Amenazan con litigio
Las Últimos días del Padre Raymundo Comiskey, Legionario de Cristo:
Conversación de John Lloyd Stephens con SAGS, testigo
“I have always relied on the kindness of strangers”
Blanche in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire
Conversacion comienza el 29 de mayo 2015 via Facebook
Conversation started Friday 5/29, 4:45 pm and continued intermittently for over a day.
Estimada, escribiste del Padre Raymundo y sus últimos años; estuvo el con alquien que conociste. Cuéntame más pues no soy ningún defensor de los LCs and de acuerdo en que prefieren a los ricos; he escrito mucho al respecto, más que nada en inglés. Cuídate mucho,
JLS, contemporáneo y amigo del Padre Raymundo.
Saturday 2:08 am
Hola,muy buenas noche
así es soy la hija de la persona que lo atendió durante sus 6 años aquí en Mérida. Y durante todo el tiempo que estuvimos viendo por el Padre Ray lo hicimos con mucho cariño; es verdad humildemente -así como era él- pero nunca le hizo falta nada.
Ni sus medicinas, ni su comida especial, sus doctores.
Eso sí, fue humillado muchas veces por el obispo (Elizondo) y por el Padre. Ibarra. Pero siempre lo defendimos.
Gracias, S. Tú estuviste durante sus últimos momentos? Al menos que estuviera en presencia de personas que lo querían…
Fue muy rápido todo
Es más a las 8:20 am fue al baño y le preguntamos que si se encontraba bien
Nos dijo que sí
Al igual se le preguntó padre ya quiere desayunar y nos dijo no hija más al rato
Y vimos que se acueste; al minuto escuchamos un ronquido y fuimos corriendo
Y ya estaba muerto
él era muy terco y escondía los dolores.
S.- Era el marcapasos que estaba trabajando
JLS: fecha y hora?
S.- Murió el 26 de mayo a las 8:39
JLS: no sabía que tenía marcapasos
S.- Si el Padre Ray tenía marcapasos desde hace tres años. Es más; la última vez que vino a verlo el que se hace llamar obispo lo ofendió mucho
Y ya sabe el Padre Ray no dijo nada. Cosa que no aguanté. Y sí me metí porque no me gustó como lo estaba tratando.
Cuando yo lo vi en Enero como que no supo o no quiso explicarme lo de su salud….su mente no estaba clara. !Qué bueno!(que lo defendiste)
S.- (respondiendo a que no sabiamos de su marcapasos)
Así es porque el padre no era de explicar sus enfermedades
JLS: tengo noticias del obispo y de cómo trata (el Obispo) a los padres
S.- Es más; cuando usted vino el Padre Ray estaba tomando medicamentos para la depresión que le dió cuando se fue el obispo (Editor: después de la visita del Mons. Elizondo). Y por culpa de él se le secó un líquido…
JLS- !Qué pena! ?Cuando fue la visita de Elizondo?
S.- Antes de su cumpleaños. No me acuerdo muy bien la fecha. Porque de verdad después de ese día juré que ese obispo no volvería a pisar mi casa para ofender al Padre Ray.
Le hicieron muchas cosas. Y ahora sí se para y dice que cubría todos los gastos. Que el seguro igual, etc.
Por último, mi mamá vendió el coche para poder solventar los gastos. El padre siempre estuvo atendido por sus médicos que lo querían mucho.
El padre era diabético, dependiente de insulina, tenía marcapasos, le dieron infartos en el rostro. (Editor: parálisis faciales) y le dio neumonía.
JLS: Ray me mencionó algo de una deuda. Pero no se explicaba bien. Y Mons. Bernal me había dicho que los legionarios le pasaban una buena ayuda semanal. Pero resulta que no; así que Uds. se quedaron con una deuda grande.
S.- Así es. Así que el Padre Patricio y amigos del Padre Ray están viendo qué hacer (para solventar la deuda) ya el que Obispo Elizondo y el Padre Ibarra no quieren.
JLS: Sé que hace un tiempo los Padres Patricio y Bernardo recaudaron fondos entre los fieles para los gastos del Padre Ray.
S.- Eso sí que no sabía
JLS: tengo que irme. Voy a ver si yo o el grupo de ReGAIN podemos hacer algo por la causa. Sigamos comunicándonos
Legion of Christ Protects Pedophile and Abandons Faithful Ailing Missionary: Abuse of Human Rights (see appendix)
Double Standard Legion protects accused pedophile Novice Master, Fr. William/Guillermo Izquierdo, while refusing to pay hospital bills of ailing and now deceased missionary Fr. Raymond Comiskey.
