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Legionarios de Cristo. Guía para responder a los visitadores apostólicos

28 enero 2010

Un grupo de buenos amigos ex legionarios de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica, me hicieron llegar un documento que la cúpula Legionaria de Cristo envió a sus miembros, tanto sacerdotes como consagrados del Regnum Christi, para el efecto de que sepan que contestar con relación a los escándalos que están viviendo y principalmente ante la visita apostólica que en estos momentos atraviesan.

La simple lectura del documento, indica claramente que la cúpula Legionaria no tiene el menor respeto al pensamiento independiente de cada uno de sus miembros, puesto que en forma de adoctrinamiento o catecismo, de “pregunta” y “respuesta”, ordena lo que cada uno por igual debe responder.

Se hace evidente una vez mas, el influjo del hábito de obediencia practicado, bajo voto o promesa, que les anula su libertad e individualidad.

Las preguntas lógicas son ¿y la libertad? ¿Y el libre albedrío? Es evidente que son incompatibles con la doctrina y práctica Legionaria.

A efecto de no alterar su contenido, lo transcribo textualmente en su idioma original:

Guidelines for answering some questions


All our words should be inspired and guided by Christian charity, knowing that “The triumph of truth is charity” (St. Augustine).

This is a time of great pain for Legionaries of Christ, members of Regnum Christi and everyone associated with the Church. There is the great mystery of how the Holy Spirit can play beautiful melodies on a broken instrument. But we must remember that for those who have been hurt, we cannot excuse their suffering by reminding them of the good that God does through the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi.

We must speak and act in light of the Gospel and the principles of Catholic morality that we find summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the truth, charity and upright behavior in regard to other people’s defects.

We must demonstrate faith, hope and charity –particularly to those who have been hurt- and entrust all of us to God’s mercy with great peace and serenity.

There are some people who, out of respect, sensitivity, Christian mercy, profound gratitude, etc., don’t want to go into details about Nuestro Padre’s behavior. Their response is to pray, and to be humanly and spiritually close to those who are confused and hurting. We should respect and encourage this attitude, as much in ourselves as in others. The starting point is the acknowledgment and gratitude for all the good we have received.

All these conversations must be held without getting into an argument, with the greatest possible serenity, with a supernatural view of things, and letting people know that it’s perfectly normal for different people to have different points of view, different tones to their answers, etc. This is also due to the state of suffering, tiredness and pain that we are all experiencing, and it calls for a lot of patience, understanding and the certainty that we all want the same thing. If all this is making us suffer so much, it’s because we all love the same thing.

We love Christ by listening to others, offering our sympathy and accepting our own human failings and imperfections.

We should always ask for support, prayers, understanding and a lot of trust, as members of the one family, one body in the Church and in the Movement. We should make sure to support everybody that needs it.

 These are times of prayer, humility, unity and charity.


1. We apologize to anyone hurt by Father Maciel’s actions.

2. We regret any scandal to the Church

3. We offer our prayers to all who are suffering as the result of this and ask for the prayers of the faithful for us.

4. In all our considerations, actions and words, our departing point is the following: We have sought to act, and we are trying to act according to what Jesus Christ would do. We have tried to illuminate our decisions with the light of the Gospel, following the Catechism of the Catholic Church, having heard the advice of many in unity with the Holy See. The principles that guide us are those of justice, charity and mercy with all.


What do you have to say about Father Maciel?

To our surprise and pain, we recognize that some of our founder’s behavior was incompatible with his priestly condition. We are deeply sorry for the offenses he committed and we ask pardon for the scandal this has caused.

 It can be helpful to read the letter Father Alvaro Corcuera has written to Regnum Christ members and friends, and Zenit article about this. These texts provide guidance on the interior attitudes towards this situation (the letter) and concise information (the article).

Even so, we can’t forget that our founder was the instrument that passed on, it all its integrity, the charism God gave him and the Church approved. For that, we are forever grateful to him. At any rate, he has passed on and his judgment is in the hands of God’s infinite mercy.

What did Father Maciel do?

As you know, it is public knowledge that he fathered a daughter. Out of respect for the privacy of the persons involved, it is not our place to spread further information.

Was there financial impropriety?

First, I want to be clear that our financial systems are very thorough and there are procedures of accountability and oversight in place to prevent misuse of funds. In the past, Father Maciel was so trusted that he was able to have funds available for his personal use. We simply do not know the extent of those funds or what portion may have been used inappropriately. And because much of this happened long ago, it is likely we will not be able to determine the amount.

 How do you explain Father Maciel’s behavior?

It’s very hard to understand. We are not able to grasp it fully, and we probably never will. It’s part of the mystery of human behavior, and involves: moral and psychological factors, circumstances, etc. It’s especially hard to mesh all the good that we knew about him with the facts that are emerging now. At any rate, he has already passed away.

