Bishops are not protecting their flocks (TFP)
am mad as hell at most Bishops throughout the world. In time, over a period of three or four
Newsletters, I will tell all the reasons.
I have long list of the great things Pope
apparitions, movements and heresies already condemned in other diocese
is only one of the many examples of how they are not protecting their flocks
and do not seem to care. One of the most
heavily condemned (and anti-Catholic) groups in the world is from
THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICAN NEEDS FATIMA (TFP)
Originally Posted by CatholicSam
It has been condemned by the
National Council of Brazilian Bishops as a cult, and breaks Canon Law 219. The
founder, Dr. Plinio Correa De Oliveira, claimed (he's
now deceased) to have a "private prophetic charism"
and could tell a boy's vocation, or what he called "tao"
by looking at his face. He would then select young boys to be "Our Lady's
Warrior Monks" which the group considers to be a higher vocation than that
of the married life or even the priesthood <![if !vml]><![endif]>Members do not attend Mass, but
rather gather outside saying "rapid fire rosaries" until it's time
for Holy Communion. They refer to those who faithfully participate in Mass
"White Heretics". Some members will even go so far as to replace the
words of the Hail Mary with Plinio's name instead of
Jesus and hi
PLEASE do NOT give money to this group! By all means, please do gather to say the Rosary on October 13, but do not do it in the name of "America Needs Fatima." They try to show how good they are (heck, I just found out about this and had their pictures up in my house!), they use quotes from wonderful Saints and promote devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, which is a wonderful devotion. But all the funds raised go directly to the TFP, which is a cult and which we faithful Catholics should NOT be supporting. They are VERY deceptive!!
If any of you get "The Fatima Crusader" magazine from this group, you can see the article about the boys being taken away to be prepped as the bogus "Warrior Monks".
Be Careful Conservative Catholics.
Many leaders of the American right are and have been Catholics, including William F. Buckley, Jr., Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan, and Paul Weyrich.
Weyrich organized a series of seminars in the early 1980s designed to teach conservative Catholics how to pressure progressive bishops on issues relating to war and peace, opposition to U.S. policy in Latin America, and support for the sanctuary movement. With the help of Cuban exile priest Enrique Rueda, an outspoken critic of liberation theology and a regular broadcaster on Radio Marti, Weyrich used the mailing list from the Wanderer and funds from Joseph Coors to create "truth squads" in cities with progressive bishops.
All the above sounds great to us Conservative-Traditional Catholics, but do not look to fast.
Weyrich has also been quietly
supporting a Brazilian-based group, Tradition, Family, and Property. Neo-fascist
in orientation, TFP blend
TFP was founded with the aid of land-owning bishops opposed to
In the early 1980s, Weyrich helped TFP organize
In turn, TFP's American branch, the Foundation
for a Christian Civilization, honored Weyrich at a
banquet held at its elegant estate, Our Lady of Good Success, in
Later, at least according to Charles M. Wilson of the Saint Joseph
In a letter written to Fidelity magazine and published in its September
Fidelity, the monthly organ of the highly conservative Ultra-montanists, criticized Tradition, Family, and Property in its May 1989 issue. Writer Thomas Case noted that, in the mid-1970s, TFP had been repeatedly accused by the Brazilian authorities of "inducement to flight, reckless transfer, and concealment of minors"--and this despite TFP's own slavish devotion to the military regime.
Young men were alleged to have been deceitfully recruited by TFP, to be trained in their academies as "warrior monks" for the cause. According to the Brazilian government, TFP sought to obtain legal guardianship over the minor children of parents dedicated to TFP and then turned their sons against both them and the mainstream church, regarded by TFP loyalists as an institutional fraud.
TFP is so outlandish in its views that it regards the current papacy as
"apostate" and only one generation removed from the biblical end of
time. Even so, several of Weyrich's closest
associates, among them
These, then, are Weyrich's associates on the
fringes of Catholic anti-modernism. Indeed, Weyrich
himself is so far removed from the Catholic mainstream that he fled to an ultra-traditionalist
Byzantine Rite church, still technically within the pale of
Bishop on Tradition, Family and Property (
Here is a letter from Bishop Castro De Meyer on the group (he worked with them for years):
This letter was published in the
I owe a response to your grieving letter of September 24, which, as the postmark indicates, you sent me on September 25. 
In this case, I can only offer the sole advice: pray, pray much, above all the Rosary or at least the five decades of the Rosary, asking the Virgin Mother, Mediatrix of all graces, to enlighten your son and make him see that TFP is an heretical sect because, in fact, although they do not say or write it, TFP lives and behaves in accord with a principle which fundamentally undermines the truth of Christianity, that is, of the Catholic Church.
