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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.


11 comments on “About

  1. Ralph Frasca says:

    Dear Brother Bugnolo:

    I am writing you about one of your translations, “The True Fatima Prayer.” The fact that the church’s version of this prayer is incorrect deeply troubles me. The wording of the prayer as it is now used in the rosary seems to call for universal salvation, whereas in fact Mary was calling us to pray for souls in purgatory, especially those who have no one else to pray for them. What can we do to correct this error? Who should be contacted?

  2. The Editor says:

    Simply start saying the correct version and whenever you lead the Rosary in public, first explain the error and teach the correct version to all present.

  3. Marcia L says:

    Where can I find The True Fatima Prayer referred to??

  4. TJ Mosser says:

    Dear Brother,
    I’m sorry if this is not the correct place for a general question, but here goes: I would be most edified to hear your prayerful thoughts on the SSPX and Abp. Lefebvre’s “emergency” declaration. More and more I find myself unwittingly in agreement with his perception of his position as going up against a “modernist Rome” from whom he couldn’t expect justice or charity, and it’s troubling to think a society so thoroughly Catholic might not actually be in complete union with Rome.
    God bless you.

  5. The Editor says:

    Theologically speaking, you cannot be in schism if the reason for your taking a stand is to defend some part of the Deposit of the Faith or Tradition that is being attacked by a member of the hierarchy or a group, even large, of the same. St Athanasius, when he was one of 5 Bishops in the world who kept the Catholic Faith in the Divinity of Jesus was never a schismatic. It would be blasphemy to call him such. On the other hand, ordaining Bishops without having jurisdiction or claiming jurisdiction was a novelty in the Church, inasmuch as I understand and know Church history, because the episcopacy was instituted for the salvation of souls in a Diocese. The Archibshop seems to me to have suffered from the same problem as Cardinal Burke now suffers, namely the inability to call a heretic a heretic and to say that those canons of Church law which put such a man outside of the Church ipso facto and immediately apply. In these cases, a Catholic Bishop immediately visits such a diocese and calls the Clergy together who remain Catholic and seeks either the repentence of such a bishop or has the local clergy elect a worthy candidate to replace him. — In truth, the real schism lies in Popes and Bishops who refuse to punish heretics and to allow them to sacrilegiously and illicitly continue in their duties and hold offices in the Church. This is a horrible abomination and rape of Holy Mother Church. The fact that under the Code of Canon Law of 1917 and 1983 the Pope is supposed to take such action, does not absolve the Bishops from their duty, because when a higher superior fails and when the law does not foresee the circumstance, the lower superior has the right and duty to act. Canon Law today envisions that by expressly not abrogating ancient laws or customs which are not expressly re-integrated in the Code. That a public heretic be allowed to hold office is contrary to divine and apostolic law, therefore any Bishop has the right to act when a Pope or the Pope fails. — For this reason I think the Archbishop was not a schismatic, but did labor on some profound misconceptions of law and theology, which gave Modernism the chance to spread to the point it is today. — The point to remember is, a Bishop, as member of the College of the Apostles, even when he does not hold jurisdiction, because he is retired, retains a munus to rule, sanctify and preach in extreme circumstances of the apostasy of vast number of his brother bishops. For him to act in such cases is not schismatic, heretical or sedevacantist, IT IS HIS DIVINE RIGHT.

  6. afonzarelli says:

    There apparently was no little consternation on the matter of the meaning of the fatima rosary prayer. It was beginning to be commonly thought that the ending of the prayer referred to the poor souls in purgatory. Sister Lucy’s response was as follows:

    Your Excellency will understand how my own impression was that the final words of this prayer refer to souls in greatest danger of damnation, or those who are nearest to it.

  7. afonzarelli says:

    Brother, i copied the text from frere michel’s work, volume i, the chapter on the apparition of july 13:


    He says, unspecifically, that it’s from her memoirs which would then mean the earlier memoirs. Elsewhere (i believe in volume ii) he covers this with greater context. He did mention in a footnote (8) that there is an appendix on this, but i was unable to find it. i think that i know where to find the accounting of it in volume ii though. (i’ll keep looking for that and, if God says the same, i’ll get back to you with it)…

  8. afonzarelli says:

    Brother, here also is footnote number 10 (same link) which i somehow managed to overlook…

    (10) See the letter of Sister Lucy to Father Gonçalves, May 18, 1941: The last supplication has been applied to the souls in Purgatory, ‘ because it seems that the meaning of these last words were misunderstood; but I believe that Our Lady was referring to souls in the greatest danger of damnation. This continues to be my impression, and no doubt you will believe the same thing after having read the part of the secret I have written down, and knowing that Our Lady taught this prayer during the same apparition. ’ (Memorias e cartas, p. 443).

  9. The Editor says:

    Thanks for this. Well if it is certain she said the Portuguese equivalent of “little souls”, then she is certainly not referirng to all souls, but to the souls who have the humility to turn to God and seek salvation. So the popular version of the prayer is still wrong, and I think we should change it back. In English to say, “all poor souls” implies humility too, so long as we understand that in Sr Lucia’s mind it is referring to souls on earth.

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