Saturday, May 22, 2010

I have been away from this blog for a good long time. Mostly, I was just upset about the verdict from Rome on the case of the Legionaries of Christ. I thought his judgement was far too lenient considering the number of lives and families that have been ruined due to the Legion's tactics. I had hoped that the Legion Apostolic schools would be shut down, recruiting suspended and the Legion leadership removed. Not too long after my last post I had a nice long talk with Pete Vere and he gave me reason to hope, pointing to the case of les fils de Marie, a Quebec group that was eventually shut down by Rome. He pointed out that it took about ten years once the Holy Father stepped in for them to essentially cease functioning. Today I got another boost from Xavier Leger, blog master over at ex LC blogspot. He sent me an e-mail, part of which I post below, pointing out that there is still hope after all that justice may be served. I guess the main point I am taking from this is that I ought to be more patient. Perhaps I am too idealogical, hoping that justice would be metted out swifty, firmly and fairly. It seems to me that the faithful can no longer, nor should we have ever, relied upon church heirarchy to achieve justice for us. It seems to me that this may have to be pursued in the civil courts. Another option I thought of was child social services in the state of New Hampshire. Has any former apostolic ever contacted this service from the state to let them know what transpires under the guise of education? Perhaps not!

As promised Xavier Leger:

You're disappointed because you hoped that the visit would have lead to the closure of the Apostolic Schools. To tell you the truth, I had the same reaction as you. Worse, I hoped that the Vatican would take an exemplary measure and would require the radical dissolution of the congregation. Knowing the compulsive dispositions of some legionaries to chat up and to manipulate the Vatican authorities in their interest, we may be tempted to think that the Church "has been fooled, once again."

However, however... there may be another reason behind it. It is not just a question of saving great interests and capitals. But to avoid a human tragedy. You know, basically, that the Legionnaires are extremely vulnerable, and especially teenagers.

Their system of training, their religious discipline, and their apostolic methodology have made them unable to live normally in the world, as you might have noticed it by yourself.

They are not "immune" because they are living for a long time in a perfect world, a world where one is never confronted with evil. Also, on this simple point of view, a radical dissolution would have been very complicated.

But that's not all: if the Pope had dissolved the congregation, his decision would have been seen as a stab inconsistent with their representation of their vocation. All these apostolics and pre-candidates do not work hard, for many years, serving the Church and the Pope? Do not they have left anything behind them? Have they not sacrificed their youth? The human drama that would follow would surely have led many of them, in any case the most fragile, to madness, depression and even suicide.

But do not worry. The system will not survive very long. The wreck began, water entered the ship and now, despite the desperate efforts of crew members to save the furniture, I do not think the Legion will survive. In the whole history of the church, it never happened that a congregation has been founded by a monster lacking in any religious sentiment.

I believe that the Apostolic Visitation, despite the shortcomings that we have witnessed, and few attempts of some legionaries to fix things, allowed the Holy Father to have a real idea of cultish behavio within the congregation. In the midst of polite phrases and sentences of consolation, the statement points out the serious shortcomings of the Legion and condemn without appeal, the behavior of Father Maciel.

I think the result will be easier than you might imagine: the delegate sent by the Vatican will have the mission to let the congregation “slowly die by itself”. I guess the first steps will be to immediately stop "the vocational recruitment" and the apostolate of training the trainers of seminaries. I also believe that the Legion of Christ will not welcome anymore the training session for the new bishops, and that the Maria Mater Ecclesiae will be assigned to another congregation. (If I am wrong, so, we are in great great trouble...)

In a second step, the delegate will change all the things that contribute to the “feeling guilty” of members: instructors will have the correct speech as "You have a special mission", "God has thought from His eternity to ...", "If you leave, you will betray your calling ...". The religious will have more holidays, and more time with his family. He will also have more opportunities to be informed. He will have more time to sleep, more personal intimacy, more freedom in everyday life. Some acts of piety will become optional. The books of MM will be burned up, the practical exams also. Gradually, they will re-discover - or discover - their freedom ... and not having the pressure of guilt upon their shoulders, they will leave one by one the Legion.

And that's how I think that the prophecy of John Paul II will be fulfilled : "Veranno tempi duri per i legionari se vogliono essere fedeli a la sua vocazione” (hard times are coming for the legionaries if they want be faithful to their vocation). A prophecy which is not, in my opinion, a moral judgments, but a simple observation.

With those few words, I wish you a good continuation in life.

Let us be united in prayer to God who is, above all, a GOOD FATHER.

Xavier L├ęger, from exlcblog.info

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bonum,

So good to see you back! I completely understand the frustration and impatience to see this evil cult gone already. I mean, the Church should have squashed this malicious construction back in the 50s! They had the chance, but royally screwed it up in the "Great Blessing" (makes me nauseated just to think of it, especially when I know there are LC who are still grateful for the "Great Blessing" because without it, they wouldn't have received all that wonderful good Maciel fruit!) I believe some of them wish he had never been revealed as the monster he was so that the great work of the Movement could have continued unabated by this inconvenient news.

But if I think of these men and women as lost teenagers, their moral and--and even human!-- development arrested by Maciel's evil construct, I am more able to understand B16's pastoral approach to the massive problem. More mental illness, despair, suicide, as a result of this system of power would be even more devastating.

"It seems to me that the faithful can no longer, nor should we have ever, relied upon church heirarchy to achieve justice for us." I completely with you there. I will never look at the Vatican or the hierarchy the same way now that my eyes have been opened by this scandal. Which is a good thing, because I had blinders of naivete that endangered my family prior to this.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

One has to see the very strange language that comes out in the communications (e.g. whoever heard of a 'nucleus' of charism?!), and not only the communique, but also noting Bishop Watty's recent interview which he took the initiative to make on his own(spanish original and english translation here: http://www.life-after-rc.com/2010/05/bishop-watty-amplified.html )

It speaks of reform and purification yes, but when you finish taking notes on the content of the reform, it's everything, nothing is left that does not have to change, and radically so. This language could just as easily introduced a writ of supression of the institute as the appointment of a Delegate.

It speaks of the urgency of the Pope, and this seems to be coming from a perceived suffering of victims yes, but also the members themselves who have testified that they are damaged too. This was a direct shot at the LC leaders who keep painting the all is well image of serenity.

Also unconfirmed reporting has it that 3 of the 5 Visitors recommended dissolution: Watty, Ezzati, Versaldi. That's a statement in itself!

I truly wonder if the Holy See was caught off guard with the extent of the problems. For a visitation to lead to a dissolution in decades past you would have needed bishops employed full time and with a staff that would work with local ordinaries to dissolve assets, move religious to other places etc.. With the Legion, the work would be even more daunting with its hidden and global operations, with the complication of the well-known shortage of priest/religious personnel that would have to supply substitutes in many of its works, and as already noted a needed period of gradual adjustment to normality on the part of its members.

This task of reforming an erroneous conscience which in itself still oblidges, is a delicate effort to bring them out of skew. The need to give them back their humanity by loosening discipline such that they do not get lost in their own appetites, but bring it back in balance with the exercise of a self-owned maturity is another critical part of a process.

Anonymous said...

you are a shit head Bonum! Get a life and quit being such a dick face! You are so pathetic and it is your own fault! FACE IT! You can tell your friend Xavier that too!

Anonymous said...

I can see that the last comment came from a very "holy" and kind Regnum Christi member!