June 3, 2015
On June 1st 2015 Fr. Guillermo/William Izquierdo, LC, the pedophile, dies in a residence in Madrid where his treatment is paid by the Legion. A week earlier, Fr. Raymond Comiskey, LC, a priest of impeccable moral behavior and forty years of generous service to poor Catholics of Quintana Roo, is left to vegetate with family friends in Merida and struggle with multiple illnesses (pace maker, diabetes leading to amputated toes, etc.).
As of this writing the Legion is refusing to rescue the care-taking family from debt due to medical expenses. The Legion is punishing all involved and making an example of Fr. Raymond because he refused to return to the Legion house in Cancun where he was not being taken care of.
The two contrasting stories have already been told:
Fr. Guillermo (William) Izquierdo, a once fair-skinned blond seminarian from the Canary Islands, Spain, was recruited by Fr. Marcial Maciel, notorious Legion of Christ pedophile, in the 1940s, together with his twin brother, Gustavo, who also joined the Legion. It is believed that Guillermo was a victim of Maciel’s sexual abuse. Unfortunately, Guillermo, was one of the victims who turned perpetrator. Testimonies by former members confirm that as Novice Instructor (Master) he took advantage of their innocence and obedience in Ireland and in the United States.
- Maciel and Legion superiors’ praxis was to move abusers from once country or continent to another. So, Fr. Guillermo who abused in Dublin, Ireland was sent to Cheshire. CT. USA to continue his abuse there. There was no proper Legion investigation, no punishment and no treatment prescribed for Fr. Guillermo, a victim perpetrator.
- Another diabolic strategy of Maciel was to reward his victims with posts in the Legion: in this case, Guillermo, as novice master, had access to and power over young innocent and vulnerable adolescents. He could do to them what Maciel had done to him: sexually initiate them.
Early accusations against Izquierdo were deftly managed to prevent the tracks leading to the then untouchable saintly founder of the Religious Order.
When about five years ago then Vicar General, Luis Garza finally recognized the abuses committed by Fr. Izquierdo, he decided not to proceed against him “because of his health and advanced age”. A decision that echoed eerily with the May 6, 2006 Vatican slap on the wrist for Fr. Maciel. It seems the policy was:
- deny and stonewall;
- delay and hold out until the perpetrator grows old;
- then tear your garments regarding the abuses,
- apologize to the victims;
- lament the fact that the perpetrator is too old to be made accountable for his actions.
A few words about Fr. Raymond Comiskey, LC. Raymond joined the Legion in September 1961 two months after his friend Paul Lennon. Raymond had been a staunch member of the Legion of Mary from adolescence. He was a true believer and wanted to be a missionary to bring pagans to the true faith, baptize them and save them from eternal salvation. He was a no nonsense guy and –instead of being recruited by Fr. James Coindreau, he approached the recruiter asking to be admitted.
We was trained quickly by the Legion and sent to the missions soon after ordination. He never rested and took the most difficult, obscure and less attractive assignments. The other padres poked fun at Raymond’s passionate and unambiguous preaching about sexual mores, repentance and conversion. But Fr. Raymond told it like it was. He spent silent years in remote towns and became pastor of Santa Cruz parish, spending long hours traveling to small villages in the area of Carrillo Puerto town, preaching and administering the sacraments in the Mayan language.
Because he did not take good care of himself and/or the Legion did not take good care of him, Fr. Raymond began in his fifties with a series of illnesses. Diabetes got him about fifteen years ago and whether through his own stubbornness or through Legion carelessness and misguided austerity the illness reached his extremities and he had some toes amputated. Around 2010 he developed heart failure and had to be fitted with a pacemaker. He must have had pulmonary problems too because pulmonary failure was given as the cause of his death.
Raymond was by no means a rebellious or disrespectful religious. Indeed, for most of his life he was a scrupulously observant member who practiced the prompt, blind, heroic and joyful obedience preached but not practiced by founder Marcial Maciel.
It will remain a mystery why Fr. Raymond spent his latter years with a housekeeper in a popular barrio on the outskirts of Merida. Apparently he felt that he would be better taken care of there than in the Legion house. Legion enforcer, Fr. X., went to visit him a couple of years ago to bring him back into the fold but Fr. Raymond refused –the second time he had strayed from strict obedience. He must have had some serious reasons to refuse.
