Another undeterred intra-ecclesial Catholic Sect? Heralds of the Gospel, Arautos do Evangelho -Part One

Heralds of the Gospel, Arautos do Evangelho, in the order’s Brazilian Portuguese

Five years ago, the ReGAIN was contacted by a former member of this organization who expressed his concern after a female friend had just taken her perpetual vows. The former Herald was surprised that this controversial group was approved by the Vatican. He alleged that a cultist association, TFP (Tradition, Family and Property), after the death of its founder, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, had transformed itself into the Church-approved Heralds of the Gospel.

Not long ago, a small group of Heralds, in full regalia, were spotted at the Guatemalan Immigration Center in Guatemala City getting their papers in order. Looks like they have spread to this Central American country too.

The author sought some general information in Wikipedia:

“The Heralds of the Gospel (Portuguese: Arautos do Evangelho; Latin: Evangelii Praecones, abbreviated to EP)[1] is a Roman Catholic International Association of Pontifical Right based in Brazil.[2] Founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the organization is active in 78 countries.[3]

The Heralds of the Gospel are a successor organization to the original Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, and also claim heritage to the beliefs of its founder, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. They were created on 21 September 1999 but were only recognized as an “International Association of Pontifical Right”, the first established by the Holy See in the third millennium, on the liturgical feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 22 February 2001.”[i] Known for their outfit, similar to a short tunic, with a big red and white cross on the chest, and boots like those of jockeys (see photo), the Heralds…”

See the rest on Wikipedia.

To be continued….


[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heralds_of_the_Gospel

(Victim Video in Spanish added) Sexual abuse allegation against another Legion of Christ Priest, Fr. Fernando Martinez, now being protected at LC Mother House, Rome

Victim video in Spanish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AxdAfBnQCg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1tDedJgRaMQ3hnjQaEzH95CCnHJDBm0eRNBZsVj_WPOHCXIqWHNfV-FNA

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English with original Mexican Spanish text

ANA LUCÍA SALAZAR ACCUSES LEGION OF CHRIST PRIEST, FR. FERNANDO MARTINEZ, OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HER AND OTHERS.

ANA LUCÍA SALAZAR ACUSA AL PADRE FERNANDO MARTÍNEZ, LC, DE ABUSO SEXUAL DE NINAS.

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Ana Lucía is the girl that is not blocked out. It shows her at the age she was sexually abused

2 mayo, 2019

Legioleaks, Facebook

(Translated by ReGAIN )

Hello, my name is Ana Lucía Salazar and I am seeking information about Father Fernando Martinez, LC. I am one of his victims. He abused me when I was eight years old. I am searching for him and gathering data. I would much appreciate your help because during his life this person has abused many girls like me, most of whom are unable or unwilling to speak out. I decided to speak out because he has absconded and sheltered himself after destroying our childhoods.

Hola, mi nombre es Ana Lucía Salazar y estoy buscando información sobre el Padre Fernando Martínez, yo soy una víctima del señor, el me abusó cuando yo tenía 8 años, estoy en su búsqueda y reuniendo información. Les agradecería me apoyaran con todo lo que saben porque este señor ha abusado a lo largo de su vida de muchas niñas que hoy permanecen en el anonimato, yo decidí dar la cara porque al señor se le ha resguardado y protegido por años después de destruir nuestras infancias.

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The photo shows me as I was when I had the misfortune to meet Pedophile Fernando Martinez in Cancun, 1991-1992 in the Instituto Cumbres Elementary school owned by the Legionaries of Christ. Although they knew about these abuses, the school directors opted for silence; the parents of the other victims chose not to believe their daughters. But I was supported by my parents who always trusted me and validated me from the first moment. I am documenting my case, but we need more information.

Esta era yo cuando tuve la desgracia de toparme con el pederasta Fernando Martínez en Cancún en 1991- 1992 en el Instituto Cumbres. El colegio, conociendo los casos, decidió callar, los padres de familias de las demás víctimas decidieron no creerle a sus hijas pero yo conté con mis padres que siempre confiaron en mí y me validaron desde el primer momento, mi caso se está documentando pero necesitamos más información.

