TIME Magazine: Is the Legion possessed?


Time Magazine has weighed in on last week's scandal involving the Legion of Christ and allegations Maciel molested his eight-year-old son. Particularly pointed in the concluding paragraph:

While the Legion's website message last week was sympathetic to Lara and her sons, the order made a point of exposing José Raúl González's private demand earlier this year that the Legion pay him $26 million to keep quiet about his father's sexual abuse. The order insists it did not pay, suggesting that as the motive for the tell-all radio interview. Masferrer says the Legion has also circulated reports that Maciel was surrounded by exorcists in his final days, suggesting that his immoral acts were the work of demons and not the priest. That's a Hail Mary ploy at best. And it does little to obscure the fact that it's up to Benedict now to decide whether Padre Maciel's Legion is itself possessed of enough demons to warrant more severe penance.

To read the entire article, please click here.


Shut. It. Down. As 'Back to Basics' pointed out on Jo's blog the Legion is like the vine that did not respond to the efforts of the vinedressers in Luke 13:

`Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

At the time Fr Maciel was sent away to live a life of prayer and penitence, the Pope made it very clear that he was disgraced. Yet merciful like God, the Vatican did not order the dissolution of the order and movement created by Fr Maciel. He told us, that 'apart from the founder' the Legion and Regnum Christi are good. The chance was given for LC/RC to separate themselves from this pedophile whose life of lies was known at that time to the Vatican and to key people in the Legion. Was the Legion obedient to the clear decree of the Pope? NO.

Yet in February last year, after the scandal was made even more public in such a way that the Legion could not continue to deny it, a further year was given for the Legion to clean their own house and begin to bear true fruits for the Church. Sadly it has failed to do this. The fruits borne in the last 12 months have been confusion, scandal, calumny, impenitence and arrogance.

The poisoned tree bears only poisoned fruit; the good branches grafted onto the poison tree slowly begin to bear fruit that is more and more poisonous, albeit shiny and pretty.

Though main stream media usually does a poor job reporting church related issues, this TIME article is actually pretty good. Imagine seeing this level of reporting in any local diocesan newspaper. Don't hold your breath.

Its amazing how some people have such a shallow perspective.

Being Irish I have seeing my fair share of scandals within the catholic church and not just in Ireland, where priests have fathered children.

Not that I condone the reported behaviour of the legion, in any shape or form, but should we really condemn the legion and if so should we condemn the catholic church as a whole, let's face if we compare the reported sins of the legion in comparison to the reported sins of the church, in which direction to you think the scales would tip?

"if we compare the reported sins of the legion in comparison to the reported sins of the church, in which direction to you think the scales would tip?"

Answer: The Legion


Pete, some have said the Legion might be refounded. How would that work? If the Legion were to actually repudiate Fr. Maciel, wouldn't that be admitting that Fr. Maciel didn't impart a genuine charism of the Holy Spirit? And if that's so, what would the refoundation be based on? Can you start a congregation without a charism? It can't be enough merely that this group of priests has been formed in the same manner (especially given the manner!).

Thanks for your insight.

Leave a comment

What? Who?

On life and living in communion with the Catholic Church.

Richard Chonak

John Schultz

You write, we post
unless you state otherwise.


About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Pete Vere published on March 8, 2010 11:01 AM.

Apostolic Schools vs. Vatican II vs. Hockey was the previous entry in this blog.

March 10 - Day of prayer and fasting for Maciel's victims is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.