Want to Understand what Happened to you in the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation? International Cultic Studies Association announces Annual Conference 2022

Dear Friends,

it is the conviction of ReGAIN that all the ills caused by the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation can be attributed to its nature as a harmful coercive group founded by a deluded psychopath who thought he was founding a religious order.

The conference will bring you testimonies and studies of former members, psychologists and sociologists who can explain what happened to you and the steps you can take to be whole again,ReGAIN your true self, and live a fulfilling and happy life.

Here is a link to the announcement

Apostolic Nuncio Mentions Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi & Marcial Maciel re Sexual Abuse

Mexico bishops investigated over abuse cover-up allegations

Archbishop Franco Coppola , Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, has revealed that 12 bishops in Mexico are being investigated for covering up the abuse.
By Madoc Cairnes  The Tablet, Nov 3, 2021

Twelve bishops in Mexico are being investigated for covering up the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, although no conclusions have so far been reached, the Vatican ambassador to the South America nation has revealed.

Archbishop Franco Coppola, the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, said that some of the investigations, carried out on the basis of new norms established by Pope Francis, have been referred to the Vatican itself. 

With the Nuncio’s revelation that more than one-sixth of Mexico’s Bishops are under suspicion of concealing abuse, the image of the Church in the overwhelmingly Catholic nation is likely to be further tarnished.

In 2019 one bishop revealed that at least 103 Catholic priests in Mexico have been suspended in the past nine years for sexual abuse against minors, out of more than 271 priests have been accused of sexual abuse.

In 2020 the Pope sent the team of investigators he directed to Chile in 2018 to Mexico, in a move suggesting problems of abuse and cover-up in Mexico could be as severe as the Chilean crisis. Although the visit was cancelled, Archbishop Coppola, the Papal representative in Mexico, has made confronting the abuse crisis a personal priority. 

Mexico was at the epicentre of one the most significant cases of abuse and cover-up in the recent history of the church, that of Fr Marciel Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

An internal report by the religious order in 2019 concluded that Maciel had abused at least 60 minors over decades – during which Maciel, and the legion, were regularly lauded by the institutional Church.

The consequences of the scandal continue to unfold. When Archbishop Coppola released his personal email and appealed for victims of abuse to come forward, most of those who contacted them wanted, he said, to talk about the Legionaries of Christ. 

With 84 million Catholic residents, Mexico has one of the highest number of Catholic inhabitants in the world, second only to Brazil. The moral authority of the Church in Mexico has been eroded in recent years, however, with protestant denominations making inroads in the north and south of the country. Across Latin America, the portion of people who identify as Catholic has declined in recent decades, from around 90 per cent in the 1960s to 69 per cent in 2014. 

FOR-PROFITS AND NON-PROFITS controlled by Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation

