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The result of Rome's investigation (known as an "apostolic visitation") into the Legionaries of Christ will result in either the dissolution or the re-founding of the order, according to sources close to the Legionaries in Spain. There, a Basque bishop, Ricardo Blazquez, is in charge of the visitation; in the US, it is being led by the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput. Their main task, apparently, is to assess whether the order's members will be accepting of whatever Rome decides.
Dissolution would mean the houses, universities and other properties of the Legionaries would pass into the hands of the dioceses where they are located.A new institute could then be founded.
Fr Marcial Maciel founded the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico in 1941. The Legionaries have 3,250 male members, of whom 850 are priests. The order also has about 1,000 consecrated women, and some 60,000 members of Regnum Christi, the lay branch.
According to a former Legionary quoted by the Spanish religious journalist Jose Vidal, the ordinary priests and members of Regnum Christi, want a root-and-branch reform --if necessary, by means of a dissolution -- in order to give a new institute a fighting chance. But the order's leaders are fighting a defensive rearguard action, arguing that they knew nothing of the double life led by Maciel, and were therefore neither accomplices in his abuses nor did they attempt to cover them up.
While the leaders admit that Maciel had a mistress and a child, and are keen to distance themselves and the order from him, they are treading carefully, aware that no order has ever survived the repudiation of its founder.
According to the article, the Americans in the Legion are in favor of quick action, including a change in leadership, but the Spaniards want to retain the present leaders--though at this point arguing that none of them had the slightest inkling of Maciel's double life is a pretty hard sell.
A re-founding of the order, with a new founder and new leadership, would allow the Legion to continue its work--but I still think they need to develop a much clearer articulation of a charism, and embrace some specific practical work in the Body of Christ. So much of what they do seems not to be unique and to be oriented more toward the perpetuation of the Legion than toward any specific work of charity. I could see them adopting a specific mission to educate, for instance, but they would then need to accept diocesan oversight of what they do, whether in school buildings or working as parish education facilitators.
Some former Legion members don't appear to think this will be enough; dissolution is the only possible cure for the Legion's ills, to them. It may prove that this is true--but a lot will depend on how willing the Legion is to accept Rome's decisions regarding their future with equanimity, trust, and a spirit of sorrowful penitence for the harm done in the name of their order and their once-revered founder.