While the Legion founded IPS many years ago, there has long been an insistence that the link at present is tenuous or severed. Just to clarify, the link is as strong as ever:
Due to an increased demand for Catholic psychological training, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington has created the School of Counseling. With two distinct programs, the graduate school now will be elevated to the status of a university — titled Divine Mercy University. “IPS has been continually challenged by its mission to be outward focused in response to healing a wounded culture,” said Father Charles Sikorsky, president of Divine Mercy University, in a press release. “The new university is a direct response to the great human and spiritual need for mental health and helping professionals.”
That would be Fr Charles Sikorsky, LC. The Legionaries of Christ in charge of a university dedicated to mental health would be rejected as a story line in the most outlandish satire. And yet here we are. And to revisit the founding, this is a 2001 statement by IPS co-founder, Dr Gladys Sweeney (now Academic Dean Emerita):
"I too have known Fr. Maciel for a number of years and rarely have I met anyone with a more sound psychology. The behaviors that he has been accused of can only be the result of severe psychopathology. People suffering from these pathologies cannot 'fool' others consistently, year after year. Sooner or later, the pathology gets out of control, and ends up in a disaster. Fr. Maciel, after many years of dedicated service and sacrifice, has continued to give more and more to the Church, and maintained an extremely fruitful life. This is psychologically inconsistent with a severe pathology. Also hundreds and hundreds of holy priests have followed his leadership and example. A person with a severe pathology may be able to 'fool' a few dozen people, for a few years, but certainly not countless intelligent and balanced Legionaries that have dedicated their life to the Church, for nearly 60 years. Among the many supporters of Fr. Maciel, is our Holy Father, who certainly is very wise and most learned about the psychology of people."
[Did I miss her retraction? If so, I would be happy to provide an update and a link.]