Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why Members of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi find it hard to leave


This is just one aspect; there is a kind of "thinking error" involved. If a person wants to be 'absolutely sure' about leaving, they will never do it. Because, in this world one cannot be "absolutely sure" of anything; well except that I am alive, I breath, I think, and I feel body sensations...

And this thinking error and fallacy is exploited by Legion superiors and so called 'spiritual directors'. And, my God, even by Apostolic Visitator, Mons. Blazquez: 'you must be absolutely sure before leaving the Legion or the Regnum'. This is so wrong; because when in the organization one lives in such a state of anxiety, brainwashing and confusion that one cannot be sure about anything.

See my dialogue below:

To: la
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:36 PM
Subject:  exiting LC and +Blazquez

Recently an LC priest wanted to add me as a friend on Facebook. I didn't recognise him, and in any case I wouldn't befriend any LC priest without good reason. I said hello and mentioned that I didn't recognise him, did we know each other? He replied that he was in Rome in the 90s to early 2000 but then has spent years in the General Direction in Rome. (...) I noticed on his Face Book that he is on a sabbatical year. He mentioned that had read about me online so we are virtual friends. He replied to me that he was living in X again and was to have an appointment with Mons. Blazquez ( blogger's explanation: Archbishop Blazquez was one of the five original papal appointed investigators of the Legion of Christ, 2009-2010, and was later appointed to investigate the Regnum Christi Lay Movement also founded by Maciel*) last Monday. This is his account of the meeting:

Mons. Blázquez es bastante optimista y ve futuro a la Legión, en el sentido que ve que va evolucionando y que el delegado está haciendo su trabajo. Ciertamente, ve legítimo que algunos se quieran separar, pero su consejo es que lo hagan si están del todo seguros. Como diríamos en España, "ve brotes verdes" pero no es un ingenuo.

"Mons. Blazquez is quite optimistic and sees a future for the Legion, in the sense that he sees that it is evolving and the [papa] delegate is carrying out his work. Certainly, he sees it as legitimate that some may want to leave the legion, but his advice is that they do so if they are completely sure. As we say in Spain, 'he sees green shoots' but he isn't naive."

Curiouser and curiouser.

*His Excellency Ricardo Blázquez,
archbishop of Valladolid   carried out his apostolic visitation of the RC from January to June 2011


Dear Bro. X,
if someone waits to be absolutely sure before leaving the Legion they will never leave; because the Legion has systematically wounded the members' capacity to analyze and make self-enhancing decisions. You must leave when you have "good enough" reasons to leave; which is the way normal people "out in the world" make decisions anyway.
Well, you never know what a legionary is up to while he is in the Legion but i suppose you could take a chance; he is "going beyond the pale" by contacting you.
It is kind of refreshing that the Legion has found the "sabbatical" as a decompressing and discernment tool at this late stage in its evolution; should be a time for real free soul searching. Hopefully, it is not a sabbatical 'modus legionis' like those Ignatian Spiritual Exercises of discernment that Maciel manipulated in Salamanca back in the day in such a way as to empty them of their vitality and their true nature.

Your former brother P.

N.B. let us also be aware of the danger of misquoting Mons Blazquez with second or third-hand quotes which may also have been interpreted and filtered by Legion superiors and so called spiritual directors to suit their own ends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Apostolic Delegate Ordains Legion Priests whose formation system he is reforming


VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2011 
- At the conclusion of his weekly audience last Wednesday, Benedict XVI had comforting words for a group of newly ordained priests from the Legion of Christ.
The 49 priests were ordained Dec. 12 at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the congregation.
The Pope said he wished God to support them in their ministry, so that they can carry out their mission of evangelical service with joy and fidelity.


