Wednesday, May 27, 2009
May 20, 2009
Dear Gateway Parents:
I would have hoped to tell you this at tonight's meeting, but as many of you already know, we have come to the difficult decision to close Gateway Academy High School. And I also want to stress that this decision does not impact our Pre-K through 8 program, which will open as usual in the fall.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of the Gateway Academy community, for all you are doing and what you have done, to build this school. Gateway is far more than an academic institution. It is a gift from God that gives all of us the opportunity to know and love him more and to sanctify our lives.
Gateway was started by some of our outstanding parents with the goal of making Catholic education affordable for all. The school has been extremely successful in many ways, blessed by so many wonderful, generous families-parents, students, staff, faculty, and benefactors.
As you know, each year we have operated at a deficit. Our benefactors have generously assisted Gateway Academy by covering the deficit. But in the current economic environment, it is a lot to expect the same generous level of support from our benefactors. It became clear earlier this year that we needed to seek out a way to continue to fulfill our mission and to do so in a financially responsible and sustainable manner.
We have had to look at many possibilities. We have invited other sources to provide reviews of our school, both internally and externally, including the recent accreditation visit. We retained Catholic Schools Management to concretely identify ways and means to advance our school.
As recently as this past March we intended on fully financially supporting the school. The School Board and administration have worked hard to improve the situation, but the financial recession has intensified the problem. In particular, past subsidies from the Legion are simply not going to be available in the foreseeable future.
Hence, we have had make some very difficult decisions to make in order to achieve financial stability. The existing financial state of Gateway Academy, the current economic conditions, and the extensive competition of the High school market here in the St. Louis area have all contributed to the conclusion that we can no longer operate in the same manner.
After much study, deliberation and prayer the Board of Directors arrived at the very difficult decision that we will have to close Gateway Academy High school. We are deeply saddened by this and for our school community. But we believe it is the responsible thing for us to do at this point.
From a practical standpoint, high school third-quarter transcripts will be available by Friday, May 22. And final transcripts should be available around June 3. Pre-paid tuition and fees for high school students will be refunded.
I know that this decision is especially hard on the students who would be incoming seniors in the fall. Therefore, we want to work with the families of those students and if there are at least 10 who are interested, we will offer a senior program to them so they can graduate from Gateway as anticipated. If you have questions, please contact my office and we will do all we can to assist you. And please keep everyone in the Gateway family in your prayers.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This one from Life-After-RC
I agree with those warning everyone of the problems with Gateway Academy. Doing any research on Fr. Maciel and the Legionaries of Christ will yield much controversy. If one looks at the way the Legionaries do business, they find a group of orthodox Catholics and manipulate them into giving the Legion money and their children through their apostolates. Their apostolates are often hijacked from people that have worked hard to get them up and running. The FAMILIA apostolate is an example of this; and Gateway is also an example of this. Gateway was formed by good Catholics looking to make a school that was orthodox and would preserve the Catholic faith. When the Legionaries hopped on board, things began to change
The Legion may have many decent people affiliated with it; there is no doubt about that….but that does not mean the organization is good. The organization uses Catholicism to its own ends. Fr. Maciel used orthodoxy to his own ends.
To the comment on referring to the pope for an answer on the Legion….this is getting kind of old. The Pope did act in 2006, but the Legionaries manipulated what the RC members understood by the communique. The communique was not anything but punitive. Research what the communique means. Do not just follow what the Legionaries tell you the communique meant. The Legionaries were lied to by their superiors and the lay movement was lied to. I am so sick of people thinking the Legionaries are “transparent”. Pope Benedict also took away the 4th vow that the Legionaries make……it is silly to keep saying refer to the Pope. And is it not Pope Benedict that is mandating the apostolic visitations? He is not duped by the glitz and glam of the Legionaries.
It is true that many people may have been served well by Gway. The people are good there…there are wonderful teachers there. But that does not take away the fact that the Legionaries are filled with duplicity. If you serve the Legionaries and their ends, then you are blessed by them. If you question their methodology or them, then you are an “enemy” of the Legion or the school and you are not in God’s will.
A final point about Gway in particular: We began in the school in ‘99 and left a few years ago before the Maciel scandal hit. Even before the Maciel scandal came out, this school had so many ups and downs and so many changes in staff, I often wondered how it could be healthy for them to have total upper school changes every few years. There was two major turnovers in teachers during our time there….does that not make anyone pause for reflection?????!!!! I now see that the reason why was because these teachers and staff must have not been on board with the LC/RC mission…therefore, they were not useful to the LC’s, and thus, they had to be cut off.
