Category Archives: Legionary of Christ

Internacional Cultic Studies Annual Conference in Bordeaux, France, June 29…

Join former Legionaries of Christ, Xavier Leger,  Paul Lennon and other former members of Catholic  and Christian high demand   groups and learn how European and other countries deal with questionable groups and communities, enjoy comeraderie and support of people who know where you are or have been…

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SAMPLE PAPERw:

Addict, Idol and Cult Member: Reflections on the Loss of Self: A Phenomenological Examination of Destructive Cult groups

Tate Wood, Allen

My paper and talk are a phenomenological morphology of religious and political extremism. In the presentation, I give a detailed exposition of seven key elements that are present in the mind of the successfully indoctrinated group member. These seven elements include: absolute leader, absolute teaching, hierarchical social structure, the psychology of the adversary, the ends justify the means as a modus operandi, crisis psychology and the inner circle. The second part of my presentation includes an examination of the variables at play during the process of recruitment and indoctrination: milieu control, communication web/the manipulation of intimacy, peak experiences and planned spontaneity, the splitting phenomenon: the experience of evil, metaphor and ritual: the binding chains, the repudiation of the conscience, the rejection of the critical faculties and the colonization of the imagination understood as an experience of god. My remarks will be punctuated by anecdotal material from my life in the Unification Church including my direct contact with Sun Myung Moon. In addition, I shall be drawing on my 27 years as an addiction counselor working with alcoholics and addicts in county jails and state prisons.

 

 

 

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Sexual Abuser Legionary of Christ to be Deported from Chile

RTE NEWS

Chile to deport Irish-born priest convicted of sexual assault

Friday 21 August 2015 22.24

The interior ministry said John O'Reilly would have to leave the country after completing his sentence in 2018
The interior ministry said John O’Reilly would have to leave the country after completing his sentence in 2018

The Chilean government has decided to deport an Irish priest who was convicted last year of sexually abusing a young girl, according to the Chilean interior ministry.

John O’Reilly was sentenced to four years’ probation in November for repeatedly molesting the girl from the time she was five.

The abuse took place from 2010 to 2012 at an exclusive school where O’Reilly was the spiritual advisor at the time.la

The interior ministry said it was revoking O’Reilly’s permanent residency and that he would have to leave the country after completing his sentence in 2018.

The decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court.

O’Reilly, 69, was once an influential figure in Chile as the local head of the Catholic Church’s ultra-conservative Legion of Christ order.

He arrived in Chile in 1984 and was granted citizenship in 2008 – but had it revoked in March by Congress.

The Legion of Christ has been beset by accusations of sexual abuse.

The order’s founder, Mexican-born Marcial Maciel, stepped down in 2005 amid allegations of pedophilia and fathering several children. He died in 2008.

THIS RAISES THE SPECTRE OF

INTER-GENERATIONAL PEDOPHILIA IN THE LEGION OF CHRIST RELIGIOUS ORDER

in other words; whether Fr. O’Reilly was a victim of Fr. Maciel (who favored him with an important mission in Chile which would bring fame and power to Fr. O’Reilly). The victim might identify with the predator and become a predator in turn. This phenomenon would seem to be born out by the case of Legionary priest, Fr. William (Guillermo) Izquierdo,  an early Maciel recruit, born in the Canary Islands, who was abused by Maciel and would in turn abuse novices in Ireland as Novice Master. Quite possibly one of Fr. Izquierdo’s victims became a predator…