Maciel & beyond
By Diogenes (articles ) | May 21, 2006 4:36 AM
Below are some initial thoughts on the affair of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado. Though it's true of every post, it won't hurt to emphasize that these opinions may not reflect those of Catholic World News or, for that matter, of California State University at Fullerton.
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Posted by: -
May. 22, 2006 7:36 AM ET USA
The Legionaries have a fundamental decision to make: continue to accept the fiction that their founder is somehow a victim, rather than a perpetrator, or face the truth they have so long denied: that he has very probably done things that make one recoil in disgust and loathing. Uncle Di is careful to avoid antagonizing LofC members/sympathizers, but they will crumble if they continue to dissemble and lie ("we don't know anything about this.") Yes, you do, if you have eyes to see.
Posted by: -
May. 22, 2006 6:48 AM ET USA
"Does the Holy See recognize an obligation to address the pastoral needs of the accusers...?" Exactly! While many question - and rightly so - the impact of this on the good people in the LC and Regnum Christi, little thought has been given to its impact on Maciel's victims. Denied justice for decades, this appears to vindicate their charges and acknowledge that they were right. But it is small comfort to them if the Holy See has not responded to them directly. Justice delayed...
Posted by: -
May. 22, 2006 2:05 AM ET USA
...Cont'd Sin doesn't work this way, and the more heinous it is, the more it poison's everything else. It poison's the ability to be faithful to Christ in almost every way, and kills sanctifying grace. I accept that it's in the realm of possibility, but believing it actually makes me more distrustful of almost everyone. If someone with his otherwise admirable faith life can do something so heinous, what about you Di? Or me? Can we know anyone? Can we know anyone by their fruits?
Posted by: -
May. 22, 2006 1:56 AM ET USA
As a member of Regnum Christi, I am saddenned by the news. I will say that I still find it difficult to believe that he truly did these heinous things. Sin in one's life is not insulated from all other aspects of a persons life, but instead permeates almost everything that person does. These accusation's aside, almost everything else about Fr. Maciel show's complete dedication to Christ and his Church. There are no other outward signs. cont'd.....
Posted by: www.inquisition.ca -
May. 21, 2006 10:19 PM ET USA
Uncle Di, your comment doesn't make me laugh as usual, but I can't find anything to disagree with. I tried joining the Legionaries about 15 years ago, in Cheshire, Conn. I ran away after two days. Something had spooked me like I've never been spooked in my life. I couldn't put my finger on it at the time. I'm glad I didn't join the LC, but like you, I feel bad for the good people in the LC who now have to pick up the pieces...
Posted by: normnuke -
May. 21, 2006 6:44 PM ET USA
Excellent essay, as usual, Diogenes. For my part I see the affair Maciel as having been settled and now residing in that gloomy land where justice does not shine brightly lest it embarrass the reputation of one (JPII?) not able to defend it and whose reputation it is ardently desired not to be tarnished. Maciel cops a plea.