Blogger notes: Curiouser and Curiouser
"Neutral and objective" Cardinal De Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the congregation, ordained the 49 new Legion priests formed by the system created by disgraced founder, Marcial Maciel, a system which is currently under review by said Cardinal De Paolis. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Great Man Goes, Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel in 1990

In a world of dictators, impostors, liars, and deceivers

With sadness we see him pass
With gladness we pay tribute
to a champion of Freedom

After clicking link START SIDESHOW

Thursday, December 8, 2011

UPDATE- Archbishop McQuaid of Dublin Sexual Abuse Allegations

Updated 12/09/11

It is chilling to think that the revered Church dignitary that I met with in Salamanca circa 1962 while a Novice of the Legion of Christ -described in Our Father Maciel who art in bed, a Naive and Sentimental Dubliner in the Legion of Christ- may have been a pedophile:

McQ ruled Dublin [and Ireland] with an iron fist; Maciel must have approached him about a foundation in Dublin [1959-60]. McQ sent him first to Bundoran, Donegal, and a year later "let him into" the diocese of Dublin. 
I met His Grace in Salamanca circa 1962 when Fr Lagoa asked me to go with him as his interpreter. "Have you forgotten your English?" was McQuaid's icy comment when i stuttered in the presence of such an imposing person...

Sexual abuse allegations made against late Archbishop John Charles McQuaid

Murphy Commission investigated leader who ruled Church with iron fist

He was once the man who dominated the Catholic Church in Dublin – now two sex abuse complaints against former Archbishop John Charles McQuaid have come to light.
The Irish Times reports that the recent Murphy Commission into clerical sex abuse in the diocese received two complaints against McQuaid.
The complaints included an allegation of abuse of a 12-year-old boy by Archbishop McQuaid in 1961. A separate concern to the two abuse allegations also brought to the Commission’s attention.
The paper reports that complaints and concern were addressed in a ‘Supplementary Report to the Dublin Archdiocese Investigation’, published on the commission’s website on July 13th, the day it published the Cloyne report.

The Irish Times also reports that Archbishop McQuaid is not identified by name in the supplementary report but is described as a cleric who ‘has been dead for many years’. He retired in 1972 and died in 1973.
The Murphy commission’s findings into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese were published in November 2009.
The supplementary report states that as the commission was completing its main report in the summer of 2009, it received information which would have ‘brought another cleric’ within its remit.
The report states that the commission was concerned that ‘this may have been withheld deliberately and felt this required investigation’.
An adult alleged in 2003 that he had been abused by Archbishop McQuaid but the complaint was ‘not made known to the commission when the Health Service Executive discovered documents relating to it’.
The paper adds that: “In May 2009 this complaint was made known to Phil Garland, then director of child protection in Dublin’s archdiocese. He informed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the commission was “immediately informed”, the report says. The HSE subsequently supplied relevant documentation to the commission.
“The archdiocese then organised a further trawl of its files and found a letter ‘which showed that there was an awareness among a number of people in the archdiocese that there had been a concern expressed about this cleric in 1999’, the report states. The ‘cleric’ is Archbishop McQuaid.”
The commission accepted that the failure to hand over the 2003 documentation was down to human error.
In 2010 however, after the commission’s report had been published, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin revealed that he had received another abuse complaint against Archbishop McQuaid.
The supplementary report said “Archbishop Martin was under no obligation to give the commission this information”. The 2010 complaint is also the subject of a civil action against the archdiocese.
Responding to questions from The Irish Times, the archdiocese said it treated information regarding abuse in a confidential manner, ‘out of respect to all involved’.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Latest Guidelines in Regnum Christi Reform from Papal Delegate

Translation from the Spanish version

Rome, November 21, 2011

Dear Legionaries, and consecrated men and women of Regnum Christi:

As I mentioned in my October 15th letter, we have begun “an important and
challenging period to study the issues that will come up, as we reflect on the Apostolic
Visitator’s report and begin the revision of the Statutes”. The first step in this path of
reflection has been a meeting with a group of consecrated men and women who live in
Rome this past November 7th, in which I presented a summary of the Visitator’s Report.
I have already authorized that the recording of the first part of this meeting, my
introduction to the meeting and the summary of the Visitator’s conclusions, be made
available to all the consecrated men and women.
In this letter I would like to shed light on some points:

