The Legion of Christ, like Cults, muzzles whistle-blowers

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(image above from funeral mass for Fr. Raymond Comiskey, LC, who had been abandoned by his superiors for years prior to his death in a private house in Merida, Yucatan: note coat of arms of Regnum Christi which had done nothing for him during his long illnesses. We are not implying Fr. Raymond was a whistle-blower. He was, however, a man of firm principles who believed he could get better care for himself outside the institution than inside. He died a priest and a Legionary, albeit outside a community.)

Just came across an article from International Cultic Studies Association which illustrates how cults and cult-like, high-pressure, high-demand, coercive-persuasion…groups legally muzzle those who dare question or criticize.

The author, taking a page from the English version of House of Cards, cannot comment on the title of this article. He may, however, encourage the intelligent reader to research old and new, high and low.

Here is the I.C.S.A supplied  article 

that explains how such groups do it.

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Legion of Christ Appeal Stereotypes Mexican Novices!

 

Francis with Legionaries

 

The writer was absolutely appalled a couple of days ago when coming across an appeal for winter heating oil for the Cheshire novitiate in an amateur video posted on YouTube


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In the video the tall, white, well-informed American brother is introducing the little dark ignorant, naive Mexican brothers to the Holy Novitiate and warning them about the cold winters; cold winters which will require a large amount of heating oil to prevent them from suffering from that cold Connecticut winter….think of chilblains for the poor tropical dark-skinned and diminutive Mexicans.

Sounds and looks to me like a total lack of cultural sensitivity, task and basic respect.

And this is posted just as news breaks of the Legion of Christ´s off-shore holdings of millions of  dollars

Dear Lord, how long is the innocent and naive Catholic community going to take this and continue to contribute to an order whose yearly budget is on equal standing with the Vatican´s budget for the whole Church. Correct me if I am wrong.

Feel free to comment and discuss; with numbers, if you so wish

 

 

 

Lista de Características de Grupos Cúlticos/Sectarios – Revisado

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Lista de Características de Grupos Cúlticos/Sectarios – Revisado

(Characteristics associated with Cultic Groups -Revised)

 

Michael D. Langone

for original English[i]

 

Intentos coordinados para influenciar y controlar, forman la esencia de los grupos, programas y relaciones sectarias (ingl., cultic)[ii].  Muchos miembros, ex miembros y colaboradores de este tipo de grupos no están del todo conscientes de en qué forma y con cuánta intensidad han sido manipulados, explotados o incluso abusados. La siguiente lista de patrones socio-estructurales, sociopsicológicos e interpersonales pueden ayudar a asesorar a grupos o relaciones particulares con dichas características.

Compara estos patrones con la situación en la que estuviste (o en la que se encuentre todavía algún familiar o amigo tuyo). Esta lista te puede ayudar a determinar si hay razones para preocuparse. Ten en cuenta que esta lista no es una métrica del control que pueda ejercer cierto tipo de grupo ni mucho menos una lista de requisitos para determinar si cierta comunidad se ha convertido en una secta (cult). Tampoco es un instrumento de diagnóstico, sino una herramienta de análisis.

  1. El grupo manifiesta un celo excesivo y una entrega incuestionable hacia su líder (vivo o muerto) en miras a abrazar su sistema de creencias, ideología y prácticas como la verdad absoluta o una ley inquebrantable.
  2. Cuestionar, dudar o disentir del grupo amerita una censura para quien lo hace, o incluso un castigo.
  3. El uso de técnicas de debilitamiento mental (meditaciones, cantos, hablar en lenguas, sesiones de corrección pública, sesiones de trabajo extenuantes) para eliminar cualquier tipo de cuestionamiento del grupo y sus líderes.
  4. El líder impone, a veces con lujo de detalles, cómo deben pensar, actuar y sentir los miembros (por ejemplo, los miembros deben pedirle permiso para verse con alguien más, para cambiar de trabajo o para casarse. También a veces los líderes imponen un cierto tipo de vestimenta, en qué lugares se debe habitar, si se debe o no tener hijos, cómo corregirlos y demás…
  5. El grupo es elitista, se declara especial y superior a los demás por sí mismo, por sus líderes y sus miembros (el líder es considerado una especie de Mesías, un ser especial o gurú- o el líder/grupo tienen una misión especial para salvar a la humanidad).
  6. El grupo tiene una mentalidad claramente polarizada del “nosotros contra el mundo”, lo que le ocasiona problemas para ser aceptado por la sociedad en general.
  7. El líder no tiene por qué rendirle cuentas a ninguna autoridad superior (cosa que no sucede con maestros, generales del ejército, servidores públicos, sacerdotes, monjes, rabinos o líderes de las religiones dominantes).
  8. El grupo enseña o sugiere que los fines superiores que persigue justifican cualquier medio que se considere necesario para alcanzar dichos fines. Esto provoca que los miembros participen en actividades o tengan comportamientos que antes de pertenecer al grupo les hubieran parecido poco éticos o moralmente reprobables: mentir a sus familiares y amigos, recaudar dinero para falsas caridades.
  9. El líder procura inculcar sentimientos de culpabilidad o vergüenza en los miembros para influenciarlos o controlarlos, A menudo, esto se hace a través de la presión ejercida por los demás miembros del grupo o a través de formas muy sutiles de persuasión.
  10. La subordinación al líder o grupo exige que los miembros corten sus lazos naturales con familia y amigos y que sacrifiquen sus metas personales, así como las actividades a las que solían asistir antes de llegar al grupo.
  11. El grupo se preocupa constantemente por incrementar su número de integrantes.
  12. El grupo se preocupa constantemente por recaudar más dinero.
  13. Se espera que los miembros consagren cantidades excesivas de tiempo al grupo y a las actividades del grupo.
  14. Se exhorta a los miembros a vivir y socializar solamente entre sí.
  15. Los miembros más leales al grupo (los “integrados” o “verdaderos creyentes”) sienten que no puede haber vida verdadera fuera de los confines del grupo. Piensan que no hay otra manera de ser y temen que haya consecuencias para sí mismos o para sus seres queridos si dejan (incluso si solo piensan en dejar) el grupo.

