Comments are back open now, and we'll see how things go--though I will simply delete any trolls who show up to leave drive-by posts, so don't worry about responding to any that you see.
Blogging will be extremely light this week, and will probably stop altogether for the Triduum. I will keep checking in on comments, though, so if any of the Legion posts from last week start to get out of hand I may briefly initiate comment moderation. I don't ordinarily like it because it makes conversation so hard--several people may make the same point, and then the blog owner frees up comments, and only at that point is the repetition clear. But I don't mind turning it on for Holy Week if it becomes necessary.
I do want to offer one brief apology, to Danielle Bean, if her feelings were hurt by my use of her post, and to any of her fans who were offended as well. I was using her post to illustrate a larger point, and while I myself am of the opinion that what one presents publicly is open for public inspection, for argument or discussion, for shredding and dicing, so to speak (and I've seen this done to everything I've written, here, at the old Crunchy Con blog when I used to substitute host there, and even with the couple of pieces I've published at MercatorNet, though the commenters there are pretty polite), I sometimes forget that not everyone who presents words or ideas publicly is comfortable with that level of not-always-positive scrutiny. However, I'm an argumentative redhead who is perfectly comfortable with the give-and-take of heated discussion, so I can't impose my experiences on others. If Danielle was offended by my post then I'm sorry for any hurt feelings etc.; it can't be easy for anyone who is still working for the Legion in some capacity right now. Most of us are quite eager to hear what Rome will say about the Legion, but for those employed in Legion apostolates there must be some painful anxiety, as well, and I ought to have considered that.
I still think, though, that the point I was trying to make ought to be restated, as I'm not sure it was understood. I'm not saying, as some have accused me of saying, "Drop all contact with the LC/RC at once, or you are a bad Catholic/bad person generally/etc." Any determination of what to do about the LC/RC, its ministries and apostolates, support of those, etc. has to be made by individuals using prudence and discernment.
What I am saying is this: given that the Legion has been investigated by Rome, that its future status is uncertain, and that there is the possibility (yes, an understatement, but I'm trying to be fair to all sides on this one) that Maciel's crimes and sins may yet prove to have negatively impacted many aspects of the foundation, formation, charism, and ministries of the Legion all of which would need major reform at the very least, what options do Catholics have as regards the Legion?
I think there are three options:
A. Continue to work with and for LC/RC ministries, schools, etc. in the belief that the God did select and use Maciel, the "flawed vessel," to establish the Legion and that God further entrusted a perfectly valid charism to Maciel who then bestowed it upon the Legion as any founder of any religious order or movement might.
B. Refuse to have anything to do with the LC/RC under the grounds that Maciel and his order have done more harm than good, or that there is no charism, or that the order has absorbed too much of its founder to be trustworthy, or some similar grounds. Boycott all Legion ministries, schools, apostolates, businesses, etc. and refuse to lend any financial support to any outlet of the Legion or Regnum Christi.
C. Proceed with great caution in regards to the Legion, knowing that Rome has yet to pronounce on their status. Limit contact to one or two small areas (e.g., subscription to F&F or the National Catholic Register, perhaps, or a book purchase from Circle Media, or involvement in a K4J club at one's parish) without giving any financial support to the Legion generally.
I may be leaning more toward "B," myself, for various reasons, but that's me. What I was trying to write about before was that if you are a person who has chosen "C," then it is my belief that you are going to need to be careful. It isn't always easy to be sure you really are limiting your contact with the Legion as much as you might think you are; the still-growing Legion list post illustrates why, and it is not uncommon for people in or involved with the LC/RC to steer people from one apostolate to another without mentioning that the second is also LC/RC. Putting the most charitable possible interpretation on this, we can say that perhaps people in or closely involved with the LC/RC simply forget that those of us on the outside aren't aware of all the many branches of the Legion and all the works and apostolates which are affiliated with them.
I think it would be helpful if those in the LC/RC would mention the connections clearly all the time in recognition of the fact that people are not always aware of them. An RC member running a Challenge chapter or group might invite members to attend a Pure Fashion show, but just remember to mention that Pure Fashion is also a Regnum Christi endeavor, and so forth. In that way those who are, understandably at this point I would say, wary about getting overly involved in an organization whose future status is not known could be certain that they are not inadvertently doing just that.
In the meantime, the Legion list might be a good way for "C" people to make sure that their involvement with the Legion goes only as far as they are comfortable having it go, for the time being.