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WHERE IS THE LEGION OF CHRIST/REGNUM CHRISTI FEDERATION RENEWAL TODAY?
Legion, Regnum Christi, Regnum
Christi Federation advocates and simpatizantes may try to convince the
public that ReGAIN articles are old hat, that its criticisms are no longer
valid, and that the present religious
order is well and truly renewed, with that ever-present Vatican approval. “We
are with the Pope, the Pope is with us, the Pope blesses our work” and other
Below we have a mid-September 2019 blog post concerning the very recent Legion Regnum Christi Federation’s Priestly Renewal Retreat[i]by a former LC, now plying his priestly ministry outside the confines of LRCF. First we present ReGAIN’s embellished translation.
As a prelude, we should not
forget the analyses of some prominent American Legionary of Christ priests who
despaired of the 2010 Vatican headed Legion renewal. Case in question is a very
serious article by former LC Fr. Thomas Berg in First Things, 2014[ii]
RENEWAL DRAGGED DOWN BY OLD DEAD WEIGHT
The two-month-long spiritual renewal is for LC priests who have been ordained for six or more years. One small sign of progress is that it was not being held in Cotija, pedophile Founder Fr. Maciel’s hometown and place of pilgrimage for Legionaries, Regnum Christi members and numerous followers to this very day.
Fifteen Legionary priests did the retreat this summer; a small group to foment interaction between the participants. Another good sign. But the good news stops here.
The person in charge was Fr.
Eloy Bedia, a faithful disciple of disgraced Fr. Maciel, whose more recent
activities include covering up Legionary sexual abuse of Mexican TV
personality, Ana Lucía Salazar, and others at the Cancun Instituto Cumbres. Legion
heavy-weights from Fr. Maciel’s time and other die-hards have also visited the
Fr. Emilio Díaz-Torre was the
director of spiritual exercises. Fr. Roberto González -reinstated some time ago
following a long exile in an Italian parish after he had been expelled from the
Vatican for revealing secrets re the selection of bishops to Fr. Maciel- was
asked to deliver a talk on the Theological Virtues. Former Director General,
Fr. Luis Garza, -who disappeared from Rome during the 2010 Vatican intervention-
spoke about the Legion’s apostolic renewal. The Legion’s new official historian
–Behold, I make all things new!– is a new face on the block, Fr. Jaime Rodriguez.
Although, sadly, the new history continues to be incestuously self-generated,
without external criteria, just as in the old days when the Founder was still
alive and controlling the minutest details.
In a Word, the reins of renewal are still in the hands of Maciel’s faithfulfollowers. This cast iron control, still working successfully in the Legion, comes at a price. The religious congregation seems to be suffering in many aspects from burnout and irreversible regression. If they could only slacken the reins and allow new blood and new ideas, there would be less control and more dynamism.
On the other hand, if the young ones keep trusting the old -who are essentially Maciel’s men- there can be little hope. Let’s see what next year’s General Chapter has in store for us.
17 de septiembre
a las 05:03
El bimestre de renovación espiritual es para
sacerdotes de 6 o más años de ordenados. Un pequeño avance es que ya no lo
tienen en Cotija. Lo han hecho 15 sacerdotes este verano, un grupo reducido
para que haya contacto entre todos. Otra cosa buena. Pero se acabaron las
Su director ha sido Eloy Bedia, fiel colaborador de
Maciel, incluso en tapar delitos de agresión sexual contra Analú Salazar y
otras personas. Han visitado a los padres otros pesos pesados del tiempo de
Maciel y del presente:
Emilio Díaz-Torre dio los ejercicios espirituales.
Roberto González fue llamado para dar una conferencia sobre las virtudes
teologales. Luis Garza dio otra hablando de la renovación apostólica de la
legión. No podía faltar la del nuevo historiador de la legión, Jaime Rodríguez
(este es joven); pero la nueva historia sigue siendo endogámica, como en
tiempos de Maciel.
En pocas palabras, las riendas de la renovación las
siguen llevando los hombres de Maciel. Este control férreo, que está funcionando
bastante bien, lleva consigo un precio. La congregación parece sumida en muchos
aspectos en un desgaste y retroceso del que no salen. Si diesen paso a otros
más jóvenes y con nuevas fuerzas, habría menos control, pero más dinamismo.
Por otro lado, si los más jóvenes siguen confiando en
los mayores, en los hombres de Maciel, pues no se puede hacer nada. Veremos el
capítulo general del año que viene cómo pinta.