The news from Connecticut (home to the Legion's Cheshire and Orange operations) is in the mode of "consolidating teams and simplifying structure" during this "difficult chapter of [their] history." (That still begs the question about what any Legionary considers a good chapter, considering that the Movement has been a spiritual sham that hid a perverted fraud for over 60 years. Is there a year -- even a month -- when a young boy was not sodomised?) But then if one remembers Legion-speak, "difficult chapter" is the new "serenity."
In this consolidation, the priest who's sharing the new landscape finds joy in the path, since it allows them to "[come] back to the basic essentials that drew us to Regnum Christi in the first place: a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, a spiritual family, the joy of living in God's love." Er, not so much. As I recall in the recruiting that I was exposed to the talking points were:
- the pope loves us!
- be a co-founder and make history!
- God called you from all eternity!
- souls depend on your fidelity!
- this is God's plan for the new millennium!
- look at our numbers -- that proves God's predeliction for us!
- mass media apostolates and youth formation!
- time is Kingdom!
But I digress.
Besides the shifting of key personnel who will be unavailable to the Visitators for questioning, we are discerning a movement of Regnum Christi members who will no longer do critical work for the numerous apostolates. Now, just as the departure of Legionaries or consecrated women is never explained to their companions ("s/he has been called away on a secret mission" is familiar coded language to hide an anguished trip home sans adieux) when workers in RC men's or women's sections leave, it is papered over with stories of illness, job-related changes, or pressing family concerns. (Or in my case, they just told the section [heavy sigh, whispers for prayers, please] that I was having marital problems.)
Does anyone want to share section news of this sort, anonymously if appropriate, so that a larger pattern can be discerned? This is not for the sake of idle gossip (and no names are necessary), but to counter the claim that the Legion is growing and dedicated to the mission without a ripple (of which "50 ordinations in December!" is a standard element).