Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Is the Legion/Regnum a Cult? 1- How to get my loved one out of the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi
Does the LEGION OF CHRIST/REGNUM CHRISTI possess any of these features?
The Cult Checklist was composed by Dr. Langone, Ph.D (Executive Director, International Cultic Studies Association) and other experts in the Cultic Studies field, including Janja Lalich whose 2006 reworking of "Captive Hearts, Captive Minds" is cutting edge and readable: "Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships"
1. The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.
2. The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
3. The group is preoccupied with making money.
4. Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
5. Mind-numbing techniques [such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, debilitating work routines] are used to suppress doubts about the group and its leader[s].
6. The leadership dictates -sometimes in great detail- how members should think, act and feel [for example: members must get permission from leaders to date, change jobs, get married; leaders may prescribe what type of clothes to wear, where to live, how to discipline children, and so forth].
7. The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leaders and members [for example: the leader is considered the Messiah, or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity].
8. The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which causes conflict with the wider society.
9. The group's leader is not accountable to any authorities [as are, for example, military commanders and ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream denominations]. The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group [for example: collecting money for bogus charities].
10. The leadership induces feeling of guilt in members in order to control them.
11. Members' subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family, friends, and personal group goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group.
12. Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.
13. Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.
(This list was composed a couple of decades ago and has become a classic, widely quoted, as it appears literally in "Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships" by Landau-Tobias & Lalich, Hunter Press, 1994, Appendix, pp 276-7)
If you consider that the Legion/Regnum does possess several or all of these features then you are discovering the true nature of this organization. Remember, a cult is about METHODS more than CONTENT [Doctrine, Orthodoxy, etc.] it is NOT WHAT but HOW they do things, the MEANs they use to reach their often lofty, idealistic, challenging, and possibly "good" goals.
See Introduction to the annual International Cultic Studies Conference where two cult experts explain what a Cult is and how Members and Relatives can be helped LINK