The third degree ("consecrated") women of Regnum Christi have elected Gloria Rodriquez as their new General Director, and she'll serve in that capacity for six years. She will be assisted by the following team:
- Paula Errázuriz (Chile, age 49, 24 years of consecration)
- Viviana Limón (Mexico, age 35, 11 years of consecration)
- Mari Carmen Ávila (Mexico, age 54, 29 years of consecration)
- Denise Funke (Canada, age 42, 21 years of consecration)
- Cristina Danel (Mexico, age 46, 12 years of consecration)
The work done over the last couple weeks is explained as follows.
The Assembly has been working since December 2, 2013, to review the situation of the consecrated women through general and territorial reports. The participants have revised most of the draft of the new Statutes, developed through a participative process that has taken a year and a half. The Statutes express what consecrated women are and who they wish to be. It is the text that guards and legislates the charism and the distinctive elements of the identity of consecrated women of Regnum Christi, as well as the most important expressions or applications of governance, rule of life, incorporation, formation and the evangelical counsels.
Two initial problems: This still doesn't explain what their charism is (unless there is some special "unveiling" planned for a later day). Secondly, the women can express who they are and what they wish to be, but that still doesn't necessarily establish them firmly within the existing Church or under the protection of canon law, which preexisted them.
This is the first governing body that the 3gf's have picked themselves, the previous directresses having been selected by the Legion. How much autonomy they will have remains to be seen.
ADDENDUM: as an aside, kindly recall how the 3gf's have understood their vocation thus far, and how they play with guilt and imprecise language to keep women from leaving. I don't dispute their good intentions, but they play loose with the categories and use the usual hand-wringing about the culture to keep people focused on the wrong things. "Look at the fruit," they say, but the shredded ex-members must be counted in that reckoning.