People who are aware of Fr. Martinez’ previous abuses at the Mexico City Instituto Cumbres in the 1980s and later, know what I am talking about: how the Legion covered up that abuse and moved him to Cancun where he abused us. Later, they moved him from Cancun to Salamanca, Spain. We lost track of him after that and do not know exactly where he is presently living.

Thank you all for your help.

La gente que sabe de su historia conoce sobre los abusos que cometió en los 80tas en el Cumbres de México y después de eso, lo encubrió la legión y lo reubicaron a Cancún en donde abusó de nosotras y de ahí lo dirigieron a Salamanca, de ahí le hemos perdido la pista a sus acciones en Salamanca y en donde esté exactamente.

Gracias de antemano.

176 comments11K shares el /on 4 de mayo 2019

https://www.facebook.com/groups/623513181133578/permalink/1318395984978624/

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UPDATES, ReGAIN action

Dear Vatican authorities, Rome:

Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Sacred Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Sacred Congregation for the Clergy

For the past couple of weeks ReGAIN has been following the latest revelation regarding an UNDETERRED  PEDOPHILE in the Legion of Christ. I attach original accusation in Spanish with my translation.

       Fr. Fernando Martínez, now aged 79,  was a victim of serial pedophile Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries, as stated in letter J.J. Vaca wrote to said Fr. Marcial Maciel, October 20, 1976. (Gonzalez, F. (2006, 2nd edition), Marcial Maciel, Los Legionarios de Cristo: testimonios y documentos inéditos, page 469. Mexico City: Tusquets.

       Fr. Martínez’ early assignment was to the foundation of the Instituto Cumbres in Saltillo, Mexico, in 1969.

He has functioned consistently as rector or director of LC elementary schools.

       Accusations against Fr. Martinez first surfaced at the Instituto Cumbres in Mexico City in the 1980s where he was accused of abusing little girls .  I believe civil legal action may have taken place or started.

       Fr. Martinez was transferred by Legion superiors to the Instituto Cumbres in Cancún. 

       This recent accusation refers to 1990s at the Instituto Cumbres in Cancun City.

  • The accuser is a fairly prominent Mexican TV personality now aged 35 who alleges she was abused aged 8, in 1991-92. Ms. Salazar says four other victims are willing to come forward

       After the Cancun scandal in the early 1990s, Fr. Martinez was transferred, it seems, to the Novitiate in Salamanca, Spain.

       He is presently living at the Legion mother-house in Rome, where the other formerly Chilean-based abuser, Fr. John O’Reilly,  is staying.

The Legion is trying to control the damage with communiques recommending victims trust the Legion to take action and provide help.

Many former Legionaries (see their Facebook webpage, Legioleaks with over 3,000 members) find it very offensive that the predator -as per eye-witnesses- publicly con-celebrated the recent Triumphalist Ordination Mass in Rome: https://legionariesofchrist.org/37-legionaries-of-christ-ordained-at-the-2019-priestly-ordinations/

ReGAIN finds very ambiguous how the bishop ordaining the seminarians is Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, a Vatican Department that not long ago investigated the Legion of Christ because of sexual abuse and sect-like practices. Certainly a coup for Legion of Christ public image and propaganda machine, thanks to the complicity of Archbishop Carballo, OFM. What blundering naivete!

ReGAIN has recommended the alleged victim approach the appropriate Church authorities as outlined in Pope Francisco’s motu propio, May 7, 2019.

Pope Francis, Cardinal Braz de Aviz, Compel Legion of Christ leaders to Have Mercy on Fr. Maciel’s Victims who continue to be victimized by the institution’s Devious Methods! . . Enlace a info en Espanol

Pope Francis with Legionaries             Braz de Aviz

Enlace a un artículo en Proceso:

https://www.proceso.com.mx/560417/legionarios-de-cristo-esquivan-peticion-para-resarcir-abusos-acusan-victimas-de-maciel

Pasaje largo en castellano de la carte original de las víctimas más abajo.

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Article below by ReGAIN staff:

 

Pope Francis, Cardinal Braz de Aviz,

Compel Legion of Christ leaders to

Have Mercy on Fr. Maciel’s Victims who continue to be

victimized by the institution’s Devious Methods!

 

ReGAIN has previously alluded to the ongoing saga of Pedophile Founder of the Legion of Christ’s “historical victims” who have never received proper compensation for their sexual, psychological and spiritual abuse.