Fr. Raymond disclosed to Lloyd Stephens in January of this year that his housekeeper had contracted a large debt due to medical expenses. Stephens gave him a paltry offering but he was confused by the fact that retired Bishop Mons. Jorge Bernal had told him that the Legion was supplying Fr. Raymond with generous financial support to cover his medical bills. As of this writing the caretaker is complaining to anyone who will listen. Two Irish born missionaries, friends and confreres of Fr. Raymond, are demonstrating they care. The Legion financial “officers” are stonewalling….
May his holiness, Pope Francis, have the time, energy and courage to complete the Herculean task of cleaning out the Legion Augean Stables –Please, let him not assign Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Religious (orders), who should be doing it. He has demonstrated that he does not want to get involved. He was outspokenly critical of the Legion before becoming Prefect. Once in the Vatican he no longer takes an active part in monitoring the Legion-maybe they did not allow him- He may also be resentful that Pope Benedict XVI went over his head and appointed Mons. Velasio De Paolis, to do the renewal job. De Paolis treated the Legion superiors with the same kid gloves as Pope Benedict XVI and went through the formal motions of change.
Enough reasoning. Two very different Legionaries died recently: one in the Legion womb, the other outside the fold. One treated carefully, the other treated carelessly. Let God sort it out. May they Rest in Peace.
See ReGAIN article re Abuses of Human Rights in the Legion of Christ using Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Legion of Christ Extraordinary General Chapter documents (February 2014)
5. Legion of Christ failed to provide for its sick and elderly
UDHR, Article 25 (1) : Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate …. and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
LCECG: Re Provision for (Consecrated Persons’ Senior Years): The Legion structure has failed to make adequate provision for their elderly and sick members. “The central government was asked to attend to the following tasks: seek to increase the fund for the sustenance of elderly and sick members.”
The above admission needs to be prefaced by the following facts. Video and written testimonies exist of Legionaries being denied medical care and being accused of hypochondria by their superiors when reporting symptoms. Legionaries and members of the Regnum Christi Movement were not enrolled in Social Security or in any bona fide medical insurance services. For decades the Legion has depended on the kindness of friendly doctors to take care of the sick members. On more than one occasion a terminally ill member was returned to their family for appropriate care. The Legion also lacks clear legislation regarding support for those leaving the institute. Up to now financial support has depended on vague guidelines and ultimately on the will of the superiors. There are no material provisions made for those leaving the institute and transitioning back to the lay state. This has given the superiors the power to control the when, where and how a members leaves the group –another cult-like characteristic.
See Fr. Raymond Comiskey’s Facebook for info mostly in Spanish where you will find photos of the the first mass celebrated at the convent of the Madres de la Luz in Merida where his remains was taken after his passing.
Fr. Raymond often worked closely with these bilingual Maya sisters in his missionary outreach, especially during his long stint in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, Mexico
(Translating from Fr. Patrick Corrigan’s Facebook post)
“Fr, Raymond will be cremated tomorrow 27
In the city of Merida, Yucatan
His FUNERAL MASS will be at 7 pm Thursday at the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Cancun.
His ashes will be laid to rest in the mausoleum at that parish of Cristo Resuscitado in the Hotel Zone, Cancun”
Safe Religious Communities
By ReGAIN staff
What are the guidelines to use to evaluate whether or not a particular religious group may be considered “safe” in the sense that a leader or groups of leaders do not exploit or take advantage of its own members to serve some hidden agendas?
In the latest issue of ICSA Today, the International Cultic Studies Association has published an article about safe religious communities. http://www.icsahome.com/articles/a-safe-haven-church-an-introduction-to-the-basics-of-a-safe-religious-community
The author, Neil C Damgaard, defines safety (for members of religious communities) as “the practice and sense of security, freedom and respect as one is joined and engaged with a particular social system or a specific group.”
He explains that in healthy religious communities God’s grace flows outward from Him, through His people, to the general community. In unsafe religious groups, instead of grace there exist “control, undue influence, harshness, legalism and other unhealthy maladies.” Such practices damage and injure people even though the groups and their leaders espouse theological orthodoxy. Discernment is required to distinguish between two groups that may appear to have similar beliefs yet one is healthy and the other is damaging.
