Mexican bishops demand Legion of Christ make reparation for sexual abuse

ReGAIN is bewildered by the latest round of Legion excuses to Ana Lucía Salazar and other women, sexually abused as little 8-year-olds at the Legion of Christ, Instituto Cumbres school in Cancun in 1991-2.

Taking advantage of her prominence on Mexican media, Analú broke her silence a few months ago and raised Cain, something that is absolutely necessary to get Legion of Christ leaders attention.

She and her parents had approached Legion superiors soon after the abuses, almost twenty years ago’, and were stonewalled and lied to. The perpetrator -who had abused previously in Mexico City before being taken away from local authorities and REASSIGNED to Cancun- was reassigned to the Legion Novitiate in Salamanca, Spain. At present he is protected by the Legion in its Rome Headquarters.

Since Ana Lucía’s accusation, some of her companions, who were also abused by the same person, at the same time in the same place, have come forward to support her and consolidate the case against Fr. Fernando Martínez, LC. Two of these young women are now presenting their testimonies.

Unable to stem the tide of damning evidence piling up, the Legion has made several public statements; the leadership, in the person of Superior General, Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC, has published press releases, written a personal letter of apology, excuses and promises to the victim. It would appear that the perpetrator has also written to Ana Lucia acknowledging his “lack of impulse control” leading to his “impure actions”which happened so long ago “and which he remembers every day with great contrition and for which he begs her forgiveness.”

ReGAIN needs to disavow innocent Fr. Robles Gil and Ms Salazar regarding the crocodile tears of pedophiles, who cannot help minimizing, excusing and playing the innocent victim…

But, as usual, there is no punishment (maybe “prayer and penance”) -as in the case of serial pedophile founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel- or any mention of compensation to the victims and their families.

The Mexican periodical, PROGRESO, published a report in November, 2019, which began:

“ROME (apro). – The Legionaries of Christ acknowledged today, 50 years after the first complaint, that the priest Fernando Martínez abused various children in educational centers of the organization in Mexico, according to the inquiry commissioned after last May (when) the Mexican conductor and singer Ana Lucía Salazar, one of the victims, publicly uncovered the case.

After an investigation that lasted six months and that was carried out by the specialized agency Praesidium, the Legionaries informed, in a note, that the controversial priest was the subject of various complaints between 1969 and 1993, presented by ex-legionaries, acquaintances or relatives of children of between 4 and 11 years, in various schools in the country, including the Summit (Cumbres) Institutes of Mexico City and Cancun.

In the latter institute, for example, Martínez abused between 1991 and 1993 of “at least six girls between 6 and 11 years old.” “Praesidium has corroborated these abuses with documents and multiple testimonies. […] Father Martínez, interrogated by Praesidium and in the internal investigation, admits with sorrow and remorse the abuses ”against these minors, reads in one of the paragraphs of the long communiqué.

It was “a very serious mistake of assigning, in this case, a priest who had committed abuses in a pastoral job with children and youth elsewhere,” they wrote in another section.

However, still today, Martinez would continue to maintain his status as a priest and would be waiting for the opening of a canonical procedure to be stripped of his habits, as the note suggests. The Superior General of the Legion, Eduardo Robles-Gil, delivered the results on November 11 to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and is awaiting ‘instructions on the canonical procedure to be followed.’

Therefore, at the moment, the only punishments for Martínez are not having access to public ministry and other restrictions, such as being able to dress his priestly cassock when he is in congregation buildings and not coming into contact with minors, as explained by the Legionaries, who Nor did they clarify whether they pointed the case to Mexican justice.”

As the leader can see, the Legion presents information to its own advantage and in carefully couched and often ambivalent terms. The meat of the matter is, as we mentioned above, that there were serious accusation against Fr. Martinez since 1969 -see bolded text above. The poor Legion superiors say they don’t know what to do and await instructions from their superiors…. When the Vatican, American and Mexican bishops have already made it clear.

