Rich at Ten Reasons posts this:
The clothing-otional Franciscan is coming to Xavier (‘natch):
Xavier University will host two Franciscans to speak on Franciscans International’s work at the United Nations and at the grassroots level on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable.
The talk, at 7 p.m. next Saturday (Aug. 19) at the Schiff Family Conference Center in Xavier’s Cintas Center, is open to the public. A $20 donation is suggested with proceeds benefiting Franciscans International.The speakers will be the Rev. John Quigley, co-founder and executive director of Franciscans International, and the Rev. Richard Rohr, founder of the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati.
‘At times, nudity at the retreats is communal. We often have camp-fires, and I know some of you have been at these where it happens, so you know what I’m talking about. Always, always, there’s some guys — I mean, is it in their hard wiring? — They’ll strip and have to leap over that fire, burning their balls . . . .I don’t know what it is. They’re the ‘real’ men, who can leap over the fire, naked.’
Well I guess there is a Franciscan precedent since St. Francis did strip off all of his clothes and returned them to his father during a courtroom appearance. Somehow I don’t think that that was not meant to be added to the rule as part of the Franciscan charism.