At the risk of sounding pedantic, what is the charism? I completed my course and took to heart everything taught to me during the seven years in RC, but now that I've learned more, I'll ask, what is it?
Well, the members will say, "charity and unity." Technically, that's not a charism -- those are virtues, the first a theological virtue, the second is one of the four marks of the Church. Those are universal traits. After separating my mind over the years from my formation, I realised that the "charism" that is offered is simply Catholicism. That's not a charism. Since the basic aim of the Movement is to transmit the faith and to evangelise, that would explain why formation in RC catechises -- and that's good. But what sets them apart -- besides the founder and the methodology?
Will someone succinctly explain what makes RC unique? Use quotes from your course material if necessary, but be precise.
UPDATE I: Fr Corcuera has sent a memo to the members of Regnum Christi, in which he reminds them of their special charism:
"In the present case, regarding the person of our Father Founder, I cannot but recognize all the good I received through him. Through the charism he passed on to us, many people have received from God what has given meaning to our lives: love for Christ, the Blessed Virgin, the Church, the Pope and souls. These are our loves. On a personal level, I am grateful to him for being the instrument God used to give my entire life meaning, seeking eternal salvation, the path to God. This is the truth I experienced, and it would be impossible to find enough words to thank him."
Um, that's the Catholic church. I still don't see a unique charism.
UPDATE II: Someone in the comboxes related her frustration about the RC response:
Today I spoke to a friend who's still in the RC. She's not devastated, but her team is. They're not planning on disbanding right now.
They're now saying that encounters are Franciscan in nature, so it's okay to keep doing them... they're not invented by MM or LC, they're from St. Francis. And their retreats are from St. Ignatius. And they're spirituality is from St. Paul. And most of their other stuff is copied from Opus Dei. (Is there a huge eye-rolling icon somewhere??)
Doesn't this only reinforce the initial point: If all of their activities are only a patchwork of existing practices, where is their own unique charism?