Blog Catholic Culture:

Father Carlos Miguel Buela, the founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, has resigned his post as general superior of that institute– reportedly at the request of the Vatican after an investigation into misconduct charges.

In his letter of resignation, Father Buela thanks Pope Benedict for allowing him to leave his post, citing concerns of old age and declining health. However Father Buela, who founded the fast-growing traditional movement in Argentina in 1984, had been under investigation by Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig of San Rafael, Argentina.

Supporters argue that Father Buela had been hounded by enemies within the Church: a charge hauntingly similar to the claims made by officials of the Legionaries of Christ in their early responses to charges of misconduct lodged against that order’s founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel.

Blog Rorate Caeli:

The Holy See has reportedly ordered Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, founder of theInstitute of the Word Incarnate (IVE), to step down from his post as General Superior. He is currently reported to be in a monastery in France.

(A short English-language post can be seen here; articles in Spanish herehere,here and here; more articles in this blog and in yet another blog).

The command comes in the wake of an investigation by Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig of San Rafael, Argentina of various accusations against the Fr. Buela. However, some conservative and traditionalist Catholics are claiming that Fr. Buela and his institute are simply being persecuted by the “liberals” in the Argentine hierarchy.

Alongside the Legionnaries of Christ, the Institute of the Word Incarnate has been one of the largest and more successful of the “conservative” religious congregations of recent decades, having been founded in 1984 and reputedly with 1,400 members in its three branches. As of 2006 it counted 289 priests.