1) Confirming what I said in the October 15th that “The figure of a priest as delegate of
the general director and [of a priest as delegate] of the territorial directors for the
consecrated women in Regnum Christi is suspended.”  (#3),  I have asked that the
General Director, together with the General Assistants for the consecrated men and
consecrated  women of Regnum Christi let me know the  faculties of the General
Director and the Territorial Directors in relation to the governance of the consecrated
men and women as soon as possible, so that I can establish which should be given
to the General Assistants for the consecrated men and  consecrated  women
respectively, and to the Territorial Assistants. Until this occurs, the General Director
and Territorial Directors will provisionally maintain their actual faculties. In any case,
I confirm what I have already said in the October 15th letter in relation to the faculties
of the General Director, that is, that “all of the important decisions regarding the
consecrated women and men of Regnum Christi, particularly admission of new
consecrated persons, transfers, nominations and the dismissals or dispensations
from promises, will need the approval of the Pontifical Delegate, after hearing the
opinion of the general director’s assistant for the consecrated women or the
consecrated men.” (#2), although this list of decisions should be understood  as
examples, not as something exhaustive.

2) In the October 15th letter I declared that “The statutes of Regnum Christi approved
by the Holy See on November 26, 2004 remain in force until new indications are
given, barring specific cases” (#2), and they are binding.  The “Estatutos y
Reglamentos del Movimiento Regnum Christi”, in spite of the fact that they do not
have a juridical value inasmuch as they have not been approved by a General
Chapter, contain the praxis that regulates the life of Regnum Christi. Therefore,  I
have asked  that a small commission  formed by the General Assistants for the
consecrated men and consecrated women and Fr. Roberto Aspe, L.C. be set up as
soon as possible, in order to elaborate an extract of the articles of the “Estatutos y
Reglamentos del Movimiento Regnum Christi”, which will contain only the articles
which are considered an application of the Statutes from November 26th and are
strictly necessary for the life and governance of the third degree of the Movement,
taking what is established above in #1 into account. This text, once reviewed by Fr.
Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., will be presented for the approval of the Pontifical
Delegate who will publish it as the only Regulations in force during the revision stage
of the Statutes and of the Regulations of Regnum Christi.

3) At the end of the October 15th letter, I said that “any suggestions and proposals
for the path of revision that is before us can be sent to the Delegate.” I thank you for
your active collaboration and desire to participate in the process we have begun.  I
have asked that the General Director and the General Assistants for the consecrated
men and  consecrated  women propose the names of a legionary, two consecrated
women and two consecrated men (respectively), who will form the central
commission for the revision of the Statutes and of the Regulations. This commission
will be helped by two secretaries, one consecrated man and one consecrated
woman, indicated by the two General Assistants. I ask you to send your suggestions
to this commission, which will be formed as soon as possible, so that they can take
them into consideration. Obviously  you can always present matters of a personal
character to me and my collaborators.

4) Based on your own suggestions sent to me and my council members, the work of
reflection will be  started by going in depth in fundamental topics such as: the
methodology of community discernment; consecration by evangelical counsels in the
Church and particularly in lay secular life; the content of the evangelical counsels
and of fraternal life in community; the fundamental elements for an integral formation
for consecration of life through the profession of the evangelical counsels; the
participation of lay people in the charism of a religious institute; different associative
expressions in the Church and their canonical discipline, especially in relation to
Movements; and different styles of government in consecrated life.  Some
conferences on these topics will be given by the Pontifical Delegate and some of his
council members, and eventually by other experts, which can feed days of study and
reflection. The forms these will take will be communicated as soon as possible.

5) In all this process, not only in relation to Regnum Christi, but also in relation to the
Legion, we need to distinguish between what is simply proposed and what
eventually may be decided, which will always be expressed in a formal action of
personal decision of the Pontifical Delegate or by approval of an action of the
General Director if that is required.