— former GA parent 2
6:02 am May 26th, 2009
By Cynthia Wang
Originally posted Monday May 25, 2009 09:20 PM EDT
Looking relaxed and clean-shaven in jeans, a white shirt and a blue jacket, actor and director Mel Gibson gamely answered questions about his relationship with musician Oksana Grigorieva and confirmed her pregancy during his 21st guest appearance on NBC's Tonight Show, airing Monday night. In fact, Jay Leno set the tone for the evening by saying there were a lot of rumors to clear up. He then asked Gibson about his split with Robyn, his wife of 28 years. Gibson, 53, said he took the blame for the divorce. "My wife and I, our marriage ended three years ago and we've been separated ever since then," Gibson said. "These things happen. It's unfortunate, it's sad, but you know she is an admirable woman – we still got kids together. We're friends."When Leno pressed Gibson by asking, "So what happened?" Gibson replied, "Look. When it's all said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage myself. I'm to blame. If you're inclined to judge, put it here." Leno then joked with Gibson about his dating a younger woman. "What, is she 17, 18?" Leno asked. Gibson replied that Grigorieva was almost 40 and "now I am going to have two women mad at me!" Leno then said, "The rumor I have heard is that you guys are going to have a child?" Gibson then confirmed, "This is true. We're gonna have a child." Piling it on, Leno joked, "So that will make 29? " Quickly, Gibson responded, "Well, actually eight. I guess I'm Octo-Mel."
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Gateway Academy in Chesterfield to close its high school
Gateway Academy, a private Catholic school in Chesterfield for preschoolers through twelfth grade, will close its high school in the fall.
Administrators met with parents Wednesday night to tell them the news. They told parents there weren’t enough students to sustain the high school and they could balance the budget with only the grade school open, said parent Anastasia Rothkopf.
“It’s a wonderful school, and we’re really sad, but the reality is the economy is not great,” she said. “People have lost their jobs, and now we’re scrambling for a high school.”
Gateway opened in 1991 to 56 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. By 1996, the school went up to twelfth grade. The school has more than 400 students, and the school would have enrolled 60 students in the high school next year.
The school employs 21 high school teachers, but it is unclear how many of them will lose their jobs. Gateway officials said they would issue a statement about the closing later today.
Tuition for seventh through twelfth grade is $9,700.
Two of the Rothkopf’s seven children graduated from the school, and two attend currently. Their son, Benjamin, would have entered his freshman year at Gateway. Now, it looks like he will attend Marquette High school in the Rockwood School District. The Rothkopfs will also pull their second grader, Lydia, from Gateway and enroll her in Rockwood schools, mainly because she has health issues and the public school district can better serve her, they said.
“It’s like there’s been a death in the family, everybody is just saddened by it,” Rothkopf said. “The school was just more than a school, it was a community, like most Catholic schools are.”
The school was started by a group of people in the Regnum Christi movement, an apostolic movement in the Catholic church. The group patterned their school after schools started in Mexico by the Legionnaires of Christ, a religious order. Gateway teaches the Catholic faith but is not affiliated with any parish nor with the archdiocese.
— prior gateway parent 7:09 am May 24th, 2009
It seemed to me that Fr. Reilly was there, talking points in hand, to impersonally announce a fait accomplit. Neither he, nor anyone else on stage, intended to entertain any alternatives, since all suggestions from parents were brushed aside. Father's fantastical characterization of the apostolic visitation revealed that he was either poorly informed about it himself or that he was intentionally misleading the parents as to the import of the process. He told us how happy they all were about the visitation, describing it as if it were to be a friendly chit chat with a bishop and a couple of his friends which would not have any significant consequences, such as a change in leadership or organization.
We have to keep in mind that there are a lot of skeletons on the high school side: brutalized teachers, administrators, students whose stories would be problematic if related to visitators. Perhaps having them all off campus is an attractive idea. One cannot dispute the fact that closing the high school does enhance their financial picture, reflecting fiscal responsibility. If their finances come under scrutiny, they will need to be sound, lest they lose their foothold in St. Louis. To this end, there are 33 acres there (mostly unused) very valuable real estate. This move also allows the option of selling off US assets to fund post visitation reformation elsewhere.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Now for Scotty:
On why waiting so late in the school year to announce this
"we just couldn't pull the trigger"
On the Apostolic Visitation:
"there are two kinds of Visitation: one high and one low. We are under the low one"
On the reason for closing the high school:
"the drop in the stock market and registrations were down: from 100 to 60"
Is this dude for real? Well Scott, you certainly have gotten no smarter over the years. When all of those blogs talk about fudging grades in the Legion of Christ to promote people through to ordination, making way for not very bright superiors, they are talking about YOU.
There are no types of Apostolic Visitation. Each one is tailored to the particular need. That is reality and plain old common sense.
