Edward Pentin at the Register interviewed Fr Robles Gil, the new General Director of the Legion. He indicates that his priority is to get the Legion's new constitutions approved, create a workable structure for the group, and to improve the overall morale of the members.
Mr Pentin presses firmly on the point that MM was the driving force in the creation of the Legion, and Fr RG tries to split the difference between the man and the mission. The interviewer presses again:
It sounds easy to put aside the founder, but is it so easy considering the founder had such an influence over the congregation in the past?
No, it’s very simple. I hope I express myself well here. I think the founder was very, very present in the general chapter, not his person, but the foundational inspiration he transmitted. He was present in the Legionaries who are today the bearers of the charism.
I like to think of myself as a man who tries to live his vocation to be a Legionary of Christ to the full. This means that who I am today, also because of my age, has been influenced to a certain extent by what he said and what he did.
But now we have to decide for the future. We are not placing his ideas, his writings as the source of the charism, nor are we presenting him as a model. We are placing the charism as we live it, and have lived it, under the Church’s guidance and approval.
As Legionaries, we have to look inside, to what the Holy Spirit says in our hearts. It may be difficult to accept that God may use a flawed individual to start a congregation, but that’s how it is. We also have other sources which help us to discern what comes from the Holy Spirit: We have the Church and the magisterium, the tradition of religious life in the Church: so many ecclesial documents, so many things where we can enrich our faith.