In fact, it is de fide that Jesus Christ founded His Church------destined to maintain on earth the true worship of God and to lead souls toward eternal salvation---as an unequal society, composed of two classes: one which governs, teaches and sanctifies, composed of members of the clergy, and the other---the faithful---who receive the teaching, are governed and sanctified. This is a de fide dogma.
St. Pius X wrote that the Church is, in its very nature, an unequal society, meaning that it comprises two orders of persons: shepherds and flocks, those who belong to the various ranks of the Hierarachy and the faithful multitude. These two orders are so completely distinct that the Hierarchy alone has the right and authority to guide and govern the members to the Church's ends, while the duty of the faithful is that of allowing themselves to be governed and to obediently follow the way given by the governing class (The Encyclical, "Vehementer", February 11, 1906) .
And the entire history of the Church, as can be seen in the New Testament, attests to this truth as a fundamental dogma of the Church's constitution. It was to the Apostles only that Jesus said: “Go and teach all nations”. Too, the Acts of the Apostles show us the life of the Church in the times following Jesus Christ.
Because of this, it is an heretical subversion to habitually follow a lay person, ---therefore, not a member of the Hierarchy--- as the spokesman of orthodoxy. Thus, they do not look to what the Church says, what the Bishops say, rather what this or that one says.... Nor does it end there: this attitude------even if not openly avowed---actually positions the "leader" as the arbiter of orthodoxy, and is accompanied by a subtle but real mistrust of the hierarchy and of the clergy in general.
There is a visceral anticlericalism in TFP: everything that comes from the clergy is prejudicially received. Basically, it holds that all priests are ignorant, not very zealous or interesting, and have other such qualities. Well, then, keeping in mind the divine Constitution of the Church which was instituted by Jesus Christ, TFP's habitual anti-clericalism, latent, makes it an heretical sect, and therefore, as I have said, is animated by a principle contrary to the dogma established by Jesus Christ in the constitution of His Church.
Nevertheless, TFP had a healthy beginning. There was a certain
evolution of the apostolate carried out by the bi-weekly newspaper of the
Marian Congregation of St. Cecelia, titled, O Legionario.
As a serious and well intentioned movement, it sought to strengthen the
intellectual and religious formation of the members of that Congregation and,
consequently, of the bi-weekly’s readers. It was influential throughout
I accompanied and approved its apostolate, also when it began to stray
into an anticlerical spirit, which began by its consolidating its position and
then reversing it by putting the clergy in tow behind a charismatic layman,
It is just to observe that the straying of certain members of the hierarchy, ....explains the “TFPistas'" scandal, but it doesn't justify the positions they came to take. Even less so, those of their leader, Plinio.
At this time, as I said at the beginning of this letter, the remedy is
prayer. First, because without prayer nothing is obtained: “Ask,“ Our Lord says, “and you shall receive.” It is necessary
to pray, because charismatic fervor
produces a certain fanaticism: individuals become incapable of seeing objective
reality, of perceiving even fundamental errors, because of this inversion of
following a lay person instead of the legitimate Shepherds of the
I ask Our Lord that he grant you, and your entire family, a holy and happy Christmas and many years filled with God's grace.
I ask that you pray for me, Servant in Christ-Jesus,
Antonio de Castro Mayer, Bishop Emeritus of
all think tanks of the new international right, however, come from the
CESNUR was set up in
calls itself an "international network of scholars who study new religiou
So it comes as a surprise to see that CESNUR Italy is synonymous with another political-religious organization, Alleanza Cattolica. However, surprises do not end here: Alleanza Cattolica started out as the Italian branch - or "sister organization" - of an extremely controversial and fanatical Brazilian organization, Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). Although Alleanza Cattolica is independent in terms of organization from TFP, it boasts of following the "counter-Revolutionary magisterium" of the eccentric founder of the TFP, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. Now, every leader of CESNUR Italy proudly styles himself a "militant" of Alleanza Cattolica, starting with the founder, Massimo Introvigne and his right-hand man, PierLuigi Zoccatelli, but also including Ermanno Pavesi, Andrea Menegotto, Aldo Carletti, Paolo Di Giovanni and Marco Albera. At the same time, the whole organization of Alleanza Cattolica works unceasingly to promote Massimo Introvigne's association in every possible way: each "militant", in his own field does whatever he can to promote CESNUR's activities.
TFP] upholds the need to recover the values of the privileged classes, of the families of high lineage, families of good origin, due to their titles and their traditions."
