Stalinist Tactics Used by Legion of Christ Superiors: members sent to mental institutions!

Here is the story of a Mexican LC priest who was diagnosed by his superiors as Seriously Mentally Ill, hospitalized in a psychiatric ward and later shipped off to some strange destination -the Missions in Quintana Roo, Mexico?- to fend for himself. He was saved by his own instincts, the kindness of one confrere and the help of lay people, some very poor…

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This is not a one of a kind phenomenon; there are reports of other similar cases. Where the heck did the superiors learn these inhumane procedures?

We must be Vigilant against Child Abuse

Another well known person gives testimony of the the pervasive nature of this scourge

Actress Samantha Morton tells of childhood sexual abuse

Samantha Morton

Actress Samantha Morton has said she was sexually abused by two residential care workers while in a children’s home in Nottingham as a teenager.

Ms Morton said she reported the abuse to authorities in the 1990s but said the men had not been investigated.

She told the Guardian she had spoken out after revelations of abuse in Rotherham and amid an inquiry into allegations of abuse in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said it had no record of a complaint by Ms Morton.

The Bafta and Golden Globe winning actress, 37, has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for Sweet and Lowdown in 2000 and In America in 2004. She spent much of her childhood in care homes in Nottingham.

She told the newspaper she had been abused at the Red Tiles home, in Bulwell, Nottingham – one of 13 children’s homes being investigated by Nottinghamshire County Council following allegations of historical abuse.

Ms Morton said she was 13 when she had reported the abuse, but said “there was no support, no offer of counselling, no wanting to delve deeper”.

“Maybe they just assumed I had been abused already, or was being, anyway. A lot of people who abused my friends were people in very, very top jobs within the social services.

“Nottingham in the 80s was rife with that,” she added.

She told the newspaper she was speaking out following a report that detailed the sexual abuse of 1,400 children in Rotherham over 16 years and the “blatant” collective failures to deal with the issue.

The actress called for investigations to be launched in other towns and cities.

“I just wanted to go public with this, to say, we know it’s rife but why are there not further investigations into other areas? It isn’t just Rotherham, I’m sure it’s not just Rotherham,” she told the newspaper.

It comes as an investigation into abuse at a children’s care home in Nottingham has been widened to include 12 other establishments, including the Red Tiles home.

Nottinghamshire Police – which is carrying out an historic child abuse investigation into allegations going back several decades at a number of homes – said there was no record of Ms Morton ever making a complaint to the force.

Superintendent Helen Chamberlain told the Guardian she had spoken to Ms Morton about the allegations but they had not amounted to a criminal offence and the actress had not reported them as one.

Nottinghamshire County Council – which was responsible for running the home at the time – said the abuse of vulnerable children in any decade was abhorrent.

It said it welcomed victims speaking out and took all allegations of abuse extremely seriously.

A council spokesman said the authority was hoping to speak to Ms Morton about the allegations.

Anybody can be taken in by a skilled recruiter


Most people ask “How did you allow yourself to be taken in by….?” Researchers tell us that anyone can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and fall prey to clever recruiting which will play to your weaknesses or blind spots. The following link from Infocult contains a telling testimony and offers helpful info.


In this article I want to explain why I wrote the book I choose : Subtlety in cults and briefly show how easily someone can get trapped in a controlling group or relationship. My book is not about religion, it is about the organizational structure and emotional manipulation. I control my life. I come from a good family. I do well in school. I have friends. I am sure of what I believe in. Thus, no one can manipulate me.
That’s what I thought before I spent more than three years in a controlling group that some describe as a cult.
I came into contact with the group in University. I wanted to know the Bible to be sure of what I believed. So I started Bible studies. At the beginning, I was so sure of what I knew of the Christian faith, that I did not
even ask where the learning material came from. I have sometime tried to understand why I trusted missionary Mary so easily. I knew that there are people who will lie to you and will seem honest. I knew that Christian
cults existed. It never even occurred to me to go and search for information on that group. I would make my own opinion. I know now that I would have spotted some lies earlier if I would have done some research. But when I was at the study, I always felt comfortable. After a few months, I began wanting to spend more time with the group. The students were nice, as were the missionaries. I was more and more interested in the Bible and in the Korean culture of most of the
missionaries. Missionary Mary invited me to the Friday testimonies. The students would share what they had learned from the last Sunday passage.
…continued on page 2
I Choose: Subtlety in Cults


In This Issue of Infocult:

I choose: Subtlety in Cults

By Isabelle Renaud  – The changes happened gradually. The more time I spent in the group, the more I believed what I was told.


