I am an ex-legionary; and could go into great detail about my experiences with the Legion, Fr. MM, his writings, and the Legion as a whole. Let it suffice to say I am deeply sadden and disturbed by all events which I have just recently begun to learn about. I have also been reading many different people’s opinions (all of are very heated by emotion) about what should be done with the legion after the visitation. As a guest writer in his blog I want to give my opinion as to what should be done with the legion and why, in the most objective way possible.
First off; Fr. Marcial Marciel, has been totally disgraced, and removing all vestiges of him from the order seems appropriate. However there are those who say the legion should keep some of his writings, ‘why throw the baby with the bath water’. Initially I would agree with that, however looking more deeply into it after a bit of research, it seems that Fr. MM might have plagiarised some of his writings. As well the main reason I think that his writing should be gotten rid of, is the blatant hypocrisy that comes out his work which gives it all a sick new meaning and makes me sick to my stomach.
Now if we remove all vestiges of Fr. MM, his works and writings, then you in essence have removed the spirituality of the Legion, that which makes the Legion the Legion, the identity which separates it from all the other orders and the diocese. This is true because the legion only uses its founder’s writings and the bible as their only source for spirituality. The legion would lose its identity and would have to find a new one. This finding of a new spiritual identity, as an order could be an exciting and wonderful experience, one that I wouldn’t mind being a part of. However, who is to lead this new spiritual journey? Certainly not the Legion’s current leadership.
The upper echelon of the Legion has been covering for Fr. MM and many others in the order who have committed scandalous actions and some who continue to commit scandalous action while remaining unmolested by law. This is truly the most horrifying thing I have ever heard about the Legion, that priests, an ‘Alter Christus’ would cover up for pedophiles, all for the good of the Legion. The upper echelon of the legion needs to be removed from the order to where it can no longer harm her, and I don’t just mean demotion, I mean out of the order and to wherever the Church deems it necessary to place them. They need to be removed because it is clear that are will to do whatever it takes to protect “THEIR” order, no matter if innocents are harmed in the process.
This leaves the renewal of the order up to the young priests and brothers who are left with the pieces. This has to be a daunting task for those who have been trained to obey all orders and to never question their superiors, for this is part of Fr. MM’s spirituality. The hardest part for them, those fathers and brothers left to pick up the pieces, is that they are all being kept in the dark, by their current leadership, as to what is really going on, so much so that I would hate to imagine their shock if the Legion were to be disbanded. If that had of happened while I was a novice, I think I would have felt betrayed by the Church. So now the question is whether the Legion is capable of finding a new identity. That is a question I don’t feel qualified to answer, and it is something that the Apostolic Visitation will have to decide. In the mean time lets us all pray for the fathers, brothers and lay people who are caught in the middle of this whole mess