I exhort you once again to begin and continue this path of personal and community
reflection in a climate of prayer in listening to what the Spirit suggests to your own heart
and that of the others, in trusting dialogue and reciprocal respect. Be grateful to the Lord
for the gift of your consecration in the Church and in Regnum Christi,  and feel
yourselves responsible for this talent that God has put in your hands so that it may
always produce more fruit. I am deeply grateful, speaking also for my council members,
for your prayers and manifestations of trust and spiritual closeness. May the blessing of
God accompany you.

With my prayers, I wish you every good in the Lord Jesus.
+ Velasio Card. De Paolis, C.S.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wall St., The Legion, and the Vatican

Jose Barba, the blogger [standing], Jason Berry and a Cuban journalist

Dear Catholic Parent,

While the USA TV airs indignated protestors on Wall Street few, I believe, consider the direct moral accountability of Goldman Sachs in all this mess; much less are they aware of the fact that only a few months ago 
the Legion of Christ and Vicar General Luis Garza Medina promoted  a two day symposium at the Vatican on "Ethics and Economics" (Goldman Sachs was one of those prominently included in the show).

On both these days the conference began with a
mass at Saint Peter's Basilica. Cardinal De Paolis himself celebrated one of those two rituals. 

Is not this a travesty of Christianity as the "good
news" religion for the poor?

These are moments when we should remind people with short memories
who are the true friends of the Legion of Christ, supposedly devoted to establish the Kingdom of Christ on earth. Do not these facts, well observed, prove again and again that the LC is nothing more than meticulous window dressing just like Marcial Maciel
was all through his life? Can't the Vatican analyze the news and reach the necessary conclusions? And what does Zenith Agency have to say about this?

With affection,

Jose Barba, PhD Harvard

Monday, October 31, 2011

"Approved by the Church" Caveat Catholic

"Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing"

Exchanging emails with Dr. Michael Langone, executive Director of I.C.S.A. to focus on content of next year's presentation in Montreal, Canada.

We are still 'disconcerted' by the facility with which Catholics continue to be deceived by any group that claims to be '"approved by the Church",
a catch-all phrase that could mean a thousand different things and should not be gobbled up by the innocent.
"All that glitters is not gold" and

"Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing" [Remember who said that?]

Will keep you posted.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

De Paolis Letter to Regnum Christi re Apostolic Visitation

Regarding results of recent Apostolic Visitation to the Regnum Christi theLegion/ Regnum gives us their interpretation on their page -like we can't read the letter on our own.... Oh, the members need Daddy big Priest to explain it to them... Well, below we quote the original, unadulterated version:

Cardinale Velasio De Paolis, c.s.
Piazza del Sant‘Uffizio, 11

Rome, 15 October 2011

Dear Legionaries and consecrated men and women of Regnum Christi,
In his apostolic visitation, carried out from January to June 2011, His Excellency Ricardo Blázquez,
archbishop of Valladolid, met almost all of the consecrated members of Regnum Christi in a number
of countries, whether in group meetings or individual interviews.  He also received much written
input.  At the beginning of September, he turned in his report to the Pontifical Delegate.
We will now carefully analyze the report in order to understand it fully.  Then we will undertake
whatever seems necessary to revise the statutes that regulate the life of the consecrated members
of Regnum Christi and how they live in practice.   Along with my Council, I began to get acquainted
with the report, albeit necessarily briefly.  There was also a joint meeting with Legionaries and
Regnum Christi consecrated persons in which we exchanged our reflections. This exchange needs to
be continued and reflected upon deeply.

A positive point that emerges from the apostolic visitation is that at a personal level the consecrated
members are grateful for their vocation and live their consecration to God according to the
evangelical counsels with joy, aware that they render a valuable service to the Church with their selfgiving.
However, the issues regarding personal and community life that have emerged from this same
visitation on an institutional level initially appear to be many and challenging.  We should handle
them with the people that are the first affected, that is, the consecrated persons.  This is about their
lives.  At the same time we cannot forget their history either, which is intimately linked to that of the

