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(video) Former Legionary of Christ alerts his local Bishop to dangers of LC & Regnum Christi

Francis with Legionaries

Legionaries show their enthusiastic/raucous allegiance to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square





A privilege to be able to publish a serious work by a former Legionary of Christ who has given thought to how this religious organization works.

It has long been the contention of ReGAIN that the Legion has few, if any, doctrinal errors. That has never been the problem. As regards doctrine it is bland and repetitious.

What we have been questioning for the past few decades is

the organization’s modus operandi, i.e., how it operates, how it works, its internal operating system, how it recruits, maintains and expels or lets members go, how it raises enormous amounts of money, goes it alone without the local church and works almost exclusively with the upper classes; an aspect that only a small number of more perspicacious Catholics grasp.

Not so those who study “High Demand Groups”, such as International Cultic Studies, Cult Education’s Rick Ross, Combating Mind Control’s Steven Hassan, who all HAVE THE LEGION ON THEIR WATCH LISTS.  At least 8 American bishops has seen through the Legion’s appearances, “Glittering Images”, as British novelist, Susan Howatch, describes them in the Anglican Church.

Here we have a detailed study of that modus operandi 

. Give it your attention.

The author has also regaled us with something about Fr. Maciel’s Movement, Legion/Regnum Christi:





Editor‘s Note:

“Apostolates”, as in external good works, projects, schools, universities, support groups for the rich and famous, influential and rich businessmen, politicians…

“Apostolics” as in junior/minor seminarians, joining at high-school age or younger to discern their call to the priesthood(!!!)

Fr Maciel founded the Legion of Christ religious/priestly order 1941 ; then he founded the Regnum Christi organization (circa 1965) for lay people committed to the Legion at various levels of commitment. Later (1975) he began saying that the Regnum Christi was the over-arching movement embracing religious, clergy and lay people. But then, after revelations of Fr. Maciel’s triple life as a con-man (2009), the the Legion & Regnum wanted to distance themselves from the corrupt founder; the Regnum moved away from the Legion. Then a splinter group, Totus Tuus, separated from the Regnum Christi with the blessing of a Chilean cardinal….The Regnum is presently trying to restructure itself. Hope the reader can follow this labyrinthine journey.







“And the band played on”: More Legionary Ordinations

And the Band Played On…

Twenty more Legionaries ordained as deacons

CORRECTION:  in the body of the article it is stated that Zenith and the Claretian order are somehow connected. The editor has researched this info and has not found confirmation. However, the info regarding the first Vatican investigation of the Legion and the role of Claretians [the Congregation of the “Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” was founded by Antonio María Claret y Clará (Anthony Claret) on July 16, 1849 at the seminary in Vic, in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain] is correct; they had competent priests who spoke Spanish and Italian.

While ReGAIN, life.after.rc, several Catholic blogs and bloggers, respectable Catholic voices such as Peter Vere, Sandro De Magistris in Rome, First Things and others have been raising the alarm about spreading the Legion of Christ yeast in the Church…

LC Bishop Brian Farrell continues to aid and abet the Legion by ordaining 20 young men to the diaconate at the Legion college in Rome.

And it must be said the Holy Mother the Church has been treating the Legion of Christ with kid gloves. John the Baptizer continues to cry in the desert…


(Brief excerpts from Zenith report)

Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, ordains 20 Legionaries of Christ deacons in Rome

New deacons come from Canada, India, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy

Rome, May 03, 2015 (ZENIT.orgRedaction | 717 hits

Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, ordained 20 Legionaries of Christ deacons in the chapel of the Legion of Christ’s Center of Higher Studies in Rome.  Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC, the Legion’s General Director, and some 150 other priests, both religious and diocesan, both religious and diocesan, concelebrated.


“On behalf of the new deacons and the whole Church I would like to thank the families of these young men.  The family plays an important part in the life of every priest.  Without their support during the long years of formation, it would not be possible to follow Christ’s call,” said Fr. Benjamin Clariond, spokesman of the congregation in Rome.


Editorial notes

  1. The celebrant, Bishop Brian is brother to Kevin Farrell, bishop of Dallas, TX, who left the Legion many years ago because of ‘intellectual differences’ (not the real reason!). Monsignor Kevin had been a close associate of Fr. Maciel for years and one of the drivers assigned to accompany church dignitaries being cultivated by the Legion, including Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, Prefect for the congregation for religious. He left because of Maciel’s mistreatment and made a successful transition to the diocese of Washington DC., where he pursued his ecclesiastical career
  2. Zenith, which we learn is the official news agency of the Claretians was once owned by the Legion of Christ. Ironically, some Claretians were assigned by the Vatican to investigate Maciel in 1956. Their reports were very damaging but not enough to dislodge Maciel’s supporters inside the Curia.  See details in

It can be honestly said that as a reesult Fr. Maciel cordially hated Fr. Arcadio Larraona, CMF, for contributing to the damning reports. Fr. Maciel had problems with the Gospels’ “love your enemies.”

Maybe the Legion continues to struggle with this element of their Charity charism.