The Legion, being that special institution, needs to be told personally by the Vatican, or by the pope in person, what they should do….Rules that apply to those ordinary diocesan priests and ordinary religious many not apply to them. They are the Hope of the Church and Friends of the Pope…

THE FACTS:

In 1969 serious accusations were made against Fr. Martinez when he worked with children at the Instituto Cumbres in Mexico City.

The Legion superiors -Fr. Maciel was probably involved- decided to mollify parents and REASSIGN the perpetrator.

No rehabilitation treatment for offender.

Compensation to victims, unknown.

Offender goes to another place, Cancun, in a similar assignment, elementary school, confessor…. and re-offends.

Superiors Eloy Bedia, local bishop, Jorge Bernal Vargas…. probably after consultation with Fr. Maciel, TRANSFERRED perpetrator to the safety and immunity of Salamanca, Spain; to a novitiate… overseeing teenage seminarians…

When the latest scandal breaks, Legion superiors, the new generation of reformed superiors, send Martinez to Rome, where he is out of the grasp of authorities and where he continues to practice the priestly ministry.

Ms Salazar, has met with the Vatican nuncio in Mexico to explain her plight. She and a former Legionary who supported her, were flabbergasted when the Vatican envoy excused -or tried to joke- about the offense, citing Nietzsche, “for some men, sex with children is the greatest of all pleasure.”

That exchange did little for Ana Lucía’s devotion to the Catholic Church.

In contrast, the Mexican Hierarchy has been more sympathetic and supportive, issuing a document calling on Legion leadership to be more proactive in supporting victims and promising to take the case to the Mexican Bishops Conference.

https://www.religiondigital.org/sursum_corda_el_blog_de_guillermo_gazanini/Obispos-Mexico-exigen-reparacion-sexuales_7_2185051479.html

Bishops of Mexico demand reparation for the damage due to sexual abuse

Bishops of Mexico demand reparation for sexual abuse
Bishops of Mexico demand reparation for sexual abuse

In a message, the general secretary of the CEM and General Coordinator of the National Council for the Protection of Minors requests the resignation of the clerical state of alleged sexual abuser belonging to the congregation founded by Marcial Maciel

10.12.2019 | Mexican Episcopate Conference

Always in favor of the victims

Mexico City as of December 10, 2019 

Prot. 147/19

Committed to the protection of children and adolescents, in our Churches in Mexico, we want to state as National Council for the Protection of Minors (CNPM) of the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate some aspects about the report of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ of the November 22, 2019, regarding the cases of sexual violence committed by the PR Fernando Martínez, LC and the press conference carried out by some victims on November 26, 2019:

1. First of all, we recognize the courage and search for justice by the victims of the PR Fernando Martínez and the work of the associations that accompany them in this search; We ask God to enlighten them and we reiterate to their service.

2. In the aforementioned report, we have not found a concrete act of justice and reparation for the victims, nor who currently, on the part of the Congregation, assumes the responsibility of making those responsible for the cover-up transparent.

3. In the canonical field, the previous investigation has been carried out that precedes a canonical criminal process, awaiting the determinations that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will take.

4. In the civil legal field, given that the religious Congregation informed that the denouncement of facts was already presented before the competent authority, we have offered the victims the support and guidance to proceed in the most appropriate manner and we ask the law enforcement authorities that investigate and demarcate the corresponding responsibilities by action and omission.

5. In this sense, the victims have been urged, not only to file criminal complaints, but also to demand compensation for the actions or omissions by the directors of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. 

6. We urge the Director General to request the Holy Father,  pro bono Ecclesiae, to  resign from the clerical state of Fr. Fernando Martínez, keeping him subject to religious obedience in a residence in Mexico, in order to be available to the competent authorities .  

Finally, we express our firm commitment that in this one – and in all cases of sexual abuse of minors within the Church – priority attention is given to the victims, the aggressors are criminally reported, the damage caused is repaired, the those responsible face legal proceedings before the civil and canonical authorities and they act expeditiously and responsibly. Only in this way will what is claimed in Psalm 84: “Mercy and truth meet; Justice and peace kissed. ”

+ Alfonso G. Miranda Guardiola

Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey, 

CEM General Secretary

General Coordinator of the National Council 

El Problema de los Heraldos del Evangelio (Arautos do Evangelho, Heralds of the Gospel) III parte

REVISTA ISTOÉ (BRASIL)

19/9/2019

LOS HERALDOS DEL ANTICRISTO

Una serie de denuncias de padres y exintegrantes, apoyadas en vídeos que muestran ceremonias agresivas que involucran niñas, colocan en jaque las prácticas de los Heraldos del Evangelio, organización ultraconservadora católica que también es sospechosa de corrupción.

