Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Nomenklatura"

The big names of the Legionaries of Christ who undoubtedly knew about Maciel's proclivities and either assisted him in the cover up or turned a blind eye,
Director general

Álvaro Corcuera, Mexican, 53

Vicar general

Luís Garza Medina, Mexican, 53

General councilors

Francisco Mateos, Spanish, over 60
Michael Ryan, Irish, over 60
Joseph Burtka, American, 40

Secretary general

Evaristo Sada, Mexican, 50

General procurator

Cristóforo Fernández, Mexican, over 70

Territorial directors

Luís Garza Medina, Mexican, 53: Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Holy Land, Korea, Philippines

Jesús María Delgado, Spanish, 45: Spain

Emilio Díaz Torre, Mexican, 50: Mexico-Monterrey

Rodolfo Mayagoitia, Mexican, 50: Mexico and Central America

José Manuel Otaolaurruchi, Mexican, 45: Venezuela and Colombia

Leonardo Nuñez, Mexican, 45: Brazil

José Gerardo Cárdenas, Mexican, 55: Chile and Argentina

Julio Martí, Venezuelan, 45: United States-New York and Canada

Scott Reilly, American, 45: United States-Atlanta

Jacobo Muñoz, Spanish, 40: France and Ireland

Sylvester Heereman, German, 40: Germany and Central Europe

read the rest of the article here, http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1342691?eng=y

Monday, March 29, 2010

My brother, a Legionary of Christ

Well it has been a busy week here in Ontario. It was just one short week ago that we hosted my brother, a Legionary of Christ. As hard as I have been on the Legion in the past, I must say that my brother is the type of priest that the church needs. He was a pleasure to have around, great ... and patient ... with my children, committed to his prayer life and enthusiastic about his role as a doctor of souls! When we brought him to mass at the local parish all the parishioners were impressed by his priestly identity (he wore the roman collar) and by his young age. My wife and I both enjoyed his company and are saddened that we won’t see him for a very long time. Unless, of course, the Holy Father sees fit, to disband the Legion of Christ.
My brother is committed to his vocation in the Legion. While the apostolic visitation was still underway he committed himself to an hour of Eucharistic adoration every day to pray for a good outcome to the visitation. As Pete Vere said, it may be up to men like your brother, to pick up the pieces of the Legion, after the visitation.

Who said this?

I’m here as a Catholic Christian and an American citizen -- in that order. Both of these identities are important. They don’t need to conflict. They are not, however, the same thing. ... No nation, not even the one I love, has a right to my allegiance, or my silence, in matters that belong to God or that undermine the dignity of the human persons He created.
Arch Bishop Chaput

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A quote from a ... get ready ... a woman!

With this quote, I hope to dispel any myths about my apparent misogyny. I stand accused of hating women, because I called one, a whore and a concubine. Mea culpa, mea culpa mea maxima culpa!
"All the counseling, programs and money in the world can never come close to replacing the impact that faith and commitment to marriage have on the developing hearts, souls, and minds of our little ones. The Nanny-State is no substitute for a loving mom. Food stamps cannot buy the long-term security of having a loving father. Therapy can’t possibly fill the void in our hearts designed for a loving God who longs to fill us with his peace."
Rebecca Hagelin

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pic of MM's whore and daughter


Imagine my horror to discover this photo of Marcial Maciel, taken with his concubine and daughter, in a Legionary retreat house in Cotija, Michoacan, Mexico. In this photo are numerous "consecrated" women. It was shot in 2005, as you can see by the date at the bottom of the photo, one year into the vatican investiagtion and a year before he was formally asked to retire from active ministry.


Even though we have never seen them together before, we now meet Maciel and his supposed daughter. Also there is the darker woman, with black hair, dressed in blue and at the extreme right of the photo. According to my source, this is none other than Norma Banos, the woman who Maciel is said to have met in the 70s in Acapulco - where she lived and worked as a waitress 0, and with whom the founder of the Legion of Chirst conceived Norma Hilda. Uffff.
from: http://exlcblog.blogspot.com/

Ann Coulter's camel girl is an Israel hater

Canada: the next major power?

Could Canada be the next major power? Seems unlikely, then again our American friends seem to be passing the torch on this one, it may be up to us to make up the difference. Andrew Coyne puts it better than I ever could, here;
But it wasn’t so long ago that this was a country that feared free trade; that apologized to separatists for its existence; that freeloaded off others for its defence; that could not balance its budget or conquer inflation because, after all, it was just too hard. Afraid, ashamed, we sought solace in our own insignificance. At least we were nicer than other nations.