What Every Parent Should Know about the Legionaries of Christ

Parents are sometimes surprised by a child’s sudden interest and devotion to the Legionaries of Christ, an organization which all too often the parents know absolutely nothing about. Though bewildered, such parents often take comfort in the fact the legion is an established religious congregation, officially recognized and sanctioned by the Catholic Church, one which prides itself on its declared devotion to the pope and its purportedly close ties to John Paul II. For any parent who wishes to have an ongoing relationship with his or her child, however, there is real reason for concern. With the possible exception of Opus Dei, the Legionaries of Christ is like no other order of priests within the Catholic Church. Therefore, before your son or daughter runs off to join the legionaries, there are several things that you as a parent should know.

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Family Before Apostolate… Activism Begins at Home

Along with Jacqueline, her husband, Keith, and Fr. Phil, a priest who happened to be one of our mutual friends from canon law school, I found myself savouring the country buffet. Months had passed since the four of us had last gathered for some fun and fellowship. The conversation was not as heavy as what some might expect from three canonists and a catechist. From The Lumberjack Games and smoked barbeque to Belgian Trappist ale and the subtlety with which The Wiggles promotes a Catholic worldview, we all bantered back and forth, laughing and arguing between mouthfuls of country fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and boiled turnip greens.

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Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: An ICSA Seminar for Families and Former Members in Orlando Florida May 17-19

The International Cultic Studies Association (I.C.S.A.) is hosting a three day seminar for anyone who is leaving or recovering from a high demand (cult) group. The seminar will take place in Orlando on May 17 to May 19, with some excellent and knowledgeable speakers.

Space is limited at the ICSA event for families and former group
members in Orlando, Florida (May 17-19, 2013).

Please register now and/or tell others who might be interested in the

Questions or more information, contact ICSA:;


Flyer with information and fax-mail registration:
Online registration:
Contact ICSA directly:; PH: 1-239-514-3081; FAX:


Leaving and Recovering from Cultic Groups and Relationships: A Seminar
for Families and Former Members


Friday 3:00 p.m. May 17, 2013 to Sunday 3:00 p.m. May 19, 2013


Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center, 1601 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo
[Orlando], FL 32765 (407-365-5571)


This seminar brings together family members and former members so that
each group can benefit from the perspectives of the other. In order to
promote participation by attendees, the seminar will consist of brief
30 minute lectures followed by an hour of discussion on topics such
as the following:


    Overview of joining, leaving, and recovery


    – Why people leave groups


    – Recovery needs of former members


    – Trance and triggers


    – Trauma and recovery


    – Building relationships


    – Breakouts for families, former members


    – Evening films followed by discussion


    All rates are per person and INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS from


    Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.


    Double Occupancy – $300


    Single Occupancy – $350


    Current ICSA members and their immediate family may deduct $25 from




    Ron Burks, PhD, holds an MDiv. and an MA in counseling from Asbury


    Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Counselor Education from Ohio


    University. He worked for many years at Wellspring Retreat and


    Resource Center in Albany, OH. He and his wife Vicki wrote, Damaged


    Disciples: Casualties of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding


    Movement, published by Zondervan. He and Vicki now live near


    Tallahassee Florida where both are licensed mental health counselors.


    Ron now serves as president of the board of Wellspring and the


    clinical advisory board of Meadowhaven.


    Carol Giambalvo is on ICSA’s Board of Directors and is Director of


    ICSA’s Recovery Programs. She is cofounder of reFOCUS, a national


    support network for former cult members. A former cult member, she is


    author of Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention, co-editor of The


    Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches


    of Christ, and co-author of

Ethical Standards for Thought Reform

Susan Groulx is a former member of the Tony Alamo Ministries, an
aberrant religious group that has been around since the early days of
the Jesus Movement. She is dedicated to helping individuals who have
been adversely affected by this destructive cult and was involved in
bringing polygamist leader, Tony Alamo, to justice for his crimes
against women and children. She is pursuing a degree in Counseling
and Human Services.

Michael D. Langone, PhD, a counseling psychologist, has been consulted
by several hundred former cult members and/or their families. His
many publications include Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of
Psychological and Spiritual Abuse and Cults: What Parents Should
Know. Dr. Langone is ICSA’s Executive Director and ICSA Today’s Editor-
in- Chief

Judy Pardon, MEd, has been a teacher and a counselor. Since 1992 she
has been Associate Director of the New England Institute of Religious
Research and Meadowhaven, where she has worked with former cult
members, including some who have experienced profound trauma. She has
also spoken widely on the subject and conducted training programs for
human service personnel.

Robert Pardon, MDiv, ThM, is the Executive Director of the New England
Institute of Religious Research and MeadowHaven. He has specialized in
Bible-based communal groups. Much of his work involves counseling,
support groups, working with those born and/or raised in groups, and
helping former members rebuild their lives. To facilitate the recovery
process MeadowHaven, a long term rehabilitation facility, was opened
in 2002. It can accommodate individuals or families who require long
term (up to a year) care to recover from trauma and cult abuse.