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Scandal at the Vatican (New Video on the Legion of Christ)

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Thanks to the initiative of the former Legionary, Xavier Leger, the Irish, RTE, English language dubbing of the original French documentary, is now available.

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Legion of Christ “trainers” Play Strip Poker with boys in their pastoral care

 

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An indignant mother cries at callous Legionary behavior

Legionary ‘formators’ (formadores) Play Strip Poker with ECYD Boys in their pastoral care

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Below, the reader will find a letter written by an indignant Mexican mother. From the context we gather that the events happened during the Vatican ordered Apostolic Visitation (2010-2014) headed by Archbishop Velasio de Paolis.

“I have left the names in just to demonstrate that only the LC superiors were (made) aware of what happened and that, ultimately, they did nothing to address the problem.

The final bad experience -a SERIOUS one- we experienced there (at the school) was an end of term activity organized by the school to celebrate my 12-year-old son’s graduation from elementary school). The children were under the care of the school chaplain, Fr. Bruno Montekio, LC., of the ECYD leader, Brother Felipe Villagómez, LC, and of a group of Regnum Christi collaborators and teachers.

On a certain night they organized a game of casino (strip poker), in which the children were supposed to begin gradually taking off their clothes as they ran out of money to bet; until they were left in their underpants. Fr. Bruno witnessed this and Bro. Felipe took photographs.

I am attaching the email I sent to Fr. Luis Garza-Medina, LC, expressing my husband’s and my profound indignation for taking photos of the children, and because Bro. Felipe gave a CD with the photos to each one of the boys who participated in the “camp”; and also because of his attitude later on when a group of mothers questioned him about this activity; how he stuck to his opinion and never admitted any wrongdoing. We never received any explanation or apology from the school principal, either.

I cc this email to Fr. Alvaro Corcuera (editor’s note, then LC Superior General, now deceased) and to Fr. Rodolfo Mayagoitia, Territorial Director for Mexico and to Fr. Evaristo Sada, Secretary General of Regnum Christi; neither of them deigned to answer my message. Only Fr. Luis (Garza Medina) begged my forgiveness and acknowledged there was a lack of good judgment and common sense.

Fr. Bruno was assigned this year to work for the Legion in Dallas, TX. Bro. Felipe is finishing his theological studies at the Legion’s Major Seminary in Rome (Centro de Estudios Superiores)

THE CASE WAS PRESENTED TO (APOSTOLIC DELEGATE, ARCHBISHOP)   DE PAOLIS AFTERWORDS AND THIS LED TO A LETTER OF APOLOGY FROM VILLAGOMEZ TO THE FAMILY IN QUESTION. IT WAS WRITTEN DURING THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES LEADING UP TO HIS PRIESTLY ORDINATION. OBVIOUSLY, THESE PRACTICES WERE NEVER INVESTIGATED. MAYBE THE LEGIONARIES PUBLISHED A PROTOCOL SUCH AS: ‘MAY OUR MEMBERS NEVER TAKE PHOTOS OF CHILDREN IN THE ECYD MOVEMENT IN THEIR UNDERPANTS’ OR SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT.”

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(Original Spanish language message: EL MANEJO DE SITUACIONES IMPROPIAS

Dejo los nombres de los participantes sólo para poner en evidencia que nadie supo, más que los superiores, de este caso. Y que finalmente no pasó nada.

La última mala experiencia, GRAVE, que vivimos ahí fue en una actividad de fin de curso dirigida por el colegio para la generación de uno de mis hijos de 12 años. Los niños estaban a cargo del capellán del colegio, el P. Bruno Montekio, LC; del encargado para el Ecyd, el Hno. Felipe Villagómez, LC; y un grupo de colaboradores del Regnum Christi y maestros del colegio.

Una noche se organizó una dinámica, casino, en el que los niños iban perdiendo prendas de su ropa pues no tenían dinero para apostar, hasta quedar todos en calzoncillos. El P. Bruno
estuvo presente y el Hno. Felipe les tomaba fotografías.

Anexo el correo electrónico que intercambié con el P. Luis Garza Medina, LC, expresándole la profunda indignación y la de mi marido por el hecho, por las fotografías que se les tomaron a los niños, por haber entregado el Hno. Felipe una copia de las fotografías en un cd a cada niño que asistió a dicho campamento y la actitud que él tuvo después, cuando un grupo de mamás nos acercamos a él para preguntarle por dicha dinámica y él se aferró a su criterio y nunca pudo admitir que lo que había sucedido estaba mal. Nunca recibimos por parte del director del colegio una aclaración ni una disculpa.

Este mail lo envié con copia al P. Alvaro Corcuera, LC, Director General y al P. Rodolfo Mayagoitia, Director Territorial de México; y al P. Evaristo Sada, LC, Secretario General del Regnum Christi, de quienes tampoco recibí respuesta. Sólo el P. Luis me pidió que perdonara y reconoció que había sido una falta de criterio y sentido comun.

El P. Bruno se encuentra desde este año trabajando para la Legión en Dallas. Y el Hno. Felipe terminando sus estudios de teología en el CES de Roma.