In general, there is a positive judgment on the relationship between the Legion and the consecrated
persons in Regnum Christi because of the good fruits that this has borne in the apostolate, for which
we thank the Lord.  At the same time, more than a few points surface that need to be clarified and
perhaps rethought.  In particular the visitation showed that there is a widespread desire among the
consecrated persons for a proper autonomy – which the consecrated persons should enjoy, and
which pertains to them as a form of association within the Church.  The visitator’s report does not
specify the extent this should have, but it should certainly involve responsibility on the part of the
consecrated women and men in the organization and government of their personal, community, and
apostolic lives.  The issue of autonomy appears linked to the juridical nature of the group of
consecrated persons itself and to the scope and juridical weight of their consecration in the
profession of the evangelical counsels.  On the one hand, it will be necessary to maintain a link of
participation, even if specified in a distinct manner, in the same charism, spirituality, and apostolate, thus saving a precious inheritance. On the other hand, it will be necessary to find an adequate
configuration that corresponds to Canon Law, in order to better conserve, promote and develop this

Thus begins an important and challenging period to study the issues that will come up, as we reflect
on the Apostolic Visitator’s report and begin the revision of the Statutes.  It is also necessary to find
the right way and a suitable procedure  in order to guarantee serious, appropriate and decisionoriented reflection on the fundamental issues along with the commitment of all those involved,
according to each one’s responsibility, whether at the individual or collective level.  Even before
beginning the examination of the condition of the consecrated persons in Regnum Christi, a few
guidelines can be useful as of now, even if they are provisional.

1. This process will unfold under the responsibility of the Pontifical Delegate for the congregation of
the Legionaries of Christ, assisted by his personal councilors.
2. The statutes of Regnum Christi approved by the Holy See on November 26, 2004 remain in force
until new indications are given, barring specific cases.  For ordinary life the general director of the
Legionaries retains authority over the consecrated persons according to the current regulations
contained in the Statutes.  However, all of the important decisions regarding the consecrated
women and men of Regnum Christi, particularly admission of new consecrated persons, transfers,
nominations and the dismissals or dispensations from promises, will need the approval of the
Pontifical Delegate, after hearing the opinion of the general director’s assistant for the consecrated
women or the consecrated men.
3. The figure of a priest as delegate of the general director and [of a priest as delegate] of the
territorial directors for the consecrated women in Regnum Christi is suspended. Meanwhile, the
functions that until now have been exercised by the delegate of the general director pass on to the
general director’s assistants for the consecrated women and the consecrated men, who will be
assisted by three councilors.  Any difficulties may be presented to the Pontifical Delegate.
4. All that has been established for the Legionaries of Christ concerning spiritual direction, the
sacrament of penance, correspondence and the use of the Internet, and the protection of the
conscience in dialogue with superiors also applies to the consecrated women and men of Regnum
Christi.  As for the sacrament of penance and spiritual direction, the freedom of the consecrated
women and men in the choice of confessors and spiritual directors, as well as in manifesting their
conscience to their directors and to the general director of the Legionaries, has to be fully
recognized (cf. can. 630 of The Code of Canon Law).

Therefore the directors are required to diligently provide that sufficient and suitable ordinary and extraordinary confessors be available for the consecrated women and men, and that among these there always be priests who do not belong to the Legion of Christ.  Moreover, what is established in can. 991 must be kept in mind: “Every member of the Christian faithful is free to confess sins to a legitimately approved confessor of his or her choice, even to one of another rite.”

Everyone – consecrated women, consecrated men, Legionaries of Christ – are called to give their
collaboration, in ways that will be specified soon.  As of now any suggestions and proposals for the
path of revision that is before us can be sent to the Delegate.
I exhort all to begin and to walk this path of personal and community reflection in an environment of
prayer, dialogue, and respect in order to bring to completion the beautiful reality of consecrated life
in Regnum Christi in the Church.  To all I wish every good thing in the Lord and I invoke the Lord’s
blessing with the abundance of his gifts.