(Cardinal Bernardino Echevarria Ruiz in Cristianità, January 1996, p. 17
In a message to the Dutch scholar Anton Hein, Introvigne gave a few explanations about how CESNUR is funded. Introvigne boasted of earning a great deal of money from his own job (in a recent article in La Stampa he was among the top tax payers in one of Italy's richest cities) and also of coming from a very rich family himself; at the same time, other important sources of funds for CESNUR, according to Introvigne, are the Mormon lawyer Michael Homer (more about him below) and PierMarco Ferraresi,"a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Turin, but also from a wealthy family and an important shareholder in the main corporation his family controls". Introvigne forgets to mention that Ferraresi also happens to be a well-known militant of Alleanza Cattolica (where his field is to provide ideological justification for private property, especially in large quantities, from a point of view which he calls "free market right wing", based on the ideas of the British author Colin Clark).
CESNUR International (oddly enough, not CESNUR Italy) has been recognized
as a "legal person" by the Piedmont Regional Government (by decree
150-11310). Whatever the structure of the various shell corporation
<![endif]>Massimo Introvigne, millionaire
lawyer, militant and leader of Alleanza Cattolica and a member of the Central Committee of the
right-wing Catholic party CCD(2). He
is also a member of
the technical and scientific committee of the Nova Res Publica
Foundation, whose task is to "enrich and extend the political action"
of Berlusconi's party Forza Italia. We can get a
better grasp of what Introvigne thinks by reading how
the Nova Res Publica Foundation claims to be
based on the teachings of
"Novak is an extraordinary figure on the scene of world culture… more than anybody in the last quarter of a century, he has contributed to showing the common roots, the common present and common future of Christianity and capitalism."
(on the web site of Forza Italia)
Melton, pastor of the Emanuel United Methodist Church of
"As an expert on world religions, I was already dismayed by much of the press coverage I had seen. AUM Shinrikyo was being relentlessly demonized by the media as an "evil cult."."
Melton has written several books directly ordered and paid for
by several groups, including the
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Eileen Barker, an English university professor, with life-long ties of friendship with the Unification Movement of Sun Myung Moon, founder of the murderous World Anticommunist League. Although some years have gone by, one does feel a bit startled to read that the German cult scholar, Pastor Haack, managed to document no less than eighteen "study trips" to various tourist locations by Professor Barker, entirely paid for by the Korean multinational.
These three are flanked by:
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>PierLuigi Zoccatelli, who when he was young, was a member of the Crowleyite "Temple ov Psychick Youth", but is currently a militant of Alleanza Cattolica and a full time CESNUR employee.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Jean-François Mayer, who comes from the French-Swiss "New Right", formerly of Opus Dei, and currently a Christian Orthodox. He works as a security policy advisor for the Swiss government.
<![endif]>Michael W. Homer, a lawyer from
<![endif]>Antoine Faivre, a French esotericist who works at the Religious Sciences Section of
the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, an
outpost of the French New Right. He publishes a magazine called Aries.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>Olivier-Louis Séguy, another lawyer, is the secretary of CESNUR France. Séguy works in close touch, both inside and outside CESNUR France, with the lawyer Jean Marc Florand, who defends the Watchtower Society in trials, and who organized the meetings of the Watchtower Society at the French National Assembly on November 26th, 1993 and November 24th, 1995 (see L'événement du jeudi-4 del 10/11/96). Florand è is an unusual personality: in 1996, he set up the Observatoire national d'étude sur les sectes, in order to fight the French Parliament committees of investigation into cults. Oddly enough, Jean-Marc Florand and his assistant, Louis-Edmond Pettiti, have both been directors of the Association des juristes catholiques, considered to be very close to Opus Dei. In 1994, Florand unexpectedly broke with the association, and started devoting a large part of his time to defending the rights and the associations of homosexuals. Incredibly, at the same time as he was writing the legal text "Homoséxuels, 101 réponses pratiques" (1994), he was also publishing some studies on the liturgy which appear to have been very much appreciated among the "Lefebvrian" milieu which he also belonged to (L'Âge d'or de la chasublerie, 1992). If the picture is sufficiently confused, one need only add that according to the usually very well informed journalist Serge Faubert ("Les cathos au secours des sectes", L'Evenement du jeudi, June 13-19, 1996), both Séguy and Florand took part for many years in conferences organized by the xenophobic Front National party. No surprise then to find both Séguy and Florand highly praised in a web site belonging to Scientology.
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>The third director of CESNUR France is Prof. Roland Edighoffer (University of Paris-III-Sorbonne-Nouvelle), who is also an editor of Aries. Edighoffer is a well known historian of Freemasonry, much appreciated among the more traditionally-minded lodges.
What is the meaning of CESNUR?
This list of adventurers involved in a great deal of unlikely business sounds so complicated that at a first glance, all one can make out of it is that CESNUR is certainly not what it makes it itself out to be. But what is it really?