These guys might sound wonderful to you with their platitudes, but put them in an adversarial situation, and they show their lack of brains and their patterned responses. Just take a look at Thomas Williams' interview with Bryan Ross a few years ago.
AND AGAIN: why lie about things? why make up stuff?
NB Fr. Scott Reilly is the Territorial Director of the Legion of Christ in the southern United States, based in Atlanta, GA.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Rumors have reached this blogger that Gateway Academy in Chesterfield, MO will be closing its high school's doors very soon. Expect a visitor tomorrow to break the news. Stay tuned.
Is this the beginning of the end of Legion of Christ institutions as parents want their kids away from this group? Don't despair, kids, there are better places to be.
¿Ha pasado Ud. por el trauma de salirse de su propia Congregación –Orden- Religiosa, o al menos contemplarlo, y quedarse destrozado pero todavía lleno de celo por la Iglesia y sin saber a dónde ir ni en dónde comenzar? Entonces quizá pueda comprender la historia de la Sociedad Misionera (Mission Society of Mandeville), una comunidad vigorosa de hermanos y sacerdotes que se encuentra en Jamaica, en el Caribe. Un ex-Legionario la visitó hace unos años.
Esta Sociedad Misionera fue fundada por el primer obispo de Mandeville, Monseñor Paul M. Boyle, quien había sido Superior General de los Pasionistas y hace una década fundó la nueva sociedad a instancias de la Propagación de la Fe. Es una sociedad diocesana de vida apostólica que ha recibido varios documentos de aprobación a nivel diocesano y también un Decreto de Felicitación [Decree of Encouragement] de parte del episcopado de Jamaica, encabezados por el Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal.
Los primeros miembros de esta sociedad misionera pasaron por algo muy semejante a lo que están sufriendo los Legionarios en estos momentos. Ellos pertenecían originalmente a los Hijos de María, un grupo canadiense que perdió el rumbo y que ahora está en cisma con la Iglesia Católica debido a un falso misticismo y actitudes torcidas en que no podemos abundar ahora. Conociendo también a los Hijos de María, este ex-Legionario sabe que había algunos elementos sanos en esa Congregación que se parecen exactamente a características legionarias. Tanto así que en los años 80 los Hijos de María era los únicos religiosos con los cuales los Legionarios de entonces tenían permiso de tratar. Su devoción a la Eucaristía y a la Sma. Virgen María, junto con su fidelidad al Papa eran similares a la espiritualidad legionaria.
En una palabra, los Hijos de María era un congregación católica internacional activa en Italia (dos diócesis), en Francia, en Canadá, en los Estados Unidos, y en Jamaica. Cuando la congregación se desvió un grupo de estos religiosos salió de los Hijos de María en bloque; mantuvieron su fe y el deseo de servir la Iglesia como religiosos y sacerdotes, salvando lo salvable de su comunidad original. Quedaron muy golpeados. La separación de su querida congregación les dolió hasta el fondo de su alma. ¡Pero por medio de esta “muerte” brotó nueva vida! Estoy seguro que algunos de Uds. que lean esto encontrarían comprensión entre estos hermanos y sacerdotes. Quizá alguno se anime a unirse a ellos.
Dios ayudó a este grupo de valientes que este ex-Legionario conoce personalmente. Providencialmente, el obispo de Mandeville había estado por algunos años antes de estos tristes hechos con la inquietud de fundar una Sociedad dedicada a vida misionera en el caribe. Cuando este grupo quedó tan trágicamente tocado decidió lanzar su proyecto y fundar la Sociedad Misionera. Se armó de valor y pidió a los ex Hijos de María si querían entregarse a formar un nuevo grupo. Después de mucha oración y largo discernimiento, el núcleo de ex- HdeM aceptó la propuesta del obispo. En ese momento el obispo fundó oficialmente la Sociedad y le dio sus estatutos. El primer superior general elegido fue precisamente Monseñor Michael Palud quien es el actual Vicario General de la diócesis de Mandeville. El es también el traductor oficial de la Conferencia Episcopal de las Antillas. Su mail es email@example.com. La Sociedad tiene su página en www.themissionsocietyofmandeville.org.
Luego, después de la fundación, otros miembros entraron. La mayoría de los miembros son trilingües y hablan inglés, francés e italiano. Algunos de ellos hablan también el español y el portugués. La Sociedad tiene una escuela secundaria, una casa para niños abandonados, una casa de retiro y varias parroquias. Hace unos meses el Cardenal Días de la Congregación de la Evangelización de los Pueblos recomendó a otro prelado del Caribe, Monseñor Robert Rivas, O.P., arzobispo de Castries, que pidiera ayuda para su diócesis a la Sociedad Misionera de Mandeville.