The leadership of this Vatican approved religious congregation has demonstrated time and time again their lack of human and Christian response to the plight of the victims.

Remember that Pope Benedict XVI described the Founder, Fr, Maciel, as a man “lacking moral scruples.” I fear the present Legion leadership suffers from the same spiritual malaise. Fr. Maciel, the conman, was full of tricks. One of these was to predate his letters. For example, he would delay answering a letter or demand -filed, say, in September- and answer at his convenience – (when it might be too late!) in November-, but dating his response in October! Present Legion leadership is using the same trickery in responding to the victims’ demands. Normal people are easily duped by psychopaths!

Another Legion trick is to divide the victim group by reaching out in devious ways to individuals. The victims had formally demanded they be approached as a group.  Instead of honestly and nobly to the victims’ legitimate demands, Legion leadership has used a series of subterfuges more befitting a MAFIA and cult-like organization than a bona fide Catholic Religious Congregation.

 

What kind of Christianity is this?

What kind of Vatican oversight is this?

What kind of a so-called religious order is this?

 

The time for excuses, platitudes and promises is long past.

Legion Leadership, stop acting like a Mafia and Intra-Eclesial Sect.

Compensate victims immediately or accept your sins of negligence before God and man..

 

In our previous article we have explained how the Legion of Christ leadership has continued to stone-wall and play games with the victims  who have been requesting clear acknowledgement of  abuses, restoration of their reputation and just compensation for damages.

Their heretofore fruitless efforts have been going on for over 20 years!

As the Legion hosts its latest Chapter General in Rome seeking their illusive charism and miracle renewal through restructuring and producing reams of obsessive-compulsive documents, victims have attempted once more to make the Legion respond. In their latest effort -and here one must commend them for their patience with the Legion and hope in Holy Mother Church! – they reformulate previous unanswered demands:

 

Summary by ReGAIN staff

  1. That the Legion of Christ as an institution formally and unambiguously reinstate the good name of their Founder’s sexual abuse victims who were once branded “enemies of the Church and of the Legion.”
  2. That the Legion as an institution extend such an apology to all the media that once were instrumental in the detraction and calumnies spread about the victims, other former Legionaries, family and friends. This apology should be communicated unequivocally to all Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi members.
  3. There can be no real reconciliation with the “historical victims” until the Legion of Christ makes a just, appropriate and complete compensation to the victims.
  4. In order to bring this about, a team of three Legion delegates with full authority should interface with a team of three delegates chosen by Fr. Maciel’s ‘historical victims’ to effect a true meeting and dialogue between the parties.
  5. The victims group demands the right (because of advanced age) to transmit or transfer to others the benefits derived from the settlement.
  6. The victims will not accept any “silencing” by Legion authorities as a condition for compensation. This has been a consistent part of the Legion’s de facto historical Modus Operandi with diverse victims and their families.

 

Section of original Spanish language letter:

Page 2 Letter to Chapter Nov 2018 (2)

 

[i] https://regainnetwork.org/2018/04/16/legion-of-christ-plays-cat-and-mouse-with-pedophile-founders-victims-once-again/

Understanding Coercive/Cultic Behavior: Examine your Group/Community/Church

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Dutch cult expert Frances Peters gave this masterly power point presentation at the International Cultic Association’s International Conference in Bordeaux, July 2017.

ReGAIN believes it is of great value to members, parents, friends, helpers and professionals involved with controlling, coercive, harmful groups.

ReGAIN wants to remind the public that such harmful groups can exist even in the heart of mainstream – including Christian and Catholic –  churches and communities. We will post upcoming articles re questionable Catholic Communities and Movements.

Please click title below:

Frances Presentation ICSA Bordeaux 2017[6354]

Is the Legion of Christ’s Regnum Christi Movement Currently Attempting to Take over Christendom College?

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                           Is the Legion of Christ’s Regnum Movement

             Currently Attempting to Take Over Christendom College?

 

Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, President of Christendom College is being asked to resign by involved parties of the current “sexual abuse scandal.” Will Ken Ferguson, Vice President of the college, be Dr. O’Donnell’s replacement if he steps down?  If so, is he the RC/LC selected candidate to complete the take-over?

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The intent of the following is not to make accusations, but to ask questions.

