Since Paul Lennon has revealed a little about Alvaro Corcuera's phone call to Juan Vaca (which I didn't have express permission to do) I will expand a little on the event. As far as we know, this is the only phone call of its kind, it was an "urgent" and perplexing event, and ended up being non-sensical in its entirety.
Despite the passage of many decades since MM was accused, and nine months since the Legion hierarchy admitted that the founder was not what he was purported to be, all of a sudden late last week, AC got a wild hair and had to talk to JV. In order to get his phone number, AC called Juan's sister who is a 3GF (explained below) and then the farce took place.
Yes, there has been an apology. But let me give the details, to which Mr Lennon has alluded. After expressing his sincere sorrow for all that JV suffered at the hands of MM, JV said, "And what about the lawsuit?"
JV, stunned, told AC about how the Legion sued ReGain and that that required an apology, etc. AC insisted that he knew nothing about the lawsuit and would look into it. Good-bye.
There are many points to consider:
- Too much time has elapsed for an apology to be other than contrived;
- The Legion knows how to contact each of us -- they practically shadow us when necessary;
- To ask Juan's sister for his phone number was disingenuous at best;
- Now the fact that there has been contact (and why) will trickle through the 3GF's;
- AC claiming to know nothing about the lawsuit against Regain offers two options:
1. Either he was lying (and how could the head of an organisation not know what his organisation is doing? It made ABC News and the Washington Post, for crying out loud.) and if he was lying, then nothing he said over the phone can be taken as genuine; -OR-
2. He didn't know about the lawsuit (proving true the speculation of some that he's a figurehead) and if so, then the apology carries little weight because he isn't even aware of the extent of Juan's suffering from the Legion overall.
Neither option gives enough credence to the "urgent" contact to make it rise to the level of a legitimate apology (and interestingly -- it was verbal, not written) but there was one more element that gave me suspicion about the timing:
- The American bishops were meeting this past week, which makes a Friday afternoon phone call perfectly timed for any rubbing of shoulders in corridors in Baltimore come Monday morning.
The last point, as I say, is sheer speculation, but those of you familiar with this saga won't blame me for mentally wandering down such a path. So in the end, has the Legion begun contacting victims? The answer must be yes. I had no intention of hiding the fact, but only with someone else breaking the story can I give the essential details that may put it in a different light.