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After the frustrating report from the Delegate that there would be no investigation to see who may haven been complicit in the crimes of MM, we are confronted with two ways of thinking:
- the darn clergy are so insulated and, well, clerical that we cannot expect justice; and
- [from an ardent member] the pope wants this group to survive, so quit whining.
So how do we process this? Interestingly, I got a note from one of the original victims that puts it into supernatural perspective, and one we'll have to live with:
One problem with our criticisms of what St. Augustine called the 'prostitute' side of the Church is that, when me make them, then this same side accuses us of attacking the 'chaste' side, which the 'prostitute' side says it duly represents. This symbiotic manner astutely interpreted reproduces for the 'prostitute' side the content of the parable of the wheat and the darnel to its surviving purposes. So the 'prostitute' side takes advantage also from the extra benefit of the doubt and from the time it entails. If one does not fight the corrupt side of the Church, then, at the end, one loses faith in her sound side. How to sustain the just, adequate balance?
He's nailed the obfuscation that the Legion's supporters always use: that papal decisions are always somehow beyond question, and that to attack the Legion is to attack the Church. Of course the horror of prostitution (and the overwhelming disgust we feel) is based on our reverence for the human dignity that is so badly undermined by the entire sordid practice.
Likewise, it's our very reverence for the Church as Bride of Christ that makes us shrink from anything that turns her into a whore--such as the abuse of her sacraments, exacting private gain and the tawdry display of what should be singularly for the glory of God alone. I know the ardent members believe that they are deeply within the embrace of Holy Mother Church, but they cannot see that the arms that enfold them are not quite what they envision.
But the wheat and the darnel may last a while longer until enough time passes to reveal more about the harvest. Oremus...
UPDATE: From a link provided in the combox, googelle finds that:
The creation of the "truth commission" to investigate those who could have covered up the double life of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, has not been absolutely ruled out. "We have not closed the issue and the internal debate continues," said Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, delegate of the Pope to reform the Congregation, which has been shaken to its foundations by the acts of Maciel.
Thus, the cardinal denied the news that he had decided not to establish such a commission, due to his inability to discover the alleged accomplices of the acts of the founder "because they do not have the evidence." [previously inaccurate, sorry]
"We thought long and hard about it and we are debating among us. There are those who wish to establish the commission and those who emphasize the problems that this would cause," considering the lack of evidence to prove the complicity of this or that Legionary.
In other words, the cardinal said, "We have not unleashed the knot, i.e. we have not found the solution, but this does not mean we have given up all thought of establishing such a commission."
This could mean a few things:
- The original information was bad or incomplete. I am confident that it wasn't, for it was covered widely in the Mexican media as well, where the larger firestorm blew;
- He only tossed out the statement as a trial balloon to see what the response would be, to discover how much support/animosity there was concerning the "cupola;" or
- He really is waffling, thinking he would avoid this controversy but has been thrown on his heels by the consternation that followed such a proposal.
You'll have to draw your own conclusion. I find myself baffled on a daily basis in this regard. As for the key phrase, "because they have the evidence," the translation leaves me confused. Is he saying he already has the evidence? or is he saying that evidence could be found if they decided to pursue this? Spanish speakers need to clarify the sense of that important sentence for us -- thanks!
MORE HELP FROM THE COMBOX: First, a translation of that confusing sentence --
"We have reflected much on this, and we all continue debating among ourselves. There are those who agree on creating the commission, and those who emphasize the problems that this would create," considering the lack of evidence that could prove the complicity of this or that legionary.
Then another reader pulls more from the Spanish article linked above:
"We must clarify the accounting. It appears that there is nothing more than administrative problems and economic difficulties." He goes on to say that Integer is not so bad as he had heard, that it's actually a good thing because it protects them from being ripped off and because of the complexity of finances.
His statements regarding the Commission to rewrite the Constitutions are just as alarming. Part of what he says regarding the abuses of privacy (reading mail) and the private vow is "Pero hay un peligro, creer demasiado a los visitadores en el sentido que se puedan pensar exageradamente que los abusos son generalizados, cuál es la consistencia de los abusos, eso es lo que hay que verificar."
Or "there is a danger in believing the visitators too much in the sense that the general abuses will be thought exaggerated, or the content of the abuses, that is what must be verified."
Let's parse that for a minute: The Visitators spread out, stayed in every house and interviewed as many members as possible of all ranks. Furthermore, they were inundated with testimonies sent from previous members, who have a greater ability (because of distance, first of all) to speak freely and to have begun to process what happened to them inside. These were collated, studied, and synthesised into a two-part meme: The group was founded by a false prophet who was devoid of religious sentiment.
Now, we have a gentleman in one house only (ten hours a week) who doesn't speak the "native tongue," who has spent the bulk of his time speaking to those who helped to create a cultish atmosphere of manipulation, paranoia of the outside world and betrayal of trust -- and they have convinced him that the Visitators were a little extreme in their harsh judgement. To believe in their "exaggerated" claims would be "dangerous," since the Legion is just trying to navigate in the harsh world that doesn't understand their mission and is gunning for their hard-won money.
Friends, if this is true, there is zero hope for meaningful change. I hope that those who are on the inside can read the hand-writing on the wall. Anyone with a sincere desire to bring souls to Christ through a mechanism that will not separate itself from clandestine and peripheral activities that undermine its integrity is in the wrong place. Let the dead bury the dead.
Consider this an Annunciation of another sort...