Consider these questions and links: (emphasis added below).

  • Instaurare, (Christendom’s Magazine) edition of 2013, page 20.

“Christendom College welcomed Ken Ferguson, C.P.A., as its new Executive

Vice President…”

https://issuu.com/christendomcollege/docs/instaurare-issuu/20

 

  1. How does this background piece mentioned in the article add to a possible future president?

“He (Ken Ferguson) later joined Dino DeLaurentis, where he financed

several feature films including “King Kong” and “Blue Velvet.”

 

  • How and what words does Wikipedia use to describe the movie, Blue Velvet?

– Strong sexual and violent content, voyeurism, violent rape, mutilation, sadomachochism, severed human ear, pornographic, fellatio)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Velvet_(film) – (Caution: Very explicit graphic content

 

 

  • What Regnum Christi projects has Ken Ferguson worked on before Christendom?

 

The Brian Bisgrove Project

brianbisgrove.blogspot.com/p/book.html

Nov 7, 2011 – In 2005, Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement…, of which Brian was a member… by Steve McEveety, Hollywood producer and head of Mpower Pictures™ and Ken Ferguson…

“In 2005, Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, General Director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement, of which Brian was a member, on learning about Brian Bisgrove’s story, suggested to Joe Cunningham that he write a book about Brian as a prelude to a movie and his canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.  “In 2006, Joseph submitted a script draft for a documentary…. to Mpower Pictures™, headed by Steve McEveety, Hollywood producer and head of Mpower Pictures™ and Ken Ferguson…”

http://brianbisgrove.blogspot.com/p/book.htmlINTRO
“He (K. Ferguson) later started-up MpowerMedia LLC for 5 years, acting as CEO, worked as a CFO at Primus Telecommunications Group, and helped found Beach Mill Productions, LLC. His companies have produced such feature films as “Bella” (a Regnum Christi project).

 

https://www.christendom.edu/2015/04/10/leaders-in-non-profit-business-management-to-mentor-students-at-christendom/

 

 

  • Quick summary by The Remnant:
    1. “Hoping to jump back into the journalistic spotlight, Simcha Fisher, a once popular writer for the National Catholic Register, who was summarily fired for her crude online behavior, discovered a series of allegations against Christendom College.
    2. However, although Fisher was within her rights to bring these accusations to the attention of Christendom, her solution that Christendom loosen up its rules regarding interactions between the sexes was an unjustified attempt to strike back at the conservative Catholic culture by which she had been chastened in the past.
  • Turning to her blog, Fisher attacked Christendom, not only for its alleged mishandling of the very serious matter of abuse, but as a Catholic institution attempting to follow traditional Catholic ethics.
  1. Christendom initially doubled down and said that the accusations against the college were inaccurate and exaggerated, but at the same time offered an apology to anyone who had been harmed.’
  2. Fisher appeared moderately satisfied that there was some response, and then the matter went quiet for a few days.
  3. But then something weird happened.
  • Christendom College responded again with a stronger admission of guilt and a thank you to the Fishers for giving the abused a platform to present their accusations.
  • However, Christendom’s response emboldened Fisher (and her husband, who seems to be Fisher’s little helper in the whole process) and has prompted her to call for the resignation of Christendom President Timothy O’Donnell, an action that would no doubt draw nationwide media attention to Fisher and her husband’s detective work.  (bold, underline emphasis added)

 

The Remnant Newspaper – Simcha Fisher and Christendom College …  https://www.remnantnewspaper.com › Home › Fetzen Fliegen – Jan 27, 2018

 

  1. What words of Ken Ferguson’s did the Remnant consider emboldened the Fishers’ comments that re-ignited the situation:

“We invite these victims to come forward and be heard,” said Ferguson. “We value their insight on concrete ways we can make this campus as safe as possible for women. And we ask, if possible, for their forgiveness. I want to extend my gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Fisher for giving these women a platform to share their voices with us.”

… Those seeking to meet are invited to reach out to Ken Ferguson at (540-636-2900) or by email at ken.ferguson@christendom.edu.

https://www.christendom.edu/2018/01/24/college-extends-support/

  • Requests for O’Donnell’s resignation, suggested by Simcha, is picked up by other media. For example:

 

KEVIN OLMSTEAD | The Warren Sentinel

Top of Form

Front Royal Town Councilman John P. Connolly calls on   Christendom College President Timothy O’Donnell to resign in the wake of the college’s handling of past sexual assault cases. Connolly graduated from Christendom in 2008.