Yours truly,
Velasio Card. De Paolis, c.s.
Pontifical Delegate

Monday, October 10, 2011

Archbishop who Saw Through Legion of Christ gets Vatican "Promotion"

Monday, October 10, 201

Pope Appoints Archbishop O'Brien Grand Master of Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Archbishop to Serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Until a Successor is Named
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed him Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. With the announcement of the appointment, the Archbishop immediately ceases serving as Archbishop of Baltimore, a post he’s held since October 1, 2007; however, he will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese until a successor is named.
In accepting the new position, Archbishop O’Brien assumes responsibility for the ancient lay Catholic Order whose goal is to promote and defend Christianity in the Holy Land and to support the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
“It has been a singular privilege to serve as Archbishop of Baltimore,” the Archbishop said. “It is with a heavy heart that I will be departing…I pray that I will carry out the will of God and that of [the Pope] in preserving the faith in the Holy Land.”
The Archbishop made the announcement earlier today at the Catholic Center in downtown Baltimore in front of more than 200 employees of the Archdiocese’s central services offices, Catholic Charities, the Cathedral Foundation and the Basilica.
Archbishop O’Brien succeeds Cardinal John Patrick Foley who resigned in February due to reasons of health. Cardinal Foley held the position since 2007.
"I would like to thank Cardinal Foley for his excellent service as Grand Master,” Archbishop O’Brien added. “He brought great joy and enthusiasm to the position and accomplished much in his effective leadership of the Order. I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the Cardinal's personal words of congratulations and support. Since learning of my appointment I have spent some time with Cardinal Foley and I am sure I will be turning to him from time to time for his continued good counsel."
Archbishop O’Brien said he was unsure how long it will be before his successor is named, but assured those present that the Holy See is aware of the importance of naming a new Archbishop as soon as possible, citing many critical programs underway in the Archdiocese.
During his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has stressed the urgency of preserving a strong Christian presence in the Holy Land.
As Grand Master, Archbishop O’Brien will reside in Vatican City and will make visits to the Holy Land and to the Order’s lieutenancies, which are located throughout the world. The Archbishop has served as Grand Prior of the Mid-Atlantic Lieutenancy of the United States, based in Washington, D.C., since 2010.
According to the Vatican, the Order’s principal mission is to “reinforce the practice of Christian life by its members…and to sustain and assist the religious, spiritual, charitable and social works of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land; and to conserve and propagate the faith in the Holy Land and the rights of the Catholic Church there.”
Members of the Order must be practicing Catholics of good character and be recommended by their local Ordinary, or bishop, with the support of several members of the Order. Today, there are close to 18,000 members of the order who give generously to the Holy See and its institutions, particularly in the Holy Land, where it gives substantial aid to the humanitarian and religious projects of the Patriarch.
In 2009, members contributed over $10 million to the Holy Land, providing support for the patriarchal schools there and humanitarian relief.
In a statement issued today, Cardinal Foley cited Archbishop O’Brien’s “experience and splendid dedication as priest and archbishop” and said the Archbishop will be “an outstanding leader” of the Order. “I could not be happier that he is my successor,” the Cardinal added.
During his tenure as the 15th Archbishop of the nation’s oldest Catholic diocese, Archbishop O’Brien has focused the Church’s ministry in several key areas, including the promotion of vocations, fostering a culture of respect for the dignity of every person, improving the quality of life in Baltimore City, and to help Catholics in the Archdiocese—young, old, and those who may have left the Church—renew and strengthen the bonds of their faith.
Since arriving to serve as Archbishop of Baltimore in October 2007:
  • Archbishop O’Brien has ordained seven new priests for the Archdiocese and over 120 men have entered the program for priestly formation.
  • The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, a comprehensive fundraising program designed to aid the parishes, schools and charitable programs within the Archdiocese, has generated more than $23 million in pledged donations and is projected to surpass the $30 million mark this year.
  • The Archdiocese has raised and distributed more than $7.5 million in tuition assistance for children in inner city Catholic schools.
  • More than 3,100 new Catholics entered the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese.

