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49 Weeks is a blog that accounts the experiences of former Precandidates of the Regnum Christi Movement, a women’s branch of the Legionaries of Christ. Many of them suffered real mental, emotional and spiritual damage in their years at Immaculate Conception Academy, and still to this day.

The former women of the Regnum Christi shared their stories on 49 Weeks to warn parents of the very real dangers of handing their daughters over to this flawed institution. What they saw when their daughters came home for a week at Christmas and two weeks in the summer was not what happens the other 49 weeks of the year.

In this section, you will find testimonies, stories, anecdotes, pain and inspiration of children of the Regnum Christi.

49 Weeks


Identifying a Cult

Some have difficulty identifying a cult because it is not so easy to identify one that is not even religious. For this reason, over the years, different definitions of what actually is a cult have developed to make it easier when you know little about their beliefs.

CULT – From the Latin “cultis” which denotes all that is involved in worship, ritual, emotion, liturgy and attitude. This definition actually denotes what we call denominations and sects and would make all religious movements a cult.

CULT – Any group which deviates from Biblical, orthodox, historical Christianity. e.i. They deny the Deity of Christ; His physical resurrection; His personal and physical return to earth and salvation by FAITH alone. Seguir leyendo Identifying a Cult

ReGAIN and the History of the Legion

Discernment is a gift from the Holy Spirit and is related to knowing and sincerely desiring the truth in all matters. Embracing the truth should be expected throughout the true Kingdom of Christ. Yet for the consecrated women who have been isolated from the outside world the truth contained in some of the facts that come down from on high from the Legion masters has been somewhat of a moving target. The truth has noticeably evolved for many of those who have committed so much to the kingdom of Maciel.

Legion Concept of Truth Regarding the Founder

Early 1990’s and previous
Father Marcial Maciel is a living saint, who lives an exemplary life and we should all try to emulate him.

Late 1990’s
Father Maciel is a living saint who lives an exemplary life but there are some deceitful ex members and critics who are trying to hurt the Legion and damage the founder’s name. Father Maciel prays for them. Seguir leyendo ReGAIN and the History of the Legion

Bad Fruits of the Legion of Christ Catholic Religious Order

The mission of ReGAIN, which emerged in the 1990s, is to outreach, unite, and support those touched or adversely affected by the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement. Past and present members and all those who quest for justice and truth, resolution, and healing are invited to join in this endeavor.

In the light of Vatican investigations and revelations regarding the double criminal life of founder Fr. Marcial Maciel, ReGAIN is no longer a lone voice crying in the wilderness. ReGAIN’s suppressed discussion board has been replaced in the past few years by a new, vibrant, well-informed, and interactive blog that keeps the public informed: Other Web pages in Spanish also monitor the Legion: and

I recognize that there are “good fruits” associated with the Legion, or, to be more precise, the people within the Legion. My focus in this paper, however, is on the “bad fruits,” that which Church authorities diminished, denied, or disbelieved for so many years.

Fr. Maciel’s Accomplices
Of course, the first really bad apple was the founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel.[1] Researchers of the Legion also wonder how Maciel could have lived such a corrupt lifestyle for so long without help from others. Maciel was a master of deceit and control, surrounded by a circle of sexual victims and procurers. Another circle of collaborators helped him deceive everyone and stay in power for six decades. Seguir leyendo Bad Fruits of the Legion of Christ Catholic Religious Order

Irish-born LC Priest To Serve No Jail Time In Chile Child Sex Abuse Case

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – An Irish-born priest, found guilty last month of sexually abusing a child in his care at a religious school in Santiago, will avoid jail time under a sentence handed down on Tuesday.

A judge sentenced John O’Reilly, who moved to Chile from Ireland in 1985, to four years and a day of “supervised liberty” for abusing the pre-teen girl at the private Colegio Cumbres in the affluent neighborhood of Las Condes between 2007 and 2009.

O’Reilly, who over the years befriended many powerful conservative businessmen and politicians in Chile, will not be confined at home nor be required to periodically check in with a parole officer. He will be free to travel out of the country.

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Two Elder Legion of Christ Priests Pass Away: Revs. Javier Orozco and Gregorio Lopez, RIP

The writer found a blog today that may contrast with the usual Legionary panegyrics that accompany the passing of Legionaries, great and small, famous and obscure. Fr. Orozco (75) had been on the Chetumal-Cancun Mission almost since its inception in 1971; Fr. Gregorio (84) had spent all his ministry in Mexico City, being closely associated with the founding of the Instituto Cumbres and the Anahuac University. Both knew Fr. Maciel rather well, albeit in different ways.

Greenville R.I. Formation Centre To Close at End of Academic Year

Nancy Nohrden, Territorial Director for Consecrated Women for Regnum Christi announced that Mater Ecclesiae College will be closing as of the end of the current academic year.

Regain Comment

Ms Nohrden pointed out that because of their formation at MEC, dozens of women have discerned a call to consecrated life in Regnum Christi and over a hundred women have received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She did not mention the inconvenient fact that hundreds of these same women have headed for the doors and re&45;evaluated where they are truly called to be.

Seguir leyendo Greenville R.I. Formation Centre To Close at End of Academic Year

Father Deomar De Guedes Vaz, Legionaries of Christ Number 2 Man Steps Down

As the Legion’s general chapter fast approaches, Father Deomar De Guedes, 51, a Brazilian priest who was promoted to be the Legion’s Number 2 Man early in 2012, according to an article in the National Catholic Register Click Here wishes to leave the Legionaries of Christ because there is no hope of change in the Legion. The article suggests that this (unexpected) resignation reflects poorly on the reform process that has been led by Cardinal DePaolis.

