An extraordinary letter of apology has been written by one of the delegates to January's General Chapter by a former territorial administrator of the Legion in the US. It is a deeply personal letter in which he touches on the following regrets:
That is why I ask the victims of physical or mental abuse of our Founder to today:
· To forgive me not having believed when they reported abuses and errors, giving credit only to the version of the founder and the criteria and modalities of the Legion;
· To forgive me for all the times, in conversations and explanations to others, without knowledge of the facts, I described them as "bitter" or "slanderous" and thus I added insult to injury and defamation that remains;
· To forgive me for the slowness with which I agreed to do self-criticism , and open my heart and mind to face the truth of the facts, because that culpability added to your pain kept delayed the justice you [had a right to?] expect;
· I ask forgiveness for my hesitations, contradictions, and half-hearted credence that I gradually gave to their testimonies of abuse in the media and on blogs, and for my delay in accepting their legitimate claims;
· To forgive me for when through clumsy or blind human wisdom I chose to defend the reputation of the Legion's own family above that of my older brothers, who with their lives and sacrifices had paved the way for my priesthood in the Legion;
· To forgive me for join the "institutional silence" that, while well intentioned, only delayed the necessary conversion, "purification of memory" and concrete repairs that Benedict XVI abd Pope Francis called us to do before the Lord;
· To forgive me for my lack of compassion and everything that I have personally contributed to the scandal and this evil situation by my work, words or omissions.
The translation isn't perfect, and I welcome any necessary corrections, a translation of additional portions (for non-Spanish speaking readers) and comments that help us to understand what to make of this singular effort. Particularly, we must ponder what impact will this have of other members, and how will it change how we (and they) will approach the coming General Chapter?
I do not know the man, but the sincerity is palpable. Let us continue to pray for the members of the Legion and Regnum Christi that they receive these words in the best possible way.
[and thank you, Estatua, for pointing out the letter!]