Franciscan-based Websites

I’m looking for any websites/blogs that espouse a typical Franciscan-based spirituality other than St. Anthony’s Press (


If you want to read the writings of St. Francis you may like this one.

A variety of Franciscan documents can be found here

The Franciscan question about Summorum Pontificum

Articles by Franciscans can be found here

If you want more, let me know.


Br. JR, OSF :slight_smile:

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“With all due “obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope”, we cannot accept
the provisions of «Summorum pontificum» without some sense of preoccupation not
only regarding its long-term effects on Church unity and pastoral ministry, but more
so regarding its implications for us, as Franciscans. In our long history, we have
hardly been an example of unity or uniformity. Nevertheless, the Franciscan family
has always been a dynamic force in the Church.”

An outright rejection by the Observants of Summorum Pontificum. I also consider the wording of “obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope” to be sarcastic insult to Benedict XVI’s title. He is referred to as Holy Father or just Pope Benedict. We have only one Lord!. Like Summorum Pontificum has absolutely no revelence to them whatsoever. YES IT DOES!!. Both forms are EQUAL in every respect. Throw out your guitars!!.

First of all, it is not an outright rejection of Summorum Pontificum. The letter that was sent to the major superiors allows them to decide if they want to implement the EF. The bishops have no choice, major religious superiors of men with Pontifical Rights have the option, because they are exempt religious orders.

Second, the title, Lord Pope, is the proper Franciscan title for the pope. Franciscans have never referred to the pope as either Pope or Holiness. This was a title that was instituted by St. Francis and it is still in the rule and the Testament of St. Francis. When the Franciscan orders had our Chapter of Mats in April 2009 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the order 1300 delegates from the differrent Franciscan congregations visited with the pope and he referred to himself as the Lord Pope. This has always been the proper way for Franciscans to address the Holy Father and speaking to him directly or about him within the Franciscan order. Normally, we use Holy Father and Pope when in the presence of the laity, because it confuses the laity. But not in direct communication with him. So . . . it is a sound Franciscan tradition that is accepted by the Apostolic See for 800 years now.

The Franciscans are not questioning the validity or the appropriateness of the EF for the Latin Church. They are questioining its effect on the unity of the order. The reason for that is that Francis wrote in our rule that only one mass could be celebrated in our houses. If there was more than one priest, the other priests could not celebrate mass. The EF does not allow for concelebration. The OF does. The OF helped bring those friars who are priests to concelebrate while preserving the fraternal unity of the order, which Francis wanted to protect over all things. This is why he did not allow priests to celebrate mass, except for the friars. Since they did not have concelebration in those days, only one priest could celebrate per day. This meant that some priests never got to celebrate mass, even on Sundays. That rule was approved and sealed by Pope Honorius and has been in effect to this day. A friar priest who cannot concelebrate with the other friars may not celebrate mass. The only exception to that rule are those who are assigned to work for diocesan ministries.

But this reflection is not dealing with diocesan ministries. When it comes the diocesan ministries all Franciscans do what the bishop of the diocese directs, as long as it is not in conflict with the rule. This reflection has been taken up because of the concern about the celebration of mass inside the religious house and in our chapels and oratories.

The document is actually dated. Because the General Council of Franciscan Major Superiors Genera has already made the decision. No friary, chapel of Secular Franciscans, no chapel in any of our colleges, schools, hospitals and other institutions that are the property of the order will celebrate the EF as a daily mass. It may be celebrated, with the permission of the Guardian of the House on special occasions. However, those friars who serve under the direction of bishops, will celebrate either the EF or the OF according to the wishes of the local bishop, as long as the mass is celebrated for the laity and outside of the religious house, such as a parish church.

The conclusion was sent to the Holy Father and received his approval and blessing. It is the Holy Father’s message to the Franciscans that they are not bound by Summmorum Pontificum, because they are an exempt religioius order that responds only to him. Like the Franciscans, there are five religious families that enjoy the same exemption: Carmelites, Benedictines, Jesuits, Dominicans, and Carthusians. These are not mentioned by name in Summorum Pontificum, because it was written for the bishops benefit and the benefit of the secular clergy.

These communications are what we call “internal form” in the Church. In other words, they are policies and regulations that are not meant for the knowledge of the laity. But are not state secrets either. If the laity wants to ask, we are always to explain. Simply speaking, the Apostolic See does not make these communications between the Holy Father and the Major Orders of men public knowledge. This has been the case since the major orders of men were founded. We need to remember that the Major Suepriors of exempt orders are Ordianries with the same authority as a bishop, even if they are not priests. They are treated with the same discretion as the bishops when they write a private communication to the Holy See.

I hope this clarifies your concerns.


Br. JR, OSF :slight_smile:

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