Benefits of Dialogue


The dialogue begun in the late ’90s has continued and expanded. The communication has enriched the views of people on both sides of what once was, but is no longer, a great divide.




2015 Annual International ICSA Conference, Stockholm, Sweden,
June 25-27 (Pre-Conference workshops June 24th).


The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is conducting its 2015 Annual International Conference with Info-Secte/Info-Cult of Montreal and Hjälpkällan will be presented jointly with Info-Cult/Info-Secte. The conference theme is  Children in High-Control Groups


Two living Popes make Two dead popes Saints, Reflections of a former Legionary of Christ

Two Living Popes Make Two Dead Popes Saints


Followed by Spanish version



Canonization of Two Popes


J. Paul Lennon
April 28, 2014

Even though some of you may not consider me Catholic, I do call you “brothers” and “fellow Catholics.
Dear Fellow Catholics,
I hate to rain on the parade; it was your parade, rather than mine. Yesterday and all last week the media was full of news from Rome where new Pope Francis, accompanied by old Pope Benedict, was about to canonize progressive Pope John XXIII and conservative Pope John Paul II in a kind of progressive-conservative Catholic marriage. It was presented as a wonderful, happy, and glorious occasion which we were all invited to celebrate. There were some rumblings from the victims of clergy abuse but their weak voice was drowned out by the sound of loud Gregorian Chants and Golden Age Cantatas together Media thunder reflected in upbeat “Vatican experts” against glorious images of St. Peter’s Square.

As a very young boy in Dublin my mother always got a kick out of asking me when I got back from the barber’s on Camden St. with my grandfather O’Connor, “Son, what did you see at the barbers today?” To her delight I would very simple say: “One man cutting another man’s hair!” Hence the title of this impertinent essay.
It’s just that the pomp and circumstance contrast with other impressions of Pope Francis’ pontificate which is described as humble and unassuming. Maybe in some kind of Shakespearean way “he has to be pompous only to be humble” but I fail to appreciate the paradox . We have witnessed a triumphalist show by the Catholic Hierarchy. What does it mean? That popes are important? That popes are holy? And what does “holy” mean? That the Catholic Church is a centralist and monarchic institution? That its leaders are to be revered, honored and exalted? Crash come the words of the Founder of Christianity:
Jesus called them and he said to them, “You are aware that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles are their lords and their great ones have authority over them. But it will not be so among you, but whoever wants to be great among you will be a servant to you. And he among you who wants to be the first will be a servant to all. For The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Gospel of (Saint) Mark 10, 42-45)
But alright, this was a concession to the masses, to the masses of simple believers who are stuck on the Hosannas of Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, who want to have “holy priests” to pray for and say the Mass for them. And that entrance was probably not all that triumphal; he entered on a donkey, not on a horse. It was the week before his Suffering –I prefer that word to “Passion” which conjures up all kinds of unholy thoughts in my depraved heart- and Death. But here comes Jesus of Nazareth one more time again with this usual tune:
Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the marketplace, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts: who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.
Gospel of (Saint) Luke 20, 46-47
I can’t find a way to soften that blow! And, Legionaries of Christ beware of the “devouring senior citizens” piece!


