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 http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20420 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, http://understandingthelegion.blogspot.ca/2013/12/letter-of-pope-francis-re-reform-of.html 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.


The Dangers of Scientology, Testimony of Dubliner John McGhee

Statement by John McGhee former Scientologist and human rights campaigner

Posted on January 19, 2014 by dialogueireland

In regard to the abuses in Scientology and specifically about the interview given by Zabrina Collins (nee Shortt) to Pat Kenny on Newstalk .

He gave an exceptionally clear interview on the current fiasco whereby Scientology was outed for a fake promotional video:


http://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/scientologist-zabrina-shortt-on-newstalks-the-pat-kenny-show/ n regard to the abuses in Scientology and specifically about the interview given by Zabrina Collins (nee Shortt) to Pat Kenny on Newstalk .

He gave an exceptionally clear interview on the current fiasco whereby Scientology was outed for a fake promotional video:



Frank-Shortt_fullSee further views of Zabrina Collins (nee Shortt) by clicking on PDF below


Generally Scientology will only consent to interviews when it is clear that there will be no opposing party present, therefore this situation was fully exploited by them in a bid to limit the damage to their reputation brought about the recent exposure of their false claims of altruism.

An example of this role was her attempt to get an anti-Scientology conference cancelled in 2012:


I am an ex-member of the Dublin Mission of the “church” Scientology. I know Zabrina Collins (nee Shortt) personally, and she misled the presenter by misrepresenting the actual role she has and minimising many issues. She is very much a staff member of the Scientology Organisation and the wife of Mission Holder, Ger Collins. Her post is that of PR officer (handling the media) and Ethics Officer, which ensures that all followers are living according to the rules and within the parameters of Scientology. Zabrina herself orders the disconnection* of family members, should a scientologist be met with the disapproval of a non-Scientologist parent or family member. Scientology requires a financial transaction for every course, book and auditing (counselling) session. Everything costs money once one associates themselves with the organisation. To get to the “spiritually advanced” level Zabrina herself is at, it costs up to and sometimes above €300,000 , so for her to tell Pat Kenny that it cost her less than her university education, was an obvious untruth.
The scientologist DOES indeed believe in past lives and will counsel the person on who they were in a past life in order to have influence on their current life. Zabrina dodged that question to avoid ridicule as such information is not discussed outside the inner circle of the Scientology Organisation. Thousands of hours of this “spiritual counselling” called AUDITING in Scientology, to deal with these past lives, and at the upper levels cost up to €200 per hour. The auditing is sold in 12.5 hour packages and multiple packages are hard-sold to the Scientologist. So in a way this is worse than a tithe system, because the adherent has to remortgage their home, or apply for bank loans under false pretences to finance the auditing. One of the staff members in Scientology, Isolde O’Brien Carolan, walked me to an ATM to look at my account balance , as proof that I didn’t have the amount of money necessary to purchase a course which she was trying to hard sell to me. When I told her I did not have the money at that present time, she asked me to prove it. She walked me to a then ATM on Liffey street, from which I showed her my account balance.
As per the Scientology regulations, Zabrina will be under orders from Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, to clear up their recent PR flap, and to do so by any means whatsoever, either by lying or hiding behind their various front groups such as “the truth about drugs” or “narconon” to give themselves credibility. When I was a Scientologist I myself took part in a fake promo exercise. It was again for an internal Scientology publication to show to other Scientologists internationally, in order to give the impression that scientology was flourishing in Ireland and thus encouraging the non-Irish donors to keep donating to it’s expansion. We were encouraged ourselves to donate to the expansion of scientology is south America for example, by way of such videos being shown to us at events. The fake PR exercise in which I took part, consisted of roughly 15 scientologists setting up a stress-test table and chairs next to theSpire on O’Connell St on a busy Saturday afternoon in 2007. We filled the table with copies of Dianetics and two E-meters and took a photo was taken of us all holding a copy of the book. The table and chairs were promptly dismantled before we were caught by the authorities, and we briskly walked back to the Scientology Mission HQ building on Middle Abbey Street.

The belief system of scientology is that of cleaning up past lives and your current, to ensure the perfect incarnation in the next life. As I previously mentioned the cost of the auditing (spiritual counselling) is extremely expensive and often bankrupts the adherent, bankrupts them financially, morally and mentally. Other beliefs include that we as a race were banished here to earth by the galactic overlord Xenu, and we are still haunted by this, the only cure being auditing, to bring us back to “native state”. This information is not devulged to the person coming in off the street, this is imparted after substantial sums of money are first parted with. In Scientology one CANNOT, and I stress this, cannot have or retain any other belief system, in the words of L Ron Hubbard “there was no Christ,” and he taught that the concept of Christ was an “implant” given to us by aliens before we were banished here. So you can easily see why the issue of beliefs was sidestepped by Zabrina. Hubbard was a science fiction writer, yet the followers of his religion buy this material as a religious belief system. It is insane and dangerous.

