Who are the people
making this site and why are you doing this? (from: Miguel, 18 years,
We are a few people only, a
handful of ex members of the focolare. We have been surprised by the
fact that underneath the message of love that is transmitted by the
focolare, there is also a kind of deception present. It seems that some
focolare members believe that their goal can justify many different
means. It is our task to share this
view with as many people as possible. Until now, most people who left
the focolare have been on their own, alone with their past, but now we
see a growing number of people united around a common belief that
focolare is very much like other cults and sects in the world (Moon
sect, Jehovah's Witnesses, New Age etc). We cannot keep quiet about
What goal do you aim
for? (from Renata, 23 years, Rome)
Everybody should be free to
join any group, sect or organization they like, but it is essential that
a person knows what he or she agrees to when joining an organization. We
have seen that many young people in a vulnerable period of their life
join the focolare without really knowing what they stand for. The way that focolare
uses to increase the number
of their members is sometimes deceptive and we want to make people aware of this, before they
make a decision whether or not to join this organization.
What is the deception
you are talking about?
There is deception in very
many ways. To clarify this, we can point at the book A woman's work
written by Jimmy Gallager in 1997. Let us give you a few examples.
Even the title of Jimmy s
book is deceptive, stating it is about a woman's work while suggesting
this is Chiara Lubich. All through the book it is being stated that it
is not Chiara s doing but the work of Mary and the finger of God. This
contradiction makes the book confusing from the very start. The
terminology of the focolare organization is also very deceptive.
Everything is called new, New City, New Generation, New Families, while
in fact the thoughts are as old and conservative as any other catholic
organization. Chiara receives many letters from the Pope and visits him
on a regular basis. She has also close ties to the Vatican and Italian
establishment. She receives numerous doctorates of honour but all from
conservative universities like Poland, Philippines and even Taiwan.
There is as much new in this as there was democracy in the former
Deutsche Demokratische Republik.
The other great deception
is the fact that Chiara keeps telling us that she had no plan in mind
for a movement, she only wanted to follow God. This makes life hard for
those people who want to object to the movement or the methods that are
being used because God himself has started the movement while Chiara
only wanted to follow Jesus. This statement is greatly contradicted by
other statements like Jimmy Gallagers remark that Anna Fratta spent 30
years of her life in countries of the Communist Bloc in order to implant
the movement secretly there. Chiara also send her best friend Natalia to
live in Berlin in 1960, just before the Wall was erected. In 1961 Enzo
Fondi and Guisseppe Santache were also send to Leipzig, all in order to
start the movement in the Communist Bloc.