 

FRONT ROYAL — A town councilman who graduated from Christendom College used his time for comment Monday night to call for the removal of Christendom’s president in the wake of the recent accusations that his administration mishandled sexual assault complaints from students.”

 

https://theriver953.com/christendom-makes-changes-amongst-calls-        presidents-resignation/

 

 

  • Which two “previously-owned” Legion of Christ national media organizations carried the story to the national level?

 

The National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency

 

 

  • the (Register) newspaper was sold in 1995 to Circle Media, a publishing outlet under the auspices of the Legion of Christ,

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-register-at-90-forming-and-informing-catholics-with-snap-vigor-and-cour

–    National Catholic Register newspaper formerly owned by the Legion of Christ (Circle Media) was “acquired” by Eternal Word Television Network in 2011

–     Wonder why many believe that behind the scenes, it was the other way

around – that the Legion acquired EWTN? Many believe that several

members of the EWTN Board have ties to the Legion.

 

  • Who are some of the parties involved?
  1. Simcha Fisher – Former National Catholic Register reporter (Former RC/LC owned publication under Circle Media.)

www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/simcha-fisher-1974-2014

 (Blog April 1, 2014) – (Simcha wrote her own obituary in the article above)

  • “Simcha Fisher is a cradle Hebrew Catholic, freelance writer, and mother of eight young kids. She received her BA in literature from Thomas More College in New Hampshire. She contributes to Crisis Magazine and Faith & Family Live!”

https://www.crisismagazine.com/author/fisher

  • (Many believe Simcha was fired by NCR along with Mark Shea.)
    1. National Catholic Register reporter:
      • Peter Jesserer Smith –Brother of alleged rape victim, Adele Smith, has been a staff reporter at the National Catholic Register since July 2013.

 

  1. Christendom Advocacy & Support Coalition (CASC) a private support group for “alleged victims” headed-up by Adele Smith and Donna Provencher, VP. Calling for O’Donnell’s resignation.
  • Contacts listed:

Adele Smith, (main victim) President: adele.smith@casc.services or

Donna Provencher, Vice President of Communications & Victim

Outreach: donna.provencher@casc.services,

Bridget Randolph is Vice President of Public Policy.

https://www.simchafisher.com/2018/01/25/alumni-accept-new-christendom-apology-call-for-odonnell-to-resign/

Questions:

  • Would it be wise for someone who financed the sexually abusive film, Blue Velvet, to assume leadership at the college in the midst of a sexual abuse situation?
  • Doesn’t it seem that Regnum Christi/LC helped fan the story to the national level?

 

LEGION of CHRIST/REGNUM CHRISTI

Connections at Christendom:

  • Board Members with affiliations with RC/LC:
  1. Eugene Zurlo of Kiawah Island, South Carolina was a Board Member of Christendom and now serves on the Board of Advisors.
  • 008-Instaurare-fall by Christendom College – issue

https://issuu.com/christendomcollege/docs/2008-instaurare-fall, page 8

  • “For the first time, Board Member Gene Zurlo…”
  • “Inspired by Regnum Christi spirituallyZurlo is committed to…”

 

  1. Luanne D. Zurlo – Current Board of Director. Daughter of Eugene Zurlo.
  • christendom.edu/about/board-of-directors/
  • Luanne Zurlo is the co-founder along with Fr. Luis Garza, LC of a global organization – Worldfund – aka the World Education and Development Fund (WEDF).
    • Garza was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University. He entered the Legion of Christ in 1978.
    • Garza became Vicar General of the Legion from 1992. In that office Garza is said to lead efforts to investigate charges of sexual misconduct brought against Legion founder Marcial Maciel although he had known about the abuses for years and chose to cover them up.[2]
    • Garza resigned from the post of Vicar General in 2011 and was appointed Territorial Director for the United States and Canada.[3]
    • His older brother Dionisio Garza Medina is the CEO of Tenedora Topaz. His younger sister Roberta Garza Medina is the editor of Milenio magazine in Mexico City.
    • Fr. Luis Garza, L.C. is believed to be living presently in the Philippines after being accused of sexually abusing a minor in Mexico during the 1990s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