Dos Papas vivos hacen santos a Dos Papas muertos

Queridos Hermanos Católicos,
No quisiera ser aguafiestas. Recientemente los medios de comunicación dieron amplia cobertura a los acontecimientos en Roma, la Ciudad Eterna, donde el nuevo papa, Francisco, acompañado por el viejo papa, Benedicto XV, se disponía a canonizar al papa progresista, Juan XXIII, y al papa conservador, Juan Pablo II en una especie de matrimonio progresista-conservador católico. Los eventos se presentaron como un momento maravilloso, feliz y glorioso en la historia de la Iglesia en el que todos los fieles fuimos invitados a participar gozosos. Se oían las sólitas quejas de las víctimas de abuso sexual del clero pero sus débiles voces se perdían entre los Cantos Gregorianos a pleno pecho y las cantatas polifónicas medievales entre el trueno ensordecedor de los comentaristas y portavoces vaticanistas y las tomas de multitudes en el Plaza de San Pedro.
Me acuerdo que como niño de pocos años en mi Dublín nativo cómo se divertía mi mamá con las salidas de su hijos preferido. Al regresar de la visita al peluquero en la Calle Camden a donde iba acompañado de mi abuelo, Paddy O’Connor, ella siempre preguntaba: “? Y, Pablito, qué viste hoy en la peluquería?” Y yo contestaba inocente: “un hombre que le cortaba el pelo a otro hombre.” A lo mejor fue eso lo que inspiró el título de este ensayo: unos papas haciendo santo a otros papas.
Ese tipo de salida espontánea es lo que causaba problemas en la Legión de Cristo. A veces era algo “contreras.” De repente decía algo fuera de lugar. Por ejemplo, cuando se reunía toda la comunidad alrededor del Padre Maciel para festejar alguna de sus victorias por el Reino de Cristo yo hacía una pregunta “indiscreta” que chocaba con el aire de fiesta. Sentía el rechazo de la comunidad por mi falta de admiración hacia el gran jefe que estaba de fiesta. Pues de vez en cuando el santo se sentía feliz en medio de sus padecimientos como Siervo Doliente del Señor.
Es que las pompas y el boato contrastaban con otros aspectos del pontificado de Francis que reflejaban una gran sencillez y humildad. Quizá por alguna especia de paradoja profunda al estilo Hamlet (2) el Papa Francisco quiso “ser pomposo sólo para demonstrar humildad” pero no entendí tal paradoja. Hemos presenciado un espectáculo triunfalista de la Jerarquía Católica. ¿Qué significaba todos esto? ¿Qué los papas son los miembros más importantes de la Iglesia? ¿Que los papas son santos? ¿Y al fin y al cabo, qué significa “ser santo”? ¿Qué la Iglesia Católica es una institución centralista y monárquica donde el papa es rey? ¿Qué sus líderes han ser reverenciados, homenajeados y exaltados? Y en este momento se oyen las palabras estruendosas del Fundador del Cristianismo:
Jesús los llamó a sí y les dijo, “se dan cuenta que los que se creen jefes de los paganos son sus dueños y los grandes tienen autoridad sobre ellos. Pero que no será así entre Uds. El que quiera ser grandes entre Uds les servirá. Y el que quiere ser el mayor entre Uds será el servidor de todos. ” (Evangelio según San Marcos 10, 42-45).
Pero bien, hay que hacer una excepción para la masas, las masas de creyentes sencillos que se apegan a las “hosannas” del Domingo de Ramos, de la entrada triunfal de Jesús en Jerusalén; los que exigen tener “santos” sacerdotes que les digan qué tienen que hacer, que recen por ellos y que “digan Misa” por ellos. A pesar de que esa entrada en realidad no fue tan triunfal, pues Jesús vino sobre un asno y no sentado orgulloso sobre el noble caballo. Y, además, fue apenas un breve descanso para El antes de entrar en la etapa de su Sufrimientos – no digo “Pasión” ya que esa palabra suscita pensamientos indecorosos en mi corazón depravado- y Muerte. Pero una vez viene Jesús con sus palabras perentorias a sacarnos de nuestra comodidad:
¡Ojo con los escribas, que les gusta pasear con túnicas largas, y que les saluden en el mercado y ocupar los primeros asientos en las sinagogas y ser los huéspedes de honor en las fiestas; que devoran las casas de las viudas y para aparentar rezan largamente; éstos recibirán una condena más grande!
(San Lucas, 20, 46-47)
Yo no encuentro manera de suavizar ese latigazo. ¡Y, Legionarios de Cristo, atentos con eso de “devorar las casas” de personas de la tercera edad!


The Effects of the Legion of Christ on members and former members

Presentation at the International Cultic Studies Association annual conference in Triest, Italy, July 2013

Irish Role in Foundation and Growth of the Legion of Christ!rii=9%3A20541379%3A0%3A%3A

Irish Radio Interview for reactions after Irish TV investigation of the Legion of Christ: Paul Lennon, co founder of ReGAIN, INC and Jack Keogh, former Legionaries for Dublin give their reactions.

Failure to Reform the Legion of Christ puts my faith in the Vatican in jeopardy!