(Article below Verbatim from Legioleaks English page:
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< Thanks to the help of a source which would like to remain anonymous, we have compiled a list of FOR-PROFITS and NON-PROFITS controlled by the Legion. Some of these are inactive. Please note that according to Canon Law, no religious congregation may own a for-profit but can own a non-profit.
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1) OFFSHORE TAX ENTITIES created by the Legion and managed out of the Legion’s headquarters in Rome (Via Aurelia 677)
International Volunteer Services
The Society for Better Education
ECYPH Limited
2) ENTITIES CONTROLLED BY THE LEGION that manage world-wide funds
Horizons Institute, Inc [run from Rome, controls the Legion of Christ’s world-wide funds and activities]
Legion of Christ, Inc
Legion de Cristo, Inc
RC Activities, Inc
Rossotto, Inc [controls the Legion’s US funds]
LC Pastoral Services, Inc
Consolidated Catholic Administrative Services, Inc
Mission Network Activities USA, Inc
Sviluppo Risorse Umane, Inc
Human Resources ITA, Inc
Studi Superiori e Ricerca, Inc
Investment and Research in Education, Inc
Research and Development for Education, Inc
National Consultants for Education, Inc
Pastoral Support Center, Inc
3) ENTITIES CONTROLLED BY THE LEGION which represent local apostolates. Many of these are FOR-PROFIT corporations owned by the Legion and run by Legionaries. Most have their headquarters in the U.S.
Ramona Blvd, Inc
LC Center Harbor, Inc
Lux et Vita, Inc
LCNA Atlanta, Inc
Catholic World Mission, Inc
OpDyke Inc
Mission Network Programs USA, Inc
Home and Family, Incorporated
Oak Academies, Inc
Legion of Christ Atlanta, Inc
Logos, Inc
Circle Media, Inc
Mater Ecclesiae, Inc
Legion of Christ College, Inc
Northwoods Educational Foundation, Inc
Thousand Oaks Educational Foundation, Inc
Logos of Georgia, Inc
Ducks & Geese Unlimited, Inc
NTLC, Inc
Helping Hand Investment, Inc
Catholic Center for Family Development, Inc
Vocation Action Circle, Inc
Twin Cities Pastoral Center, Inc
Our Lady of Thornwood, Inc
Escuela de la Fe, Inc
Westchester Center, Inc
Catholic Net, Inc
World Friends, Inc
Challenge America, Inc
Domus Mariae, Inc
Carl Trippi Memorial, Inc
Cultural Promotion Society, Inc
Ocean Pastoral Center, Inc
Conquest NA, Inc
Innovative Media, Inc
Dawn Charitable Developers, Inc
Centro Cultural Latino Corporation
Fidelis Business-Ethics Advisors, Inc
Center for Family Life, Inc
Eco Apostolate USA, Inc
Mano Amigo Venezuela Corp
Immaculate Conception Academy, Inc
The Apostolate Fund, Inc
Sacred Heart Apostolic School, Inc
Familia USA, Inc
College Compass, Inc
Hardig Realty Corporation
Pleasant Road Development, LLC
Fidelis Educational Net, Inc
Omega Charitable Developers, Inc
Promotion of Educational Development, Inc
Educational Developers, Inc
Consecrated Women, Inc
Alpha Omega Family Center, Inc
Hombre Nuevo (RI) New Man (RI) Inc
Mission Network Young Men’s Programs USA, Inc
Youth for the Third Millenium, Inc
Home and Family Incorporated, Inc
Westchester Philosophical Center, Inc
Legacy Growth, Inc
World Education and Development Fund, Inc
Tyger Management Services Ltd
Racebrook, Inc
Management Institute International, Inc
Eco Apostolate USA, Inc
RC Washington DC, Inc
MN Canada, Inc
Familia Forming Families, Inc
Koshkonong Pastoral Center, Inc >
It was pointed out in Legioleaks that the above article mostly reflected USA holdings

Legion of Christ & Pandora Papers: make Money and evict the Poor

As Catholic order fought sex abuse claims, secret trusts devoted to it poured millions into American rental properties

Leaked files reveal nearly $300 million stashed overseas for the Legion of Christ in wake of Vatican investigation. Millions were invested with a corporate landlord that evicted struggling U.S. tenants during pandemic.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE

Legion of Christ part of Pandora:

make money, evict the poor

So much for the their recently found Charity Charism

 

How Coercive Groups Work

 

ICSA E-Newsletter

15 May 2021

 

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Deception, Dependency, and Dread in the Conversion Process

 

Michael D. Langone, PhD

 

Farber, Harlow, & West (1957) coined the term “DDD syndrome” to describe the essence of Korean war thought reform with prisoners of war: debility, dependency, and dread. Lifton (1961), who also studied thought reform employed in Chinese universities, demonstrated that the process did not require physical debilitation. Contemporary cultic groups, which do not have the power of the state at their disposal, have more in common with this brand of thought reform than with the POW variety in that they rarely employ physical coercion. In order to control targets, they must rely on subterfuge and natural areas of overlap between themselves and prospects. As with all Korean era thought reform programs (those directed at civilians and at prisoners), however, contemporary cultic groups induce dependent states to gain control over recruits and employ psychological (sometimes physical) punishment (“dread”) to maintain control. The process, in my view, can be briefly described by a modified “DDD syndrome”: deception, dependency, and dread.

