While the Catholic world follows the "reform" as it appears on paper, let's not forget what goes on in spiritual direction, apostolic dialogue, and confession that we cannot know:
I too have known many very holy and wonderful people in LC and RC. However, I also know from the inside the way that people were brainwashed and emotionally abused. I am grateful for the beautiful community life I experienced with wonderful women while in the consecrated life, but after more than a decade of healing I can see now clearly the manipulations that were used to get fast vocations and have people sign on the proverbial dotted-line without proper time for discernment. Then people were overworked, isolated, and pressured to conform or face accusations of great sinfullness and pride. For example, after less than a month of consecrated life (with only a two month candidacy before) I told an LC priest in confession that I was having temptations to pack my bags and leave. He told me that I should because I had already committed adultery to Christ in my heart! Questioning and Doubts= Adultery? This shut me down completely to a healthy examination of my life-committment. This is just one salient example of how I was not given freedom to judge, discern, and object to things that didn’t seem right.
This controlling manner was handed down by the man that allowed worship of himself by the followers. I really think that the corruption of the best is the worst. I wish that the whole order could be disbanded and reformed in a new way completely!
These stories are ubiquitous (meaning all houses, all generations -- although certainly not all people) and have never been properly addressed. In fact, instead of being rooted out, they have repeatedly provided the template for the Papal Delegate himself, who attaches all sorts of sins and deficiencies to those who have chosen to leave during the "reformation" period. Admittedly, since he doesn't speak Spanish and depends on a coterie of MM's hand-picked superiors to guide him, it is possible that they shape his press releases and allocutios to the Congregation, but what good is that excuse when the manipulation of those inside continues unabated.
This brings us back to "the logic of my experience" was at the heart of the very comment to which the ex3gf was responding:
Our family has had the privilege of getting to know many legionary priests over the past decade. Each one has been a bright light in our life. They know the faith extremely well & have an ability to speak the truth in such a loving, calm manner. They also promote & are never too busy to hear a confession even at a moments notice. Another way to put it is they are very well formed priests and devoted to their calling... The anti-catholic cultural & political pressure being applied today is stronger than ever, we need to build up & support organizations like the Legionaries, not tear them down.
I would suggest that the anti-catholic culture and political pressure can cut both ways, and in fact create their own pressure on the members to "persevere at all cost." It's just this form of grasping at hostility (the world, the flesh, the devil) in order to prop up the Congregation -- because the world needs them! It needs authentic souls, not zealousness wrapped in a guilt trip. Supportive as this comment was meant to be, it smacks of the very elitism and and "conquering" spirit that is borne of pride. God doesn't need "holy and wonderful" people on those terms.
ADDENDUM: another comment decries
I don’t understand how you can be so hard on people you don’t know and who are currently suffering so much
It think we've heard over the years how much they are suffering. The real victims, not so much. A former teacher in an RC school nails it:
Has it ever occurred to anyone else that the whole “psychopathic/fraudulent/child-molesting pervert/criminal-founder” thing may be Satan’s plan to ENTRAP these orthodox, faithful, energetic, intelligent, zealous, charitable, hard-working, holy, strong, capable men SO THAT they will be crippled in their ability to serve God and His Church? We know that Satan never will destroy the Catholic Church, but he sure can inflict some deep wounds. (And he used Maciel to do it.)