From the combox:
Lest anyone still harbor delusions as to the Machiavellian underpinnings of the LC power structure and the hallucinatory charade of auto-reformation left by the Vatican in the scandal stained hands of Maciel’s minions, consider the most recent hierarchical hypocrisy being played out for all to see:
Rev. Pablo Pérez Guajardo, ordained an LC priest in 1991, has been removed from priestly ministry and denied all recourse in the Prelature of Quintana Roo, Mexico, where he has labored tirelessly as pastor and social advocate of some of the poorest indigenous communities of the LC mission territory for over 15 years. Padre Pablo’s crime? Speaking out truthfully and courageously about the nightmarish legacy of Fr. Maciel and the frustrating farse of the LC’s phantom reform to anyone who would listen… and to more than a few who wouldn’t.
The only glimpse of the rationale behind the heavy-handed sanctions so gratuitously deposited on Fr. Pablo’s slight but steadfast shoulders appears in a carefully choreographed exchange of letters between Rodolfo Mayagoitia, LC (LC superior) and Mons. Pedro Pablo Elizondo, LC (bishop of the Prelature). Fr. Pablo was never received personally by the bishop regarding his elimination, despite his request for an interview. Elizondo disingenuously cites CDC n.682 to justify this travesty, accusing Padre Pablo of ‘upsetting the ecclesial harmony of the Prelature’. He is ominously advised in a post script to adhere to his punishment or suffer the full force of a Canonical clobbering.
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Compare this, if you will, with the LC’s non-handling of the Thomas Williams affair.
The TW debacle is a bona fide, old-school scandal in the painful but historically repeated infamy of clergy incapable of honoring its fundamental commitment to priestly celibacy and human decency. For over seven years, the LC not only covered up TW’s licentious and overtly un-canonical behavior -– Maciel knew about it, Corcuera knew about it, other LCs in Rome knew about it -– but it honored him with a prestigious position in the Atheneum (professor of moral theology!!!) and made him a shining star on the LC global conference/TV/publishing circuit. Only when confronted this year by the imminent release of the story by the AP did the LC gently escort him home to ‘reflect on his situation’. No sanctions, no removal of faculties, no Canonical threats or ecclesiastical execution. No expression of the slightest concern for the woman and child or children he sired. Nothing but a few incomprehensible babblings by an inept Superior General in the way of a vague and pathetic ‘apology’.
The ‘scandal’ which so horrifies the LC in Fr. Pablo Pérez’ case is the telling of an inconvenient and bothersome truth. For that, he has received the equivalent of a canonical beat-down. He has been publicly chastised and put out to pasture having done no wrong. He got under the PTB’s skin and they felt they could afford to bully and ‘make an example’ of him to discourage other honorable LC dissidents. After all, Padre Pablo is neither a staple on MSNBC nor an author of books on how to tell right from wrong. He is simply a good and decent priest who could not turn a blind eye and sincerely thought that speaking the truth might actually make a positive difference in the Legion of Christ.
The nerve of the guy.
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