Although very late in the process, those who had left the Legion were invited to provide their ideas on the scope of the reform, which one man did in a thorough fashion:
Dear Fr. Sylvester and brothers in Christ who are assisting in the LC general Chapter,
I am grateful for the outreach you extended in inviting us to contribute our thoughts in your open letter to us. I wanted to respond to this invitation in a way which I thought might be helpful during this phase of the Legion which is critical not so much merely as an institute, but in the individual lives of each person who is either still involved in the LC/RC or has left.
I) PURGE and EXORCISE THE CONGREGATION OF MARCIAL
B) Restitution in as far as possible to victims who were sexually abused, and to those whose resources were used for things either other than they intended. This is important you seek these people out and not just wait for them to find you;
C) Have an exorcist visit your houses to pray for the deliverance of the influence of the Devil which was brought there by Marcial. Include a prayer in your prayers after communion to be free from Marcial's influence;
D) Abandonment of the systems and culture of Control which enabled Marcial to do what he did. This has been partially done by the removal of the private vows;
E) Abandon the use of his writings. Burn his books. Being able to use his writings while not citing the source is deceptive. Even if they were only ascribed to Marcial yet written by someone else - don't use them;
F) Conduct a transparent and thorough investigation and publish the findings of how Marcial did what he did, who else was involved, and the steps taken by the LCs to rectify the evils.
G) Sell the properties in Cotija and bury Marcial in a common unmarked grave so as to sever all ties with him and discourage any pilgrimages there;
H) Remove the Protestant Warner Sallman "The Head of Christ" as the icon of the order and replace it with a Catholic Crucified Christ. It was always said the the "The Head of Christ" was Marcial's favorite.
II) Place people first before the good of the institution, transparency
A) At least when I was in there was a constant obsession with appearing that all was OK. When we were sickened with food poisoning in Cheshire from bad egg nog a note went up on the board that "there was no need to tell your families about the recent 'flu.'" When something bad happens, don't cover it up;
B) There should be an outreach to guys who have left. The challenges that we face, after donating a good portion of our lives to the LC, are myriad. In many ways many were at best given a ticket home and had to sink or swim. The LC formation gave us many unique talents, but sadly some basic skills were not matured. Dealing with women, making friends, how to hold a job, how to relax...... these are just a few of the challenges we face as ex-lcs;
C) Search out those whose character was assassinated and were slandered or calumniated when they left and try to make some restitution. People who were labeled as "Psychologically weak" or "Enemies of the Church" many times were so labeled so questions about their departure would be squelched in shame. Thank people for their service in the LC/RC, and reach out to them to see how they are adjusting;
D) Seek out those who were befriended and used as long as they had resources, but were then thrown under the bus once they questioned the LC, or their resources dwindled. [I personally know someone in Calgary] that this happened to. Cease "Captacion" and look to minister to people for their own good and for reasons other than to recruit or further LC influence;
E) Remove the trademaking of "Integral Formation." This is the patrimony of the Church long before LC came on the scene. Make right the debacle which happened with the "Familia" saga, and "vocation.com;"
F) Get outside help for those in the LC's to really see if they have a vocation, not just to the LC, but to the priesthood. Many were told they had a vocation by superiors, but no true discernment happened. In many cases guilt was used to keep people in. Since it was inculcated in us that we had a vocation until we were told we didn't have one by our superior, it is imperative that each member go through a real discernment process;
G) Get professional counseling for each Legionary (and offer it to ex-lcs) to address the traumas they have been through. A proactive approach is necessary: offer it, don't wait for people to ask for it;
H) When a brother discerns it is not his vocation in the LC, throw a merienda cena dinner for him; have brothers write him a spiritual bouquet. During the dinner, have an open microphone so brothers can come up and congratulate the brother and thank him. A booklet signed by members of the community thanking him for his service, and telling him why they appreciate him would be great. The past departure of brothers from the LC was disgraceful (at least in my time) we were made to fell like we either "turned our back on Christ," or failures. We were prohibited from any proper "good bye" to our brother LC's, many times forced to leave without a trace; having "gone to the missions" was a euphemism that a brother had left.
III) Address the elephant in the room, humility and sincerity
A) It is generally assumed by LC's that the Legion is a work of God. How do we know that? A reflection and a sincere assessment of facts might prove otherwise, or it may confirm it. Approvals from the church were made under duress or deceit. Had the various popes known of Marcial's doings approvals would not have happened. Open up a dialogue with current and former members regarding this issue;
B) Discourage the use of terms such as "The new Jesuits" or "Marines of the Church." It is arrogant, narcissistic, and boastful.
I don't envy your position in the slightest. A lot of individual lives and souls hang in the balance. I still appreciate with warm memories many of my experiences and most of the people I knew in the LC. I pray for you to have wisdom and courage as you hopefully address these concerns. You can have no renewal without an honest assessment of the past; healing comes before building, and no redefining of the charism of the congregation will blot out injustices.
I keep each of you as friends and brother Catholics in my heart. Whether the congregation survives or not is not as important as whether each individual person involved with the LC is cared for and justice sought to be served. I hope that these suggestions will not fall on deaf ears and I hope for your souls' sake that I will not become labeled an enemy of the Legion. If I can help with any other insight or concrete steps please do not hesitate to contact me.
I remain your friend in Christ,
I am constantly amazed by the generous good will of those who left, who show their authentic love of souls and Christian hope that a faith--rightly-ordered--can rebuild even this sordid edicace. That these fine ideas could be shared and studied!
[LARC added most of the links, and I will continue to scour the Regain page for illustrations of all these points. If anyone else wrote to the Legion in this vein, perhaps you could add your ideas below]