Monday, March 31, 2008

According the the Legion, priests never leave

Fr. Peter Cronin passed away after leaving the Legion. When he died, some 14 years after becoming a diocesan priest, superiors in the Legion were still saying that he was on a special mission for the Founder, and still a Legionary. I guess that priests never leave the Legion.

Thanks for the picture, P.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Oh, those horrible liars!

A few early Legionaries and victims of the Founder's proclivities. Can they just all be losers and conspirators? José Barba, Saúl Barrales, Alberto Athié (an ally in Mexico), Arturo Jurado and Juan José Vaca (in Mexico, 2007)

Thanks for sending the photo, P.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

cheesy lame corny crappy stupid tacky cheap bad cliche dumb disgusting loser retarded boring cheese dork emo hilarious horrible joke nerdy sad sappy

uncool annoying awful beat up bummer campy cheeky cheese ball crummy deficient...
Which is the best word for this one? (As well as badly sung)

Pure... what?

I don't quite know what to think of this. It kind of makes me want to throw up a little bit in my mouth. Is this what the Catholic Faith is all about? or even just a little???

Friday, March 28, 2008

From the Per Christum blog

John Says:
March 28, 2008 at 8:05 pm

"How do you reconcile two opposite experiences? I was in very heavily in RC for 12 years. While I was in it, I could say nothing but good about it but once I left and was free of its influence I began to see things entirely different. It was definitely a mixed bag. It was easy to overlook the negative because I was so busy with apostolate and there was always this expectation that things would improve since this was a founding age. I did not have time to reflect on my life and see how my family life was being negatively affected by the movement. I also spent much time with Legionary priests and was continually being affirmed by them for all the great work I was doing for them. I was also receiving my spiritual direction from a Legionary who would put things in the “proper” perspective. In spite of seeing much turnover in the heads apostolate and two Legionaries leave along with a number of consecrated and brothers I never questioned anything. It was difficult to have a grasp on the amount of people that left because of the continual reassignments and changes in leadership.

The Legion has been very successful because they use a lot of very effective human techniques in identifying leaders, recruiting and motivating people. These are many of the same skill you will find with any successful person. When one begins to rely on the human element more than God, individuals become a means rather than the end. This happens very easily in LC/RC because there is so much pressure for results. I filled out many reports about the activities in the area and what our goals were. Numbers are very easy to track but they did not capture what is going on in the soul. It is possible to have a veneer of good when the center is rotten. The greater ones ability and skill to move people the greater ability there is to do damage and I have saw and experienced a lot of damage in an number friends I recruited to the movement.

So how do you see good happening? I’ve heard of people have great conversions at condemned apparitions. There have been many heretical sects that flourished before they died. Where God is present even if the situation is erroneous his grace can still prevail Does this mean that most Legionaries and consecrated are evil? I believe that most are very good and act with sincerity. Unfortunately, they have been misguided by indoctrination into the “methodology of the movement” which blinds them to the fact that they are working with souls. If a person is asked to do something which is not in their own best interest then they are being used. There was almost no discernment on whether a person should or should not do an apostolate but rather were they available and willing.

The only hope for reform is that they have recruited many very solidly Catholics who might be able to turn things around. Reform will be difficult because discernment and self criticism have not been the strong suit of the order. Most religious communities die shortly after foundation and those that do make it last only a few hundred years. In the end it is about Christ who is for all times. He is our savior and no one else."

Exlcblogger recognizes an interesting first hand testimony.
Thanks John!

LC Culture shock?

An interesting blog entry from Per Christum

What will become of the Legion of Christ? See my request for comments last Sunday here

Thursday, March 27, 2008


While I try to fix the images below, test out the new poll function on the left. Thanks for you patience. Exlcblogger


Controversy for Mass in Honor of Priest who was condemned for Abuse
Noticiario de Colombia reportando una misa en el seminario mayor de Bogotá
News from Colombia reporting a mass in the Major Seminary of Bogota
Many Colombians were very upset by the Church allowing a funeral mass for the Founder of the Legion of Christ.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The First Weekly Wednesday Photo Caption Contest

For me, this picture comes the closest to capturing his very complex personalty and legacy.

What would be your ideas for a caption? Leave a comment....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The New DG Building

Below is a shot of the building permit.

This is a short film of a view of the back of the property of the General Direction in Rome from the roof of the Ergife Hotel taken in 2006. It shows the new building that the Legion put up in the vicinity of the old classrooms and soccer field there. The view also shows the back of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the entrance to the now unused tomb for the Founder.
You will notice that the new building is quite large, even when the number of LC's in Rome is falling.

Here is a shot from Google Earth of the property from above. The new building is a the bottom of the picture, showing its size relative to the main building in the center.

Thanks goes to G. for the film and photos.

And the Ladies Too!!!

The ladies have one too! Both sites are for members only and require passwords. You can request one if you are an ex member. Please respect their privacy.

Both sites disclaim affiliation or sponsorship by the LC or RC.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Kudos to the people!!!

This has to be the best idea out there. All of us knew that when we left the Legion, we were not spoken of ever again by our brothers in the Legion. Knowing that often prohibited us from even trying to contact each other. has been around for a while now, as attested to by the oldest profiles, and it has over 700 ex members registered on it with contact information and some photos. It is a great way to get in touch each other. Please share any good stories of contacting old friends by leaving a comment. And thanks to the creators of

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How to stay thin after the Legion

One thing that I learned in the Legion: it takes more than a weekly game of soccer to stay in shape. The priests tend to be pudgy or terribly skinny.

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(South Park is as anti Catholic as it is anti everything)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

How Naughty!

A rather naughty commentary on the death of the Founder. NSFW (Spanish only)

What are they saying?

I wonder what this audience was all about. The last time Fr. Corcuera had an audience, he was told of the Vatican orders to annul the private vows. What might it be this time? For the Legion's description of the event, click here. From the Legion's website.