 

 

Nota:

 

Esta lista ha sido revisada en diversas ocasiones desde que el autor la presentara por primera vez en la década de los noventas (1990). Muchas personas han hecho sugerencias o contribuido durante las diferentes revisiones, sobre todo Carol Giambalvo, Janja Lalic, Herb Rosedale y Patrick Ryan.

 

 

 

Tradujeron al español E.E. Escobar & J. Paul Lennon

 

[i] http://www.icsahome.com/articles/characteristics

[ii] Primer párrafo en el original inglés:  Concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships. Many members, former members, and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may have been manipulated, exploited, even abused. The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group or relationship.

 

Psico-sexual Fallo en Legionarios de Cristo

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El reciente reconocimiento de paternidad de parte de un Legionario de Cristo de alto rango (Rector de la Pontificia Universidad para la formacion de sacerdotes, Mater Ecclesia en Roma) senyala una vez mas (ver caso similar del Padre Thomas Williams, LC hace pocos anyos) la falta de madurez psico-sexual de los miembros, la doble vida del individuo y la colusion y encubrimiento de la institucion que se esconden bajo su fachada intachable.

El caso fue tan sonado entre los mismo Legionarios y en el publico en general que merecio una carta  ´explicativa´de parte de la direccion general de la Legion; el sacerdote que habia engendrado dos hijos fuera del matrimonio habia sido el rector de su universidad internacional ´Pontificia´para la formacion de sacerdotes de todo el mundo.

Tambien podria poner de manifiesto la falta de formacion y de libertad de consciencia de los miembros  que les lleva a guardar secretos y no usar la direccion espiritual ni la consejeria pastoral cuando esten con problemas.

En realidad, el Legionario con problemas puede sentirse muy solo y aislarse ya que bajo un regimen de vigilancia e incomprension llega a desconfiar de todos y no abrirse a companyeros, directores esprituales =superiores ni consejeros pastorales ¨de fuera¨.

Como sucede en estos casos, no se hace mencion de la madre del hijo del sacerdote: como se encuentra ella, que si fuera manipulada, enganyada, explotada, que si hay diferencia de edades, que si se trata de algun tipo de abuso , que como se manejo el caracter clandestino de la relacion….

ni se dice nada importante acerca de los hijos que habran tenido una vida algo extranyo hasta este punto de su existencia…

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Sex abuse Victim Sues Legión of Christ in Cutanda case in Connecticut Federal court

Legionary of Christ Multiple Abuser of Minors sued by Victim

(Reader can find Legion’s initial response, on Regnum Christi official web page below)

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CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE

“Article 7 of 10150

Alleged Catholic School Sex Abuse Victim Sues Legion of Christ

ROBERT STORAGE

08/17/2017

 

A 48-year-old California man allegedly raped as a teenager by an employee at the Connecticut-based Legion of Christ has filed a federal lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, claims the victim identified only as John Doe was first sexually assaulted at the now-defunct Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in New Hampshire when he was 13 years old. The teenager was allegedly raped every two to three weeks for about three and half years at the Roman Catholic boarding school for boys grades 7-12.

