he continues to concentrate on needed attacks on tradition, most recently on the Carmelites who made Mystic Monk coffee. The whistleblower seemed to have been unaware that a monk of his Rule both works hard and prays.
As much as I dislike CM, I watched their spotlight on the Carmelite Monks in Wyoming. As a former monk from there, I can tell you literally everything Augustine Infererra said in that interview was 100% accurate. I joined them in 2006 and left within a month because the amount of manual labor was absurd. He is not exaggerating, it felt like forced labor. We hardly had any time to pray at all, which is entirely against the spirit and charism of Carmel.
Everything in that spotlight is true, except when they talk about the skull and flagellation not being Carmelite traditions, they are. That is the only false thing in the whole Spotlight.
It's the first thing I've watched from CM in probably 6 or 7 years because I dislike them that much. But they did a good job on the Carmelite Monks and I felt somewhat vindicated because I left for the same reasons as him.
I know at least 3 other former monks from there who all said the same thing and left for the same reasons. Excessive labor. Weirdness. Lack of prayer. Immoderate affection and lack of modesty amongst other huge red flags.
Feel free anyone to DM me, I'm not lying. Fr. Daniel Mary even mentioned me in passing during an EWTN interview about 12-14 years back. I think it was Fr. Pacwa's show. He talks about the monk that broke down. That was me.
They are not who they claim to be.