It has been noted previously that the Legion has applied for a trademark for the term "integral formation." The term came up again in the recent discussion with Fr Garza when he noted "We will edit his writings under another name. That is what we are doing. The ideas about formation are his, they are used in seminaries and all over the place."
I found it deeply imbedded in this information about the University of Sacramento, which explains why the Legion wants exclusive rights to the term:
The University of Sacramento is a Catholic academic community whose primary mission is to prepare men and women to exercise an enduring and transformational leadership in society and thus contribute to the establishment of a civilization of justice and charity.
This leadership preparation is embodied in the concept of Integral Formation, the hallmark of the educational charism of the Legionaries of Christ. We aspire to form men and women of character, leaders who are mature in their faith, competent in their field, principled in their morality, and dedicated to service. Consequently, Integral Formation aims at the balanced and harmonious development of the intellectual, human, spiritual, and service-oriented dimensions of each student.
I cannot stress firmly enough that other academic communities need to take note of this, because if something is not done in the next couple of months, it will be much harder to make a case that the term is more generic or widely used than what the Legion has noted on the paperwork pursuant to getting rights to the phrase.
If you are interested in challenging their plan to trademark the term, you can contact me privately. Below is most of the original post from Nov 2009.
"Applicant must specify whether the wording “INTEGRAL FORMATION” has any significance in the relevant trade or industry, or as applied to the services described in the application. "
"The wording "INTEGRAL FORMATION" does not have any significance in the relevant trade or industry, or as applied to the services described in the application, other than in association with Applicant as the provider of such services." (January 2008 letter from attorney)
This means that Jesuit education must insist upon integral formation of its students through such means as required core curricula that include humanities, philosophy, theological perspectives, social questions and the like, as part of all specialized educational programs. In addition, infusion methods might well be employed within specializations to highlight the deeper human, ethical, and social implications of what is being studied.
[As an aside, I've often commented on the Legion's practice of adding trademarks or personal "signatures" to universal acts of piety, but I never dreamed that they would actually do it. This should be of great significance to those who found a deeper faith through association with the Movement. Please note that the good in the Legion is that of which the Church is already custodian. Hijacking the channels of grace for private ends is reprehensible. Trademarking it on top of that reveals staggaring hubris.]