Ex Legionary Testimonies “Mind Control Techniques And An Escape From A Locked Room”

On the 2nd anniversary date of the death of Fr. Marcial Maciel, there were two different postings in the comments on Life-After-RC Click Here to See Posts ,

one by “Jose” an ex-Legionary priest who “decided” to join the Legionaries of Christ at the age of 13 and one by “This Little Light”, another ex Legionary priest.

“Jose” tells of his experience with the Legion, including the difficulties he went through 11 years later when he decided that he no longer wished to belong to the Legion. He had advised his spiritual director of his decision and was made to wait for a period of two years to get the permission that he needed from the General Director, Fr. Marcial Maciel. During this waiting period, he was made to feel that he was abandoning his vocation that he had been called to from all Eternity and he was urged to be “more generous” and “to be more patient and pray”.
Jose says that he was coerced through his vow of obedience into reluctantly renewing his vows for another two years, even though he had clearly stated he wanted out.

When he finally did receive Fr Maciel’s permission to leave he was pressured to keep it a secret from everyone. He was whisked away without notice to the airport in the middle of the night without an opportunity to say goodbye to any of those he had lived in community with for eleven years.

“Jose” shares how during his years with the Legion, he was forbidden to share his sufferings and true feelings with any family members or friends.

“This Little Light” provides a disturbing account of how frequently there were mental breakdowns among candidates, some of whom he believes had to deal with terror and extreme stress. He gives an account of how the Legion dealt with one such case. Instead of taking the person to get medical or psychiatric treatment, the person was relocated from Connecticut to another Legion facility in New York State (Rye), where he was locked in his third floor room and left alone to deal with his own problems. When they finally checked the next morning to see how he was doing, the person had “escaped” and taken a bus to his home.

<b>ReGAIN Comment</b>:

Without such testimonies courageously offered from those who have lived on the inside it would be difficult for those on the outside to understand the true cult structure of the Legion and Regnum Christi. When people know some of the current members, who are wholesome, attractive, well spoken, sincere devout Catholics they are unable to believe that there is anything wrong with the religious order or movement that these good people are part of. ReGAIN and similar websites do not exist because the members are not good people. It is the spiritually and emotionally toxic environment they exist in and the true motives of the Legion and Regnum Christi that we believe need to be challenged.

The details of life as a Legionary or “consecrated” 3gf Regnum Christi member are kept extremely secretive and the members are isolated and alienated from outside influences including their own beloved family members. The rules for the “kingdom” were established and tightly controlled for decades by the disgraced founder Fr. Maciel (who was found by the Vatican to be “devoid of religious sentiment”). Tales of anguish and difficulty in leaving the Legion and restricted availability to medical care recur in several former testimonies on this site and elsewhere.

It requires discernment to evaluate the type of testimony given by ex members because it is usually only available anonymously on the Internet. So each person needs to discern the truth. One factor that lends credibility to the many hundreds of stories similar to the two that are outlined above and to others that are found here on ReGAIN, on Life-After-RC blog and on other similar websites is the consistency from one testimony to another. Each one reinforces the next ones and previous ones that provide a similar message that comes from a variety of different sources. Another litmus test is to compare the details of each story with any details that the reader already knows to be true.

It is a helpless feeling when you have someone living on the inside to gradually discover that the person you love is gradually losing his or her precious free will and being manipulated by deceitful and inhuman practices into a life of mind numbing subservience, naively believing that they are an elite group of superior Christians.

Legion Empire Crumbling?

According to a recent report from Patrick Madrid (to see article – Click Here the Legion is falling on hard times since the exposure of the disgraced founder?s fraudulent lifestyle. American Legionary priests are abandoning the order, and “thousands of disheartened and disillusioned lay members of Regnum Christi have likewise bolted” as vocations and donations are “way, way down”.

According to the article “waves of layoffs have hit the lay employees of the order’s many lay apostolates and business ventures”.

Circle Media, the Legion’s U.S. publishing entity has disappeared along with other Legionary owned and operated ventures. Significantly, the Legion is expected to soon announce the sale of the National Catholic Register as well as Catholic Faith and Family, both of which they have owned since 1995.

Enrolments in apostolic schools have been dwindling and some of Legion’s American holdings are being sold off.

ReGAIN Comment:
Will the Legion leaders eventually realize that if they want to rebuild, they need to change their policies and attitudes? Now, two years after the exposure of the fraudulent and criminal lifestyle of their founder, the Legion has not shown a will to change. They seem to have accepted that their founder generally did some bad things but they have been loathe to identify specific acts, other than the obvious things that were exposed when his mistresses and children became publicly known. They have not publicly acknowledged the faults in their present structure that are an embarrassment to the Church.

The Legion leaders have outwardly expressed a willingness to do whatever the Vatican orders them to do (but not necessarily anything beyond what is forced on them). Otherwise, they have failed to demonstrate a willingness to make corrections to the structure and policies of the Legion and Regnum Christi to overcome the shortcomings identified in the May 1, 2010 Vatican communique. Their actions over the last two years have shown that they wish to cling to their old ways and simply blame all current woes on their founder.

The Vatican identified a “need to review the exercise of authority, which must be linked to truth, in order to respect conscience and develop in the light of the Gospel as authentic ecclesial service”.
It may be possible that these issues are being addressed behind the scenes but if so we would expect that it would only happen if they are squeezed hard enough by the Vatican. In the meantime, there are signs that the Legion empire is crumbling.”