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Every one of the questions Xavier Leger poses at the conclusion of his presentation needs to be answered by Church authorities.

"For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." This passage from John's gospel and used by Xavier Leger applies both to the Legion leadership and to Church authorities. Will Pope Francis bring both parties - kicking and screaming, of course - to the light to expose their deeds? If he can't or won't, then there will not be any authentic reform of the legion or of the Curia. And other than a different spokesman to tickle the ear of the world's media, it will be pretty much business as usual at the Vatican.

Bravo, Xavier.

Is the "Institute of Catholic Culture" a project of this cult?

No' it's a wonderful resource

The Church is open to corruption because there are no checks and balances (on a human level) for the most powerful. I don't think Our Lord would be offended if the structure were changed to reduce the level of corruption. There seems to be no way to deal with guys like S, R and DeP to serve justice for those who are harmed by their actions and inactions

Xavier, First of all, thank you for taking personal time to stand up for truth and goodness, Thank you for being forthright, authentic and courageous enough to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. We need more Catholic priests who think and behave like you. The biggest lesson for the LCRC to learn is what it means to be charitable and kind. They need to learn how to care about people. A priest should also tend to their entire flock, not just to those in the upper brackets. If they have a charism, I'd like to know what it is. Otherwise, I'd prefer to help my own parish or donate money to a real Catholic charity. I didn't see the poverty, chastity or humility in this order, but with a founder like theirs (bearing children, sodomizing boys, taking drugs), what do you expect? Not exactly a paragon of goodness. And then they have the nerve to tell people to be Christ-like??!!

At first, I thought they were a social club, but after talking to others, I realize that they are a real danger to families. Initially, they win the trust of the family to get their buy-in, but then they separate the children from the mothers so the brainwashing can begin on the youths. They are all about recruiting for vocations and then using the entire family for apostolates and recruiting other wealthy families. They need your money so they can fly their priests all over the world. They also take family members' confessions and use them to keep members
trapped in their cult. If one decides to leave the cult, the confessions are used to smear their name.

They are very pushy when it comes to recruiting and fundraising. I felt very manipulated for contacts. I don't think the people who stay in have any conscience at all because they don't protect their friends, they only protect the system. The existing members are either too brainwashed to know they're being abused, they're too afraid to leave (told others have lost their faith), or they are just plain stupid. They are not living in the real world. I am so glad to be away from the weird cultish families. The mothers were overly anal, the children were overly controlled, stressed and anorexic, and the consecrated women were mean. Good riddance. Freedom at last.

I disagree with the 'it's not a question of theology' statement. Because if their theology was on target, they wouldn't be able to justify their bad methodology.

I think it's more that ENOUGH of their theology is on target that they can pass for 'Catholic' in superficial settings, but that certain key points are SO far off the mark that they feel justified in using tactics that deny freedom of conscience and the idea of grace.

The theology does matter, and it takes real deficits in one's theology to be able to celebrate and maintain cult-like practices.

(Well, for most members. Some at the top, who were not formed in the group, may have a clear understanding of theology, know what they're doing is wrong, and be doing it anyway because money and power is more attractive than God. But I think that a lot of the rank and file haven't learned enough to understand why these tactics and methods are wrong. The group has spread false teachings so that the people at the top can maintain power and control.

So, theology does matter here. It's just that bad methodologies can help point out where the bad theology is...

Deirdre's apt observation [15 July] that for some at the top money, power, and control are more attractive than God applies not just to legion leaders but as well to (some?) members of the Curia. Power and control are powerful stimulants that can lead even well-intentioned Church and religious authorities astray. For good governance of the Church on the human level, checks and balances are, as Dilbert points out [11 July], needed to curb abuses of power. But legion leaders and some members of the Curia and other princes of the Church are not interested in authentic reform because they don't want to be told what to do or how to spend other people's money.

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