One thing that does appear is that several originally quite different interests seem to converge together. The original project involved the self-styled "Counter-Revolutionary right-wing" Catholics of Italy; but it was later extended to other sectors: from some Anglo-Saxon "research mercenaries" to a French New Right, having quite different features from the Italian Catholic extremists.
combination of right-wing extremism, Catholic intégrisme
and esoteric interests is something typically French; and this world is certainly quite close to the more conservative lodges.
According to the usually well-informed magazine Faits
& Documents (n. 27, 15.5.97, p. 5), the whole leadership of the French
branch of CESNUR - Faivre, Séguy
and Edighoffer - are not only scholars who study
Masonry, but are also members of the Grande
Loge Nationale de France. Thi
The third strain of CESNUR has to do with the
This explains something which always leaves people confused, at
CESNUR is especially
virulent - as we can see in other articles on this website - against the
testimony of former members of "cults", in certain cases even
deliberately lying in order to discredit them.
Introvigne, sociologist or lawyer? Massimo Introvigne - still today the head of CESNUR - practices as a lawyer with the Jacobacci & Perani (4) study; his speciality is patents and copyright. Until our web site opened, he often styled himself as "professor" and "sociologist". Actually, he started teaching in 1994, for one week a year, at the Regina Apostolarum Athenaeum in Rome, a private organization belonging to the "Legionaries of Christ" and not recognized as a "Pontifical University" (5), a job which he seems to have been gently ejected from a couple of years ago.
Previously, he had also taught for two years at an
Tradition, Family and Property
Alleanza Cattolica, as we saw, claims to be
based on the "magisterium" of Plinio Corrêa de
Oliveira (1908-1995), "a man of faith, thought and action",
spiritual leader of the very rich organisation T.F.P., Tradition, Family and Property,
active in "25 countries and 6 continents".
T.F.P., which recently underwent a split, is one of the most extreme movements ever to have arisen in
"The sacred slavery to the Virgin [...] This consecration is of an admirably radical nature. It includes not only the material belongings of man, but also the merits of his good deeds, his life, his body and his soul. It has no limits, since the slave, by definition, owns nothing. In exchange for this consecration, the Virgin works inside her slave in a marvellous fashion, setting up an ineffable union with him"
(Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, La devozione mariana e l'apostolato contro-rivoluzionario, in Cristianità, the official magazine of Alleanza Cattolica, Nov.- Dec. 1995, p. 15.)
T.F.P. has repeatedly been called a "cult" by those whom Introvigne would label today as "anti-cult movements" hostile to religious experience in general, although in the past, a few years before the establishment of CESNUR, he expressed - several times and with a certain intensity (6) - opinions quite similar to those he currently opposes, ridicules and fights against.
its 23rd plenary assembly, the Council of Brazilian bishops approved a note
concerning the 'Brazilian Society for the Defence of
Tradition, Family and Property', advising Catholics not to join the above
mentioned Society […]. Its esoteric character, its religious fanaticism, the
personality cult of the founder and of hi
(Osservatore Romano, July 7, 1985, p. 12, n. 408, weekly Spanish edition quoted in Tradizione Famiglia Proprietà: Associazione cattolica o sètta millenarista?, Rimini 1996, frontispiece)
1984 the local T.F.P. branch was outlawed in
"The TFP cult, at least
In the years immediately following, the dynamic and undoubtedly capable Massimo Introvigne established CESNUR, launching an unceasing campaign, often in the pages of the official magazine of Alleanza Cattolica "Cristianità" (in the column "The Good Fight"), and quickly becoming, together with J. Gordon Melton and Eileen Barker, one of the most important cult apologists in the world. T.F.P. in the meantime continues to uphold the same views as CESNUR, views which share several features with the visionary propaganda of groups like Scientology - "that there is a worldwide 'anti-cult conspiracy' manipulated by 'psychiatrists and Communists. Unluckily, T.F.P. was recently named in a list of destructive cults drawn up by the French Parliament.
(1)This and the following, from the web site of CESNUR.
(2) Materialien zur Konferenz Streitfall Neue Religionen Internationale Tagung, Marburg/Lahn, 27. bis 29. März 1998 Veranstalter: CESNUR - Center for the Study of New Religions,
(3)A body devoted to research and information, the Italian partner group C.S.I.C.O.P., Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
(4) The Jacobacci & Perani Lawyers' Study, see here. Oddly enough, Dr Introvigne's name does not appear in the List of Lawyers of Turin.
(5) From a note signed by His Excellency Mons. Michael L. Fitzgerald, Secretary
of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, prot. n. 2291/96,
(6) Look here.