What about the accusations of previous years?

The subject of the accusations of sexual abuse by Father Maciel has resurfaced. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was in charge of investigating them according to its procedures.

In May 2006, bearing in mind Father Maciel’s advanced age and his delicate health, the congregation decided to forgo a canonical trial. It invited him to a reserved life of penitence and prayer. The Legion of Christ accepted the Holy See’s decision.

Given the Holy See’s action, it seems likely that some of the accusations were deemed credible. There never was a trial, however, and the competent authority did not issue a verdict. At this time, we do not have conclusive evidence about particular accusations.

The Legion of Christ wants to reach out and help whoever was hurt by our founder. We are undertaking a review of our responsibilities as a congregation in this regard. We are profoundly sorry for anything that could have happened.

Were the superiors aware of these facts?

The superiors had no evidence of these facts, and they suspected nothing.

And how was that possible?

We all trusted our founder; it never occurred to us to be suspicious of his behavior. Frankly, with 20/20 hindsight we see that we should have been more alert to possible signals.

But the superiors acted unsuspectingly; they never knowingly collaborated with his misdeeds or covered up the situation once they found out.

When did they find about them?

When Father Maciel was no longer general director, in 2005, certain facts started to emerge little by little. After the Holy See’s communiqué in May 2006, during the final months of Father Maciel’s illness and after his death, further clues and fist-hand evidence surfaced. The superiors contacted the appropriate authorities of the Holy See and more recently, in according with the principles of justice and charity, began to personally inform the Legionaries and consecrated members of Regnum Christi, much as happens in a close-knit family faced with a similar situation.

What will you do if you learn that members of the congregation were complicit in Father Maciel’s inappropriate activities?

We certainly do not know that is the case. But if we learn of such a situation it will be dealt with seriously and in accord with the principles of justice and charity.

How are you dealing with the situation?

Well, fist of all, it hurts and deeply saddens us. Even more, we feel the real shame that anyone in the congregation –especially our Founder- could bring scandal to the Church and pain to the faithful.

We are turning more intensely to prayer and are strengthening our commitment to Christ, focusing our attention on him. We are also more keenly aware of the mission that the Legion is entrusted with in the Church.

We are deeply sorry for all the hurt and the scandal this has caused, and for those who may have suffered.

We are struggling through these days of mixed emotions and we all need time to pray, to reflect, and to assimilate the consequences of this situation. As we process all this, we are holding onto Christ and to our identity as a part of the Church, the sacrament of salvation.

We look to the future with confidence, with the commitment to continue serving the Church and others.

What will the Legion of Christ do going forward?

Clearly, we are reviewing our procedures to ensure that nothing like this happens again. We put trust in God. And we know that our mother, the Church, walks with us and “gratefully recognizes the worthy apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and […] Regnum Christi” (Communiqué of the Holy See Office May 19, 2006).

Cardinal Franc Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life reminded us of this in Chile this past December:

“Then I told him (the Holy Father) that I was going to meet the groups of the Regnum Christi Movement and my friends, the Legionaries of Christ, and the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, told me: “Tell them that I know them, I esteem them, and I appreciate them. Tell them that my blessing accompanies them; tell them to follow with great conviction the path marked out by the charism given to the Regnum Christi Movement, and to be great witnesses of Christ and of his Church in today’s world.”

 We have always tried to speak and act in light of the Gospel and the principles of Catholic morality that we find summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church about the truth, charity and upright behavior in regard to other people’s defects.

We also know that others both inside and outside the Church have been hurt by these revelations. We understand that we have a responsibility to demonstrate our faithfulness and work hard for the Church.

We count on the closeness and support of the Holy Father and Cardinal Rodé and many churchmen who appreciate the charism and the works of apostolate of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement. They are strongly encouraging us to move onward, faithful to our vocation of service to the Church according to the charism God gave us.

Evidentemente el documento anterior esta siendo enviado a tres de los visitadores apostólicos, quienes podrán verificar las respuestas que los miembros de la LC/RC les han dado.


Legionarios de Cristo. Víctimas de sus mentiras y simulaciones

27 abril 2009

 Daños colaterales (las otras víctimas de la Legión)

      26/04/2009 – Fernanda de la Torre (


Hace poco escribí de los santurrones. Como consecuencia de esa columna tuve una plática con un amigo. En algún momento me hizo una observación: “Todos hablan de Maciel y las víctimas de su pederastia, pero nadie habla de las otras víctimas, de los que crecimos creyendo en él y su obra y ahora estamos confundidos y decepcionados”. Originario del norte del país, conoce bien el tema de que me habla. Estudió con los Legionarios toda su vida, creció llamando a Marcial Maciel “Nuestro Padre” y pertenecía al “Reino”.


