A careful reading of the small print re Outreach Commission could lead one to believe that it is set up to by-pass victims that have their cases in civil or ecclesiatical courts. If you don't believe see underlined passage in official info -and forgive us for being paranoid. On a cynical note: the announcement was made just as a very well known Maciel victim was being flown into Rome to speak with Superior General, Corcuera; good timing! He was told that his case would be at the top of the list...
The Legion's message is clear: be nice to us and we will be nice to you. Quite in keeping with the teachings of Jesus...
"Outreach Commission Created
The papal delegate’s decisions will be based on listening to the victims and a detailed report on each case.
Rome, Italy. January 31, 2011.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate for the congregation, has created the Outreach Commission, as announced in his October 19, 2010 letter.
The members of the commission....
Those who wish to be heard by the commission can write to the following address, briefly explaining the situation they would like to present:
c/o Legionari di Cristo
Via Aurelia, 677
Italia – 00165 Roma
The decree constituting the commission stated that it would deal only with cases having a direct relation to the person of Fr Marcial Maciel. It will not intervene in cases awaiting decisions from civil or ecclesiastical courts.
When he presented the Outreach Commission to the Legionaries of Christ, Fr Álvaro Corcuera, LC, emphasized that its purpose is to “continue facing with seriousness and responsibility our recent history as regards Fr Marcial Maciel’s conduct and the implications and consequences it has had on some people. Insofar as it is humanly possible, we want to close this chapter in its more painful aspects, seek reconciliation, and allow justice and charity to prevail.”
[Interpretation: We want to get this crap behind us and out of the public eye asap]
At the same time, the general director of the Legionaries of Christ encouraged everyone to pray for this commission’s work so that it may be sustained by God’s grace and truly do good to the affected people and their families."