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public that ReGAIN articles are old hat, that its criticisms are no longer
valid, and that the present religious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