AP Exclusive: Members Flee Legion As Reforms Stall
Nicole Winfield covers a lot of territory in a hard hitting article about the current status of things in the Legion and Regnum Christi.
With skillful use of words she tells of the frustration of those on the inside and their family members who had hoped for significant change but are having to continue their wait.
Based on new terms coined, some members are
awake (they are aware of the abuses of the Legion system) or they are still
asleep (unaware of the systematic abuses)
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There were a couple of interesting comments made during Cardinal DePaolis’s interview by Nicole Winfield.
When he was asked to define the charism he replied
bella domando (good question). O.K. so that begs the question:
what’s the answer?
His response to the issue of why there have been no heads rolling yet provided interesting insights into the challenges he faces in living up to peoples’ expectations and perhaps explains why there has been so little progress to date in the reformation process.
If they (the superiors) wanted to sabotage me, it would have been so easy. If I had made myself the superior they wouldn’t give me information, they would have hidden it from me.
The Vatican Commissioner did not say that he felt there was a possibility that the Legion leaders might keep things hidden from him. His statement makes it quite clear that he expects them to try to bamboozle him.
It is also interesting to note that a group of at least 20 current and former Legionary priests are in the early stages of forming an association to support Legion priests who leave the order and that this could encourage others to join the rush towards the exit doors.
In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. When Pope Benedict XVI took over the disgraced Legionaries of Christ last year, expectations were high that heads would roll over one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century Roman Catholic Church. One year later, none of the religious order’s superiors have been held to account for having enabled the crimes of late founder Rev. Marciel Maciel, a drug addict who sexually abused seminarians, fathered three children and created a cult-like movement that damaged some of its members spiritually and emotionally. Significantly, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis also ruled out any further investigation into the crimes of Maciel, who as a favorite of Pope John Paul II, had been held up as a living saint by the Vatican and the order despite well-founded allegations he was a pedophile. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) — AP