(Bilingüe) WHERE IS THE LEGION OF CHRIST/REGNUM CHRISTI FEDERATION RENEWAL TODAY?

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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advocates and simpatizantes may try to convince the public that ReGAIN articles are old hat, that its criticisms are no longer valid,  and that the present religious order is well and truly renewed, with that ever-present Vatican approval.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 such ‘mantras.’

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]

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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 participants.

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 faithful followers. 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.

ARTÍCULO ORIGINAL:

Víctor Pajares‎

en Legioleaks

17 de septiembre a las 05:03

UNA RENOVACIÓN LASTRADA

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 buenas noticias.

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.


[i] See official LC report re the 2018 Priestly Renewal Retreat in Amecameca, outside Mexico City: https://www.regnumchristi.org/en/legionaries-renew-priesthood-together/

Our article refers to the 2019 LC Priestly Renewal Retreat; no official news of this activity could be found on official LC RC Federation sites.

[ii] https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/01/legion-reformed

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.

*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]



Legion of Christ Morphs into Regnum Christi Federation – wrap your head around that!

“The Legion is reorganizing and registering itself under a different entity — probably in anticipation of the Vatican’s giving the present organization a negative response. A federation can be as easy a way to hide the money as any.  I pray that there is no recognition of the LC/RC as a federation (as requested 5 Dec 2018) – it will only provide ecclesial cover for the evil that continues to vitiate the Church’s mission and message – they will turn everything to money.”

Marigold

See official notice on Regnum Christi website

Of note to ReGAIN is the

  • CONFORMITY OF VOTING WHICH COULD POINT TO UNIFORMITY AND CONTROL / PRE-SELECTION OF DELEGATES REDOLENT OF HIGH CONTROL GROUPS.
  • Verbal and logical complexity of the issue,
  • the continuous effort to re invent Fr. Marcial Maciel’s brainchild (which he made up as he went his merry way!)
  • and the ever-evolving flexible numbers and figures, which can never be verified by outside sources.

Vatican Admits knowing about Legion Founder’s Sex Abuse since 1943!

Vatican Knew of Serial Abuser Maciel Going Back Seven Decades

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Vatican Knew of Serial Abuser Maciel Going Back Six Decades

by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 2, 2019    20 Comments

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz says a ‘mafia’ in the Church covered up notorious Fr. Marcial Maciel

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MADRID (ChurchMilitant.com) – A high-ranking cardinal says the Vatican had information on notorious abuser Fr. Marcial Maciel as early as 1943.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz is head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In a speech last month widely reported in Spanish media, he said that the Vatican had known about Maciel for decades and did nothing.

Spanish Catholic magazine Vida Nueva quotes the Brazilian cardinal as saying, “Who covered him was a mafia, they were not Church.”

Cardinal Braz de Aviz was speaking in Madrid, Spain, addressing the 25th general assembly of the Spanish Confederation of Religious


Maciel, a Mexican priest who founded the religious institute the Legionaries of Christ, was first investigated by Vatican officials for allegations of drug abuse from 1956 to 1959. Despite numerous investigations into his behavior over the course of decades, it was not until 2005 that the Vatican determined child sex abuse allegations were credible and cracked down on Fr. Maciel. Church officials removed Maciel from his leadership of the Legionaries. Then in 2006, Maciel was commanded to retire to a life of prayer and penance. He died in 2008.

Father Maciel has been accused of molesting seminarians, fathering children with secret “wives” and even sexually abusing his own offspring.

Some are speculating that Cdl. Braz de Aviz might have brought up the case of Fr. Maciel to deflect blame for the current clerical sex abuse cover-up scandals tarnishing Pope Francis’ pontificate. The current pontiff has faced intense criticism since Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò testified in August that Pope Francis lifted disciplines that had previously been imposed on accused homosexual predator ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The cardinal claims his congregation has “nothing to do” with cover-ups like the one that kept Maciel in ministry for decades. He said the congregation now follows “a very good process” for responding to abuse allegations.

He emphasized that it is important for Church leaders to “be immediate in the face of abuse,” adding, “What comes to us immediately has to be heard.”

Speaking about the clergy abuse crisis in general, Cdl. Braz de Aviz said, “I have the impression that allegations of abuse will grow, because we are only at the beginning. We’ve been concealing for 70 years, and this has been a tremendous error.”

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El Vaticano conocía la pederastia de Maciel desde 1943

por Carlos Esteban | 02 enero, 2019

La Santa Sede conocía la pederastia del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo y la ignoró durante 63 años, ha reconocido el prefecto de la Congregación para los Institutos de Vida Consagrada, el cardenal João Braz de Aviz.

“Quien lo tapó era una mafia, ellos no eran Iglesia”, ha asegurado Braz de Aviz en una entrevista concedida a Vida Nueva el mes pasado, cuando estuvo en Madrid hace un mes para clausurar la asamblea general de la Confederación Española de Religiosos (CONFER). “Tengo la impresión de que las denuncias de abusos crecerán, porque solo estamos en el inicio. Llevamos 70 años encubriendo, y esto ha sido un tremendo error”, dice Braz de Aviz.

La información ha saltado a las páginas de la prensa secular y la da hoy el diario español de referencia, El País, que ya en 2006 informó de la investigación a que había sido objeto Maciel entre octubre de 1956 y febrero de 1959 por encargo del cardenal Alfredo Ottaviani.

El peor caso de abusos en todos los sentidos, desde pedofilia a drogadicción, pasando por suplantación personalidad, poligamia e incesto, fue posible a lo largo de décadas y con la protección de la Curia pese a las constantes denuncias que llegaban a Roma, algo que podría haberse atajado, quedando en un desagradable incidente menor, antes de mediados del siglo pasado.

https://infovaticana.com/2019/01/02/el-vaticano-conocia-la-pederastia-de-maciel-desde-1943/

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/