Translation and commentary from AnonObserve:
Latest DePaolis interview, plus my usual rant...
Q. -. Were you glad to finish this task?
A. – These Legionaries demand a lot. They are nice, but stubborn. They defend with much constancy and stubbornness the things they believe. It's been three and a half years, but if you consider where we started, with such a large institute, and that we have had to operate with this renewal in all arenas, it is clear that more time was needed. The problem is that when these things take too long, there is a risk that this complicates the problems. I'm happy to leave, because while I did not find it bad, my life had been completely consumed by this responsibility. …[goes on to talk about entering a new stage etc.].
Q. - Is the institute prepared to go it alone?
R. – They will not go it alone. They will be under the Congregations for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Q. - Does it seem a wise choice to have Eduardo Robles Gil as new CEO?
A. - There was some perplexity, but he is a person who represents a balance between the different souls. He's a good man, he is not arrogant or aggressive. But I do not know him well.
Q. - Do you think it is enough? Is the matter of Marcial Maciel closed?
A. - It is important to recognize the truth of Maciel and redimension his figure,i.e. that he not considered father and teacher. That was the real problem. The important thing was to give a definitive judgment on the part of members of the institute. At the beginning of our journey, we found that some were not able to believe that he had done those things , because he was a holy man. They thought they were calumnies. There were , on the other hand, those with a negative opposite view; they thought that the figure of Maciel did not permit the order to recover. If he is demonized too much, it will cost one to say the Legion is a useful work for the Church. But , like I said in another interview ,he was a great sinner, but not a demon. He wished to carry out a good woek, yet did not have the capacity, he was mistaken and instead of confessing it, he hid the evil. There are good things in the Legion as is seen by their fruits. Within it are holy priests , who see that they have been sanctified under the guidance of Maciel and wonder : " If he was a demon , how can his work be good ? " . You get to the same problem, but from an opposite point of view. We have not attempted to give a judgment , we leave that to God , but we can make an objective analysis about the truth of the founder, the damage done to the Church and the congregation. In this, the Chapter document was almost unanimous. A chapter that pronounces this, shows that it has overcome that obstacle and is sent on the right track , if there is no going back.
Q. - Why the Vatican has imposed two directors, one of whom is also vicar general ?
R. - I have not understood the reasons , but it can be understood theoretically . A positive judgment on the direction is given, but with some perplexity. It was expected to choose them, but reserved some choices (cartridge?) on the hypothesis that the government would not satisfy all . The chapter took it well . In elections, everyone has their preferred option, but that does not mean one is against the other options. It is fortunate , because if we had to be happy only with the people we had chosen ...
Q. - How do you see the future of the Legion ?
R. - I wished to continue if only for one thing, but it was not been possible for the time , which is the Regnum Christi. At the beginning we did not know what it was . We began with the facts of Maciel. It was the saddest thing imaginable. When we turn to the Legion, we find holy men. Then we got to the Regnum Christi , a big reality. There will now determine their autonomy. The scandal has not made a dent. That Regnum Christi is another fruit of Maciel, cannot be denied . How you can say it is demonic ? You have to keep your eyes open and not fall into prejudices . One can be prejudiced both in condemning as in seeing signs of holiness. [Tiene prejuicios tanto quien parte condenando como quien ve indicios de santidad] The important thing is to recognize evil. The road they have traveled in the document of the chapter is clear. In the dialectic between victim and butcher, the Legion is thought to be latter , but the evil was Maciel and some in the Legion, not all. The Legionaries have suffered greatly . It is not easy to belong to an institute on which weighs this climate of mistrust and slander. They are co-víctims of Maciel . He did much damage, first to the people he abused and mistreated , and then all the Legionaries.
-The way he begins is very odd, given he wants to put a good face on the work of renewal, but he seems to want to leave himself an out if the reform fails-- These stubborn Legionaries... wow.. this harkens back to the first apostolic visitation when the visitors complain of Maciel having "so fanaticized the members..."
-Also he makes it abundantly clear the work of the reform is not over and the supposed autonomy of the RC is still a work in progress. All this is overshadowed by a time frame that never comes to be explained- what problems would his staying to see the reform all the way through have caused? We can only speculate...
-For the first time he admits that not only was Maciel evil but then says 'and some Legionaries, but not all'. Which Legionaries pray tell were those? Do you not think the other members have a right to know who was complicit?
Let me say, I still remain utterly shocked at the curial pragmatism of DePaolis. No wonder he could not see through the Macielian veneer of good fruits, for in many ways he was just like them.
-He subscribed to the "use of others" and not the justice, freedom and honest discernment in the process of vocational renewal. 'The Legionaries have good fruits- they are useful for the church. So how can we judge?' he says.
The Church judges because she is called to bring justice and ensure the spiritual well being of her members, for that reason she must judge.
>Such a judgment nullifies contracts carried out in deceit and darkness. It would have shown a new, free and just discernment would have remedied in part the evil of Maciel and the failure of the Church to catch him in time. It was not done- the vows/promises made prior to 2009 are just as invalid today as they were when Maciel invented rules without authorization, thumbed his nose at Church approvals and sanctions, and wrapped the whole LC world into his narcissistic self.
>Such a judgment was needed to reconcile the order with its history and its abject spiritual degradation when it now must go on a deformed orphan, and illegitimate child among those orders of honest and noble birth.
>A true judge brings honesty to witnesses and sanctions to the guilty when no one else can.
- He complains about the stubbornness- but we find no substantial critique about what that means regarding those who stayed, for his great prize is keeping the numbers high. Yet consider he has wasted no opportunity to criticize those who left, to slow down their discernment, to stifle those seeking other forms of consecration than with the group. Really these for him were the stubborn ones, the declared thorn in his side.