- Jun 17, 2021
Italian lay monk Enzo Binachi, founder of a popular ecumenical monastery who was ordered to leave last year as a result of internal tensions within the community, has finally moved out and is now living on the outskirts of Turin.
Enzo Bianchi, the founder of a popular monastic community who was exiled last year but has yet to leave, said he intends to go as soon as possible.
In a letter to members of the ecumenical Bose Monastery, plagued by a months-long internal conflict, Pope Francis told the community not to be discouraged and urged members to stay faithful to their vocation.
Italian lay monk Enzo Bianchi has broken his silence amid an ongoing showdown with the Vatican, defending himself against what he said were lies that misconstrued the facts of his side of events.
On Friday the stakes of an ongoing showdown between the Vatican and an Italian layman refusing an order to leave the monastery he founded were raised when Pope Francis directly intervened, asking for the founder’s compliance.
After closing one of their locations and setting it aside for the exclusive use of their founder, Italy’s Bose Monastery has announced their decision to reopen the property after the refusal of founder Enzo Bianchi to leave after twice being ordered to do so by the Vatican.
Most observers of new movements in the Catholic Church would say they tend to share a number of characteristics, one of which is a strong cult of personality around the founder that tends to insulate such figures from suspicion and creates a series of disincentives for bringing forth accusations or complaints.
Nearly a year after refusing to comply with a Vatican order to leave the monastery he founded, Italian layman Enzo Bianchi will now relocate to one of his community’s former properties, which has permanently closed in a bid to end a months-long stalemate.