Friday, April 03, 2009

The Truth about Miles Jesu

After a year and ten months, the little known investigation into Miles Jesu, a diocesan Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life approved in Rome, is reaching its final conclusions.

After studying the investigative report, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life is expected to approve the Vicariate’s recommendations.

On June 18, 2007 Cardinal Ruini had initiated an investigation of a “disciplinary character,” as stated in his decree.

With the appointment of a Canonical Visitor, Fr. Anthony McSweeney, SSS, the investigation was to “ascertain the well-foundedness of the alleged violations of canonical discipline” and to “verify…the real functioning of its [Miles Jesu’s] organs of government.”

The aim was also to “examine the community life of each religious” and draw up “a detailed final report to present to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Rome and the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.”

Cardinal Ruini’s decree stated, “I recall to mind finally that it is not licit to deter the Religious in any way from such obligations [of trusting and facilitating the Visitor], nor to otherwise hinder the visit itself. Any act eventually carried out in violation of the present decree by the above mentioned organs of government is to be considered radically invalid.”

Soon after the appointment of the Canonical Visitor, Miles Jesu appealed unsuccessfully to the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to stop the investigation.

However, Miles Jesu was able to prevent the Canonical Visitor from exercising governing power.

The investigation partially resulted from a credible formal appeal to the Vicariate of Rome by ten community leaders of Miles Jesu. Its purpose had been to disclose the “critical situation” of Miles Jesu and to ask for intervention to relieve “injustices” and “great suffering…in the most charitable and prudent manner, under the guidance of the Church,” as the appealing letter expressed. It also made clear that, “a canonical visitation would be of great assistance in the present crisis.”

The investigation was also prompted by a priest's unusual exclaustration request to Cardinal Ruini.

A Miles Jesu priest needed to remove himself from community life for reasons of emotional health, but couldn't resolve this need through a standard appeal to his superiors.

Given the situation, the priest was instructed by Archbishop Luigi Moretti, the Vicegerent for the Vicariate of Rome, to by-pass Miles Jesu superiors and appeal directly to Cardinal Ruini.

The priest was also told to include the full background and details regarding his unusual circumstances and grave need. This instruction resulted in the submission of a 25 page extraordinary appeal for exclaustration submitted to Cardinal Ruini, May 16, 2007.

The Miles Jesu priest gave the following two reasons to Cardinal Ruini for the extraordinary appeal:

“I had explained to Msgr. Moretti that, due to the incompetent states of my own superiors, my request for exclaustration could not possibly be processed in a proper manner.

Both my General Superior and his Vicar are in states of emotional, psychological and physical disability, making them unable to govern the Institute, certainly at any time in the near future (cf. Appendix 1).

Yet, my need for exclaustration is a matter of urgency. In fact, guided by advice from competent spiritual directors, I have already found it necessary to recently remove myself from the Miles Jesu community environment due to its damaging effects upon me.”

“I also explained to Msgr. Moretti that my own internal superiors...have the prolonged habit of freely sharing subjects’ confidential matters with others, even in public.

As I must mention confidential matters while articulating my grave need for exclaustration, I am additionally frankly reluctant to request exclaustration from my own internal superiors.

I do not wish that my confidential life be publically revealed and that I would be publically humiliated simply because I am requesting an exclaustration.”

Fr. Giuseppe Tonello, the chancellor of the Vicariate, Fr. Anthony McSweeney, SSS and Fr. Leonello Leidi, C.O., of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, are the hands on administrators of the investigation.

Among other Church hierarchy internationally, Cardinal George of Chicago and Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, where Miles Jesu has communities, are waiting for the investigation’s outcome.

The concluding investigation of Miles Jesu comes in the wake of the Legionaries of Christ scandal and an emerging plea for the Pope to either suppress or reconstitute that order.

Because of this the Miles Jesu case is sensitive.

The investigative results of the Miles Jesu case greet Church faithful now looking to Rome for full disclosure and transparency regarding the Legionaries of Christ. The Miles Jesu investigative conclusion may be consequently held up as a bench mark for Rome’s ability to resolve an order’s inherent deformities.

Together, both cases represent a wakeup call for Rome. They unfortunately expose an evident lack of effective monitoring of newly developing forms of consecrated life, to the serious detriment of members.

An anonymous source intimately knowledgeable of the internal problems of Miles Jesu and the details of the investigation said: “Those who uncovered the internal dysfunctionality of Miles Jesu to the proper Church authorities were truthful and courageous. They concretely testified to an inhumane internal community dynamic. They turned to the proper immediate ecclesial superiors of Miles Jesu as an ultimate attempt to subject the hidden behavior of Miles Jesu to the judgment of the Church. They have waited patiently for the Church to make her judgment and have suffered immensely because of this.”

When this same anonymous source was asked to comment on the actual content of the investigation he said: “The good will and orthodoxy of the group is not the issue. Generally speaking, the core concern is a variety of abuses and inherited governmental incapacities.”