It is interesting that increasingly, all the rotten problems that keep festering away unresolved are closely connected with identical problems in the Vatican.
The documentary, Secrets in the Vatican, makes this quite clear.  When I started to become aware of the Legion of Christ problems, I believed that Fr. Maciel, the founder, was bad but otherwise the Legion was okay and the Church leaders were pure and holy and could be trusted to what is right.  As time went on I discovered the Legion leaders were consistently bad and self serving but I continued to believe in the hierarchy of the Church and sincerely thought that if they only knew what was going on the Legion they would bring justice.   Then when it looked as though everything had been exposed I felt it was all over.  I thought our son would be coming home and find some other line of work.  But then I found out that there were some bad guys in the upper levels of the Church who were enabling the bad guys leading the Legion.  I still believed that there were more good guys than bad in the Church and of course the good guys always win out.  But it seems that the bad guys have some sort of lock on the Church and it isn’t a slam dunk for the good guys to overpower the bad guys.  Until Francis came along I began to wonder if there were any good guys up there.  I hope there are a few left.

United Nations and the Legion of Christ Denounce Founder Marcial Maciel (But Legion Leaders Elect a Maciel Loyalist As Their New Director General)

In January 2014, a United Nations committee has called on the Vatican to remove all child abusers from its ranks, report them to law enforcement and open the church’s archives so that bishops and other officials who concealed crimes could be held accountable. Reportedly, the UN committee singled out the Legion and its founder in a scathing report that accused the Church of ignoring child abuse by priests.

The UN report included the following wording: The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.?

The UN panel has called on the church to report back on its progress in 2017

Meanwhile the Legionaries of Christ have officially denounced their founder, Father Marcial Maciel. They have issued a statement as reported by Catholic Culture apologizing to the victims of their late founder Father Marcial Maciel and acknowledging that the order was guilty of excessive exaltation of him. The statement acknowledges the damage that Father Maciel did, and mentions the arbitrary use of his authority and of material goods, the indiscriminate consumption of addictive medicines and the act of presenting writings published by third parties as his own. They went on to say that the behavior of the founder, who maintained an appearance of piety while engaging in grossly immoral behavior, was ‘incomprehensible.’

ReGAIN Comment

Anyone who is familiar with the Legionaries of Christ would realize how much it has taken for them as an organization to renounce their founder. Even after his double life had been exposed by a number of credible journalists and even by a Vatican investigation in 2005 – 2006, the Legion leaders (many of whom were fully aware of Maciel’s double life) pretended for years that he was innocent and was being falsely accused.

So, has there been a change of heart among the Legion leaders?

We would suggest that one should keep track of their actions rather than their words. The Legion has been given a golden opportunity to review their past, to make amends as much as possible and to come up with a plan to move forward and perhaps develop into a religious order with some kind of mission to serve God.

However, their choice of a new director general has indicated to the world that the Legion would like to go back to their inglorious past. Fr Eduardo Robles Gil, the man they have chosen has been described as a Mexican long-time collaborator of the Legion’s disgraced late founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel.

Rev. John Stegnicki, a former Legion priest now working in the archdiocese of Brasilia, the (capital of Brazil,) said the outcome of the election was disappointing but predictable, given the priests voting were by and large Maciel confidants or their protégés.

Who else could they choose from? All of them are entrenched in Legion-think, he said.

With this mounting pressure coming from the United Nations, the Legionaries of Christ and Marcial Maciel situation is becoming more than just an embarrassment to the Vatican and the Pope. Is the Catholic Church willing to needlessly suffer further loss of credibility and respect by continuing to prop up and defend an organization that never seems to waver from wanting to carry on its old Macielistic cult like methodology? We hope not.

Now that the new leaders are in place and the new constitutions are being finalized to submit to the Holy See for approval, Cardinal DePaolis’ role has ended. The renewal ( unfortunately not really a reform) for the time being has been completed.

In his letter last June, 2013, Pope Francis indicated that the election of new leaders and the constitutions will be fundamental steps towards the authentic and profound renewal of the Legion

Among the many who will be carefully watching to see what further action the Vatican will take include panel members from the United Nations, ex Legionaries, victims of the Legionary founder and members of SNAP – Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and many members of the news media. The stakes have increased and the if the Vatican opts to give the Legion a free pass once again there may be more serious consequences compared to what has happened historically.