Por André Vargas, Guilherme Novelli y Giulio Ferrari

En nombre de la fe, la secta ultraconservadora católica Heraldos del Evangelio corrompe, agrede, humilla y acosa a sus devotos – en especial a jóvenes adolescentes –, mientras recauda dinero y promueve la idea de que el apocalipsis cristiano está por llegar. Hay hasta denuncias de violación. Poco a poco, esas quejas ganan el conocimiento de la opinión pública, de la justicia y de las autoridades eclesiásticas, rompiendo una red de silencio que dura más de 20 años y alcanza a 78 países, en especial en Brasil. En Estados Unidos, el FBI ya recibió quejas y una investigación está por iniciarse – IstoÉ entró en contacto con el agente federal encargado.

Nacida de una cisión de la también ultraconservadora denominación religiosa brasileña Tradición Familia Propiedad (TFP), los Heraldos del Evangelio surgieron en 1997, asumiendo un carácter más religioso y menos político que sus antecesores. Mientras la TFP levanta banderas contra temas espinosos de la vida contemporánea, como aborto, feminismo, reforma agraria, socialismo, minorías, ciudadanía LGBTQ y multiculturalismo, los Heraldos son una especie de TFP radicalizada, vueltos hacia una visión del mundo limitada por el concepto de lo que llaman “Reino de María”, que surgiría después de un período de grande inestabilidad llamado “bagarre” (del francés, lucha o caos), anunciado en las apariciones de Fátima, en Portugal, en 1917. O sea, mientras el mundo avanza, ellos se preparan para vivir en comunión con Dios en una existencia que mezcla las escenas de “Mad Max” y “El Señor de los Anillos”. Por tanto, instalan a sus devotos en “castillos”, grandes edificios que imitan palacios de estilo gótico que sirven de morada y templo cristiano – cuatro de ellos en los alrededores de Sao Paulo, cobijando a 500 alumnos. Existen escuelas en 16 países.

Ahora, cualquiera puede creer lo que quiera. Es una cuestión de fe – y ella debe ser respetada. El problema son las acusaciones de crímenes perpetrados en los “castillos”, mientras el fin prometido no llega. En 2017, un grupo de 50 madres de víctimas de los Heraldos denunció el grupo a la Fiscalía de Sao Paulo y al Vaticano. La investigación secular sigue en secreto de justicia, así como la religiosa. Pero nuevos casos fueron apareciendo. En una de las denuncias, el fundador, monseñor Joao Clá Días, de 80 años, es acusado de abuso sexual por una exintegrante. Huérfana de madre, una joven canadiense, hoy con 27 años, vino a Brasil a estudiar a los Heraldos. Ella relata en carta que, cuando tenía 12 años, fue abusada por Joao Clá, que tocó sus senos y nalgas y la besó. En 2014, a los 22 años, se consiguió apartar de la congregación. Su hermana mayor, que era su tutora, permaneció. Su denuncia está registrada. De los 46 relatos entregados a las fiscalías y secretarías estatales de educación, cuatro son de abuso sexual. Los otros involucran malos tratos, alienación parental y abuso psicológico. Hubo hasta un registro de suicidio. En junio de 2016, Livia Uchida, de 27 años, se habría tirado de una ventana del cuarto piso del convento de Monte Carmelo, en Caieiras.

Videos obtenidos por IstoÉ muestran a monseñor Clá agrediendo a niñas con bofetadas. En uno de ellos, una adolescente asegurada por los brazos mientas está siendo filmada por adultos, dice: “Tengo que salir”. Son escenas de pura humillación. Es forzada a hacer votos de obediencia, castidad y pobreza. En otro video, se fuerza a una niña a besar los pies del religioso. Son los “ósculos sacrales”, besos sagrados dados por el líder como una forma de obtener gracias por parte de la víctima, sea lo que sea que eso quiera decir. En la ley escrita para una sociedad laica y plural eso es crimen.