Mi amigo considera que en el caso de Marcial Maciel hay muchas más víctimas que no se han nombrado. Para empezar, todos los que, como él, estudiaron en escuelas de Legionarios. ¿Cómo conciliar las enseñanzas recibidas de los Legionarios con la realidad?


Hace falta tener una venda en los ojos para pensar que Marcial Maciel logró engañar solo a todos los Legionarios, que nadie jamás supo de los delitos cometidos por el propio Maciel y por otros sacerdotes. Es obvio, me dice, que varios miembros de la orden, conociendo los delitos, prefirieron encubrir a los criminales en vez de defender a las víctimas. No puede evitar preguntarse: “¿Lo sabría el Padre Fulano, a quien tanto quise? ¿El padre Perengano, quien nos recalcó la importancia de no mentir?”


Al igual que a muchos, le preocupa la tardía y torpe reacción de los Legionarios. Parecen olvidar que fue por los delitos de pederastia que el Papa obligó a Maciel a retirarse a una vida de oración. Reconocer que tenga una hija y hablar de “debilidades” parece un torpe esfuerzo por tratar de tapar el sol con un dedo y distraer la atención. Todavía no se ha pedido perdón a las víctimas. Reducir el problema de la Legión de Cristo a Maciel es un error. Es necesario revisar a fondo la estructura que le permitió vivir una doble vida.


Mi amigo considera que otros afectados son los padres. Años de esfuerzos y sacrificios (las escuelas de Legionarios no son precisamente baratas) para dar a sus hijos la mejor educación, con los valores morales que consideraban adecuados, para que ahora sea evidente que ese hombre al que tanto ponderaron, lejos de ser un santo, resultó ser un criminal. Ahora se preguntan acerca de esos rumores de actos de pederastia que fueron rápidamente ocultados. Se preguntan por qué no pidieron la aclaraciones pertinentes en su momento y dudan de las personas que están educando (o educaron) a sus hijos. Imposible no cuestionar sus prioridades y preguntarse si están calificados para educar.


Me habla también del daño que hicieron a hombres y mujeres que él conoce. Predicar acerca del sexo como un pecado, la abstinencia, el control los deseos carnales, afectó a varias personas. Me habla de amigas quienes no han podido tener orgasmos por considerar que el sexo es pecado; otras que no pudieron ser penetradas por sus maridos por las mismas creencias. Tanto sufrimiento y años de terapia, para venir a enterarse de que la mismísima persona que tanto predicaba la pureza, era no sólo débil, sino un delincuente.


Todos aquellos pertenecientes al movimiento laico Regnum Chisti, quienes creían en la inocencia de Marcial Maciel y lo defendieron a capa y espada diciendo que cada acusación era otra prueba más que tenía que sufrir “Nuestro Padre”. Mientras él oficiaba misa lo veían arrobados y creían que estaban frente a un santo viviente, y ahora tienen que digerir que estaba más cerca del infierno que del cielo. “¿Te imaginas cuán traicionados se sentirán por tantas mentiras?”


Mi amigo se pregunta cómo se sentirán los seminaristas y sacerdotes de la Legión que también fueron víctimas del engaño. ¿Extenderán sus dudas sobre la persona hasta el centro de su fe? ¿Pensarán en dejar la Legión? ¿Se sentirán profundamente traicionados y humillados?


Efectivamente, hay muchas más víctimas de Marcial Maciel y de quienes, conociendo su delito, lo encubrieron. Supongo que ahora pueden medir los alcances y las desastrosas consecuencias de su decisión. Este tipo de errores no son privativos de los Legionarios; se han dado repetidamente dentro de la Iglesia católica y otras instituciones. Más que atacarlos, para todos es una lección a fin de entender que tarde o temprano la verdad derrumba todas las mentiras. Encubrirlas genera un efecto de bola de nieve y, como diría Oscar Wilde, “nadie es tan rico que pueda comprar su propio pasado”. En cualquier circunstancia, es mejor encarar las verdades, llamar a las cosas por su nombre, por dolorosas que sean, a dejar que las mentiras, como gangrena, se apoderen del cuerpo a riesgo de perder la propia vida.


Hemos visto que el valor y la perseverancia de unos pocos que se enfrentaron al sistema develaron la verdad y junto con esa verdad han caído varios mitos y seguramente encontraremos más de un culpable. Seguramente ni Marcial Maciel ni quienes lo encubrieron pensaron que sus actos saldrían a la luz ni en los incontables daños colaterales de vivir en la mentira y encubrir a un criminal.


Existe una página web,, para unir y apoyar a todos aquellos que han sido afectados negativamente por la Legión.