Even before the Olympics, there had been a great deal of gnashing of teeth over Canada’s supposed changing image abroad. People in other countries don’t like us as much as they used to, the critics wailed. But to the extent that’s even remotely true, we should understand why: they preferred us as doormats. Our “popularity” was strictly to do with our ineffectualness. We didn’t get in anyone’s way. We weren’t a threat. We were the milquetoast of the town.

But that never was the real Canada. The country that aimed for the middle, that dared to be modest, that coughed before it entered the room: that was a comparatively recent invention. Go back to the first half of the last century, before the nationalists started remaking us in their own image, and you see a different Canada: the Canada of Laurier and Leacock, when it was not just a goal, but an assumption, that this country, two steps out of the woods though it was, would be the next great power. By the end of the 20th century, the “century of Canada,” we would have 100 million people. World leaders? Top of the medals? Of course. This is what we were supposed to be.

Read the rest of the article here and let your Canadian heart swell with pride,
http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/03/11/canada-reborn/

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health care ideas

Here's a link to the complete article. I won't tell you who it is by or you may not want to read it. http://www.proudtobecanadian.ca/index/writergroup/my_healthcare_plan/
A small excerpt follows.
President Obama says we need national health care because Natoma Canfield of Ohio had to drop her insurance when she couldn’t afford the $6,700 premiums, and now she’s got cancer.

Much as I admire Obama’s use of terminally ill human beings as political props, let me point out here that perhaps Natoma could have afforded insurance had she not been required by Ohio’s state insurance mandates to purchase a plan that covers infertility treatments and unlimited OB/GYN visits, among other things.

It sounds like Natoma could have used a plan that covered only the basics—you know, things like cancer.

Welcome to Canada

Love her, hate her, but don't deny her rights to free speech!




Friday, March 19, 2010

St. Joseph, Patron of Canada, Pray for us!


Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
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Reportedly this prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cult "ish"?

Here is an article by Pete Vere, a Canadian canon lawyer on some possible warning signs of a cult,
http://www.icsahome.com/infoserv_articles/vere_peter_whatcanonlawyerslookfor_0402.htm. Here are a few excerpts which I found especially intriguing, especially in light of my recent postings on the Legion of Christ.

- The leadership induces feeling of guilt in members to control them
One’s vocation within the Church should be freely chosen. Similarly, obedience is something a superior should inspire among those under his or her charge. While it sometimes happens that a superior must impose his or her will upon a particular member, obedience should never be coerced through illicit or improper means. Additionally, if a superior must constantly impose his will upon the majority of the membership through coercive means, then this proves problematical to the long-term health of the specific association or religious group.

- The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members
Of course every new association, if it wishes to grow, will seek to increase its membership. Such growth, however, should come because potential members identify with the mission or apostolate of the association. Additionally, members should only join after a reasonable period of discernment. Thus, any association whose main focus is to bring in new members, to the exclusion of other acts of apostolate or ministry, should be carefully examined.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fom a grateful mother to her Bishop

I copied this letter from a grateful mother to her bishop, who helped her retrieve her son from a Legionary Apostolic school (minor seminary). http://www.regainnetwork.org/article.php?a=47246046

Letter from a Mother to her Bishop



A Testimony of Misplaced Trust and Manipulation



By Mother of Former Legion Apostolic School Student



"Our son also said that many of his friends said they want out but don't know how to get out."

ReGAIN calls on all bishops to end recruitment for the Legion of Christ Apostolic Schools in their dioceses



Dear Bishop,

Again, thank you so much for seeing my husband and I and helping us bring our son home from the Legionaries of Christ Apostolic School. We have been enjoying every moment with our son. He is so precious.

I just wanted you to know that our son has finally starting speaking about life at the school and is now open to the truth about Fr. Maciel. Last night he approached me and asked me to tell him the truth, which I did- and he handled it very well.

During our discussion he mentioned some very disturbing things like the psychological mind control, the guilt games and psychological prison he was in. He told me that he would lay in bed in the morning and say to himself, this is going to be my life for the rest of my life. Hopefully, I'll just wake up in Heaven someday. He said it was beyond despair, that he was in crisis (I didn't know all that until last night).

I had always told him don't worry about the vocation just enjoy yourself, enjoy your friends and get a good education. I thought he was happy and having a good time. Even his spiritual directors would confirm that I was telling our son the right things. However, our son said that what they told him was the opposite, that they would get these talks all the time and that it was all about the vocation (Legionary of course), that they were being called to be Legionary Priests and that souls counted on their fidelity to their vocation. I am just sick to my stomach that my son, for 3 1/2 years was in that prison, the mind games, the control, screening the letters.