Cheshire-based Legion of Christ oversaw the school.
It’s alleged that a man known as Brother Fernando Cutanda abused John Doe and another boy at the school, and that officials did nothing to stop it, according to the lawsuit. John Doe claims he told Father Patrick O’Carroll about the alleged abuse during confession, he was told to pray “five rosaries for his sins, gave him penance and said ‘God will take care of things.'”
Jeffrey Herman, one of John Doe’s three attorneys, said his client “is strong, but deeply damaged. He thought it was time to come forward.”

Herman said Cutanda allegedly “groomed” the boy for sex. Herman said he does not know where Cutanda is today.
“Most kids are abused by someone they know,” said Herman, founding partner of Herman Law in Florida. “They are groomed and coerced and become compliant victims.”

Herman, who has represented numerous child abuse victims, said his client “feels so much inner rage. He feels betrayed by the Catholic Church and, as he finds out that he is not the only victim of this order, he finds it deeply disturbing.”
According to the National Catholic Register, 35 priests with the religious Legionaries of Christ have been accused of sexually abusing children since the order was formed in the early 1940s.
Nine of those priests, including the order’s founder, Marcial Maciel, have been found guilty and punished canonically. Fourteen of the priests were acquitted and most of the remaining cases are under review, according to the register.
Herman said another child also reported abuse while at the school.
“In addition to being religious instruction, it was a residential facility,” Herman said. “And, to allow a pedophile to stay and to not protect the kids is a definition of negligence.”
The lawsuit includes counts for negligence, recklessness, breach of fiduciary duties and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
No one from the Legion of Christ was available for comment Thursday.
Daniel Ellis, an associate with Herman Law, and Frank Bartlett Jr., managing partner of the Bartlett Legal Group in Cheshire, are also involved in the litigation.
The case is scheduled to be heard by U.S. District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven.

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18 AUG 2017NEWS ARTICLE
Communication Regarding an Article in The Connecticut Law Tribune

The territorial director asked us to share with you the below communication that was sent to the Legionaries earlier today.

Thy Kingdom Come!

Dear fathers and brothers in Christ,

Yesterday an article was published in The Connecticut Law Tribune saying a federal lawsuit has been filed against the Legion of Christ, Inc., in association with then-Brother Fernando Cutanda. The territorial director made a statement regarding Mr. Cutanda two years ago. The Legion of Christ, Inc., has not yet been served with the lawsuit but understands that it involves alleged conduct from the 1980s in New Hampshire. The Legion of Christ will investigate the allegations made in the lawsuit and respond to them accordingly.

Legion of Christ appoints extremely Abusive priest as spiritual director of CHILD seminarians

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As per official Legión notice, American-born Fr William Brock, (not priest in photo)

known among former Legionaries as “The Scourge of Salamanca” for his consistently cruel treatment of young seminarians under his care,

has been appointed “spiritual director” of an even younger and more tender group of child seminarians.

Note that the apparently modern religious order (officially, “congregation”), is one the few in the world that continues to aggressively recruit and rigidly “train” children for the Catholic Priesthood.

“Get them young!” was the battle cry of Legión Founder, Pedophile Fr. Maciel. LC leadership continues this policy. Many of the straight-laced young men ordained every year in droves began their days in so-called “Apostolic Schools” in Mexico, Spain, Philippines, Canada AND THE USA!

Several comments on Facebook’s Spanish language (former members) “legioleaks” attest to humiliating exchanges with the aforementioned. Some allude to his “favorites” special treatment:

Lo tuve de DE (director espiritual) en Humanidades, un supliocio y una suerte, suplicio : le caía mal y me daba caña, no eres un religioso solo un buen chico, no tienes ningún espíritu religioso, no recuerdo otra cosa. Suerte: no era de los “elegidos” ni de los que atendía por la noche, ah y ay de tí si no te confesabas con él, salía a ver cuantos de su lista de DE estaban confesandose con otros sacerdotes. En Salamanca un sacerdote que no era director espiritual me puso mil pegas para confesarme, libertad de conciencia, discernimiento…… vaya personaje todo el día con el ordenador en su despacho y sus predicaciones NP, me dijo, NP me comtó, muy espiritual vamos

 

 

 

Legion of Christ faces new Priestly Scandal

we have already published a Spanish language post yesterday.

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Here is a link to the VOA article reporting on how the Legion of Christ and the priest, previously rector of the Legion´s Maria Mater Ecclesiae international seminary in Rome (training priests sent by their bishops from all over the world) revealed that the padre, Fr. Oscar Turrion,  had just had a daughter out of wedlock/vows and -almost an afterthought- a boy from a few years previously. According to his very recent contrite letter, he felt it was time to come clean.  His superiors have been very understanding and did not reveal the slip until the padre was ready to leave and start his new life.

Events were originally reported by Associated Press

UK Daily Mail quotes full AP article

 

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