POST FROM FACEBOOK PC GROUP
I just wanted to write for those who were not able to make it up to the reunion. It was an amazing weekend. It was really wonderful to see so many people and catch up to see where everyone is at. It was really beautiful and reveling to see and feel the changes that have been taking place with the norms, the whole attitude, and environment in general. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Everyone was able to come as they are and where they are in life and just enjoy time together. The vibe I felt in the PC and Greenville (and from talking to people) is that everything was more relaxed natural and there is a lot less tension and stiffness about the norms. Everyone is just more open and warm.
Below i just summed up what Caroline and Fr Luis Garza said to us in the conferences so that those who would like to know can be filled in:
Jill thank you for posting the updates on the PC. It was great to have the talk with Caroline. She was very gracious and open about what went on within the PC and her experience and point of view. She opened up about how it was hard for her to ask the PCs to live norms that she was not convinced of. She told us that she was vocalizing and making known hardships that PCs and their families were having and things that she thought should have been changed. For some time she was told that things were the way they should be, but finally after some time, they saw the need to re-evaluate the norms. She apologized several times to everyone for any hurt they had experienced as PCs or their families by anything they were asked to do and for pain they have experienced after. She explained she did everything out of love and never intended to hurt anyone. Caroline also expressed her relief that she would no longer be a director as the last years have been very hard on her with a lot of anger from parents and members fall on her. She (and all the consecrated) are very willing and ask you to talk to them if you have any concerns or questions or want to talk about anything at all. Diana Hardy apologized as well and humbly explained that we are all human and make mistakes.
I sat in on the conference with Fr. Luis and I will now sum up what he explained to us: He started in 1998 explaining that he started to notice that Fr. Maciel was distracted and not as ambitious as he normally was about projects or concerns of the movement. He admitted that Fr. maciel was living a lavish life around this time for example, driving fancy cars and staying at luxurious hotels. Fr. Luis picked up on these changes in Fr. maciel but was unsure of the reasons for them. A couple years later they started to see signs of dementia. Fr luis then described how the Vatican asked Fr maciel to lead a more private life out of public ministry and Fr Luis did not understand and to a point did not believe it at the time and the church did not give a reason. When he did find out he explained that they didn’t know how to break the news. they were coming up with plans to tell everyone but they didn’t see a right or best way to go about it. he explained how you have to be prudent in making public someone’s sins. they were working for a while to figure out how to do this. they were not trying to hide it from people. In the end the news broke before they were prepared. He also explained how the cardinal is very thorough in all the changes and evaluations he is doing… which causes the process to be slow, but this is good. They have been working a lot to change the "culture" of the movement as he put it. Our formation centers and apostolate centers were too similar and not fit for what each group needed. He listed some problems of the movement that they are working to fix such as an arrogance of the movement, the stiffness of norms, and changing to work more with families as a whole instead of working individually with boys girls men and women etc.
I hope this helps... Im happy to talk to anyone who wants. I wrote this as best I could from what i remembered.
Love you all!!
I apologise for so many PC threads. While I won't close any for comments, I'll note on the three previous threads that we'll try to congregate here.
FTR, the three related threads include a link to the comment given by a woman planning a PC reunion (which wouldn't allow any negativity), an exPC Facebook group which has a series of testimonies, and a link to a blog which has a serialised account of one exPC's experiences. I'll send readers to this thread for one single conversation, given the wounds now revealed among exPC's and the obstinacy of the Legion/3gf leadership in acknowledging them in a honourable and mature fashion. (We're only human doesn't cut it.)