The House of Studies in Rome is divided into 3 sections (A,B, and C). Fr. Donal Clancy is the rector of Section B. Reports have arrived to this blog that Fr. Clancy is conducting room checks in a frantic way more than once a week, while the seminarian or priest occupant is not there and does not know of the search. Paranoia seems to be setting in, and the superiors are looking for any material that in any way is critical of the Legion.
Even though the private vow of not criticizing has been abolished by the Pope, the Legion superiors continue to practice it, in flagrant disobedience to the Holy Father. Once again, they and the Rules and Norms of the Legion know best, even better than the Pope.
This amounts to more than disobedience.
It is also a shameful disregard for freedom of conscience.
It is an expression of mistrust and shows a lack of maturity and security in the vocation of the superiors themselves.
note: corrected--the searches are going on more than once a week! The source says:
It is customary for Legionary seminarians to have their room checked by superiors for orderliness once a month. But with the approach of the Apostolic Visitation, and with the discovery of "contraband" among some of the seminarians in past weeks (no, not pornography or other such boy-stuff, but such clandestine items as Jason Berry's dvd "Vows of Silence", and photocopied portions of ex Legionary Alejandro Espinosa's book, "El Legionario"), the hysteria to maintain correct Legion-think has reached fever pitch. It is important that the Brothers not "squeal" to the Apostolic Visitators, and such provocative literature could make them restless, and provoke "dangerous" thoughts, such as "Why do I have to have all my mail reviewed?" or "Can I really trust my superior not to read my correspondence with the Apostolic Visitator just because Evaristo Sada, Secretary General of the Legionaries, tells me they won't (in a letter sent 30 July 2009)?"
Faithful as ever to the "spirit" that Marcial Maciel has bequethed their institution, Fr Donal Clancy, rector since the 1980s appointed by Maciel to pastor over the sheep-Brothers of Section B, has started a regimen of room checks not just monthly, but even twice or three times a week. You can't be too careful these days of the Visitation. Seditious literature is likely to be anywhere anytime! Vigilance is necessary!
A Brother has reported that Fr Donal "está tronando", "is thundering": He is all nerves and is making the community all nerves, and one has to wonder whether or not these methods he learned from Maciel might not just be -- after all -- the best preparation to receive the Visitor, His Excellency Versaldi. He will interview Section B Brothers, and get to see for himself the full flowering of the "Legionary spirituality" that Clancy has made bloom in them: Brothers made hysterical, nervous and paranoid by the excess of Clancy's ministrations. A true product of Legionary formation.