There is nothing new (and perhaps some inaccuracies) in this lead article on the Legion in the July 2013 issue. It was written, I believe, because the Movement had such a strong--if hidden--presence in Connecticut.
What it does offer is the reminder that the Legion is an entity that will always carry baggage. It's not the baggage that the Church at large carries--being spiritual home to a billion sinners, including the leaders who have spanned the range of human potential and depravity. Holy Mother Church is a hospital into which every soul is invited to find the Living God. The Church gives life, dispensing graces and leading with the Light entrusted to her from her inception.
The Legion is not the Church, but one small wing in the larger institution. If the one entrusted with the entire institution discerns that there is no value to any particular wing, or a lack of a healthy methodology in its corridors, he could easily bring those inhabitants into other realms of the "hospital" for their own benefit. God's will in all things.
The writer attended a morning Mass in Cheshire, CT:
Following the service, conducted in Latin and made the more ancient and solemn with Gregorian chants—another young seminarian is stationed near the outer door. He is fresh-faced, enthusiastic and talkative. Originally from Atlanta, he is studying at the Cheshire headquarters for two years before leaving to recruit new members.
Asked what impact Maciel’s legacy has had on his vocation and faith, he says, “I came in after the scandal, so it didn’t affect me. But,” he adds, as if to fortify his commitment to the Legion, “God works through broken instruments, which is mind-boggling and mysterious.”
“Mind-boggling and mysterious.” The same could be said of the actions and inactions of popes Pius XII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sodano, members of Regnum Christi, and everyone else complicit in the travesty that was Marcial Maciel and his Legion of Christ.
"Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again" is the mystery of faith. Although God brings good out of evil, we see that the seminarians are still being taught to take the Catholic understanding with "mystery" and apply it Maciels particular vices. Curious, but consistent with their history. Mind-boggling doesn't apply so much to the sins of Maciel as to the docile souls who don't bat an eye over what it means for their own formation--or the health of the larger institution.