Mr. Damgaard provides an example of a pastor of a religious group who was a gifted speaker but was highly controlling and legalistic. As a result of the leader’s manipulations, fifty of his group became damaged and hurting and they left the organization. The leader called the group of fifty “trouble-makers”.
The article describes a number of basic features that a potential member or family member can use to assist in discerning whether the group’s members are in or would be in a safe and healthy environment.
Following is our summary of some of the things to look for based on the above article:
- Generally Relaxed Environment – Is there a rigid dogmatic legalistic uptight atmosphere or are people free to enjoy a spirit of lightheartedness where people are able to express joy and to laugh?
- Regarding essential elements of the religious denomination, are there clear distinctions made between primary, secondary and tertiary doctrinal priorities or do members feel that they are obliged to consider all of the group’s teachings as absolutely and equally essential?
- Are members allowed and encouraged to question group’s teachings and is there an openness to have intelligent discussion about anything they may feel uncomfortable about?
- Is there an environment where forgiveness is normally expected to be offered or are there ongoing grudges?
- Is there a healthy sharing of power among the group leaders?
- Is there a healthy balance of power between the leaders and members of the group?
- Are there periodic changes of individual leaders in different levels of authority in the group or is there an individual or small group who retain tight control?
- Are the group leaders open to sincere and honest questions from the members in a transparent manner and is there any withholding of information?
- Is there a good balance of formality and informality in the group and allowance for humor?
- Is there genuine friendliness with strangers?
- Is there excessive focus on expanding membership (and fund raising)?
- Is there a healthy relationship with the parent organization, (e.g. the local parishes)?
- Are members free to leave without undue pressure to remain?
The author concludes with a caution to watch out for legalism, a feeling of being report-carded, excessive monitoring of accountability, heavy handed authority or oligarchy (concentration of power with a small elite group).
We encourage those interested in this topic to read the entire article for a more accurate presentation of the information covered.
Considering the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi (especially the 3gf consecrated) two questions come to our minds as we read the I.C.S.A. article.
During the decades when Fr. Marcial Maciel was in control, were his organizations safe and healthy?
Since the appointment of a Vatican delegate and a renewal, are these organizations safe and healthy for their members today?
The first of these questions is easy to answer based on the hundreds of articles on this website and the many articles written by credible authors over the years. ReGAIN and other websites were started and some have continued because of concerns about what we and many ex members and some Catholic Church leaders consider unhealthy and unsafe conditions for members. Our primary concerns are based on what we believe to be the loss of free will and the excessive level of dependence required for the Legionary priests and the consecrated members of Regnum Christi.
We are aware of the psychological, emotional and spiritual abuse many of them have suffered and the sexual abuse that some former members experienced when they were very young from the very founder of both organizations. The abuses were carried out within a secretive, isolated and militaristic environment.
Since the Vatican became directly involved, we recognize that there have been some improvements in the conditions. Consecrated members are now allowed to have more time with their family members. The number of written rules and the rigidity of following those rules have decreased. Members receive their mail unopened. We are aware that there are other changes being considered.
We continue to have a high level of concern regarding the freedom of mind and the independence of consecrated members and can offer several of our reasons as follows:
In our opinion, neither the Legion nor Regnum Christi has ever existed primarily to serve God and humanity. Because of the good intentions of individual members, there are some good fruits that happen but we believe that the fundamental purpose of the upper echelon of leaders has to do with money and power for themselves. One obvious indication of this is the huge accumulation of wealth that has been reported by Jason Berry and other writers in Grupo Integer, the financial wing of the Legion. If the primary purpose was to do good then there would be more to show for the enormous amounts of fund raising associated with the Legion.
Until the Vatican intervened, we believe that the Legion showed little if any initiative or strong desire to have more freedom for their members. The Legion/Regnum cooperated with the Vatican because if they wanted to continue as Catholic organizations they were forced to.
In the years between when the senior leaders of the Legion discovered about their founder’s secret lives, they chose to pretend that he was a saint and continued to encourage their members to believe he was a living saint. They treated outside critics as “evil detractors” and discredited them in various ways.
During the years of scandal and uncertainty they kept on recruiting new members as if there was nothing wrong.
The Vatican commissioner’s limited scope of work was primarily to oversee the writing and approval of new constitutions. The commissioner’s expertise was in canon law and financial matters. His primary role was not to investigate and reform the cultic methodology and structure. Some improvements have been made that resulted from his review of the regulations but we question whether there is a strong will among the leaders to make the types of changes needed to truly create a safe and healthy environment.