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Just as a mental diversion (and a reminder that the poverty that we see in the rank and file is a dissimilation of the Legion Matrix) we'll follow up some leads to help the parents in various US LC-affiliated schools to make the necessary financial decisions.
The Legion seems to own this building. [Remember that with the religious dimension to their mission, whatever they own they can claim tax exemption, whether they are using the properties to advance the Kingdom or not.] The write up reveals the rich history of Belgard Castle, which "is a large three storey eighteenth century house attached to a medieval tower. The tower has Georgian Gothic windows and battlements and the dining hall has Adamesque plasterwork."
At present, it's being used as the headquarters to the CRH Holdings Group [which has its own problems, now moot considering update below].
Now the fact that the Revenue board notes that the Legion also uses the address for its charities in Ireland is curious, meaning either they didn't sell the building to CRH or they did sell it and forgot to tell the Revenue board.
What other properties are classified as part of the Kingdom? What else should we keep in mind as the Legion reneges on its financial commitments to existing apostolates (who were founded to support the Legion, rather than the other way around)? Links appreciated.
Nota bene: as men and women of faith, we know that nothing is wasted. The sincerity and good will behind every sacrifice of members of the Movement is a seed of grace and lovely in the eyes of God. We are in no way indicting the generosity of the rank-and-file, who will be rewarded according to God's economy of grace. As for the economy of the world, that seems to be more akin to the yardstick for the hierarchy, which makes the entire mission suspect.
UPDATE: From the facilities manager of Belgard Castle (dated 16 November 2009):
Thank you for bringing to our attention the fact that Belgard Castle is listed as address of on the Revenue authorised charities list.
I can confirm that Regnum Christi. The Legion did lease Belgard Castle from Roadstone, in the 1960s before it became our Group Headquarters. I have informed both the Legion, and the relevant section in revenue, and expect to see the error corrected in the near future. is the owner of Belgard Castle, and has no connection with Legionaires of Christ, or
[Forwarded response from a reader who took the trouble to inquire. Abundant thanks from all. I have since remove the damaging information about CRH, which is now irrelevant since there's no relationship.] So they don't own this castle and never did, but still have considerable real estate holdings, which has been noted in other threads. The problem here has thus become one of paperwork, not their net worth.