Sin compresas (toallas higiénicas)

En Carapicuiba, del Gran Sao Paulo, la dueña de casa Flavia Silva Nascimento, de 42 años, pasó penurias para rescatar a su hija S., hoy de 17 años. Procurados por predicadores de los Heraldos que visitaban la parroquia de San Lucas, la familia, que es católica practicante, vio la oportunidad de colocar a su hija en una buena escuela religiosa. No fue lo que ocurrió. A los 12 años, S. pasó por un proceso de lavado cerebral. En vez de estudiar, tenía que rezar y memorizar los textos de Joao Clá y Plinio Correa de Oliveira (1908-1995), fundador de la TFP. Viviendo bajo una disciplina rígida, inspirada en normas militares, ella no tenía ni siquiera acceso a compresas para menstruación. Ella y sus colegas no recibieron nociones de salud ni orientación sexual. En vez de eso, fueron obligadas a hacer sus “votos” como si fueran religiosas adultas y responsables por sí mismas. Durante las vacaciones familiares en la playa, la adolescente se negó a sacarse la túnica de los Heraldos. Sólo pisó la arena el último día. Estaba con botas.

Alérgica y con crisis de asma, la salud de S. se fue deteriorando. La médica con quien la familia solía atenderse fue la que dio la alerta. La madre decidió rescatar a la hija, incluso contra su voluntad inicialmente, después de asistir un video en que Joao Clá aparece como si estuviese practicando un exorcismo en una joven que está siendo asegurada por los brazos. La niña parece asustada y es abofeteada por el religioso. “La familia entró en crisis”, cuenta la madre, al recordar el proceso de retirada de la hija del yugo de los Heraldos. S. huyó de casa dos veces. Hasta que poco a poco entendió que la vida era mejor del lado de afuera. Antes con buenas notas, percibió que se había quedado atrás, pues no había aprendido ni química, ni física, ni biología, ni historia. Incluso así, todavía viste ropas más conservadoras que su madre y conserva algunos resquicios de disciplina. S. relata que la adoración a Joao Clá llega a niveles extremos. Ella y sus colegas ingirieron agua que, afirman sus superiores, habría sido dejada en un recipiente después de que monseñor se enjuagó. “Tuve problemas emocionales, llegué perturbada, pero hoy estoy mejor. Los Heraldos dicen que uno tiene que sufrir. No creo más en eso”, dice.

“Tuve problemas emocionales. Los Heraldos dicen que uno tiene que sufrir”. S., de 17 años, que volvió a casa después de 3 años de internado donde se enfermó.

Está también el brutal caso de un fiel que fue drogado e internado en una clínica psiquiátrica sin autorización de la familia. Residente en la ciudad de San Carlos, estado de Sao Paulo, Alex Ribeiro de Lima, hoy con 39 años, nos contó frente a las cámaras su desgracia. Tenía 15 años cuando ingresó a la TFP, migrando a los Heraldos justo después, donde actuó como lego. Ya adulto, su función era levantar fondos, misión que lo llevó a Portugal e Italia. Eficiente en el trabajo, besó los pies del monseñor y participó de una ceremonia de “sagrada esclavitud”. Su vida se derrumbó después de 18 años de sumisiones. A los 32 años fue internado a la fuerza en una clínica para drogadictos en Jundiaí (Sao Paulo), después de una crisis de ansiedad. Alex mal se acuerda de ese período, pues quedó bajo una fuerte medicación, sin que su familia tuviese conocimiento. Sólo le dieron el alta después que su hermana descubrió todo y amenazó con llamar a la policía. “Quedé amarrado y tuve mucho miedo. Yo decía que no estaba loco”, cuenta. Alex llora y pide disculpas cuando relata su calvario personal, que terminó en abandono. “Ellos me usaron y me dieron una patada. Sólo quieren controlar a las personas”, dice.

