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Bishop excommunicated and the Poor Clares lose faith over vile metal

Mairenis Gomez

May 15, 2024 | 8:00 a.m.

The recent schism in the communities of Poor Clare nuns of Belorado (Burgos) and Orduña has generated a situation of great tension and controversy in the Spanish Catholic Church

Background of the schism

Pablo de Rojas Sánchez-Franco, from Bilbao, founder of the Pía Unión Sancti Pauli Apostoli and admirer of the dictator Francisco Franco, has accepted that the communities of Poor Clare nuns of Belorado and Orduña are under his jurisdiction, following the request of the mother abbess, Sr. Elizabeth of the Trinity. This decision comes after the mother abbess expressed her intention to leave the Catholic Church and place themselves, along with 16 nuns, under the tutelage of this organization, which is not in communion with Rome and whose founder was excommunicated in 2019.

In a letter signed by Sister Isabel de la Trinidad on behalf of the entire religious community, Pius XII is recognized as the last valid pontiff and subsequent popes are accused of heresy.

Reactions and measures of the Archbishopric of Burgos

The Archbishopric of Burgos has indicated that there is still no confirmation that the masses celebrated behind closed doors in the church of the Monastery of Santa Clara de Belorado correspond to ceremonies organized by the Pía Unión Sancti Pauli Apostoli. If so, this would materialize the schism, considered a crime according to the Code of Canon Law, and could lead to the excommunication of the religious involved.

Currently, the Archbishopric is working to try to reverse the situation and prevent the schism from becoming a reality. They have stated that they will not open an excommunication file for the moment, since they do not consider it confirmed that all the religious agree with the situation.

The origin of the conflict

The conflict has its origins in a letter from Mother Isabel de la Trinidad addressed to Mother Dolores de Vitoria-Gasteiz, in which she mentioned having found a benefactor willing to buy the convent of Orduña. This benefactor, however, requested the modification of the original contract and demanded the registration of the convent in his name. Later, it was discovered that the beneficiary was the excommunicated bishop Pablo de Rojas, who considers the entire Catholic Church after Pius XII satanic, which has been described as a clear case of megalomania by sect experts.

Consequences and judicialization

The case is currently being prosecuted, and the Poor Clares are demanding almost two million euros from the bishopric of Vitoria-Gasteiz, which has suspended the sale of the convent. This situation has generated considerable legal and religious conflict, with multiple implications for the affected communities and the Church in general.

Statements and positions of the parties involved

Pablo de Rojas Sánchez-Franco has communicated that he accepts that the nuns are under the jurisdiction of the Pious Union Sancti Pauli Apostoli. In contrast, one of the nuns has left the convent due to her disagreement with this new jurisdiction. From the Archbishopric of Burgos, there is hope to be able to resolve the conflict peacefully and avoid a definitive break with the Catholic Church.

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