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* My hope one day is to found a hermitage for the ancient observance of the Rule of St. Francis. While in the past I have attempted such, I have not found such a place or benefactors who could afford purchasing such a place. However, I have on several occasions refused unworthy vocations. One was so unworthy that when I refused him, someone, who uses the online name of Christian Melchiades, or something like that, began an online campaign to calumniate me. He evidently thinks I hurt this young man by telling him about the danger to his immortal soul from such vices. He seems to think that it is contrary to Christian charity to refuse such vocations. So he uses this game. He claims to be a priest who lived at Rome when I did. (I never met such a man nor heard of such a man). He claims falsely that I pretend to the status of a religious, then attacks me as someone who is false in his claim. But I have never claimed to be a religious, because a religious in Canon law is a consecrated person who lives in community. I do not live in community. Seeing that most laity do not know that there is such a thing as a consecrated person who does NOT live in community, or that hermits are not religious, generally speaking, his little game of calumny has cost me many benefactors. I have let it go on for about 7 years, without any refutation, for virtue sake, but I see that I should say something about it, lest my silence make it appear that the calumny is true or that I cannot defend myself from it if I wish. He has gone so far as to calumniate me to a Belgian journalist who reprinted the calumny in a Marxist journal in Belgium. Everywhere I have lived my local bishop has tacitly or explicitly given me permission to live as I do, to wear a habit and to beg and to call myself “Brother” or “Fra”, because the Rule of St Francis calls all who profess it “brothers”. Here is the official letter of the Bishop of Noto, Sicily, granting me such a status in his diocese, back when I lived there (here), and here is a letter (here) from my former community, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate saying I was a member. As regards Noto, I was the first hermit officially welcomed into the diocese in 2 centuries, so much confidence the Bishop had in me after a canonical investigation into my form of life and my personal history.