An astute exRC has brought to my attention some paragraphs in the norms by which Legion priests have been formed for decades. This formation was the air they breathed, the water they drank and the foundation of the person to person contact they lived with in-house for years. Remember the complete control over information, the strict barriers to outside influences and the dedication to the "charism" that created a Legionary:
451. During the chapter Our Founder, with particular emphasis, also rejected as historically false the assertion that all religious orders and congregations diminish in spirit upon the death of the Founder and lose a great part of their vitality. And he expressed to us as a fundamental element of his faith and of his confidence the example of what happened to the Church upon the death of its Founder; for it was the death and resurrection that united the cofounders of the Church in love and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, making them remain, as one man, faithful to its mission and dispersing themselves throughout the entire world in order to extend the Kingdom of God. Similarly, this will happen to the legionary cofounders if they remain faithful in love and in obedience to the charism of the Founder.
453. He indicated that he is more concerned about the probable but vain attempt by some of his enemies who, owing to the demise of the Founder, will try from the outside to sow discord and division within the Legion. Because of this, he allowed himself to recommend that starting now, whenever by the will of God this crisis presents itself, a collective behavior of our members characterized by serenity, discretion, harmony, and prayer in the midst of pain be observed.
454. In conclusion, it would be opportune to remember here the words of Paul VI: Religious institutions are vigorous and flourish when, in their discipline, in their works and the customs of life of their members, they integrally reflect the soul of their Founders.
Notice some red flags in there? See some vocabulary words that sound familiar? Recognise the landscape of an integrated mind you may know and love (and pull your hair out over)? This is the world of a cult -- no matter how many times they quote the Catechism, the off-the-cuff remarks of John Paul II, or how much they've suffered and sacrificed for you.
UPDATE: another ex has a scathing reminder --
[Maciel's "charism"] was not a particular and unique service to the Church, other than the naricissism of saving all humanity -- which is what MM has the LC do. Yes, let's remember this [above material] is the objective and factual reference from the founder as to where is the charism of the LC. If you want to keep LC in name, then this is the chalice you must drink from, and I do not think it belongs to Christ.