 

  • Luanne Zurlo, executive director of the WEDF and organizer of the

  dinner… (The Legion’s Gala Dinner held yearly in NYC) …

http://blogs.21rs.es/trastevere/2010/05/30/la-noche-de-gala-de-    slim-y-maciel/

  • Convened by the World Education and Development Fund (WEDF), the billionaires and businessmen from Mexico and the United States gathered to “honor Carlos Slim Helú, president of Teléfonos de México, SA de CV”. According to the account that one of the assistants gave to this weekly, the presence of Maciel was something unexpected for many.
    1. “The surprise was that Father Maciel was the one who gave recognition to Carlos Slim,” says the assistant to that dinner, who speaks on the condition that his identity is not revealed.

 

  1. e) Tax Return 2009 – Worldfund / World Education and Development Fund – WEDF
    1. Officers, Directors, Trustees, etc.
      1. LUANNE ZURLO EX. DIR. & PRES. 40.00 hours/week
      2. LUIS GARZA MEDINA (LC Vicar General)VP/DIRECTOR 0.50

https://worldfund.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/990-ending-sept-2010.pdf

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=29603589&privcapId=29602994Douglas Dewey, Vice Chairman of the Board

    • Douglas  Dewey
    • Mentioned on Regnum Christi Website:

http://www.regnumchristi.org/en/missionaries-take-manhattan/

https://www.regnumchristinyctnj.org/index.php/2017/12/20/angels-in-the- city/

  1. Gene D’Agostino –  Mt. Pleasant, SC

“In their hunt for such a community, the D’Agostinos encountered two men: Christendom board member Douglas Dewey and former board member Eugene Zurlo, …”

https://www.christendom.edu/news/instaurare-magazine/a-candle-in-the-darkness/

 

Modus Operandi for an RC/LC take-over for a school:

  • Usually RC/LC makes sure the school has been going for at least 2 years and is self-sufficient. They prefer it be built-up with other people’s money, not theirs.  Sometimes, they start a school with Regnum Christi members, who serve as a secret “front group” and who devote hours and their personal finances to get it going.
  • Then RC/LC replaces the original people on the board and those in executive positions with their own people RC members or LC personnel.
  • The school then becomes an elite school for the very wealthy.
  • Usually families/parents who put their blood, sweat and tears into building something special for their children, can no longer stay at the school because they can not afford the increased tuition; parents lose their investment of years of time and energy. They feel betrayed when this happens.
  • Usually the take-over happens without the original founders being aware that a take-over has occurred. Or they become aware after the fact.  Membership in the movement is usually considered “secret”; most people do not know who is or who is not RC/LC affiliated.
  • Regnum Christi members are usually coached (spiritual direction) by LC priests as to how to accomplish the takeover.
  • RC members are interested in building a Kingdom for their own people. Many of their priests only tend to RC members.  It is an exclusive club unless public relations require them to make some adjustments to look good.
  • Concerning schools taken over:

(Jason Berry wrote) …” got several calls from parents in Atlanta who had children at The Donnellan School, the assets of which had been sold by the archdiocese to the Legion the year before…

I had got similar calls in recent years from parents elsewhere unhappy with the direction of their schools under Legion control or in the Legion’s sights — from Dallas, Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, Milwaukee, San Diego.

More recently, I’ve heard from parents in Naples, Fla., and Calgary, Canada.

What is the Legion, on a supposedly evangelical mission to “re-

Christianize the Catholic church,” doing to upset so many people in

so many places?

The “open letter” says my story “argues that the Legionaries make a practice of taking over schools that others have worked to start.” Exactly so.

Talk to the parents in Cincinnati who lost control when they suddenly found their board taken over by Regnum Christi and given to the order.

Or talk to parents of an independent school in Calgary newly awakened to the possibility (fear?) of taking direction from the Legion.

Or talk to San Diego parents who have fended off the Legion.

Now the Legion may certainly have inspired lay leaders of Regnum Christi to try to get a school going.

But the other parents they involve are seldom aware they are part of a “front group” working for eventual control by the Legion and are shocked when it happens.

