The Legion has a long way to go if reform is going to take place, according to Giacomo Galeazzi at Vatican Insider: The writer considers the latest scandal (Fr Williams) and why the congregation is no closer to spiritual health than previously:
“All the new things that are emerging are showing that this issue will not simply be resolved by the order severing its ties with its founder because other representatives of the Legion are guilty of the same offences,” a qualified source told Vatican Insider. “All remaining irregularities need to be removed in order to save the majority within the Legion of Christ which did not have double standards.”
For a long time now, the pact of steel between the Legion’s leaders and some elders of the Roman Curia has guaranteed “extensive moral exemption” which Joseph Ratzinger put an end to the minute he was elected Pope. However, the recovery process is far from over, as has been proven by the latest scandals which have broken out in the order. Seven Legionaries of Christ are being investigated by the former Holy Office and in at least one of the cases, it was found that the abuse was committed recently.
[And at the end, he remarks on how the latest stage of the reform has unfolded.] The Legion of Christ was later on placed under the administration of an external commissioner and underwent an ecclesiastical inquiry. It looked as though the external commissioner was only going to stick around for a short period of time. In actual fact, however, there was still a great deal more to be resolved within the order. The nightmare is not yet over for the Legionaries.
Any time that the "pact of steel" is mentioned, it's a good thing, because it's an element that cannot be touched through the normal channels -- and it's the key item that has brought us to this point. Until that pact unravels, the Chinese water torture of revelations will continue, and the entire Church will pay the price.