Over fifty comments in a single day doesn't mean that The Marriage Wedge touched any cords with you, gentle readers. (Perhaps you had nothing better to do than play in the internet?) Evidently, the Legion priests really do know how to strenthen the knots that need attention:
Dear Regnum Christi members in Christ,
Here is an opportunity to strengthen your marriage through the Marriages Are Covenants (MAC) program at St. Peter Chanel in Roswell this Friday night. We are pleased and honored to have Fr. Peter Devereux as our guest speaker from 7-9:00pm in McNamee Hall, with optional dinner provided by Sugo's restaurant in Roswell. If you are interested in dinner, please register ahead at our website:
If you are not interested in dinner, no reservations are necessary. MAC is for married couples who want tips from our Catholic priests on ways to keep your marriage holy and strong, much like 3 To Stay Married. Confessions will also be available. We gather for meetings once a month during the school year in our social hall. If you have any questions please feel free to call or send an email. We hope you can make it.
The priest in question has strong bonds to the Legion, of course, since it's a family affair:
Father Peter was born and raised in New Zealand. He has two years’ Novitiate training in Orange, Connecticut. He then went to Salamanca, Spain for a year to study humanities. He has had five years of philosophy and theology in Rome, Italy and Gdansk, Poland. Father Peter was ordained on the 1st of January 2000 in Rome, Italy along with 26 other Legionaries. Father has served the Atlanta area for three years as chaplain and retreat director. Father Peter is from a family of seven boys (3 are seminarians with the Legion of Christ) and his parents still live in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Poor parents. Now "Marriage is a Covenant" may not be an RC apostolate at all -- there's no way of telling from here. But once again, there is that taint that immediately becomes attached to a group that promotes itself without apology through those in the Movement.
UPDATE: The comments indicate that I have not been as clear as I should be. I have no intention of attacking either the integrity of Fr Peter or his marriage advice. It would appear that many of you know the family and suggest that his counsel would be quite beneficial. That said, we have to be clear. The good advice would NOT be a fruit of the Legion but an outpouring of the good and generous nuptial union of Mr and Mrs Devereux. That is exactly what I referred to in the original marriage post, and the insidiousness of the Legion -- to take what is not theirs, to brand it, package it and promote it as a by-product of their methodology. Wrong and bad!
Furthermore, all this emphasis on marriages and stress and difficulties in family life is another example of their standard MO. While there are stresses and strains enough on marriages, they have only ADDED to these difficulties, and for them to step into the breach as the Pious Sherpas, taking family life to the summits of holiness has to be named for the scandal that it is. MM has been named a marketing genius, and that charism is all that stands in this sordid mess. Caveat emptor!
UPDATE: another commenter has noted:
There are about a million things wrong with the Legion, but I just don't see the quality of their marriage advice as one of them. In my own experience, there simply isn't any one-size-fits-all approach to these issues within the RC, and I haven't personally encountered anything off-base in this area. That said, the heavy time commitments that Regnum Christi members are pressured to make to organizing various events and activities is clearly detrimental to marriage and family life.
Um, "Left hand ... right hand ..." ? Ultimately how and where to spend extra time becomes marital advice when a family is concerned. It's all of a piece and everyone pays the price.