For those not sure what LARC is about, we're committed Catholics who have grave concerns about the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement. Our issue isn't with orthodoxy or theology, but with the human formation on which this group is built. Having been founded by a paederast who wished to take young boys far from their homes, the initial structure was ostensibly Catholic but with cultlike mechanism that guaranteed his complete control. Although he is dead, the methodology he created remains, as do the superiors who governed with him for so many years. This situation couldn't have endured without assistance, and it is our claim that many inside and outside of the Legion were complicit in a web of lies that allowed this toxic entity to grow. Since it doesn't touch faith and morals, there is no question of infallibility, but rather the discussion centers on prudence: the prudence of allowing this group (with no definable charism or approved constitutions) to continue to recruit, the prudence of allowing the men formed by this methodology to continue to give spiritual direction to the young, and the prudence of entrusting parishes and other missions to their care before they have had a chance to reform themselves.
To date, there has been no acknowledgement on their part of systematic abuses of the sacraments and spiritual direction--although there are a vast number of charges to that effect, there has been no concern for intergenerational abuse--although the founder was certainly not the only one accused of such things, there has been no explanation of the layers of lies that were told even after the founder was removed from his position--such as affirming that he ascended to heaven after death (despite his refusal of the sacraments at the end), they were known to have shuffled their clergy who had credible abuse charges against them, and there has been no offer of restitution to those gravely harmed since childhood.
Please use the combox to note helpful posts from past years, to clarify any points of interest to newcomers, and kindly remember that we're all part of the Mystical Body. Those who love God and want authentic good to prevail are all working toward the same end. Blessings to all!
[Addendum: There is a significant uptick in visitors (this, to a site that already receives thousands of hits daily). I am telling you this simply for the fact that the Legion has an ability to isolate and neutralise those who question or express frustration with the group. For members, the Movement's application of "gospel charity" convinced us that each one who felt frustration was the ONLY one, and to share those thoughts would be tearing down the very work of God. Those who were treated very badly suffered alone, thinking it was a singular occurrance. Only when we discovered others -- usually on-line -- who shared our experience did we realise that we had been prey to a clever manipulation. Thus, I want the parishioners of Saint Brendans to understand how that game works. I am not suggesting any particular strategy, but wanted readers aware that they are not alone in their struggle -- not by a long shot.]