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The truth about Fr. Raphael Arizaga OSB
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The source wishes not to be named, but I know that it is a completely reliable and trustworthy source.

1. "Fr. Raphael lies a lot."

2. "A few days ago, Fr. Raphael sent a letter to Bp. Thomas Aquinas, asking to be received for six months in the Holy Cross Monastery. The stated purpose was to reflect and amend."

3. "He promised to submit to the authority of Bp. Thomas Aquinas"

4. "We all thought he was sincere"
"Bp. Thomas Aquinas wanted to give Fr. Raphael another chance."
"Fr. Raphael then traveled to the Holy Cross Monastery in Brazil."

5. Bp. Thomas Aquinas said to Fr. Raphael: "In the present situation, you do not have the qualifications to be prior of a monastery".
The problems he cited: 3 monasteries in 3 countries in 4 years, Fr. Raphael's absences and excessive travels, plus in 2015 a grave crisis of sodomy in the monastery (although Fr. Raphael himself was not involved in sodomy), lack of discipline, lack of stability, lack of regularity.

6. "Recently, there has been another lie: Fr. Raphael told Bp. Thomas Aquinas that his father had a serious health problem in Mexico, and that he needed to travel urgently to see him. A monk promptly took him to Rio de Janeiro in a hurry, but they could not find a flight. Then they took him to Sao Paulo. But in the end, Fr. Raphael deceived them all, and did not travel to Mexico at all. Instead, he went to Colombia to meet a friend monk."

7. "That same day, Fr. Raphael wrote to a parishioner to tell her that he had spoken face to face with Bishop Thomas Aquinas, and that he had discovered that Bp. Thomas Aquinas was a heretic, and that henceforth we could not follow the 3 bishops of the Resistance."

8. "Note well: Fr. Raphael 'discovered' that Bp. Thomas Aquinas and the other bishops of the Resistance were heretics at the same time Bp. Thomas told him that he had no qualifications to be a prior. As soon as he was told this, he fled from the monastery and immediately wrote that he had confronted Bp. Thomas."

9. "A parishioner asked Br. Bernardo Arizaga (SSPX, resident in Bogota), brother of Fr. Raphael, if it were true that their father was sick. Br. Bernardo immediately called his family's house, but was soon reassured when he learned that his father was in very good health."

10. "At the moment, Fr. Rafael is hanging around the monastery of San Jose (Colombia) accompanied by a young woman and the friend monk."

11. "It is apparent that Fr. Raphael has no scruples about lying. The worst thing is that he is confusing many souls."

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I see a pattern here.

Yes, the Resistance is a legitimate movement. But no one can stop an unscrupulous, bad, vice-ridden, shady, or similar priest from attaching himself to the movement for personal gain.

It's not as though there's a central authority which issues "licenses" to any priest claiming to be Resistance. No, it doesn't work that way. The faithful are desperate, and even if, say, Bishop Williamson had a "red list" of priests to avoid, many Faithful would ignore that warning and seek out those priests anyhow, because THEY ARE DESPERATE.

After all, it's the wild west right now. Everything is in flux, everything is in the germ or seed stage. There is extremely high demand almost no supply.

Just like the Trad world in the 1970's. Just read your Trad history books about what various independent Traditional groups went through in the 70's: lack of priests, fake priests, bad priests, weird priests, Bishop Shuckardt, you name it.

Long story short: the Resistance is basically another beginning for Tradition. Beginnings mean privations, change and lots of OPPORTUNITY. Where there is opportunity, there will be opportunists taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves. That is how life works.

Priests who wanted more travel will get their travel. Priests who wanted more good food will get their food. Priests who wanted to live in a different part of the country can now move there. Priests who chafed under obedience need not obey any longer.

There are plenty of Faithful desperate for a priest.

Some priests will join the Resistance for noble motives. But unfortunately, for every living Saint who does this, there is another who does it for mixed, or even bad, motives.

Consider refugees from a tyrannical dictatorship: many good people will leave for good reasons. But many criminals with nothing to lose and everything to gain, trying to evade the authorities, will happily blend in with the refugees as well, looking forward to a new start in another country.

The Faithful must be careful.

Any crisis brings out the worst in some, the best in others.

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Matthew said:
I see a pattern here.

Yes, the Resistance is a legitimate movement. But no one can stop an unscrupulous, bad, vice-ridden, shady, or similar priest from attaching himself to the movement for personal gain.

It's not as though there's a central authority which issues "licenses" to any priest claiming to be Resistance. No, it doesn't work that way. The faithful are desperate, and even if, say, Bishop Williamson had a "red list" of priests to avoid, many Faithful would ignore that warning and seek out those priests anyhow, because THEY ARE DESPERATE.

After all, it's the wild west right now. Everything is in flux, everything is in the germ or seed stage. There is extremely high demand almost no supply.

Just like the Trad world in the 1970's. Just read your Trad history books about what various independent Traditional groups went through in the 70's: lack of priests, fake priests, bad priests, weird priests, Bishop Shuckardt, you name it.

Long story short: the Resistance is basically another beginning for Tradition. Beginnings mean privations, change and lots of OPPORTUNITY. Where there is opportunity, there will be opportunists taking advantage of the situation to enrich themselves. That is how life works.

Priests who wanted more travel will get their travel. Priests who wanted more good food will get their food. Priests who wanted to live in a different part of the country can now move there. Priests who chafed under obedience need not obey any longer.

There are plenty of Faithful desperate for a priest.

Some priests will join the Resistance for noble motives. But unfortunately, for every living Saint who does this, there is another who does it for mixed, or even bad, motives.

Consider refugees from a tyrannical dictatorship: many good people will leave for good reasons. But many criminals with nothing to lose and everything to gain, trying to evade the authorities, will happily blend in with the refugees as well, looking forward to a new start in another country.

The Faithful must be careful.

Any crisis brings out the worst in some, the best in others.


Well said, and a good summary of the situation, from my limited understanding of what it was like in the Trad world in the 70's. The Resistance is indeed another beginning for Tradition, though it seems likes it has been a bumpy road, and will continue to be so. Especially agree that there will be privations, change and lots of opportunity. I take it that by opportunity, that the laity can be involved by helping the process along as best we can.

I'll offer a few prayers for Fr. Rafael, even though I find his stance rather distressing.



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