Miles Jesu Apostolic Visitation – Similiar Situation
The founder of Miles Jesu (Soldier of Christ) was born in Spain. He had founded the Ecclesial Family in 1964 and was judged unable to continue in his position as Superior General in the spring of 2007 by Catholic Church authorities, reportedly due to
serious mental and physical health problems?.
Based on unconfirmed sources, the situation regarding Miles Jesu sounds quite familiar for those who have followed the Legion saga. It involves a militant orthodox Catholic religious group with a similar name (Miles Jesu translates to
Soldier of Christ?). They had a controversial and authoritative Spanish founder. They have reportedly been accused of coercive recruiting practices, violations of spiritual practices, especially having to do with the sacrament of confession and spiritual direction and there have been questions regarding their financial practices. The group has been accused of keeping its lay members in a state of poverty without adequate health insurance while expecting them to recruit money from wealthy benefactors.
Details regarding the visitation and the recent Vatican action to reform Miles Jesu may be found on their website at: Miles Jesu Click Here
There is a statement at the above site issued July 28, 2010 by Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S. the Commissary who has been given full authority of Miles Jesu during a period of reform.
Those of us who are interested in the current situation with the Legion will be watching with interest, concern and prayers to see how successful the Vatican is in the program of reformation of a similar group.