Those who were members of the Movement are aware that there is an internal language (integration, methodology, section, Gospel charity, economy, second degree, apostolic dialogue, etc.) that becomes second nature. In fact those words are so familiar to you that I think you would actually be astonished to find that they require translation for outsiders in order to convey their meaning.
While I thought that language was pretty well established, the leaders of the Movement are adding to the vocabulary "in this present difficult chapter" in order to keep the confused members nailed in. Yes, we did see a wealth of "serenity" in the recent months, enough to raise eyebrows and make many want to snap their fingers before the glazed smiles. But there's a newer term on the horizon:
While investigators and journalists reveal new dimensions to Fr. Maciel’s long career as fraud and sexual predator daily, Vatican visitators try to discern fact from fiction in the Legion and the Legion’s leadership becomes ever more strident in its insistence that all is well and nothing should change.
The Secretary General [Evaristo Sada] is on a whirlwind tour of LC centers spinning the yarn that there is a basis to the Legion that was not invented by the disgraced Founder and was never contaminated by his web of secrecy and falsehood. The word ‘mystique’ – not charism or constitution – has become the new shibboleth in the hasty reinvention of the Legion. La mística is what makes the Legion what it is… that vague, undefinable air that sets us apart… that prototypical seal somehow impressed on the collective consciousness of the Legionaries that preserves our identity and defines our cause…
Because of its ‘mystique’, the Legion can and should remain untouched by the scandal of its Founder’s life, the glaring questions about its internal structure and operations as a religious congregation and the lethal virus of doubt and distrust spreading silently through the ranks of its members.
Really? Are we really going to try this? Are we attempting to enter the ranks of Lawrence of Arabia, James Bond and the French Foreign Legion? Did Jesus have a mystique? Does Pope Benedict rely on mystique? (For Pete Vere's brilliant response, which is basically "get real," go here.)
God alone is mysterious, and the Legion's attempt to cash in on mystique as the new Christian virtue shows how far this group is from authentic faith. As Changobeer notes, "the cataclysmic unraveling of the Legion of Christ can only be described as a descent into lunacy."