I’m off to the in-laws for supper, but there’s lots of good discussion on the Legion of Christ (LC) and Regnum Christi (RC) on other blogs:
1 – Life After RC has posted LC communication director Jim Fair’s statement on recent revelations from Spanish-language new sources. You can read the statement here. Some commentators have asked whether the LC have a communication strategy. Sadly, in reading this statement it appears that the Legion has adopted the Clinton strategy during the Monica Lewinsky scandal (minus the heartbreaking apology after it had dragged on for a while): Admit only small bits of information at a time, and only after the media uncovers it first.
2 – Quoting from what appears to be LC constitutions, Pat Madrid asks: Who was Fr. Maciel’s moderator?
3 – Former LC priest Fr. James Farfaglia, who now pastors a Catholic parish in Texas, asks some pointed questions of current LC chief tomato Fr. Alvaro Corcuerra, L.C. here.
4 – Saving the best for last, ExLC blogger Landon Cody has blogged a pithy reflection on this past week. Chief among his insights, in my opinion, is the following:
The unfortunate part of all of this disaster is the fact that the day to day rules and regulations in the Legion and the Movement, the spirituality focus, and the identifying characteristics of the “Legionary Type” radicate in the pathological behavior of a man who created an institute where he could exercise complete power and control with no oversight or accountability, and live a life diametrically opposed to that of the gospel. The key is that the very institute and its rules and way of life was what permitted him to live this life on the margin of clerical respectability while using the typical modus operandi of an abuser: the search for complete power and manipulation. At the same time, the mirror image of this depravity of control became the Legion of Christ: an institute designed with a centralized, top to bottom control structure that Maciel micro managed and taught his successors to micro manage, complete with more rule books and norms and detailed minutia than any other order, congregation, or religious institute in the history of the Catholic Church.
Cody’s entire reflection is well worth a read, as is the ensuing the blog discussion. You can check it out here.