 

Although the process here described is complex and varied, the following appears to occur in the prototypical cult conversion:

  • A vulnerable prospect encounters a cultic group.
  • The group (leader[s]) deceptively presents itself as a benevolent authority that can improve the prospect’s well-being.
  • The prospect responds positively, experiencing an increase in self-esteem and security, at least some of which is in response to what could be considered “placebo” The prospect can now be considered a “recruit”.
  • Through the use of “sharing” exercises, “confessions,” and skillful individualized probing, the group [leader(s)] assesses the recruit’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Through testimonies of group members, the denigration of the group’s “competitors” (e.g., other religious groups, other therapists), the tactful accentuation of the recruit’s shameful memories and other weaknesses, and the gradual indoctrination of the recruit into a closed, nonfalsifiable belief system, the group’s superiority is affirmed as a fundamental assumption.
  • Members’ testimonies, positive reinforcement of the recruit’s expressions of trust in the group, discrete reminders about the recruit’s weaknesses, and various forms of group pressure induce the recruit to acknowledge that his/her future well-being depends upon adherence to the group’s belief system, more specifically its “change program.”
  • These same influence techniques are joined by a subtle undermining of the recruit’s self-esteem (e.g., by exaggerating the “sinfulness” of experiences the recruit is encouraged to “confess”), the suppression or weakening of critical thinking through fatiguing activity, near-total control of the recruit’s time, trance-induction exercises (e.g., chanting), and the repetitive message that only disaster results from not following the group’s “change program.” These manipulations induce the recruit to declare allegiance to the group and to commit to change him/herself as directed by the group. He or she can now be considered a convert embarking on a path of “purification”, “enlightenment”, “self-actualization”, “higher consciousness,” or whatever. The recruit’s dependency on the group is established and implicitly, if not explicitly, acknowledged. Moreover, he/she has accepted the group’s authority in defining what is true and good, within the convert’s heart and mind as well as in the world.
  • The convert is next fully subjected to the unrealistically high expectations of the group. The recruit’s “potential” is “lovingly” affirmed, while members testify to the great heights they and “heroic” models have scaled. The group’s all-important mission, e.g., save the world, justifies its all-consuming expectations.
  • Because by definition the group is always right and “negative” thinking is unacceptable, the convert’s failures become totally his or her responsibility, while his or her doubts and criticisms are suppressed (often with the aid of trance-inducing exercises such as meditation, speaking in tongues, or chanting) or redefined as personal failures. The convert thus experiences increasing self-alienation. The “pre-cult self” is rejected; doubts about the group are pushed out of consciousness; the sense of failure generated by not measuring up to the group’s expectations is bottled up inside. The only possible adaptation is fragmentation and compartmentalization. It is not surprising, then, that many clinicians consider dissociation to lie at the heart of cult-related distress and dysfunction (Ash, 1985).
  • The convert’s self-alienation will tend to demand further psychological, if not physical, alienation from the non-group world (especially family), information from which can threaten to upset whatever dissociative equilibrium the convert establishes in an attempt to adjust to the consuming and conflicting demands of the group. This alienation accentuates the convert’s dependency on the group.
  • The group supports the convert’s dissociative equilibrium by actively encouraging escalating dependency, e.g., by exaggerating the convert’s past “sins” and conflicts with family, by denigrating outsiders, by positively reinforcing chanting or other “thought-stopping” activities, and by providing and positively reinforcing ways in which the convert can find a valued role within the group (e.g., work for a group-owned business, sell magazines on the street).
  • The group strengthens the convert’s growing dependency by threatening or inflicting punishment whenever the convert or an outside force (e.g., a visit by a family member) disturbs the dissociative equilibrium that enables him or her to function in a closed, nonfalsifiable system (the “dread” of DDD). Punishment may sometimes by physical. Usually, however, the punishment is psychological, sometimes even metaphysical. Certain fringe Christian groups, for example, can, at the command of the leadership, immediately begin shunning someone singled out as “factious” or possessed of a “rebellious spirit.” Many groups also threaten wavering converts with punishments in the hereafter, for example, being “doomed to Hell.” It should be remembered that these threats and punishments occur within a context of induced dependency and psychological alienation from the person’s former support network. This fact makes them much more potent than the garden-variety admonitions of traditional religious, such as “you will go to hell if you die with mortal sin.”

The result of this process, when carried to its consummation, is a person who proclaims great happiness but hides great suffering. I have talked to many former cultists who, when they left their groups and talked to other former members, were surprised to discover that many of their fellow members were also smilingly unhappy, all thinking they were the only ones who felt miserable inside.

 

References

 

Ash, S. (1985). Cult-induced psychopathology, part 1: Clinical picture. Cultic Studies Journal, 2(1), 31-91.

Farber, I. E., Harlow, H. F., & West, L. J. (1956). Brainwashing, conditioning, and DDD (debility, dependency, and dread). Sociometry, 20, 271-285.

Lifton, R. J. (1961). Thought reform and the psychology of totalism. New York: W. W. Norton.

 

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