Res et Explicatio for AD 9-7-2009

Monday, September 7, AD 2009

Salvete AC readers!

Buckle Up! Because here are today’s Top Picks in the world of Catholicism:

1. Sadly most of us will miss the Catholic Report blog run by Dave Hartline.  Due to pleasant new circumstances of a new member of the family, Dave will be rolling back some of his extra-curricular activities to attend to his growing family.  In addition Dave will be the newest contributor to the American Catholic website and joining our family of writers.

2. Since First Things began gobbling up good bloggers such as Spengler, Wesley J. Smith, and Elizabeth Scalia and adding writers such as the American Catholic’s own Christopher Blosser, Jay Anderson, and Joseph Bottum under the First Thoughts blog, their website has gotten a WHOLE lot better.  Many interesting stories and newsbites all neatly marketed in a spiffy new look.

I suggest you all check it out here.

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Sad Days For the Legionnaires & Regnum Christi

Tuesday, February 3, AD 2009

Via Amy Welborn:

A year ago last week – January 30 – Legionary of Christ founder Marcial Maciel died in Houston and was, a few days later, buried in Mexico, rather than the tomb that had been constructed for him in Rome.

Over the past week, with more intensity over the weekends, rumblings have been heard about the Legionaries of Christ and their founder, Maciel. The rumblings have now reached the level of blogs, so here we go.

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7 Responses to Sad Days For the Legionnaires & Regnum Christi

  • I too have had experiences both negative and positive. Unfortunately more of the former. I do believe many members make authentic growth in their spiritual lives. Will pray for them.

  • I wish leaders other than Maciel would have faced and disclosed these truths much, much earlier.

    And the LC/RC spin machine up to just these past days made even the Clinton White House during the Lewinsky affair look like a Truth Squad.

    Sadly, the mythical life of Maciel was so intentionally central to virtually all LC-RC spirituality and activity. I pray for many, many well-intentionned and God-seeking members who now must be suffereing through the experience of betrayal and emotional/intellectual upheaval.

  • The only amazing aspect of this kerfuffle is that the LC organization should have learned from the blunders of Americano dioceses during the Priestly Scandals of 2001-05. As in- come clean, mop up the mess, do it quickly and publicly, move forward. If LC’s appeal comes from the charism of one man, it will dry up like the orders of nuns who went cloud cuckoo. If it’s rooted in Christ and His Church- not Maciel’s Church- it may find, like Opus Dei during the Da Vinci Code hysteria, that bad publicity is better than none.

  • During times like these, it is important to remember the words of the Gospels, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” It is right to judge the gravity of the sin-the actions-however one cannot judge the sinner. This is because in order to judge the sinner, one has to have infinite knowledge of that person. This means knowing his interior life, thoughts and dispositions, as well as his exterior life. I am in no way condoning such terrible actions. I am only saying this because it is at the heart of Christian social teaching. This applies not only to this specific situation, but also to the other men who , during their time as priest, have committed such sins throughout the history of the Church. I learned at an early age this lesson in not judging on by their sin and am grateful that, by the grace of God, I have been able to adhere to it.

    The constitutions and the statutes of the Legion and Regnum Christi have all been approved by the Holy See and the good that has been done for the Church cannot be denied. The mission has always been to have a deep interior life with Christ and to share that love with the world in the most effective way possible. This knowledge does not only affect the Legion and Regnum Christi, but also the Church as a whole-the Body of Christ.

    At this moment, it is important more than ever to pray for holy vocations and the fidelity of all religious in their marriage to the Church. We, as the Body of Christ, cannot focus on what “we” wish would have happened in the past, as those things did not happen. What we shoud do rather, is pray for the mercy of God and the fidelity of all Catholics to Christ and the Church. We must live in the present, live in Christ, and in the spirit of Christian charity. This is a very sad and disappointing time, but it is in the most distressing of times that one must cling to the Crucified Christ and not only seek to console Him in his suffering, but to seek Him for consolation as well.

  • Rebecca,
    Jesus spoke about millstones for those who act like this. those who lead the little ones astray. The effects of this tightly guarded secret will impact many, sadly, not for the good. It will give ammunition to those who oppose the Church and it will give pause to those who might have considered the Church. If he really knew God, he knew that all things would be revealed. What was he thinking?

  • I have always been taught that regular confession, partaking of the Eucharist and the other sacraments give us plentiful grace in time of struggle and temptation.
    I would appreciate the insight and comments to bring clarity to this horrific happening.
    I, too, am acquainted with RC/LC persons who have grown in the spiritual life. I have attended the “meetings” (or nights of reflection) and often departed with a odd feeling, stomach ache or like I had just gone to a clean sororiaty event. I coughed it up to my own personality and temperament and the realization that I had no calling to such a movement.
    Comments or insight please!

  • I would like to ask legionaries and RC priests whether you consider yourself as catholic priest or just a RC priests. I have met many of you who to this day defend Father Maciel so vehemently that make me realize you don’t trust on the verdict and recommendations Pope Benedict has given RC.

    Mi opinion is that the more you insist on defending what is not defendable, the more the rest of the Catholics and people with common sense will separate from you. I honestly believe that regardless of all the sins and crimes of Father Maciel, RC has gather a lot of good people, it is up to you to disengage of the memory of Father Maciel and all his brain washing practices.

    Movements like RC give the impression that the members adore the founder above the only figure we should be adoring and setting as an example which is Jesus Christ.