Stronger: Recovery from Spiritual Abuse and High-Control Groups
A one-day conference sponsored by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). Workshop facilitators are educators and counselors who are knowledgeable and experienced with the unique trauma inflicted by spiritual abuse and the challenge of recovery from it. Workshops will provide an opportunity for dialogue regarding spiritual abuse with a view towards understanding, recovery, and support. There will also be a workshop for survivors who were born and raised in abusive groups. Please join us for a relaxed, informative day, and meet other survivors. You’re not the only one, and you’re not alone! All are welcome.
Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 9am-4pm
McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon
Fee: $25 (includes lunch) – Register Online
Santa Fe (NM)
ICSA will conduct a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico November 1-2, 2019. This biennial conference focuses on the needs of former members of cultic groups, movements, or relationships and the families of former or current members. It also includes continuing education training for mental health professionals. Conference sessions emphasize discussion so that participants can address issues pertinent to their individual concerns.
The agenda will address the needs of those seeking help and those who want to help others. A series of talks will address the conference theme of sexual abuse. Other sessions deal with practical issues pertinent to families, former members, helping professionals, and others.
The conference will take place at La Fonda on the Plaza, one of Santa Fe’s finest hotels, located in the heart of the old city. Images of Santa Fe.
More Info (hotel, directions, speakers, abstracts, etc.)
Workshop for Those Born/Raised in Cults
April 24-26, 2020
More Info: https://www.icsahome.com/events/workshopsgas
NY Monthly Meeting
The next ICSA NY meeting will be:
Friday, August 30, 2019 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (United Methodist), 263 W. 86th St., New York City (Subway stop: #1 train at 86th St. and Broadway) (map) – Social Hall (downstairs; handicap access via elevator).
Details on future ICSA Conversations that will occur during NY meetings: https://sites.google.com/icsahome.com/icsa/events/icsa-conversations
Betrayal of the Spirit (Nori Muster)
Born or Raised in a Sect (Lois Kendall)
Cult Recovery: A Clinician’s Guide to Working With Former Members and Families (Lorna Goldberg, William Goldberg, Rosanne Henry, Michael Langone, Eds.)
Coping with Cult Involvement: A Handbook for Families and Friends (Livia Bardin)
Recovery From Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse (Michael Langone, Ed.)
Transcendental Deception (Aryeh Siegel)
Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministry and Their Journey to Freedom (Debbie Schriver)
Women Under the Influence (Janja Lalich, Ed.)
ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association)
P.O. Box 2265
Bonita Springs, FL 34133
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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
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.
Heralds of the Gospel, Arautos do Evangelho, in the order’s Brazilian Portuguese
Five years ago, the ReGAIN was contacted by a former member of this organization who expressed his concern after a female friend had just taken her perpetual vows. The former Herald was surprised that this controversial group was approved by the Vatican. He alleged that a cultist association, TFP (Tradition, Family and Property), after the death of its founder, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, had transformed itself into the Church-approved Heralds of the Gospel.
Not long ago, a small group of Heralds, in full regalia, were spotted at the Guatemalan Immigration Center in Guatemala City getting their papers in order. Looks like they have spread to this Central American country too.
The author sought some general information in Wikipedia:
“The Heralds of the Gospel (Portuguese: Arautos do Evangelho; Latin: Evangelii Praecones, abbreviated to EP) is a Roman Catholic International Association of Pontifical Right based in Brazil. Founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the organization is active in 78 countries.
The Heralds of the Gospel are a successor organization to the original Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, and also claim heritage to the beliefs of its founder, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. They were created on 21 September 1999 but were only recognized as an “International Association of Pontifical Right”, the first established by the Holy See in the third millennium, on the liturgical feast of the Chair of St. Peter, 22 February 2001.”[i] Known for their outfit, similar to a short tunic, with a big red and white cross on the chest, and boots like those of jockeys (see photo), the Heralds…”
See the rest on Wikipedia.
To be continued….
Victim video in Spanish
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.
Ana Lucía is the girl that is not blocked out. It shows her at the age she was sexually abused
2 mayo, 2019
(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.
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.
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
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!