While many areas of Church life have experienced growth in recent years, Catholic school enrollment continued to decline, a trend that was accelerated by the economic downturn that began in the fall of 2008.
To reverse this disturbing trend—one that led to the closing of several Catholic schools in the years prior to his installation as Archbishop of Baltimore--and to head-off the dire consequences that the financial crisis posed for Catholic schools, Archbishop O’Brien initiated an unprecedented review and strategic planning process for the entire school system. These efforts led to the painful but necessary consolidation of a dozen Catholic elementary schools and one high school, as well as the creation of a long-term strategy for strengthening Catholic schools. As well a number of new educational initiatives to help Catholic schools remain competitive were developed, including dual language, Montessori and STEM, with the promise of additional programs to follow.
Guided by a blue ribbon committee of educational, community, business and philanthropic leaders, the Archbishop called for the creation of a new Archdiocesan School Board and a new model for school governance that puts the Superintendent of Schools in charge of school leaders and puts priests in charge of the spiritual identity of the school. The critical issue of bridging the affordability gap many families are facing was also a key area of focus for the Archbishop, as he called on every Catholic parish in the Archdiocese to financially support Catholic school education. This resulted in the implementation of an annual special assessment and a special collection for Catholic education, both designed to help fund tuition assistance and other forms of assistance to families and schools.
“While the thought of leaving Baltimore—which I have come to think of as a permanent and welcoming home—saddens me, the news underscores the fact that the Church is built and ordered on Christ, alone,” said Archbishop O’ Brien.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Archbishop Dolan Sucks Up to Legion of Christ

 "Sucks up" according to a Legion-tinted report
Living the Truth:

New York Archbishop tells Legionaries he admires them as they “stand at the feet of Christ”

Thornwood, New York --

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan considers having a Legionary house in New York a “jewel in the crown of the Archdiocese.”

This is one of the comments the Archbishop made to the members of the Legion during a September 15, 2011, visit to the Thornwood Center in Thornwood, New York.

Priests from across the country had just completed their annual spiritual exercises at Thornwood on the previous day. The Archbishop came to celebrate Mass at the invitation of Fr Julio Marti, LC. The date of September 15 was chosen because it is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, a principal feast for the Legion.

Archbishop Dolan told the 40 priests concelebrating with him and the 100 religious brothers attending that he had known and admired the Legionaries since he was a seminarian in Rome in 1972.

“He said his admiration has increased seeing us living in truth, no matter how much pain, sorrow and embarrassment we have suffered,” said Fr. Michael Brisson, LC, community superior of the Legionaries in Thornwood. “We should stand at the feet of Christ and never lose sight of him.”

During his remarks, the Archbishop focused on the presence of Mary in the life of Christ and the Church. She was present in the two most famous scenes of Christ’s life, his birth in Bethlehem and his death on Calvary. Archbishop Dolan suggested his listeners take a lesson from Mary, who knew how to live both in times of joy and in times of sorrow.

After Mass, the Archbishop asked to be able to visit with each person present.

“And he did just that!” said Fr. Michael. “He spent the next hour shaking hands, laughing with and encouraging everyone.”

Friday, September 30, 2011

ZENIT founder, Jesus Colina, Ousted by Legion because of Questioning

Christ Is My Life

Christ is my Life, Jesus Colina interviews Marcial Maciel, Founder of the Legion of the Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement

News item received from Info-Secte, the Canadian cult-watch group

Founder of Zenit forced out by Legion

Rome, ItalySep 29, 2011 / 10:08 am (CNA).- 

Jesus Colina, the founder and director of the news agency Zenit, has announced his resignation after a decision by the Legionaries of Christ to enhance the Legion identity of the agency.
Established 14 years ago as an independent agency seeking to report on “the world seen from Rome,” Zenit has established a strong presence on the Internet, with daily editions in seven languages.
Colina was appointed a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications by Pope Benedict XVI, and has received the Path to Peace Award from the Path to Peace Foundation, which works in close collaboration with the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
In an exclusive interview from Rome with Catholic News Agency, Colina explained the details behind his departure.

