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advocates and simpatizantes may try to convince the public that ReGAIN articles are old hat, that its criticisms are no longer valid,  and that the present religious order is well and truly renewed, with that ever-present Vatican approval.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

International Cultic Studies Association Annual Conference: Manchester UK, July 4-6, 2019

Himself with the Donegal cap

ReGAIN co-editor, J. Paul Lennon will be attending the conference; he will present a paper on How Cult Involvement affects our Cradle (original) Faith; he will provide assistance, and will facilitate a discussion for former members.

July 4-6, 2019

Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre,

25 Aytoun Street , Manchester, M1 3AE, United Kingdom

Annual Conference

Manchester video

Please visit the webpage for further information, including abstracts and bios of the presenters. I.C.S.A. site contains a dearth of free information and/or you can become a members for full access to all the materials.

(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.

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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.