The first is a direct response to Nicole Winfield's piece on the precandidacy, bearing deep regrets and promising reform.
Margarita [Martinez] will work with a team of 15 consecrated women in Oxford. Some will be with the Immaculate Conception students on a regular basis, while others will be working with them at school and in the various apostolic projects.
Of the IC program improvements, Margarita said she believes “we have found the balance of a protected environment to meet the requirements of growth in friendship with Christ, prayer, knowledge and appreciation of a vocation to consecration and life, combined with an experience of engagement in an external school community. We believe this environment will provide a balance for students to mature socially and in human virtue, while offering solid spiritual formation.”
The second item may be more of a coincidence, but it also seems to be a response longer in the making. It is a letter from papal delegate Cardinal dePaolis, who has regained his serenity after having been "distracted" by the problems with the women:
This part of our responsibilities, particularly the feminine branch, has demanded much time and attention and has distracted us more than a little from the problems of the Legion. It has been a tiring and complex journey which has had its painful moments.
He uses all the typical Legion jargon, besides serentity, the Lord is with them, the need for docility, responsibility and perseverence, etc. but then we arrive at his impression:
In this work, we have become aware of another beautiful reality of great relevance and meaning: the reality of the first and second degrees of Regnum Christi. Up until now, this reality has received little and insufficient attention. The visits that my counselors and I have made to Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Chile, as well as Italy, have helped us witness this beautiful, hopeful reality with our own eyes.
It is to be presumed that those who have lost their faith, those who were maligned as enemies of the Church, those who are spiritually and physically abused, and those who were thrown aside as unfit for their ranks are not part of the "beautiful reality." Of course -- since they were marginalised and silenced, shunned and dismissed, how could their narratives mesh with that beautiful reality? That's the essence of a cult: One person gets to drive the narrative. He is writer, creative director, editor, and producer. That which doesn't fit disappears like foam on the waves.
Curious, though, is the existing members' absorption with "charism."
On the journey that we are carrying out, each group is advancing along its own path, seeking a more clear and precise identity. The Legionaries are committed to revising the Constitutions, as an institute of priests and religious; the consecrated men and women, having accepted and enacted, at least in part, the principle of proper autonomy, are preparing to revise their own Statutes as an association of faithful consecrated in Regnum Christi. At the same time, in some territories similar activities have been organized among members of the first and second degrees to reflect on the mission and spirit of the Movement. In fact, the lay members of the first and second degrees feel a necessity to revise their own statute and reformulate it in a more precise and up-to-date way. But these are realities that are called to work together, since they participate in a common charism. As each group is carrying out the journey in search of its own identity, it seems necessary to formulate a common platform regarding the charism and some norms that would regulate reciprocal relations in the life of the Church and in the apostolate according to the identity proper to each group. It has become clear that this is an important issue upon which all interested parties must reflect under the guidance of the Pontifical Delegate and of his counselors. Furthermore, we have noticed that this theme has presented itself in the right moment for the journey that each group is already carrying out.
In particular, the general report of the Central Commission of the Legionaries for the revision of the Constitutions mentions, among other things, that some communities and territories desire to continue reflecting on the contents of the first theme of reflection, regarding the nature and purpose of the Congregation, its “charism”.
Seems like it's hard to proceed with an identity crisis -- although it doesn't stop them from recruiting, ordaining and "consecrated" new members. Curious, that.
But, as noted previously, LC and RC make no sense apart from one another:
In these last two months, this Commission has sought to identify the best way to confront the reflection upon the fourth and fifth parts of the constitutional text, regarding government and administration of the Congregation. For various historical and canonical reasons, the current text exclusively refers to the religious Congregation. It has become clear that it is impossible to properly and completely consider the government, apostolate and administration of the Legion of Christ without also taking the broader reality of Regnum Christi into account. Nor is it possible, on the other hand, to think of the reality of Regnum Christi without referring to the Legion. A glance at the apostolate and administration of works and apostolic initiatives makes this evident.
For this reason, it seemed opportune to specifically address this theme in a meeting that was convoked convened for this purpose in Rome, which took place on June 19. The general director of the Legion with his counselors took part as well as the newly named leadership* of the consecrated men and women. The Pontifical Delegate presided. There was a general agreement on the central issue.
The results of the reflections on the Constitutions clearly show that almost all Legionaries of Christ recognize and appreciate the profound unity which exists between the Congregation and the Regnum Christi Movement. In fact, they see it as one charismatic reality that includes religious, consecrated members and lay members in the first and second degrees. They all recognize a common origin and the fact that they share the same purpose and mission, and live the same spirituality, each according to the state and condition in life to which God has called him.
The Methodology binds them together -- for better or worse. That is essential when parishes consider whether or not to invite the RC apostolates into their embrace, because to invite the one implies that the influence of the other is there as well. And neither has found an identity, much less a legitimate reform -- because the two (identity and reform) are inseparable.
Furthermore, it has been recognized that consecrated life in the Regnum Christi Movement is a gift for the Church and for each of those that have consecrated their lives to the Lord and to the service of their brothers and sisters. This is a good reality which must appreciated and protected so that it may be purified and thus develop for the good of the Church and the world.
Because the concerns of the 77 women who signed the letter to him are inconsequential: a gift is a gift.
This is why their letter was copied to Nicole Winfield. If it weren't leaked to the press, those women and their stories wouldn't exist. Their suffering wouldn't exist. Nothing would exist but the "beautiful reality," the "gift."
And what of the joint mission of this group, foundering without an identity?
For this reason, we have become aware that it is necessary to reflect on the diverse components of Regnum Christi in light of its history, its identity, its common spirit and mission and the particular role that corresponds to each part in the whole.
We are not creating something new. Instead, we are seeking to interpret and renew what already exists in light of the recognition that the Church has given when it approved that Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and its Constitutions (1983), and, subsequently, the Regnum Christi Movement and its Statutes (2004).
It is NOTHING NEW. It is historically, spirituallly, and psychologically bound to the Founder. The group founded on lies, subterfuge and collaboration with corrupt members of the hierarchy stands as "approved" for all eternity -- and that MUST BE the foundation.
Reflecting on this, we have decided to organize a brief but intense period of joint reflection between Legionaries of Christ and the other members of Regnum Christi. For this reflection, it will be necessary to prepare the draft of a text and afterwards, to reflect on it together. One could say that we are seeking to elaborate a “general statute” or a “fundamental norm”, or a “rule” common to all the members of Regnum Christi, including Legionaries. The text in question will guide the reflection.
This is what is meant by "charism by committee." Given the Founder, the history, the current membership purged of troublemakers (those who are not part of the "beautiful reality") and the leadership's penchant for providing the Holy Spirit as a rubber stamp for their Chosen Narrative (TM) we will have another total whitewash, complete with extensive spiritual vocabulary -- sprinkled with regrets and sincerity -- poised and ready to lead the Church in the New Evangelisation. God help us.
UPDATE: there is an [older] piece written by Fr Matthew Green, who is in process of leaving the Legion, and part of his lengthy justification is the duplicity at the heart of the Congregation: