The Legion offers a new encyclical ("Principal Traits of the Apostolic Charism") and what members are told once again is that the current difficulties this Movement faces indicate that they're on the right track, because these painful years of reform and renewal are God's gift. It's only partially due to the founder, and just as much due to the fact that they're new. The newness, in fact, causes problems universally with communities, especially if charged with the impossible task of trying to state their charism in a simple phrase. That's asking too much, but if the Legion begins with its own atmosphere, much can be inferred about its charism:
However, each institute has a life which distinguishes it and is proper to it – a certain way of doing things, a way of imitating, following and announcing Christ in communion with the Church.12 This ‘life’ is what unites the members of these communities. This character, this way of life, is composed by many different aspects:13 its liturgy, discipline, community life, fraternal charity, apostolate, formation, genuine traditions, and so forth compose the charism. The way all these aspects relate to each other produces, in a way, the “air” that all those who live this charism have about them. This is what we must try to put our finger on (p. 4).
Unfortunately, given the level of "fraternal charity" already manifest over the decades, this might not be a good thing, and until the myriad victims find consolation and restitution (of any sort) the Legion might not want to think too much about the oppressive "air" that has created such a stifling of accountability.
I found this paragraph deeply troubling:
The virtue of charity helps us to strive to be always magnanimous when dealing with others, trying to create and foster a positive environment of esteem, mutual respect and help for all. For example, when the Archdiocese of Montreal assessed the ministry done the last three years by Legionary priests and consecrated members, it found that the people with whom the consecrated and priests have worked and lived (both laity and priests) remarked that they never saw dislikes or intrigues among them. And this, they said, is a sign of love. This love is what makes community life easier and in some ways a piece of heaven on earth (p. 8).
Although perhaps to some, the lack of backbiting or intrigues sounds like a good thing, the well-known suppression of all independent thought, the constant promotion of "serenity" and the mandate (in the norms) to present a cheerful face at all times make such an impression less credible. Sounds like sniping, I know, but "Gee, they all like each other" isn't necessarily, "Wow, they really built a solid foundation to spread the faith in Montreal."
I haven't begun to summarise, for there's plenty more, but I'll leave it in your capable hands for now.