EL CASO SE PRESENTÓ A DE PAOLIS DESPUÉS Y CONCLUYÓ CON UNA CARTA DE DISCULPA DE VILLAGÓMEZ A LA FAMILIA EN CUESTIÓN ESCRITA EN LOS EJERCICIOS ANTES DE ORDENARSE. OBVIAMENTE NUNCA SE INVESTIGÓ NADA SOBRE ESTAS PRÁCTICAS. A LO MEJOR SACARON UN PROTOCOLO DICIENDO “EVITEN LOS NUESTROS SACAR FOTOS DE LOS NIÑOS DEL ECYD EN CALZONCILLOS”

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(video) Pope Francis, Legion of Christ, Opus Dei, Miles Jesu and Undue Influence inside the Catholic Church

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Cult expert, Steven Hassan –Combating Mind Control author- interviews former Legionary of Christ, therapist, cult student and concerned Catholic; link: Paul Lennon

 

The Maciel Affair

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The Maciel Affair.

19 May 2006 – 19 May 2016

Ten years ago today one of the most extraordinary cover-ups was played out in public. It was so public that it was hidden in plain sight.  The Vatican emitted a 23 line communiqué of which only six lines were truly significant. The first 15 lines reviewed a process of investigation that purportedly had started in 1998. Then the communiqué goes on to say:

“ After having submitted the results of the investigation to an attentive study, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the guide of its new Prefect, his Eminence Cardinal William Levada, decided – taking account of the advanced age of the Reverend Maciel and his delicate health- to renounce any canonical process and to invite the Father to a reserved life of prayer and penance, renouncing every public ministry. The Holy Father has approved these decisions”  (Translation of communiqué from original Italian emitted by Vatican Press office 19th May, 2006)

                It is a sublime masterpiece of Machiavellian literature.  What makes it so cunning?

Firstly and most importantly it makes absolutely no mention of the victims. It does show great concern for Maciel, his health and his age, but nothing for those who had been abused. This outrageous attitude towards Maciel’s victims has never changed. Pope Benedict refused to meet with them in his visit to Mexico in 2012 as did Pope Francis in his visit in 2015.

The second noticeable element is the use of age as a factor in avoiding a canonical hearing. Canon law has no canon that excludes a person because of their age from being submitted to due process. The great minds in the Vatican conjured up a loophole so that Maciel could escape justice and conveniently avoid a situation where the Vatican’s own complicity might be made evident.  The age of the victims wasn’t an issue but the age of the perpetrator was.

And if age itself was not enough of an excuse to exonerate him from a trial. The Vatican also uses Maciel’s health as a pretext .  What about the health of the victims? What about the years of pain, vilification and guilt to which they had been submitted? That didn’t really matter to the Vatican.  It was never mentioned.

But the use of Maciels health is a masquerade, a pantomime of justice. To what health checks was he submitted ? Which doctors reviewed him to declare him unfit for trail? What diagnosis was required for him to become exempt from the law? The answer is of course; there was no health check, there were no doctors, there was no diagnosis. … there was no proper procedure. It was all a lie.

A person is deemed unfit for trail if he is unable to understand the charges brought against him. This was not the case with Maciel, the same day the communiqué was published Maciel declared his innocence through a Legionary note:

“Father Maciel, with the spirit of obedience to the Church that has always characterized him, has accepted this communiqué with faith, complete serenity and tranquillity of conscience, knowing that it is a new cross that God, the Father of Mercy, has allowed him to suffer and that will obtain many graces for the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement”  (Statement of the Legionaries of Christ, May 19th 2006, published in Zenit.org)

It was all a farce. In fact Maciel was in good health for his age. After the 19th May 2006 he was well enough to made long intercontinental flights and was able to live independently with his concubine and daughter in Mexico and later in Jacksonville, USA.

A third element that stands out in the note is the “invitation” to a life of prayer and penance. He was declared unfit to stand trial then deemed fit to do penance.  The logical conclusion for a person deemed incapable to stand trial would be for that person to be sent to a hospital or put into care.

But the “invitation” itself is a travesty. An invitation can be declined, turned down or snubbed. An invitation is certainly not a punishment nor a declaration of guilt.  Maciel had no intention of accepting such a pious invitation. It was a get-out-of jail- card which he played with great delight.

In what court or process have we ever heard a person being invited to a life of prayer and penance. The “invitation” mocks the victims, mocks the process and mocks the Vatican. It signifies the lack of sincerity there was in bringing Maciel to justice and it highlights the utter disregard there was for the sufferers of abuse.

No one was ever held responsible for the injustices that were meted out to Maciel’s victims in this fake process. There was no independent investigation,  no cardinals were called to explain how a whole legal procedure was forged to let Maciel off the hook; no one lost their job; no one went to jail. Ten years later Maciel’s victims are still ignored by the Vatican.

 

                Peter Francis Byrne

“All it takes for evil to advance is for good men to do nothing”

[VIDEO WITH STEVEN HASSAN] ——— Compensation of Fr. Maciel’s Victims and Troubling Aspects of Legion of Christ

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Group of Legionary junior seminarians in Spain 1970-90 under the tutelage of                          then rector, Fr. Jose Antonio Barco, LC

 

Maciel’s victims were about this age when he began to sexually abuse them in the 1940s – 1960s….Maciel abused several Irish born seminarians in Salamanca and Rome during the 1960s and 1970s. He then dedicated himself to older seminarians and carried on affairs with men in their 20s into his later years.

 

See and listen to Steven Hassan interview during ICSA conference in Trieste, Italy

Begins exploring Fr. Maciel’s abuses and the issue of compensation of victims; ReGAIN’s co-editor and cult counselor Lennon explains the paradox of how the Legion (perpetrator) was put in charge of examining the victims’ claims and deciding whether or not to provide  compensation and how much!

During the Trieste International Conference, ICSA dedicated time to examining cult like aspects of the Legion and other Catholic organization.