I just want this to stop. The more I have my son with me and the more we are all out of the Legion and Regnum Christ, the more I realize that they had turned my son into a zombie (and the rest of our family too). I used to pretend like he was dead in order to cope. My poor daughter has lost the faith, suffered from severe depression, was cutting her wrists and became bulimic and I didn't get the connection. I feel like such an idiot and a horrible mother. The reason why I am writing you is because I think you need to know just how damaging the whole experience has been for our family so that other families can, hopefully, be prevented from making the same mistake we did. Only time will tell the extent of the damage to our son. He seems ok now but I worry. I would love to bring our son in to see you and to tell you for himself just what it was like.

If you are able to meet with us we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you and God bless you,

Extortion?

I was just wondering about extortion. On the blog, Mommy writes, http://deirdremundy.blogspot.com/ some one has posted a comment that one of Maciel's sons seemed extortion "ish" when he asked the Legion for twenty-six million dollars, on account of being abused by Maciel, sexually, for years. Twenty six million dollars is an astronomical sum of money, unthinkable really. What everyone is wondering is, "is this real, did Maciel really rape his own sons"? This does seem a little fantastical, but this saga just keep getting weirder and weirder, so who knows. It does seem a little weird though, that this young man would just take this money to keep quiet. Is that because he doesn't want to have to testify in court? Or is it because he is an extraordinary liar who feels that he may have gotten in over his head? Are there any thougths out there on this topic?

Friday, March 12, 2010

More thougths on the Legion

I always enjoyed hanging out with my Dad, just one on one. I came from a family of six kids and so any time with my Dad, spent alone, was heaven for me. The summer after I graduated high-school, I had my annual fifteen days off in the summer time, my dad took me fishing for a few days, “up north”. I always loved doing that. We set out in our canoe, paddled across the frigid lake and drifted back with our rods dangling bait in the water, waiting for some unfortunate Walleye who would later end up in our bellies. I always used this opportunity to tell my Dad just what was on my mind. On these occasions I would really open up and we had these conversations, heart to heart. Those were very special moments. This was to be my last summer vacation after the Legion high-school, I was off to the novitiate and I was having some serious misgivings about my desire to carry on. I told my dad and he was sympathetic. I think he was always saddened to have his children leave his home. At such a young age, to see one’s children fly the nest must have been really tough. It would have been hard for any parent.
I confided to my dad that I didn’t want to go on to the novitiate. I wanted to leave the Legion and stay home with him and join the army, or go to school, or who knew what? I wanted something different, anything different, but, there was one big problem ... the souls entrusted to my care. Those souls ,whose final salvation rested on my sixteen year old shoulders. Those souls, whose damnation was certain if I didn’t remain a soldier of Christ, in the Legion. My own soul lost, if I didn’t carry on my studies for the priesthood, with the Legion of Christ. “Not all priests are as good as Legionaries”, I was told. And so I told my dad, that beautiful day on the lake, that I was going to the novitiate, I was going to be a priest.
When I reflect back on that day I am astounded how unjust I was with my father! The information I told him about the Legion was scant. What I withheld from him, was enormous. Had he known what I knew, he would not have permitted me to return to New Hampshire. Had he known about the mental and spiritual manipulation, he would have called the Bishop of Manchester and demanded that something be done to right the situation. I denied my father the opportunity to fulfill his divinely given mandate to defend his family, but I did so unwittingly. I had been “trained”, brainwashed, would be a better word, to distance myself from my family, to tell them nothing of my struggles, only my triumphs and happiness’s, which became fewer and fewer as the years wore on.
After I left the Legion it took me a long time to find my way. But, by the grace of God, I kept the faith, I met a girl, fell in love and got married. My habit of deception carried on though, I had not eradicated the Legion inspired method of concealment and falsehoods. I did not tell my bride about my past. I continued to defend the Legion against her enemies and calumniators. I thought I had successfully put the Legion behind me, until last year.
The news of Nuestro Fraud’s sins felt like a kick in the gut. I was astounded and in a state of denial but I gradually came to except what had happened and the consequences for all involved. I started to examine my conscience and judged the role I had to play as a former Legionary. I told my wife all about my past involvement with the Legion of Christ. I told the truth! Wow, how liberating, for a change! Since then my relationship with my wife has flourished, the truth has set us free. I used to complain about how the Legion had affected me, yet I would tell her about the good times I had had as well. It must have been confusing for her and so she finally asked me, “would you ever allow our kids to go to the Legion”? Without hesitation, I told her, “I would not allow a Legionary to even speak to my children about the Legion, or her works”.
If there is anyone out there who is reading this, who has a son in the Legion’s minor seminary, for the good of his mind and soul and the safety of your family, please look into the Legion very diligently. He may not be in any physical danger, the danger he is in is far greater. The Legion will affect his spirit and his personality and you will lose him! If he emerges from them he will return to you profoundly changed and you will not like what you see. Many, many, many men who leave the Legion also leave the faith. “By their fruits you shall know them”.

