An important Spanish-language blog post has been published which we will be translating as readers assist over time. It concerns a recent conference by the current head of the Legion, Fr Heereman:
In his conferences, the analysis put forth by the Legionaries reveals a mental process of someone who has been submitted to a sectariancult/religious scheme. It is not for nothing that they are a religious congregation with many sectarian elements, which has been underlined by various studies in many places (there is even a doctoral thesis on this subject and it is a study theme in organizations dedicated to this type of social phenomena). An example of this is when he refers to those who have left the congregation, according to him, "for inadequate thinking;" that is, those who have followed a path of discernment and have decided to leave, by their very act of leaving, according to him "have inadequately thought." And he adds, "without sufficient simplicity and charity." They not only think inadequately, but they are also full of pride and lack charity.
In his conferences, Heereman saw fit to refer to the spineless attitude of Velasio de Paolis and to the disrepute that characterizes him. In this regard, Velasio de Paolis has incurred GRAVE NEGLIGENCE in exercising his mission which was charged to him by Pope Benedict XVI. For example (and always through what Heereman referred to), when something is said of the Legion or accusations reach him, he says "I do not know if this is true, but we have to verify." And nothing happens. Fossilized by the passing of time, even in the face of the report by the five Apostolic Visitor bishop, he says "I do not know what is true and what is not true, but we have to verify." But he has not verified anything, and went so far as to make a caricature of the report of the Visitors in his conferences and refused to allow the Legionaries to know what was asked of them. No wonder Mons. Ezzatti lamented the fact that having dedicated time and energy to the Aposolic Visitation, Velasio de Paolis would reject all of this work.
The piece is replete with quotes from Fr Heereman, which indicate (if true) that 1. nothing has changed in the Legion mindset, and more importantly 2. they don't believe that they ought to change or reform.
Those who have experienced this singular form of charity ("everyone must speak kindly, unless referring to any scoundrels who have the nerve to criticise us!") will not be surprised. If Fr Heereman has actually spoken as indicated about the Visitators and the Delegate, then the next generation of Legionaries will have the same Balkanised mentality which has brought about the current disaster.
As Pete Vere warned months/years ago, could they really be retrenching, and thus risking excommunication?
[Spanish-speaking readers who wish to help translate the rest are very welcome, and I'll add whatever is offered.]
Unfortunately, Heereman's true intention is obscured by the imprint of his Marcielist criteria. The May 1st communique says in point 4, letter a: "The need to REDEFINE the charism of the congregation."And Heereman, in his conference, with his characteristic Legionary manipulation, changes the words, and says: "The need to REVISE the charism." He later points out "it is not a matter of reinventing, but rather of better understanding," and he follows up with the valuation "because it has given such abundant fruits;" and lastly, he interprets "there were different definitions and we do not have a unified response and this is what the Visitors were saying."
Could it be that the German version of the communique says something else? But that text ( texto) says "die Notwendigkeit, das Charisma der Kongregation der Legionäre Christi NEU ZU DEFINIEREN." The English (inglés) and the official Italian (italiano) use the same word REDEFINE; but faithful to the style of his psychopath Founder, the vicar general changes words at his convenience.