Interesting that there is a corollary between authentic contrition and [leaving the Legion] not being in lock-step with the leadership--I stand corrected. (Nota bene: bishops are often addressed as "Monsignor" in Europe.)
April 22, 2012
Dear Msgr. Justo, in Christ,
With shame I read your recent interview where you outline the calumnies and lies that you suffered at the hands of my congregation, the Legion of Christ. Since I am no more than a simple member, my apology does not have much value, but anyway, I do ask your forgiveness for what you suffered at the hands of Fr. Maciel and his collaborators.
Despite the efforts of the Pope, Msgr. De Paolis, and a small group of Legionaries, macielism in the congregation has not been banished, and those who committed all types of wrongdoing, defamation, as well as canonical and administrative irregularities at the orders of Maciel are still being covered for. In fact, the majority of the macielist leadership continues to govern the Legion and with the same contrivances that they learned from the founder: falsified elections, half truths, “clarifications” of Vatican authorities, lack of transparency in economic affairs, and, overall, blindness towards those who were harmed by the crimes of this man and his followers.
Without impunity, seminarians in Rome are still taught that Maciel was a prophet. They still have a vow of “humility” by which religious swear before God to denounce their brothers.
In a letter dated November 3, 2010 addressed to the Secretary of State, it was requested that a truth commission be established to investigate once and for all the wickedness of macielism and to bring justice to those who were harmed. The hope was that those who covered up for Maciel within the congregation and inside the Vatican would be barred from office. It is painful that the suggestion was not considered opportune and the majority of those who signed the letter have now left the congregation. In this way, cases such as yours, those of other churchmen and calumniated Legionaries will never by cleared up.
Finally, Msgr. Justo, I would just wish to thank you for having the courage to face Maciel’s corruption, to have listened to the victims and to have worked so that the most serious scandal of the Catholic Church in modern times be brought to light. I understand that you have paid a significant cost for your loyalty to the Church. We can only hope that history and He who is the “Light of the World” will acknowledge you and reward you abundantly. “Ex Igne Lux.”
Yours in Christ, Fr. Peter F. Byrne L.C
[at 6:15pm, I replaced the whole letter with a better translation]