What are the reasons for your resignation?
The current chairman of the board at Zenit, Legionary priest Father Oscar Nader, requested I take this step based on the view that as a person linked to various Catholic communications initiatives, I do not offer the clear idea of the institutional identity of Zenit that the Legionaries of Christ wish to communicate from now on.

How do you explain this decision?
Well, in reality I think this decision is the culmination of a gradual mutual loss of trust which began several years ago. The manner in which the Legion of Christ hid the information about Fr. Marcial Maciel, which was discovered bit by bit by the press, caused a breakdown of trust in this institution on the part of the director of the news agency.
I understand the difficult situation in which the superiors of the Legionaries of Christ found themselves.  Now in public statements they have said they already had proof of Fr. Maciel’s different lives for years before his death.  Nevertheless, despite the statement issued by the Holy See in 2006, they continued to present him as a role model, even at his death and after his death.
The superiors invited me to a Mass celebrated at the chapel of the Legionaries’ Center for Higher Studies 30 days after his death. During the homily, before hundreds of religious, Fr. Maciel was presented as a role model.  This is particularly grave, because it is one thing to avoid a scandal in revealing the crimes or the double (although you would have to say the triple or quadruple) life of Fr. Maciel, and quite another to continuing maintaining this myth of sanctity that the congregation had promoted during his life.
 Moreover, since a number of years had passed since the Vatican statement was issued calling on Fr. Maciel to retire and to publicly acknowledge his lies and crimes, the impression was spread among the religious and those close to the Legionaries that the Pope had unjustly punished him.  This to me is very grave, especially considering everything that this Pope has done for the congregation.

But, in reality since the Legionaries were the ones who asked you to resign, it seems that they also lost trust in you.
Yes, undoubtedly trust is a sentiment that goes in two directions, it cannot be one way.  In the last two years, everything the congregation has experienced has created tension. Two years ago, the Zenit staff asked the board to establish a totally separate and transparent management in order to guarantee independence in response to any accusations. Zenit is an agency that depends on donations from its readership and ought to be able to explain where every dollar goes.  Although the board promised to set up this kind of arrangement, in practice this has not been done.  I am morally convinced that the money we have received from our readers goes directly to Zenit, but I cannot demonstrate this formally and administratively.
As one can understand, my continuous complaints about this situation led the superiors of the Legionaries to also lose trust in me.  This trust was completely broken when I proposed allowing other Catholic entities to have a seat on the board of Zenit, in order to address these questions and provide for an editorial future and greater ecclesial representation.  Not only was the proposal ignored, it led to my firing as well.

You knew Fr. Maciel well, you even published a book interview with him.  Did you know anything about his private life?
Like the vast majority of people who knew him, including John Paul II, I could have never imagined that he was guilty of the crimes that have now been proven.  During the meetings I had with him, I always believed I was standing before an authentic priest. This is the “enigma” of Fr. Maciel which Benedict XIV spoke about in his book.  I never had any doubts about him until the Vatican published the statement calling on him to retire to a life of prayer and penance.  The review of his biography and the amazing growth of the works he founded led me to believe that there had to be Christian authenticity at the origin.  There were some details that sometimes surprised me, such as his interest in appearance, for example, but I ascribed that to his cultural origins.  Like so many other people, I was also shocked to discover the deceit in someone who had been presented to us as a role model.

For 20 years you have worked as correspondent in Rome, and 14 years ago you began Zenit.  What is your assessment?
The Maciel case and its understandably tragic consequences cannot blur the human, spiritual and professional adventure experienced by those lucky enough to spend their lives offering news coverage of the life of the Pope and the Holy See.  As a journalist you see human weakness, but you also see a lot of holiness, an immense work of charity at the service of those most in need.  I have been able to know John Paul II and now Benedict XVI: two people of surprising spiritual and intellectual stature. 
All this depth and holiness cannot be clouded by Fr. Maciel’s lies. Honestly I know many priests and seminarians of the Legionaries of Christ and I consider them to be authentic Christians and, in a certain sense, martyrs of the situation they are confronting with so much love for Christ and the Church.