Grand Slam !!!

This from Deirdre Mundy over at, http://deirdremundy.blogspot.com/ She hits the ball out of the park with this one.

Or look at St. Augustine. In the brashness of youth he mistook his mother’s simple piety for plain old stupidity. He had to run off, join a cult and lead a life of sin before he recognized the truth – and even then, it took the brilliance of St. Ambrose to bring him around.

Maciel understood this tendency – and that’s how he roped people in. He promised them a chance to do big things, when other adults just wanted their help with donut day. He promised they could be saints, cofounders, even. He asked huge amounts of time and money from them, and they gave, because for the young bigger is always better.

He gave them rallies. He gave them VOCATIONS. He made them feel special and needed. He made them an elite corps. He got them to engage in Apostolate! Look at us, we’re apostles! We’re saints in the making!

But he gave them nothing in exchange. He took their time, their money, their enthusiasm, and used them feed his own sinful desires. He was like a great gaping mouth, swallowing the good and repaying it with evil. He took their enthusiasm and turned it to his own ends with faulty theology and thought stopping phrases. (Lost Vocation, Sure Damnation! It rhymes, so it MUST be true.)

It takes a special gift to do that. Hitler had it. Stalin had it. Mao had it, and Maciel had it. The people who’ve been in RC since high school are like people recovering from the Cultural Revolution. They had enthusiasm and belief, but Maciel twisted them. And now, they have to take a step back and mourn their spent youth and idealism – otherwise, how can they go on?

Way to go Deirdre, I thought you hit the nail on the head with that post! Fortunately, I kept the faith, through the grace of God alone and that just barely. Many, many, many men who left the Legion also left the faith they too are victims of Maciel and his lieutenants, just in a different way.

Who said this?


"We've Had Enough Of Exhortations To Be Silent! Cry Out With A Hundred Thousand Tongues. I See That The World Is Rotten Because Of Silence."

St. Catherine of Sienna

Thursday, March 11, 2010

No Kidding


Got this great idea for a post from the Catholic Caveman, http://catholic-caveman.blogspot.com/ It concerns the chief exorcist of Rome stating that the abuses of the clergy stem from the "smoke of satan", a phrase coined by the late pontiff Paul VI.
Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican's chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
It is easy to see that many Bishops, through the sin of ommision, actually work against the church and the cause of Christ. As Dante Alighieri said in his, "Inferno", "The floors of hell are lined with the skulls of bishops".
Read the entire "Times" of London article here, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7056689.ece

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Introduction to the Legion of Christ

