Sheila’s Story, Part VI

This is one of a thirty part exposé on the Children of the Legion. This group of women, then girls, in the Regnum Christi, share their stories of abuse, neglect and the aftermath of being children in the Regnum Christi. For a complete list of stories to date, view Children of the Legion.


I left you all on a cliffhanger at the end of Part V for quite a long time … sorry about that.

Changes were pretty frequent during those years. The school was still relatively new — I think less than ten years old — and we were still working out what the rules would be. So we would be called into the conference room and told, “Spiritual direction is now spiritual guidance,” or “Section I and Section II are now called ECYD Section and Regnum Christi Section,” or “Your ‘face-to-face’ is now your ‘PC Prospect.'” Continue reading

Sheila’s Story, Part V

This is one of a thirty part exposé on the Children of the Legion. This group of women, then girls, in the Regnum Christi, share their stories of abuse, neglect and the aftermath of being children in the Regnum Christi. For a complete list of stories to date, view Children of the Legion.


I ended Part IV in my spiritual director Sally’s office. (Her name is not really Sally.)

I tried to tell her about my giant conversion experience and how I was really committed to Regnum Christi now and that I was sure I had a vocation. She wasn’t really interested. She told me that it was way too soon to worry about whether or not I had a vocation.

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Sheila’s Story, Part IV

This is one of a thirty part exposé on the Children of the Legion. This group of women, then girls, in the Regnum Christi, share their stories of abuse, neglect and the aftermath of being children in the Regnum Christi. For a complete list of stories to date, view Children of the Legion.


Like I said at the end of Part III, the cognitive dissonance was beginning to get to me. I had a lot of little sneaky things I did, as I said before — from mentally composing fanfiction during “spiritual reading,” to coming up with objections in my head to everything I learned during apostolic methodology. But I started to feel tired of fighting.

It didn’t help that we were constantly hearing about “giving 100%,” “holding nothing back from God,” “being who we were meant to be,” and so forth. Continue reading

Sheila’s Story, Part III

This is one of a thirty part exposé on the Children of the Legion. This group of women, then girls, in the Regnum Christi, share their stories of abuse, neglect and the aftermath of being children in the Regnum Christi. For a complete list of stories to date, view Children of the Legion.


In the fall of 2000, I began my ninth grade year as a “precandidate” (“PC”). I understood perfectly that I was there to discern my vocation: it was like Junior Nuns or something. A lot of the other girls didn’t see it that way at all: it was just a place you go when you’re serious about your faith, and some people get consecrated at the end.

Right at the beginning of the year, we had an orientation for several days where we learned all the rules we hadn’t been told in the summer program. Continue reading

A Catholic Father’s Lament For His Regnum Christi Daughter (2005 article needs updating)

Editorial Comment, Thanksgiving, 2015

The original article was written around 2005 and therefore needs updating. Since then the Legion of Christ male religious order and the Regnum Christi mostly female lay movement have underdone a Vatican “visitation”, i.e. investigation, and renewal. The Vatican Apostolic Delegate gave the organizations a clean bill of health after some changes were made, an Extraordinary Chapter General was held, a team re wrote the LC constitutions and these were later  approved by Pope Francis. It also appears that the RC may have acquired some degree of autonomy from the LC priest directors. Presently these two groups -or are they one?- prefer to show themselves publicly as “Regnum Christi/Legion of Christ” -see current web page Regnum Christi- perhaps as a way to blur their relationship with their criminal founder.

The ambiguity that ReGAIN has always criticized regarding the organizations spawned by  Nuestro Pedophile Padre is once more apparent in the new webpage: it states that the Legion/Regnum Christi is celebrating its/their 75th anniversary in 2016. It is true that the Legion was born in 1941 but the Regnum Christi was born decades later; so it cannot be celebrating its 75 anniversary too. But in this re writing or history we are now told that the Legion and Regnum are kind of the same thing and therefore even if the RC was created later  by the founder, nevertheless it was somehow founded at the same time as the LC.

If you are a true believer in this “Work of God” such logical niceties will be of little concern.

The writer of the original article, however,  does have concerns about the validity of some of his statements  from 10 years ago and that is why ReGAIN editors began with a clarification.

In all honesty we must admit that LC/RC separation from family is not as rigid or inhuman as before (probably because of Vatican prompting): members are allowed home a couple of times a year. Editors have witnessed cases of members coming home for Thanksgiving or special occasions or anniversaries. How could we not rejoice with them and their families?

Because ReGAIN editors do not, for the most part,  have much up to date information on the real actual situation inside the Regnum Christi we would appreciate it if present or past members should shed some light.

 

[Original 2005 circa article below]

I remember one of the first things that I noted on the ReGAIN website when I discovered it several years ago was the checklist for cults provided by Father Peter Cronin. I had taken several courses previously about cults (never thinking that there would be any in the Catholic Church). As I went through the check list it helped me to confirm that our daughter (a 3gf Regnum Christi member since 1988) was in a cult.

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Sheila’s Story, Part II

This is one of a thirty part exposé on the Children of the Legion. This group of women, then girls, in the Regnum Christi, share their stories of abuse, neglect and the aftermath of being children in the Regnum Christi. For a complete list of stories to date, view Children of the Legion.


I arrived in Rhode Island for the summer program and found it just as I’d expected it — like a much bigger version of the camps and retreats I’d enjoyed. Everyone was really nice, and the schedule was nonstop fun.

There was a little bump the first week where I didn’t think to call home and my mom kept calling me. But instead of getting me, they would give me these little phone messages that said she had called. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do about them so I did what I generally did about homework assignments I didn’t understand or instructions I couldn’t follow … kept quiet and hoped the problem would solve itself.

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Diocesan Officials Warn Parent and the Legion and Regnum Christi

Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, after much consultation among themselves, the Vicar General, Father Carville, and Saint Joseph’s Academy, constructed this letter, which was sent as an enclosure with report cards. There was no additional information attached to the letter.

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