[quote="ATeutonicKnight, post:9, topic:270342"]
If what you've said is true, than **this Order needs to be taken care of by the Bishop. I would recommend writing him a letter **stating that you just left, and explain to him all that happened in there honestly, and without resentment for these people. Write what happened, not what your feelings of anger and hurt want to say happened.
Please stop giving people this advice. It's very bad advice. It will only frustrate the person when he gets no response from the bishop or gets a letter back saying, "Sorry, but I have no authority over religious."
Bishops are not the Ordinaries for religious. Religious men have their own Ordinaries. It's always the major superior, either the provincial superior or the general superior.
Women religious have no Ordinary. They are self governing. They do not answer to any bishop or anyone except the Holy Father.
Monks are autonomous. They answer only to the abbot. The abbot is autonomous. He has no superior. His voice is the voice of Christ in the community. He can never be removed unless he commits a canonical crime. Only the Holy Father can do that, after a trial. That's why monks who do not get along with the abbot have to leave.. The abbot takes precedence over the monks. The abbey depends on him, not he on the abbey. An abbot is to an abbey what a bishop is to a diocese. Without a bishop, you have no Church. Without an abbot, you have no abbey. The only authority over either an abbot or a bishop is the Holy Father.
In the case of an order, the only authority over a formation director is his major superior. However, formation directors do not unilaterally dismiss someone. There is a scrutinium. The members of the formation team vote. The vote is communicated to the major superior. If the vote is to dismiss, the major superior must approve the dismissal.
In an abbey, the vote is communicated to the abbot who approves the dismissal.
As you can see, bishops have nothing to do with this and they are not allowed to get involved. The Council of Trent ruled that laity and bishops may never have an opinion or a voice in the internal affairs of religious houses. Bishops may not even set foot inside a religious house without the permission of the major superior or the abbot.
The bishop's only connection with religious is with those who work for him. His authority is limited to that which relates to the work that they do for him. A religious who works at a diocesan parish or diocesan high school has to follow diocesan policies for the parish or the high school. What happens inside the religious house does not fall under the authority of the bishop.
Such letters put the bishop on the spot and frustrate the sender. The best that a bishop can do is forward the letter to the major superior. The individual can write the major superior himself. Again, do not advise people to write bishops complaining about religious. It frustrates the writer to find out that the bishop has no authority over religious. His authority is over diocesan clergy, people who work for him and the laity.
Put it this way, according to Canon Law, a parent cannot summarily kick his child out of his home. Such an act would violate justice. However, a religious community can dismiss anyone who is not in perpetual vows without questions being asked by the Church. The best way to approach a dismissal is to ask the superior for a clarification as to why one was dismissed. Most superiors are more than happy to explain their reasons.
Br. JR, OSF :)