Why the 3gf's have difficulty seeing themselves as a cult group:
Cardinal DePaolis only made superficial changes as far as most of us are concerned. However, from the 3GF's perspective, they had a leader who was bad, but when the Vatican changed all their regulations and legitimized their way of life it was changed into something good. We must make the effort to see how insiders process these measures, which may be as follows:
God had a plan for a religious order and movement to be His spiritual warriors and although He chose a flawed instrument, He succeeded in getting LC and RC started for His purposes. MM tried to take some of the glory and he partly foiled God's plan but God was able to do much good through inspiring other people within LC and RC to positively change the world. When the bad news came out in 2009, some of the weaker ones who were not fully committed to God's plan gave up their "vocations." The "faithful" members trusted in God and the Church and made a commitment to remain and to be purified by the Church. Cardinal DePaolis assured them that everything about their life was fine except that they had to have changes carried out to undo the bad things that MM had done. Cardinal DePaolis legitimized everything that was not okay, and now with their new constitutions and newly elected leaders, they can proceed to carry out God's plan for them with the full blessing of the Catholic Church.
They see the Church as their anchor - the source of absolute truth. Their issues regarding violations of canon law have been resolved and now they are good to go. The onoes who stayed are the ones loyal to God's plan.
Assuming that is how they see things, it becomes difficult for us, the outsiders (and unfaithful in some way in their eyes) to try to convince them that there is any mind control or other bad stuff going on any more because, finally, everything they do has in their eyes been approved by the Church. That was the big hook for many or most of them to begin with, and now they can legitimately make this claim.
I think that if we can accurately identify how they see things, we can better come up with ways to present the truth in ways that will be acceptable. While outsiders have been seen as enemies and faithless souls, they have yet to acknowledge that without people like Gerald Renner, Nicole Winfield and other critics including our own group that they would still be thinking that MM was someone who had "never said no to God" and a chaste and "efficacious guide to youth" (as assumed years ago). Nor would they enjoy the current level of freedom and contact with persons outside the group -- even their own family members.
Thoughts on whether the Movement reform is window dressing or deeper, and whether there should still be concerns about recruiting new members?