For those of us who had dealings with Regnum Christi and the Legionnaires of Christ these allegations will confirm what we have long believed and understood. That the movement is one based on lies, duplicity, aggressive fundraising and recruiting tactics, a positive, carefully crafted public image and very little else.
Are there good people who have become involved and who will be disappointed? Of course.
Some good blogservations:
Carol McKinley of Boston.
Steve Skojec: a recovering member
Phil Lawler for Catholic Culture
How the Wikipedia War is being waged
I wonder what Fr. Jonathon over at Fox News is saying? Probably something very pastoral.
The spokesperson for the Legion has stated that:
“We can confirm that there are aspects of his life that weren’t appropriate for a Catholic priest."
Inappropriate behavior seems like a bit of an understatement to me. So, in the week that the excommunications of the SSPX bishops have been lifted we may be watching the beginnings of the suppression of the Legionnaires of Christ and Regnum Christi. What a strange time we live in.
Zenit, which is owned by the Legionnaires has this to say about the canonical censure of Fr. Maciel in 2006 go here.:
Very chilling are the comments being left by some apparent members of RC/LC- it still has not hit them that this movement was founded by a drug addicted, homosexual, deviant who was fathering children, stealing money and all the while exhorting Catholics to be just like him, give us your money, your children and your blind unquestioning obedience and we will give you... this.
A sad day and no one takes joy in it. But if this means that some families and individuals will not suffer the abuse of this movement then we can only thank God that the truth is finally being revealed.