Concerned for the public, this information about the investigation of Miles Jesu is provided as a service to the Catholic faithful.

The above general verifiable facts are indispensable for anyone contemplating involvement with this group.


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(Source: FFPVT)


Anonymous said...

I hope the church puts a stop to this cult before they damage and deceive any more of the ignorant.

crispina said...

Thanks for your information.
But, please, what does your FFPVT source mean?

Anonymous said...

It would seem a bit premature to be bad-mouthing these people who do a LOT of good around the world before the final verdict of the investigation is known. No organization in which mankind is involved is without its challenges, and unfortunately not all of the facts are related here. This is, decidedly, a one-sided argument. I would challenge the author to have someone from the organization itself refute these comments and provide the facts from their side of the story. Chances are, that will never happen - those who left the organization and are now wreaking vengeance are too cowardly to deal with that truth. If the investigation results in a favorable ruling for the organization-what then? Will the author of this blog recant and submit to the authority of the Church? Probably not. Obedience was his core problem to start with. Most likely, this comment to post will never reach the Internet, either ... can't take the criticism, only post those comments in agreement because it's easier to manipulate the public that way!

Anonymous said...

From the Official Website of Miles Jesu:

An Important Message from Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 19, 2009
Rome, Italy

Dear Brothers and Sisters and Friends of Miles Jesu,

The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!

The Easter Season is a time of new birth, new life and renewed joy. This Easter Season our Heavenly Father has brought to our Ecclesial Family Miles Jesu new birth, new life and renewed joy in a very special way.

The canonical visitation to Miles Jesu has been formally concluded by Cardinal Agostino Vallini with decree of March 25, 2009. With this decree, the Church has also put our Ecclesial Family on a path for a happy and fruitful future. During this time, She is showing her motherly solicitude by giving to us the special assistance of Fr. Barry Fischer, CPPS, of the Society of the Most Precious Blood, as an extraordinary, external superior to Miles Jesu. Fr. Barry will be helping us in the much needed revision of our constitutions (whose five-year approval ad experimentum has expired) before their final approval. Fr. Barry will also be accompanying us in the further development of our programs for admission and formation of candidates as well as the preparatory formation of the members before deepening their commitments.

Fr. Barry has already spent a few days with us at our general house in Rome, and all of us here are already experiencing the loving, gentle and guiding hand of mother Church through him. He has been superior general of his society for two terms and a missionary in Latin America for 26 years, and thus brings to us a wealth of experience. In the near future, Fr. Barry will be communicating with you personally through this website in his capacity as the new superior of Miles Jesu.

Just as the star reappeared for the Three Holy Kings after consulting with the religious leaders in Jerusalem and filled them with exceeding joy, so i am fully confident that, by divine providence, Fr. Barry's guidance will further our Ecclesial Family on this solid and secure path for a joyful and fruitful future in the service of Jesus and His Church. Let us give thanks to God for making us "a little part of the great Epiphany of the Lord, as a simple witness of the hope of His coming and the world beyond."

May Holy Mary, Our Lady of the Epiphany, make the beautiful light of her resurrected Son to shine forth with greater splendour on our Ecclesial Family and in each one of our hearts, filling each of us, her sons and daughters, with great joy and consolation at this milestone in our Ecclesial Family's history. Let us join Mary at this time in magnifying the Lord for all the great things He is doing for us! The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!

In Corde Matris,
Fr. Mark Gelis, MJ

Anonymous said...

So what's the lasted on this order? So many are messed up!

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Anonymous said...

Worked with the group for over 5 years. Never had any problems. I'm neither rich nor poor, was never asked to give any money, etc. Attended masses with them, went to confession, donated money or clothes when I could, but not nearly enough for all they did for me. My wife (girlfriend at time met them...also found them to be a solid group), never had any problems with them. We are a young couple...never felt coerced into anything. Stopped working for them b/c of change of career...never made to feel bad about leaving job with them. As a matter of fact, still have a good relationship with group even though we don't see each other as much. Have had discussions with priests and disagreements, nothing of a grave matter, mostly disagreements about trivial things like music in Church. After discussions, group still friendly toward me. Many families have come back to the Church b/c of Miles Jesu priests. Understand investigation is going on, and can understand that there may have been issues with group. As with many groups, there may be some bad apples. Doesn't make whole group bad. Cultish...I don't see it. Quirky group, maybe, but definitely not cultish. Many have suspicions about group, but there are also many who support group, not b/c they feel they owe them anything, but b/c of their fidelity to the Church and their joy in service to the Church.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Miles Jesu my husband and i have returned to the church and were inspired by their work. We admire them for the many sacrifices.The late Pope John Paul II embraced their work. I respect their devotion and adherence to the magisterium. They are definitely not a C U L T !

Anonymous said...

Yeah but because of Miles Jesu my family NO LONGER goes to Church. Go figure...