This was left in the combox by "Marie," but deserves better visibility. She has summarised the legitimate grievances of the 3gf very well:
It is a sad day when Cardinal Paolis calls the consecrated women a "distraction". I was in the 3rd degree for over 14 years. I left a week after I learned of Maciel's corruption. Does Paolis think that it is just a mere distraction for us to try to start a life in the world when one is in her 30's with no resume, barely a degree from a foreign university and with no money in the bank! What a simple distraction. Are we to ask forgiveness for the burden we have caused him or the Legionaries? Unfortunately the Cardinal and the leaders at the top want to blame the 400 women that have left since this mess came to light! Nice try!
I have yet to hear a public apology from the Legionaries for the pain, deceit and manipulation they have caused to all the former consecrated women. I have yet to hear Father Alvaro asked forgiveness for the beautiful letter he sent us after Maciel's funeral saying M was blessing us from heaven, eventhough he knew all the Truth and deception at that time. What about the lie of 2004 were we were made to celebrate the approval by the Pope of ALL our Statues and norms? Only to try to get out of this one by saying in 2009 that there was a confusion and that the consecrated were following the wrong book of norms apporved by the Holy Father which did not include all the numbers? Why did Father Alvaro not stopped all his Legionaries that were our chaplains who made us follow all the norms including the most trivial details of our lives as the will of God approved by the Pope? Or perhaps he could have stopped the Legionaries from giving us retreats based on these Statues? What about the continuous cover up of Maciel's double or triple life when it came to his mistress in Spain? To know that a Legionary bought the apartment for her as Father Luis Garza mentions in a conference after the truth had come out is simply unacceptable. Let us not forget the last cover up of Father TW? Father Alvaro once again calls it a mistake that he regrets yet he did not remove him from teaching theology to so many people. What kind of conscience does a priest have when knowing of immoral acts for over a decade seem trivial enough to allow him to be inactive and worst yet keep promoting father TW as a key note speaker in conventions for lay members just a few years ago? Last but not least what about the cover up against former Legionaries of sexual misconduct?
I also read Fr. Thomas Berg's article. Thank God for him, yet I saw a Legionary Father Charles S. commented on how the members that remain should be respected. I would like to ask him what does he think of the way the women who left and joined Totus Tuus are been treated? What charity! Good fruits right? They have tarnished the reputation of all of them and all the ones that have left before them without mercy. I know many of these women who like me gave all for the cause of the "Kingdom". Who directed centers, schools and fundraised with little rest and sparing no sacrifice. All to make of these women the number one enemy, the unfaithful rebellious bunch! Nothing has changed -- they crush all dissent and fill the minds of those who once were their sisters fighting side by side for years as temptations for them if they have any contact with them. Evil that is all I can say.
I have spoken with 2 of the members from Totus T, and I am happy to report that they have been approved and supported by Cardinals and Bishops in 3 countries. In my opinion they are the real reform, they are the women who want to keep their conscience clean, who still want to serve the Church despite all the corruption and lies they found themselves in for so many years. They have seen the light truly by the grace of God and are able to continue their lives seeking to rid themselves of this cultish mentality. I wish them the best and my admiration and support lies with them. Hopefully more and more will be able to break away, it is not easy not at all as most of you can imagine. I can sincerely say that I consider it a blessing to be out to be at peace with my conscience.
I am sorry for the lengthy comment, there is so much more to say about this but is time not to break the silence.The Truth really is what makes us free!
I am convinced that no good fruits will come with the same leadership in place and while people remain in darkness trying to hold on to a corrupt institution which continues to inflict upon the faithful so much harm.
Peace to all and freedom in the real faith and love of God.