The other day I was reading one of my favourite blogs. The article was about the Legion and one of the commentators was none other than Fr. James X, The legionary who recruited me to the Legion of Christ minor seminary in Center Harbour, New Hampshire. I immediately contacted him, to inquire about his health and what he had been up to as I had not seen him since that retreat many years ago in Northern Ontario. It seems that Fr. James is well. He has since left the Legion, due the the very reasons that have become so public by now. This bears mentioning as it made me reflect on how I met the Legion and what it was that actually attracted me to them. What was it about the Legion that convinced my loving and devoted parents to surrender their role as parents to this organisation?
To begin, I have to place everything in perspective. The nineties were a very difficult time for the church in Ontario. It seemed that there weren't any orthodox bishops or priests to be found anywhere. I think my parents were left feeling that it was all up to them to raise their family faithful to the Catholic church and her traditions. it must have seemed like a daunting and lonely task, much like the position I find myself in now.
My folks decide one Sunday that we are going on a retreat, run by that great "new order, beloved by the Pope", the Legionaries of Christ. Wow, what an impression they made! Imagine an order, faithful to the magisterium of the church, loyal to his Holiness, centered by a deep love for Christ in the Eucharist and grounded in a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. These guys wore cassocks! No golf shirts and Bermuda shorts wearing priests here. Fr. James celebrated a most reverent mass, Br. Bartholomew X later lead a catechism lesson for the little ones, followed by rosary in front of the blessed sacrament exposed in the monstrance. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when they informed me that they had a minor seminary in the US. I was overjoyed at the thought of spending the school year with boys who thought just like I did. Boys who were raised to love the church as I was, best of all my folks were sold on the idea ... just like that.
The trouble began when I was dropped off for the summer program prior to the commencement of the school year. I would almost never be allowed to go home. I found out that we got four days off at Christmas and fifteen days off to go home for the summer and at Christmas we couldn't go home until the twenty-sixth of the month. I was thirteen years old and I was heartbroken. First day on the ground there in New Hampshire and the first of many heartbreaks had arrived in full force. I was so homesick I felt physically ill for the first four months or so. To make matters worse the fathers and brothers intercepted phone calls from my parents for the first two weeks, telling them not to call for awhile in order to let me settle in. They also opened all my mail before I got it in order to "safeguard my vocation". As if my "vocation" was so fragile that I wouldn't be able to handle a bit of bad news from home. My letters to my folks were also screened before being sent. I submitted a letter to my mom and dad and the brother returned it to me and chastised me for submitting it closed. He told me that there were no secrets here and that from now on I was to leave all my envelopes open in order for the priests and brothers to read them first. This was a crucial time for them to start indoctrinating me and the other boys that had arrived. We were told from the get go that our discernment process was over. God had led us to the Legion and it was safe to assume that was how he let us know that we all had vocations, all of us! We were told, in no uncertain terms that Christ had entrusted souls to our care. We were told that failure to remain in the Legion would result in the loss of those souls and certainly our own as well, was that something we could live with? Sadly for me, I bought this lie, hook, line and sinker. I bought it so well, I remained there for four years, as my mental and spiritual well being putrefied.
The years have passed, ten of them, since my departure from the Legion. At the time, when I "abandoned my vocation and the souls entrusted to my care", I no longer cared about whether or not I went to heaven. I knew that I was in hell already. I had never known what depression was until that first year of novitiate when I was sent to Ireland. When I left the Legion I was dropped off at a train station in Cornwall, Ontario. I had $200 in my pocket. I had no formal education or marketable skills. I did not know how to open a bank account or even shop for groceries. I was lumped, like a sack of sh*t, into the care of my parents who had economic troubles of their own. The Legion's final parting words to me were to be grateful for all that the Legion had done for me. Thanks very much guys!
Shortly after that I heard that the Legion was actually suing some former members who had the audacity to speak ill of her. They were also suing a young man who claimed that he had been sexually abused by Marcial Maciel. We now know that this man was telling the truth. I believe he is now curled up in a ball in bed, in the psych ward of some hospital, probably waiting for the authorities in the church to take him seriously. I wonder which Legionary his soul was entrusted to? I have decided that I will not remain silent out of fear of retribution any longer, from here on out only the truth about the Legion will come out of my mouth. Perhaps the Legion should give that a try!

Orr vs Carkner round 4

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Father of Lies: And his chosen servants ...


Just a few paragraphs about Legionary lies, enjoy the rest at, http://www.regainnetwork.org/article.php?a=47246021

-The Legionary of Christ is trained to lie from the very onset of his vocation. There are no classes in lying taught immediately after Gregorian Chant class on Friday nights, because the approach is more subtle—given by example as well as by command. Within the Legion, a variety of subterfuges justify the lying, and amazingly, even many of those who have left the Legion years ago still engage in the practice. Along with the lies, many former members wish to advance the “Kingdom” by sending ReGAIN letters in support of the Legion, which are laced with profanity and obscenities. The ability to distinguish between what is appropriate and objective sin is obviously lost, as such letters usually end with a curiously contradictory “In Christ” or “I will pray for you.”

-Superiors often lie to their subjects regarding those brothers and priests who leave the Legion. “He was mentally ill” or “He was sent on a special secret mission for the pope by Nuestro Padre” are just a couple of the ridiculous examples we witnessed, used by worried superiors wanting to keep hold of the men under their watch. There must be a better way to protect the remaining vocations than to lie about the discernment process of exiting members.

-Parents are routinely lied to about the spiritual well-being of their sons, and by their own sons themselves. Legion rules dictate this. The religious may never reveal the true nature of his spiritual life to his parents. Parents are not only left out of vocational discernment, but are deceived as to its progress. A parent is often the last person to know when his or her son leaves the Legion, and that phone call is often to ask for money for the plane ticket home.