Frente a tantas barbaridades, también aparecieron otros crímenes. Exintegrantes afirman haber visto armas de fuego en algunos castillos. Serían revólveres, pistolas y hasta escopetas. La relación de los artefactos con la actividad religiosa no está aclarada. Tampoco se sabe el origen de las armas. El exheraldo Daniel del Río, de 46 años, cuenta que hubo también contrabando y evasión de divisas. Dinero de donaciones que entraría a Brasil oculto en las ropas de los heraldos al regreso de presentaciones de la orquesta y viajes de recaudación. El dinero serviría para apresurar las licencias de construcción y ampliación de los monasterios, además de “agrados monetarios” para autoridades civiles y religiosas. ExTFP, Del Río fue de los Heraldos por seis años y salió en 2002. “Quiero derrumbar a esa organización”, dijo en audio enviado desde España, donde volvió a vivir.

¿Culpa de la víctima?

En medio de la investigación de este reportaje, hubo una tentativa de censura previa. Abogados de la entidad interpusieron un “pedido de tutela anticipada” para impedir cualquier publicación sin oírlos – lo que fue denegado por la justicia. Procurados por ISTOÉ, la entidad sólo se manifestó por medio de sus representantes legales y por escrito.

Sobre las acusaciones de malos tratos, exigen pruebas y responden con represalias legales. Los videos están ahí. Ellos argumentan que nadie fue agredido y que las imágenes fueron captadas de “manera ilícita” y en “contexto de piedad privada, en el ámbito de inmemoriales prácticas litúrgicas de la Iglesia Católica”. También dicen que las alumnas pidieron tal procedimiento. O sea, cargan la responsabilidad a las víctimas. La argumentación de los abogados podría hasta ser usada por radicales musulmanes para justificar el apedreamiento de mujeres hasta la muerte. Cuando les preguntamos sobre eventuales castigos a los involucrados, alegan que “la autoridad competente para evaluar ese tema es la eclesiásticas”. Se consideran víctimas de persecución religiosa de una minoría de descontentos. Puro cinismo. Pegar a un niño es crimen en Brasil, así como abusar sexualmente, maltratar e impedir el convivio con los padres. El día que los Heraldos se purifiquen de las máculas de sus integrantes, lo que sobra será mero conservadurismo.

Asiste a los vídeos

Testimonio de Alex Ribeiro, exheraldo que fue internado a la fuerza en una clínica psiquiátrica des pues de sufrir una crisis.

Joao Clá abofetea niñas en nombre de la fe. La agresión ocurre al minuto 1:08.

Another Legion of Christ being accused of sexual abuse of a minor: flawed training and lack of ethics?

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Collège-Lycée de l’Immaculée Conception
High school in Méry-sur-Marne, France
Address: 48 Grande Rue, 77730 Méry-sur-Marne, France

ReGAIN has just learned from two reliable sources that a young man has brought sexual abuse charges against another Legionary of Christ. It seems that the offense took place at the Legion’s Apostolic School in France about ten years ago. Details are still sketchy. We can state that the accusation is presently being reviewed in French civil court to see if it meets the requirement to open a case ; the alleged perpetrator would be a Legion consecrated religious who at the time was a teacher/superior at the infamous junior seminary.

There is a referral in the French language WIKIPEDIA to two Legionaries previously being convicted of sexual assault at the school in the same time frame.

WIKIPEDIA

“exactions récentes contre des mineurs

Deux frères légionnaires du Christ de l’école apostolique de Méry-sur-Marne (diocèse de Meaux) tenue par la congrégation sont accusés en 2004 et 2005 d’avoir commis des attouchements sur huit adolescents. L’un d’eux est en fuite. Ils ont été jugés à Meaux et le substitut du procureur a requis deux ans de prison contre le frère E. deux ans de prison avec mandat contre le frère T. F., de nationalité mexicaine, enfui au Mexique. Délibéré le 2 mai 2013 . le frère E. a été condamné à deux ans de prison avec sursis, mise à l’épreuve et soins psychologiques, et 10 000 euros de dommages et intérêts. Le frère T. a été condamné à deux ans de prison ferme avec mandat d’arrêt, et près de 12 000 euros de dommages et intérêts. Les deux hommes ont été inscrits au FIJAIS (Fichier judiciaire automatisé des auteurs d’infractions sexuelles ou violentes) .”

