Defense of his memory
At the very moment when Francette MEANEY received the first answers to her letter, the Holy Father raised the question of tenderness on the part of priests: « The pastor is anointed with oil on the day of his ordination, priestly and episcopal. But the true oil is interior; it is the oil of closeness and tenderness. The pastor who does not know how to be close, misses something (…). A pastor who lacks tenderness will be stern, mistreating the flock. Proximity and tenderness: we see it here. Jesus was so. »
Many of us have experienced this genuine tenderness of father Marie-Dominique PHILIPPE, misunderstood by the majority of his detractors. In their response to the letter of Francette MEANEY, these detractors persist in judging the intentions of a dead man by rejecting the verifiable findings of the counter investigation.
The answer of an accuser clearly indicates that she wished to denounce the diversion of this tenderness by certain brothers and not father Marie-Dominique PHILIPPE, as was already revealed by another accuser at the beginning of the investigation in the spring of 2015 (see the Introduction to the publication of Information Note n°1).
The accuser, by her own admission, also reveals in her answer that without the brothers’ abuses, she would never have given the testimony that some of the concealed detractors asked of her in order to damage father Marie-Dominique PHILIPPE and his teaching on the love of friendship.
This finding reveals the misuse of the word « victims » to designate complainants.
It constitutes the second scathing disavowal of the slander propagated since May 2013 on the official website of the Congregation of St Jean.
On August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption, the organization presented the main obstacles having slowed down the defense of father MD PHILIPPE this year. Yet they are overcome by the sheer force of the truth as well as the patience and determination of his defenders.
On May 8th, 2016, the anniversary of the liberation of Orleans by Jehanne d’Arc in 1429 and the feast of St John the Theologian, the rehabilitation of Father MD PHILIPPE again took an important step forward. Jehanne d’Arc, by the way, was also beloved by Father PHILIPPE MD.
On April 12, 2015, Feast of Divine Mercy, the Association for the defense of Father MD Philippe recalled the course of action that have been taken for the rehabilitation of Fr. MD PHILIPPE.
These steps towards the rehabilitation of Fr Philippe began in May 2013, well before the creation of the association. They were based on the conclusions of the investigations that were conducted in the fall of 2013 and that provided many proofs which showed connections between the accusers and a will to harm the intellectual and spiritual heritage of Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe.
The very same day as the emission of this informational memo, the main conclusions of these investigations were confirmed to the association.
On December 12, 2014, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, some friends of Father MD Philippe with some oblates of Saint John founded an association to defend Fr. MD Philippe.
Its objective is : “To do everything possible in order to defend the honor, the memory, the thought, human and spiritual heritage of Father Marie-Dominique Philippe (1912-2006), as much concerning his person as his spiritual commitments.”
You can contact this Association with the email address : firstname.lastname@example.org