A common buzzword in the Movement post-revelation has been "serenity." Great word, and it has its place. Father Alvaro used it in the Mass in Maryland, and almost all communications among members have referred to it as the proper response to the new information about the founder. It rubs me the wrong way.
Someone on an American Papist discussion thread noted a RC-related memo that she had been sent:
My response was:
With all due respect, this is what I have tried to point out with the BITE mechanism. They have no right to tell you how to respond emotionally to such a shock. There is no sin in emotion, only the malicious suppression of them.
A sharp cookie took it a step further, and I quote:
I think the idea the LC is trying to convey is that the serenity and "at peace" feeling (or any other warm fuzzy for that matter) will come from our faith and confidence. The problem is, and I just got the ambiguity again this morning from our territorial director, they aren't distinguishing between confidence in God, and confidence in the Legion. I have plenty of confidence in God but hardly any in the Legion at this point.
How very true. Just as before, to love the Movement was to love the Church, and to question the Movement was to manifest theological doubt in one's faith. Now, the trust that is due to God alone is extended to how the Legion acts, and to act in anyway that lacks serenity is to show doubt in the permissive will of God.
Now God has permitted this charade to continue this far, but that doesn't mean that it should continue indefinitely. Nor does showing anger at child abuse, spiritual manipulation, financial indiscretion, and pious fraud indicate an unsteady spirit. In fact, to absorb them as part and parcel of the group you've given yourself to without any emotional earthquake is -- disturbing.
Please, let the members rage over injustice before they move forward to respond. It's a legitimate stage of grieving -- the one after denial, remember? Stage one cannot last forever, or authentic healing will never take place.