La Stampa's Vatican Insider has a reasonably hard-hitting piece on the Legion, reminding readers that "the Congregation was founded and led (until 2005) by Marcial Maciel, a coke-sniffing, child abusing Mexican priest who raped his own children."
But that said, the data points (and ensuing optimism) seem to have been pulled out of thin air:
The Legion is made up of priests, 40 thousand lay people (who are members of the Regnum Christi movement and carry out their apostolate mainly in universities) and consecrated members (700 women and about a hundred or so men).” The Legion’s role will be lessened compared to the Regnum Christi’s vast galaxy, De Paolis told the Argentinean Pope.
Mainly in universities?? Where did that notion come from, unless we are reducing the Movement to its Mexican footprint. The only RC work on American campuses was poaching from other apostolates and inviting students to events that were not advertised as Regnum Christi.
Of course the numbers still sound inflated, possibly using a database of everyone who ever incorporated in the last 20+ years, because I doubt there are a 1000 people still active in the US and Canada. "Vast galaxy"!? Perhaps Cardinal dePaolis believes the talking points that his Legionary collaborators have consistently offered him about the rank and file.
Finally, about leadership. The article offers two points:
In 2012, De Paolis formally dismissed all superiors who had been nominated by Maciel.
Changing the Legion’s leadership is part of the cardinal’s plan to clean up the Congregation. The man he has chosen as the Legion’s head, is Brazilian priest, Deomar De Guedes Vaz.
Can readers speak to these claims, and what the new leader means for the Congregation? Finally, the article ends with a positive note:
The cardinal told Vatican Insider that “Despite being afflicted in every way as Saint Paul says, the vast majority of the Legion’s priests battled on and did not lose their spirits, showing perseverance in their vocation. The days of “pars destruens” are over. “Pars construens” will now give Francis and the Church a strong and dynamic body, boosted by the growing role of the Regnum Christi.”
That would be remarkable, since there has been no acknowledgement of the real toxins embedded in the methodology, no reparation to the victims, no change of attitude towards those who leave, and no internal investigation of how the "coke-sniffing, child abusing Mexican priest" was able to build an empire without anyone (in the Legion or the Curia) noticing his duplicity.