Putting the pieces together: this member of the Legion of Christ religious congregation (with religious vow), then a seminarian in training, is being accused of sexually abusing a minor under his pastoral care. Brother X would then have continued his “training” (Remember Fr. Maciel’s ghost-(Gonzalo Miranda LC?) written bestseller, The Integral Formation of the Priest! ), and was later ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the Legion. One source affirms that after ordination, now Fr. X was sent back to the same junior seminary (students are High School age) to continue teaching or as a formator. A few years ago, Fr. X left -or was asked to leave- the LC and transitioned to the diocesan priesthood where he continued to minister to Catholic families. Another case of the Legion of Christ unloading a problematic priest on an unsuspecting bishop?

ReGAIN’s criticism points, not so much to this individual accused of sexual abuse of a minor, but to the lack of responsibility = Ethics of Legion superiors and leadership cadre. The case opens a Pandora’s box of questions:

What outreach to victims?

What spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling, compensation offered to victims?

What psychological and pastoral help to the offender? Pastoral care, psychological treatment by trained therapists – not by in-home personnel ?

What steps to prevent recurrence? Just ignore the problem, pass it on, get rid of him, unload him on a diocese?

Information is hard to come by; perhaps the French court has put a gag order in place to prevent the victim’s name being made public and/or the whole case may be gagged while investigations are underway.

Let’s see how effective is the Legion of Christ’s damage control.

(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

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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.

Legion(aries) of Christ Recently convicted Child Sex Abusers


Archive photo a LC junior seminarians, Apostólicos. Priest featured is not accused, nor are any of the boys featured necessarily victims.

The Legion of Christ, through its Press Office, Oficina de Prensa, is beginning to reveal more recent cases of priest members suspected or found to be child sex abusers.

1- ReGAIN has found the following statement in English regarding a relatively recent case in the USA: Fr. Benjamin Cieply, LC

https://legionariesofchrist.org/fr-benjamin-cieply-lc/?fbclid=IwAR0g84082oCtBI326cZ_3WprkHcHMowyfpGx10wQXtMcprzXY

ReGAIN is discovering how the Legion is revealing these cases (mandated by the Vatican or local bishops?) piecemeal, some in English, some in Spanish. So it is hard to see the extent of the abuse.

2- The Fr. John O’Reilly, LC, case in Chile is now common knowledge. Irish-born, Fr. O’Reilly joined the Legion in the late 1960s and found his way into the privileged position of being one of Fr. (The Saint) Maciel’s favorite waiters at the mother-house in Rome… Because of his good manners, smiling disposition and assimilation of the Legion system he ended up in Chile, promoting the Legion and Regnum Christi among the political (Pinochet & Co.), business and conservative church upper classes. Together with Fr. Raymond Cosgrave he was the main LC/RC mover and shaker in Chile. During the last decades he was also chaplain at one of the Legion’s elementary school. His demise began with accusations he had sexually abused two little sisters who were students. The parents’ civil case went on and on in Chilean courts until he was convicted and sentenced to four years supervised house arrest. Fr JOR lost his Chilean citizenship and was expelled from the country. The case was later referred to the Vatican where the conviction was upheld and the Vatican imposed its own sanctions. . He is now residing at the LC mother house in Rome.

In and effort to clean up its image, The Legion has been emitting communiques about Fr. JOR for the past year or more. The most recent . communique was found by ReGAIN in Spanish

With further research an English version might be found

3- A more recent conviction we posted was the case of Vladimir Reséndiz who abused two boys at the Legion’s minor seminary in Gozzano, Northern Italy.

