Pope Leo XIIIThere were no new undertakings in the fifth decade as the Brothers dealt with internal tensions.  From its beginning, the Brooklyn Congregation, as well as communities of Franciscan Brothers in the U.S., sought to advance from Diocesan to Pontifical Right.  The proposal, which emerged from all the groups, was for the Brothers to join the Third Order Regular (TOR) Friars.  Bishops in other dioceses where there were foundations of Franciscan Brothers approved the proposal; the Bishop of Brooklyn did not.  The community became divided and, in 1907, nearly half of the Brooklyn Brothers transferred to the other foundations, finally settling in Loretto, PA as a Province of the TOR Friars.  The crisis forced the remaining Brothers to withdraw from several outlying missions and reorganize in Brooklyn