Scientology’s beliefs in past lives have had me have conversations with staff members who openly mocked and performed physical impersonations of handicapped people. Their attitude is that they are handicapped because they are being punished for something they did wrong in a past life. I have borne personal witness to this mockery at their Dublin mission. Scientologists have a term used for the non-Scientologist, that of being named a “wog” and they have complete contempt for us. They view themselves as the most ethical people on the planet an that anybody who challenges them or speaks out against them is branded, as per scientology doctrine, as an SP (suppressive person) According to L Ron Hubbard the suppressive person may be “sued, lied to, or destroyed by any means whatsoever). According to the same man, the homosexual may be “quietly disposed of without remorse or sorrow.”
This is an extremely cold and sociopathic “religion” and Zabrina in her capacity as Ethics Officer insists upon and instructs Scientologists, that if a family member is unhappy with them being a member, then the Scientologist must disconnect from their family. She has advised this to several people I know. Zabrina told me that her own daughter is less important to her than Scientology and it’s advancement. They use the belief of past and future lives to justify this. One scientologist in Dublin, incidentally a Fair City actor, told his non-scientology sister, that through Scientology he had discovered that they had been lovers in a previous incarnation.

As a member of Scientology , the follower must pay an IAS (International Association of Scientologists) membership fee every year at €500 or they can pay a lifetime membership @ €6,000. However, donations don’t stop at that. All the Auditing which can range from €300,000 to €500, 000 to get to the levels of Zabrina, Tom Cruise, John Travolta etc. this level is known as OT7, the maximum level (for now) is OT8. Once the OT levels are completed you are required to donate to the advancement of Scientology. Donations are ranked patron, patron with honours, patron meritorious etc, it goes on and on. For the “truth about drugs booklets” that you held in your hands, the Scientologist, not having paid enough already, has to “donate” for the manufacture of these, they are not provided by the American arm of the “church” at all.

Scientology have recently been prosecuted in France for fraud and for practicing medicine without a licence. Scientology is at constant war with psychiatry and has a anti-psychiatry campaign for which they regularly fundraise, called “An Industry of Death”.
Scientology will force any new adherent to come off their anti depressants, this has resulted in many suicides. A lady in Dublin was relieved of €30, 000 when they told her they will cure her of her hepatitis, through auditing. The lady was down €30,000 but still has hepatitis. A man in Dublin died of a heart condition because Scientology advised him to come off his medicine which he took for the said condition. Higher ranking scientology members, the ones who monastically dedicate their lives to it (the Sea Org) are forced to have abortions if they fall pregnant, as their working for scientology must not be interfered with by having a child to raise. I personally witnessed and had a part to play in a mental breakdown on their premises, of another Scientologist when we were practicing their amateur form of hypnotic psychotherapy they call objective auditing. I have numerous first hand accounts of their fraudulent behaviour and callous attitude towards anybody outside their circle, and often within it. I will close for now, but should you wish to contact me, my address is

Reform of the Legion of Christ?

Comment on the Reform of the Legion of Christ that was rejected by FirstThings the conservative Catholic blog

The following post was contributed to an article by Fr. Thomas Berg, a former LC priest.


“Catholic autorities have never once mentioned “reform” referring to the LC/RC; it has always been about “renewal”
Therein lies the difference.
Cardinal De Paolis saw his role, based on the lukewarm instructions of BXVI as helping Legionaries renew their institution. He
has prepared that renewal his way, by working with the LC leadership, and now the chapter will carry on along this path of
They will have new constitutions and the Legion and the Vatican will celebrate this as a pivotal point.

Church authorities don’t understand the difference between the written word/theory and the Legion’s actions/praxis/Modus Operandi.
Fr. Berg and other former lc priests, have been talking for years about deep and radical reform; but the official church never has gone that far. According to my interpretation of Cardinal De Paolis words and actions a true “conversion’ of the Legionaries is not underway.

So unless Pope Francis intervenes, it will be business as usual; no changes that I would consider important.

ReGAIN, http://www.regainnetwork, is about to post its latest thoughts. And that is that, my good friends.

I foresee that a group of American Orthodox [religiously and
politically conservative families, deceived by the LC.RC] will continue
to support the Legion of Christ with power, money and men, “in
order to save the Church and souls from the attacks of Liberalism, Modernism,
Materialism, Hedonism and Heresy”…. “Orthodoxy”, in this case, covering a multitude of sins…

Learning the art of blogging with a heart to help those involved in High Demand Groups [sects, cults, coercive groups…

Today is the first day of my life hanging out my shingle to help those involved in controversial groups and their loved ones. This experience can be very complex and complicated. Allow me to be your guide as you find your way out of the jungle

Outreach to those who have loved ones in High Demand Groups

“Cult” and “Sect” are pejorative terms and professionals often prefer “New Religious Movement” or “High-Demand Group”. But people with loved ones in such groups may still prefer to use the stronger term because it reflects the negative aspects of the group, association or religious order concerned. When a loved one joins such a group he/she often becomes cut-off from family and friends leaving them with feelings of pain, anger and loss.  This blog wants to respond to the emotional and practical needs of those on the outside. It would also like to shine a light for those who are “inside” and may be questioning, doubting or leaving the group. Leaving a group one has been involved with for years can be a daunting task.

The blogger lives in Northern Virginia and can be personally available anywhere in Washington, DC and neighboring Virginia and Maryland.

He is a member of International Cultic Studies Association and has a keen interest in helping those who are concerned about a loved one’s involvement in a questionable group, association or religious order…

The blogger is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and is in touch with “exit counselors” and therapists in the USA and Europe.

He is also bilingual/bi-cultural [Spanish] having lived  in Mexico from the age of 27 to 40.