4- Very recently the Legion’s Spanish language Press Office released a long statement regarding Fr. José Luis Díaz Atilano, a drawn-out case of this Mexican priest in Chile which was tried in civil and ecclesiastical court. The Legion wants to show it is doing the right thing…

One may wonder why these convictions occur so long after the offense was reported. This happens for a variety of reasons:

  • the victims are young, innocent, vulnerable and don’t know how to defend themselves or speak up
  • they may be very ashamed, thinking they are the guilty party (this is part of the art of pedophilia)
  • it may take a long time for people to believe them after they do summon up the courage. They may be dissuaded from talking, for a variety of reasons.
  • The Legion may try to bribe them (see Gozzano case) to keep silence.
  • Cases can be difficult to prove because of time elapsed (statute of limitations)
  • Cases may cost the victim/family money they don’s have.
  • Courts are exceedingly slow.
  • Separation of Church and State in some countries make judges leery of getting involved against Catholic Church or Catholic institutions and religious orders.
  • Church courts and tribunals are usually slower than civil courts….
  • Legion may try to defend the accused member and have the financial resources to protract the case for months or years, “interrogatories” etc., until the e victim runs out of money… Many cases never reach trial….

In another recent move the Legion has stressed its “safe environment” guidelines; however, a careful scrutiny reveals that the Legion still prefers to handle its cases in-house, i.e. that victims contact the Legion outreach staff. Besides, their American guidelines may not be applicable to other countries. In the USA the Legion vaunts its participation in the safe environments system Presidium, but this may be limited to the USA or English-speaking world.

WITH THE LEGION AND REGNUM CHRISTI, YOUTH AND PARENTS NEED TO READ THE SMALL PRINT BEFORE COMMITTING. Remember, they were founded by a conman!

Former Legion of Christ Minor Seminary Rector, sentenced in Italy for Sexually Abusing Students


NOVARA, ITALY: 7 years imprisonment for the former rector of child (minor) seminary of the Legionaries of Christ. But he fled to Mexico

Written by Web Editor on March 27, 2019

This is what set this morning by Judge Guerrerio, the Court of Novara, against Father Vladimir Resendiz Gutierrez, former rector of child seminary of the Legionaries of Christ of Novara.

The prosecution represented by Dr. Silvia Baglivo had asked for 11 years, later reduced to 7 in the summary procedure.

A complex case, left from Milan, with a further charge, that of extortion, then separate the two charges, the second (pedophilia) was transferred to competence at the Prosecutor of Novara.

For the three victims, defense lawyer Daniela Cultrera, the judge has established a provisional award of € 80,000, in addition to being welcomed to a civil association Network ABUSE instead represented by Alessandro Maneffa.

In 90 days, the written judgment.

*Video: ReGAIN ADDRESSES LEGION OF CHRIST’ HISTORY OF SEX ABUSE AND DECEIT

Wikipedia: Sexual Scandal of Marcial Maciel:

Formal denunciation by the Vatican

On 1 May 2010, the Vatican named a delegate and appointed a commission to review the Legionaries of Christ. In a statement, the Vatican denounced Marcial Maciel for creating a “system of power” that enabled him to lead an “immoral” double life “devoid of scruples and authentic religious sentiment” and allowed him to abuse young boys for decades unchecked.[23]

The “very serious and objectively immoral acts” of Marcial Maciel, which were “confirmed by incontrovertible testimonies,” represent “true crimes and manifest a life without scruples or authentic religious sentiment,” the Vatican said.[23] The Vatican said the Legion created a “mechanism of defense” around Maciel to shield him from accusations and suppress damaging witnesses from reporting abuse. “It made him untouchable,” the Vatican said. The statement decried “the lamentable disgracing and expulsion of those who doubted” Maciel’s virtue. The Vatican statement did not address whether the Legion’s current leadership will face any sanctions.[23] Actions taken by the current Legion leadership will be scrutinized; but no specific sanctions were mentioned. The Vatican acknowledged the “hardships” faced by Maciel’s accusers through the years when they were ostracized or ridiculed, and commended their “courage and perseverance to demand the truth.”[23]

As a result of the visitation, Benedict XVI named Archbishop (now Cardinal) Velasio De Paolis on 9 July 2010 as the Papal Delegate to oversee the Legion and its governance.[24]

 

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