After promising to do so much earlier, Faith and Family Live has published a reaction to the Fr. Maciel news, here. As you can see, all they have done is link to the National Catholic Register and Zenit; Zenit's article is particularly dismaying in tone, something I'll probably write about tomorrow.
It is mentioned at Faith and Family that the National Catholic Register is their "sister site." It is not mentioned that the Register and Faith and Family are both Legion affiliated, and that Zenit relied heavily on Legion funds at its inception (though the degree to which it is still affiliated with the Legion are difficult to determine; I have been searching for information on the non-profit organization "Innovative Media, Inc." and its president, Antonio Maza, with little success).
Granted, Faith and Family has discussed the fact that their publisher is a Legion of Christ priest. However, it is harder to discover that they are published by Circle Media, which under its "profile" and "affiliations" buttons shows links to the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi website.
Why does this matter? Does it make a difference that Faith and Family is essentially "owned" (as far as I can determine) by the Legion?
Only in this sense: there are a lot of ministries and apostolates owned by the Legion, who are going to be impacted, whether they like it or not, by the latest revelations about Fr. Maciel. The news about Fr. Maciel is not merely "sad news" or a "disappointment" or "hard to understand" or "not appropriate for a priest." It is, in a word, damnable, especially in light of the fact that we're talking about the founder of a religious order, here; one, moreover, who was treated like a living saint by his followers during his life.
And if those groups, ministries, apostolates etc. which are part of the "Movement" don't take steps, right now, to denounce this evil for what it is in no uncertain terms, and stop referring to their founder as a saintly genius who may have turned out to be "a little flawed," then I can tell you in the fullest confidence that within a breathtakingly short period of time the entire Legion will be swept away, and God Himself will do the sweeping.
And that would be a pity, because there are a lot of Legion-Regnum Christi affiliated apostolates out there; not all of them deserve to come to an end. In addition to NCR, Faith and Family, and (possibly, to some degree) Zenit some of them are as follows:
Challenge (girls' club)
K4J (Kids' Bible school)
Leadership Training Program
Pilgrim Queen of the Family
Vocation Action Network
myrcresource.com (Center for Integral Formation) (the "private" version of Circle Press for RC members, currently featuring a volume of "Mama Maurita's" letters among other books)
and there could be more, but that's all I have time for right now.
I'm listing them because it's not always obvious that these programs are Legion affiliates; many of them come from what's called "Mission Network," which itself just has a small "sponsored by Regnum Christi" tag at the bottom of the web pages. On the "FAQ" page we learn that Mission Network is an "outreach" of Regnum Christi.
I've heard from people whose kids joined a Challenge or Conquest club under the impression that it was simply a parish activity, only to discover the Legion connection later; I've seen moms distribute info on a K4J Bible school program without any idea that K4J is sold by the Legion. The very number of programs which operate under Legion auspices makes it hard to know that some new prayer group or ministry starting up at your parish or in your town is a Legion program, unless you go out and look for the information.
But people are starting to connect these sorts of dots, and will not be very inclined to sign their children up for programs run by people who still keep pictures of "Nuestro Padre" up on the walls, and buy and read "Mama Maurita's" letters in order to discuss her possible canonization. I have not been at all impressed with the official Legion responses coming out so far, and if the Regnum Christi response is going to be vague expressions of sadness and links to the official LC statements, then perhaps it's best if people who are clearly much more horrified by Fr. Maciel's conduct than they appear to be cut off any involvement with them.