-Young men who are targeted for recruitment by the Legion of Christ have been told a whole series of lies regarding life in the Legion in order to hook them and reel them in. One of the most vicious of these lies concerns the promise of education. For decades, the Legion has promised young men that they will study for a civil career in the Legion. I was told that only twenty years ago. The Legion has never delivered on that promise. On the other hand, if a Legionary leaves under difficult circumstances, the congregation will occasionally “lose” critical transcripts, forcing the man to retake years of classes. Lies, in this case, go hand-in-hand with personal retribution.

Official Church decrees don't apply to the Legion do they?

My thoughts are italicised.

Official doctrine of Catholic Church



Decree on Priestly Training
Optatum Totius, #3
Vatican II Ecumenical Council
Rome, October 28, 1965




[Official text, complete and unabridged; bullets have been added to puntuate.]

• "In minor seminaries erected to develop the seeds of vocations, the students should be prepared by special religious formation, particularly through appropriate spiritual direction, to follow Christ the Redeemer with generosity of spirit and purity of heart.
• Under the fatherly direction of the superiors, and with the proper cooperation of the parents, (The Legion systematically cuts parents out of the lives of their children once the youngsters are in their care. In the minor seminaries the boys are allowed to go home for only twenty days a year, no Christmas, no Easter and no birthdays with your family) their daily routine should be in accord with the age, character and the stage of development of adolescence and fully adapted to the norms of a healthy psychology. ("If you leave the Legion you will go to hell and all the souls entrusted to your care will too, do you want that on your conscience"?)
• Nor should the fitting opportunity be lacking for social and cultural contacts and for contact with one’s own family. (Above mentioned cutoff from family and friends. Phone calls are restricted to once a week and letters from home are opened before the boy is allowed to read them, also, outgoing letters are screened before being sent to the parents to ensure the boy is not bashing the Legion to his parents)
• Moreover, whatever is decreed in the following paragraphs about major seminaries is also be to adapted to the minor seminary to the extent that it is in accord with its purpose and structure.
• Also, studies undertaken by the students should be so arranged that they can easily continue them elsewhere should they choose a different state of life. (Once a young man leaves the Legion he has no formal training and no formal education outside of high-school. He has no social skills after years of Legion indoctrination. He does not know how to apply for a job or a college, he doesn't know how to open a bank account or even shop for groceries. When I left the Legion I was deposited at the Cornwall, Ontario train station with $200 in my pocket and a few clothes and told not to bash the Legion out of gratitude for all the Legion had done for me ... yeah thanks guys!)
• With equal concern the seeds of vocations among adolescents and young men are also to be fostered in those special institutes, which in accord with the local circumstances, serve the purpose of a minor seminary as well as among those who are trained in other schools initiated for those with a belated vocation are to be carefully developed.”

Back again

Sorry gang! I have been away from my blog for a few days now. Reasons being: my wife and I have welcomed the arrival of a new baby boy, Michael, to our family, we just moved to a new house in a new town, which is a lot closer to my work and to top it all off I am taking two university courses to up-grade my education. The fun never stops at my house!
You may have noticed the new layout to my blog? A blogosphere pal of mine pointed out, that my blog, though pretty, was a little hard on the eyes. I was unaware that may have been the case for some people and wanting folks to actually read my blog, I decided to change it, to make it a little more visually appealing.
Life has been hectic for my family, both immediate and extended. We are all in need of a lot of prayers. First off, my folks, who immigrated to the United States for work a few years back, have lost their employment, due to the recent recession. Please keep them in your prayers as they search for the will of God in their lives. My brother, who is in the Legion of Christ right now, is in need of prayers too. This requires little elaboration. The recent scandals regarding the founder of the Legion are well known, as are the suspicions that members of the Legion hierarchy covered up Marcial Maciel’s transgressions. My brother is especially in need of prayers as the Legion superiors are keeping him and the other seminarians in the dark about the goings on surrounding the apostolic visitation. This disables them from being able to make an informed decision about whether or not to remain in the Legion. This is just one of many examples of how the Legion has operated like a cult for decades, victimizing young men and families all over the world, my family included, was torn apart, from the time my siblings and I were children. Finally, I ask your prayers for my immediate family. I have no specific intention, just thanksgiving for all the Lord has given us. I also ask Our Lord and Blessed Lady to ensure that all my descendants from now until the end of time be faithful Catholics, that they keep the faith founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ . God bless you all!
Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum