Gambling With History – Part I of Jason Berry’s December 2010 Article

Jason Berry points out the risk involved for the Vatican in taking control of the Legion. He poses questions about the Church’s handling of the larger related issue of sexual abuse by the highest Catholic Authorities and why the Vatican ignored credible cases of sexual abuse by Fr. Marcial Maciel the founder of the Legion. Jason Berry points out the challenges that the Vatican now faces in bringing justice as the Legion continues their old tactics of schmoozing and influencing Vatican officials.

There seems to be favorable intentions to provide compensation for some of Fr. Maciel’s victims. Although this would be an unprecedented step, the action seems to fall short, considering that some senior Church authorities are making positive statements about the Legion (the congregation is strong) and even about Fr. Maciel (praising the strength and dynamism by which he built up the Legion).

Jason Berry provides a rather dismal image of the foxes (old guard Legionary priests who defended Fr. Maciel) who have now been entrusted by the Vatican to guard the proverbial hen house (reform and rebuild the Legion).

To see Part 1 of Jason Berry’s Article in the NCR article Gambling With History

ReGAIN Editorial Comment:

ReGAIN shares Jason Berry’s doubts whether or not staunch supporters of Fr. Maciel and the structures he created can be considered to be top choices for such a challenging project. Generally, based on past performance we have noticed that most of the Legionary leaders (excluding those who have left the Legion) have shown a total lack of desire to accept any form of criticism and to even consider changing course to bring about a healthier and more just environment. We have noticed strong tendencies to deny and obfuscate and in some cases to use deception until they are forced by pressure from the Vatican to make changes.
One of ReGAIN’s greatest concerns is in the area regarding freedom of conscience that was recognized in the May 1 Vatican communique. Is anyone who has spent the greater part of their adult lives inside the Legion environment capable of recognizing that it is abnormal to have every aspect of your behavior information thoughts and emotions tightly controlled to the point where you have no personal freedom of thought or conscience?

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“Whitewashing History” Part II of Jason Berry’s December 2010 Article

Jason Berry continues with his constructive criticism of the Vatican’s handling of the Legionary scandal and singles out one of Fr Maciel’s former defenders, George Weigel, who together with other of the disgraced founder’s defenders failed to interview the men who had come forth regarding their sexual abuse by Fr Maciel. Jason Berry points out that although George Weigel has recently become a critic of the Legion and one of the leading conservative voices to call for Legion reform. However, Jason Berry claims that George Weigel continues to sanitize the past by being overprotective of the role played by Pope John Paul II, former Secretary of State Angelo Sodano and others in their support of Fr Maciel.

Jason Berry goes on to explain some details of Vatican politics and how they relate to the current situation in bringing reform to the Legion.

To see Part I1 of Jason Berry’s Article in the NCR article <a href=http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/george-weigel-whitewashing-history>Whitewashing History</a>

<b>ReGAIN Editorial Comment</b>:

Jason Berry avers that the overall situation with the Legion and Regnum Christi is about far more than just Maciel. ReGAIN wishes to see reform and justice served regarding the Legion and Regnum Christi and all of those persons who have been negatively affected. Although we do not necessarily agree with every one of Jason Berry’s comments, we agree with him that Vatican politics has complicated the overall situation.

However, the Catholic Church has finally made progress in finally opening up such a horrendous Pandora’s Box and we have become increasingly concerned that the Church seems to be wavering now that they have a perfect opportunity to do the right thing.

We offer kudos to Jason Berry, who has shown courage, integrity and honesty by making statements that are uncomfortable and that have been mostly left unsaid by other writers and leaders. We hope that others will be inspired to follow his example to seek out and report the truth no matter how uncomfortable it may be in the interests of bringing a just resolution for all those who have been and continue to be harmed by past and current self serving members of the Legion.