.- Under Vatican authorization, the head of the Legionaries of Christ announced that he is implementing new changes regarding their deceased founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel. The new norms include not celebrating his birthday, not selling his writings and removing his photos from group centers.
A statement on the Legionaries' website said that current leader, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, issued the norms on Dec. 6 following the approval of Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, whom Pope Benedict charged with reforming the order last July. [...]
New changes – which are the result of ongoing dialogue between the leaders of the religious order and lay movement – mandate that significant days related to Fr. Marciel's birth, baptism, and priestly ordination can no longer be celebrated by members.
The founder will also be referred to simply as “Fr. Maciel” instead of “Nuestro Padre” (our father) and his personal writings and talks will no longer be available for purchase at Legionary publishing houses or centers.
New norms also require that photos of Fr. Marciel either alone or with the Pope be removed from Legionary and Regnum Christi buildings.
But, alas, private devotion to "Nuestro Padre" can continue unabated:
The statement emphasized that leaders should respect the “personal freedom” of group members and allow for individuals to keep a photograph of the founder, read his writings, or listen to his talks. The content of Fr. Maciel's writings can also be used by members without citing the author.Which is really convenient, considering how many of Maciel's writings have been shown to have been plagiarized.
Every time I think the Legion can't underwhelm any further, they manage to sink even lower than I might have expected them to. This latest communication is no exception. Seven months after the Vatican described their totally disgraced, sexual molester/pedophile/con artist founder in the strongest words: "The serious and objectively immoral behaviour of Fr. Maciel, supported by incontrovertible evidence, at times constitutes real crimes, and manifests a life devoid of scruples and of genuine religious feeling..." the Legion finally gets around to requiring its members to quit treating Maciel like a saint: celebrating his birthday (and his mother's, apparently), plastering his picture all over their institutions, reading from and quoting his books and letters as if they were holy material instead of material evidence in the most successful con game of the twentieth century. Oh, but individual Legion priests and Regnum Christi members can go right on ahead venerating Maciel; this is "personal freedom" instead of being seen as signs of a deeply pathological psychological disorder, as it really is.
If the Legion were serious about reform, they would be performing acts of public penance in reparations for all the evils Maciel caused, tracking down donors and benefactors to make reparations for money given to Maciel which was not used to "build up the Kingdom" but to pay off Maciel's various mistresses, and ceremonially burning every "writing" reputed to be his (but really, often, someone else's entirely)--all of this as a sort of preface or prologue to the real work of reform, which would take at least a century to accomplish (and which would require some actually holy person to become the new founder at some point). Instead, the Legion has been acting as though reform is almost complete--things are fine--everything's good! And at the same time, it took them far too long to decide that perhaps having pictures of a sexually deviant pedophile/con artist all over their walls, and throwing a party on his birthday, were not perhaps prudent in light of the Vatican's stern denunciation of their wicked founder.
Anyone who is still involved with this parasitic and incurable order ought to take note of the huge, blinking signs indicating that the Legion isn't at all serious about reform. I imagine that there are some Legion members who will keep their little photos of Maciel tucked away in their books of his writings, under the firm but hideously misguided belief that this is all a huge mistake, and that history will eventually vindicate their persecuted saint--or, if not quite that, then that God will miraculously reveal how He came to do this great work of the Legion and Regnum Christi through a flawed vessel (but hey, aren't we all?) at which point it will be fine to celebrate Maciel's birthday again.