Saturday, December 25, 2010

Legion of Christ Flawed because Founder Flawed

[From soon to be released article]

The consecrated vocation is a participation in the distinctive divine gift of the founder’s spirituality.  As such, a member of consecrated life appropriately seeks holiness by imitation of a holy founder.  In the case of Miles Jesu, imitation of the founder produced personal paths of destruction.  Besides, Church authorities properly deposed the founder and denounced him as a bad example.  Accordingly, I suggest that Church policy not artificially prop up any institution of consecrated life that lacks a truly holy founder.  Otherwise, the members are deprived of an essential element of their consecrated vocation and a principle is established that invites unholy founders to flourish.