“Novices Accuse Catholic Order of Intimidation, Pressure” NOVEMBER 28, 2014REGAIN, Jason Berry

https://regainnetwork.org/2014/11/28/novices-accuse-catholic-order-of-intimidation-pressure/

 

  1. Warren Carroll, Christendom’s founder, had a vision for the college – no more than 450 students. A large percentage of the student body were home schoolers, and there have been a tremendous number of vocations which have been forthcoming from the school over the years.
  2. It is said with the new library; the upkeep alone is equal to 3 professor salaries. Since then the tuition has gone up making it harder for original students to stay on.
  3. It appears since Ken Ferguson and some of the monied board directors have come on board, there is an effort to greatly enlarge the college at a sizeable expense.
  4. Ken Ferguson is purported to have said that the homeschooling market has been tapped out and that Christendom wants a more diversified student population – in LC parlance, could this mean less Catholic. In other Legion schools i.e. the Highland School in Dallas, 20% are not Catholic. http://www.thehighlandsschool.org/about/fastfacts.cfm.
  5. One of the Legion’s private schools, Oak Lawn Academy in WI has an annual tuition of $40,000 for high school. http://oaklawnacade

 

Questions if RC/LC takes over:

  • What will happen to the vocations currently coming out of Christendom?
    • Will they go to the Regnum Christi Movement instead of our dioceses?
  • What will the student body look like if very few Catholic homeschooling

families can afford it?

  • Don’t large homeschooling families ensure a vibrant student body well formed

in the Catholic faith?

  • Could one of the reasons why the Legion might have their eye on this college

(as well as Notre Dame in Indiana) is that it would be attractive to their

elite Mexican families and wealthy Americans to have a school outside of

the nation’s capital?

  • Being in Northern VA, wouldn’t the Legion have a strong base from which to

recruit new members into the Movement, and solicit funds in a wealthy

area that might otherwise go to the Diocese?

  • Isn’t the Legion infamous as an order for spreading its sexual abuse – first the

Founder, Fr. Marcel Maciel, LC (RIP) who so scandalized the Church in

the last century, and then the Vicar General, Fr. Luis Garza, LC?

  • Haven’t there been many more scandals including Fr. Thomas Williams, etc.
  • And other parents from around the world who have come forward with abuse accusations concerning their children?

 

Concerned Catholic

March 11, 2018

Help for the Wounded Catholic, a brave new book by former Legionary of Christ

A must read

Former Legionary of Christ, Fr. Thomas Berg, who made a successful transition to the diocesan clergy after exiting the controversial order, continued to study and specialize in pastoral theology, while dedicated full time to pastoral care.

He has produced a very unique book:  much needed, well researched, very personal and insightful guide to help heal the many Catholics wounded by the unkindness of Church leaders and institutions.

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Fr. Thomas shows us by personal example -his own experience with the harshness of the Legion of Christ-  and through that of others who have suffered in the Church, and at the hands of Church people, how to overcome the put downs which have caused so many to flee their Home. Without platitudes or condescending he helps us find a path to healing and reconciliation.

Bless you, Fr. Thomas.

Legion of Christ, Mexican version of the Opus Dei

The following analysis/testimony of a former OD member confirms the contention that the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi is the “Mexican version of the Opus Dei,” based on the clear parallels between the two “New Religious Movements.”

The Opus  Dei, founded in Spain by a Spanish priest, is strikingly similar to the Legion which was founded a few years later by a Mexican seminarian, Marcial Maciel-Degollado in Mexico. The Legion founder is (in)famous for his plagiarism of a host of ideas and creations, including the spiritual reflections of a Spanish activist during Franco´s regime, Psalter of my hours. Could the foundation of the Legion be another such case of the founder´s charism for copying? In this case not copying the best…

Hundreds of testimonies on this site and on the Spanish language Facebook blog, Legioleaks (2, 000 plus members), describe the Modus Operandi of the Legion of Christ. The perceptive reader knows by now that the Legion´s Modus Credendi or Loquendi (what it believes/says/writes/declares) and its Modus Operandi (the way it acts/operates/strategizes /treats others) are two different things.

ReGAIN has written before about the striking similarities between the OPUS DEI  way and the Legion of Christ´s.

The editors invite a careful reading of the following article comparing it to what Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi members have been telling us for decades in their testimonies and studies. Continue reading