Reportedly, although the Legion Number 2 Man expressed a clear wish to be exclaustrated from the Legion, Cardinal DePaolis has granted him permission to reside outside of the religious community for a one year period and then have an opportunity to reconsider his position.

Seguir leyendo Father Deomar De Guedes Vaz, Legionaries of Christ Number 2 Man Steps Down

Pope Signals Legion of Christ Reform to Continue

No true reform is possible when a religious order's founder has been so discredited and when the essential spirit guiding it is so undefined (Nicole Winfield ) Associated Press

Pope Francis issued a letter made public, stating that the election of new leadership and revisions to constitutions (expected in early 2014) would be fundamental steps in the path towards authentic and profound renewal

Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press has issued an article regarding the progress of reform process Click Here

The Associated Press story notes that the Pope's wording indicates that the reform project will hardly end next year and that these events are just one step in the process. Nicole Winfield comments that many Legionary priests have departed after becoming disillusioned with Cardinal De Paolis' efforts and they are convinced that no true reform is possible when a religious order's founder has been so discredited and when the essential spirit guiding it is so undefined, adding that many of the leaders who covered up Maciel's crimes, or their proteges, are still in positions of power.

Pope Francis has confirmed that Cardinal DePaolis' term will end after the 2014 general chapter and that will be before the reform of the Regnum Christi lay branch has been completed.

Former Regnum Christi member Genevieve Kineke was quoted as saying that the reform process had been cosmetic at best and never addressed the key question of the cult-like dynamic that created the problems in the first place adding that the same duplicity is so deeply embedded in the congregation that they can proceed in no other way

ReGAIN Comment

There have been a number of preliminary indications that Pope Francis will be taking an active interest and personal involvement in overseeing the situation in 2014, immediately following the General Chapter. We certainly hope this proves to be the case and that those who have blocked an authentic reform process will be held accountable.

There is a tremendous potential source of talent and resources available to the Church if these could be directed toward genuine and inspired spiritual objectives.

Correction and Apology Re Story About Father Peter Byrne Departing From Legion After Being Banned From Visiting Mexico – He Did Not Leave the Legion

ReGAIN was misinformed regarding the departure of Father Peter Byrne from the Legionaries of Christ. Father Byrne has sent an email asking where the information about his departure had come from and stating that he was unaware that he had left.

ReGAIN has always attempted to stick to the facts and in this case our source of information was wrong about Father Byrne departing from the Legion.

We apologize to Father Byrne for any inconvenience this may have caused.

ReGAIN contacted Father Peter Byrne and he included the following statements in his response:My situation is that I have been a dissident inside the Legion for the last 3 years. I have written and challenged many of the practices and decisions. I believe that the Legion (and indeed the Church) needs to look at the Maciel case and do a proper investigation……..

Some of those letters have been leaked into the public domain (I did not ask or tell anyone to do it for me).

So at present I am a Legionary and I would ask REGAIN to mention that as a correction.

We hope that the issues raised in Father Byrne's letter will be addressed and we support him in his desire for positive changes.

Following is the corrected article, exactly as it was written on May 8, but with any reference to him having left the Legion deleted:

Father Peter Byrne, LC, a long time Legionary priest recently wrote to his superiors and fellow Legionaries sharing his frustration and distress after his plans to travel to Mexico were denied. He had intended to give conferences to parents about formation of children and to pick up some information for his doctorate. According to the letter, which is available in English at Click Here or in Spanish at Click Here he states that the Legionary powers felt that his presence might perturb the communities because of the letter that he wrote regarding the sale of the UNID university.

Father Byrne had publicly and privately requested implementation of positive changes in the Legion, including justice for Maciel's victims, conformity with the Gospel, more transparency in the government and finances, co-responsibility and accountability, investigation and publication of true story of the founder, Father Marcial Maciel and exclusion of racism, deceit and exclusion of free speech and critical thinking.

Previously, in 2010, Father Byrne had written a letter to the Legion Director General Alvaro Corcuera, denouncing the worship that was being paid to the Legion founder even after instructions for the Vatican to remove his photos. Father, Byrne had also requested that Father Maciel's remains be relocated from the main altar at the chapel in Cotija to one of the sides.

Father Byrne was critical of the Legion in his letter, saying that it is the same old Legion that did not listen to Father Maciel's victims. He referred to those who had covered up for the founder continuing to visit communities and to preach retreats.

ReGAIN Comment:

Father Byrne's comments in his letter indicate the futility of expecting real positive changes to come out of the current reform process, which has now had several years to change old attitudes.

One would expect that changes such as those proposed by Father Byrne would be part of the reform process being carried out by the Legionary hierarchy with oversight from the Vatican Commissioner.

A request for justice does not seem to be an unreasonable request and that is certainly in harmony with the Catholic faith. It should a no - brainer to expect conformity with the Gospels. There is certainly nothing unreasonable in any of the above valid suggestions proposed by Father Byrne and he should have a right to express his opinions. However, in keeping with the old style Legionary policies, daring to voice such concerns is considered reason to ban Father Byrne from visiting the place where he lived for years and where he wished to continue his studies.