hope that things can be turned around, so that good works can continue to proceed. I could understand why some may well be hesitant to donate monies to shore up a system that is rife with those who are perpetrating misdeeds. I hope that some “house cleaning” is done by those of the highest authority.

Patrick
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Patrick

This is more of the “Fruits of Vatican 2”.

josephbc69
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‘I hope that some “house cleaning” is done by those of the highest authority.’ Internal accountability is the most difficult to achieve because the executives prefer as perfect a facade as possible, NOT the most truthful one, as that would expose them as inept, or possibly even criminal. Recall when ‘the Pope’s banker,’ Roberto Calvi was found dead, his neck in a noose, hanging from the Bridge of Sighs. The coroner’s report was ‘death by hanging suicide,’ but neglected to mention Calvi’s lungs were water-filled, so that Calvi was first drowned, then put into a fake suicide by hanging. He… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

St. Francis would be grieved to see this.

marblenecltr
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Amen. He did what he was chosen to do, just as you.

marblenecltr
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Josephbc69, some worship God for Himself and the work of His hands, and others worship other men and the work of their hands, neglecting God and replacing Him with Lucifer in their lives. Your writing tells us clearly of your values.

marblenecltr
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Thank you, Doctor, for the kind words.
Now some words to all from me: I all who want it a blessed, joyful Christmas. For all others, have a good December 25, and I hope much more for you the following year.

art
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art

This also saddens me in all the orders I have dealt with the Franciscans have been by far the most altruistic and caring order I have had the pleasure of encountering; staying by the bed sides of sick and dying patients who had no one else, housing the homeless, feeding hungry, teaching
Mabye I was just fortunate to have met some Franciscans who followed Christ

Steven Broiles
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“By their fruits ye shall know them.” These are just the first fruits of Vatican II. More bankruptcies, scandals and horrors are on the way. If things devolve down to the point where each individual Catholic must resort to his Catechism and his Rosary, so be it.
The Matrix is just getting started, People.

alan stemp
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alan stemp

Well, I would just comment that this is not the “Red Dragon’s” doing, but rather a just and rather limited chastisement from Our Lord. The Franciscans have fallen quite a ways in the last 60 years. This is happening across almost all religious communities and across the dioceses as well. Rampant homosexuality always costs money, because homosexuals do not have the virtue of temperance. Neither do modernists. So expect to see much more of this. The Franciscan charism was extreme poverty. This is the first necessary step to return to the example of the Founder. As far as that goes,… Read more »

marblenecltr
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There is soundness in what you say, but the red dragon is on the rampage throughout the earth to which he has been cast down for the rest of his remaining days. Children and other innocents are not being butchered and raped and enslaved by God. The world has been given to Satan for a time, and God is waiting for people to call on Him, repent of our sins, and be forgiven that we may spend eternity with Him. It is necessary to identify the sins within us, of course; it is needed for repentance and forgiveness.