Piénsenlo bien….por los puntos comunes, quizá esto podría ser una solución para algunos de Uds. Reflexionen sobre las posibilidades que esto podría generar para la Iglesia del Caribe. ¡Estoy seguro que les recibirían con los brazos abiertos!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
At any rate, the Sons of Mary were an international group serving in Italy (in two dioceses) in , in Canada the United States and Jamaica. Once the group went "off the deep end" a group of these religious left the Sons of Mary "en bloc" in an act of faith, desiring to continue to serve the Church as priests and brothers and yet maintain what was "salvagable." The trauma they felt was deep. The separation from their institute cut them to the innermost recesses of their being. Yet out of this "death experience" came new life! I am sure that some of you out there would find in them a sympathetic ear. Perhaps some of you would want to join them.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A source within the Legion has confirmed that 23 Legionary Priests are about to separate from the Legion to form a new relgious group. 15 of the Priests are Amercians. Fr. Alvaro [Corcuera] has asked them not to take any action until the Vatican publishes its findings. The Legion is not answering questions on the subject, but one of the 23 priests has leaked the departure of the group.
May 14, 2009 1:44 PM
Published in El Pais de Madrid. Read it here in Spanish.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Of Canons & Culture . . . Praising With Faint Damns
By PETE VERE
While I was speaking to a friend with the Legion of Christ/ Regnum Christi ( LC/ RC) movement the other day, he asked me whether there was any hope for the LC/ RC now that its founder had been exposed as a fraud. Humanly speaking, I believe the answer to be no. The LC/ RC might have survived Fr. Maciel’s duplicity, including the strong probability that he was a sexual predator, but the movement’s subsequent public response has raised several new questions about future viability. Of particular concern are the lack of public apology to Fr. Maciel’s victims and the movement’s failure to distance itself from his influence as founder.
As noted by popular Catholic blogger Diogenes, “LC leadership persists in allotting Maciel a role of (somewhat tarnished) honor: praising him with faint damns, and suggesting that his spiritual patrimony remains valuable in spite of his personal life. This won’t work.”The pseudonymous Fr. Damien Karras, a priest who has spent several decades with the LC, agrees. In fact, Fr. Karras was even more terse in his observations. “Your lack of credibility — not Fr. Maciel’s past sins — will eventually buckle and break the Legion,” he wrote LC superiors in an open blog.
So serious is the situation that the Holy Father has ordered an apostolic visitation of the Legion. This is a fancy way of saying Pope Benedict wants a thorough, top to bottom investigation by a team of outside experts. Such a step is normally reserved for crises that have spun out of the control of the host institution.
However, the LC/ RC is reportedly presenting the visitation as proof of Rome’s seal of approval. Several RC contacts have forwarded me an e-mail they claim to have received from leaders within the movement, which states as follows: “Various Cardinals in the Roman Curia and elsewhere have shown the support that the Holy See has for us in this great vocation to the Movement that God has given us. The Church very much knows the great gift that we have, and she very much is encouraging us to transmit this gift to the Church and to the souls that are entrusted to our care.“To further show its support, the Holy Father has decided to order an apostolic visitation of the Legion to help us to move forward vigorously. The Holy See wants to show its trust in us and offer us a chance to show the authenticity of the gift that we have to the Church.”
Or, to quote Mark Shea, “More Legion happy talk!”
Regardless, it appears the Legion is trying to present a face of business as usual. This was apparent to many from the Legion’s recent attempt to acquire Southern Catholic College — a coeducational residential college near Atanta.
“The Legion of Christ and Southern Catholic College (SCC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that could make possible the college becoming a Legion institution,” states the Legion’s April 20 news release.
Speaking as a Catholic layman, and the father of several children, I would feel a lot more comfortable with the LC/ RC and its “gifts” to the Church (not to mention potential oversight of a Catholic college) if the movement’s leadership would demonstrate a more penitential spirit.
Many of the movement’s apologists, on the Internet and elsewhere, have compared Fr. Maciel to King David, noting that God built His Kingdom through an adulterer and murderer. Yet King David did not deny his sins when confronted by the prophet Nathan. Nor did he attempt to discredit Nathan or enlist the help of good men to conceal his sins. Fr. Maciel did. Rather, King David repented, in public, begging God to punish him rather than his nation.
This is unlike the LC/ RC founder who went to his death publicly asserting his innocence, blasphemously claiming to suffer persecution like the crucified Christ, and who allowed his followers to sacrifice their reputation for his sexual vices. Thus instead of an apologia for its founder, the movement should focus on a public apology to its founder’s victims, with a second apology to Catholics for the embarrassment this has caused the Church — in particular to the legacy of Pope John Paul II.As Diogenes concludes with such eloquence: “What is required is an unambiguous admission that Maciel deceitfully made use of holy things and holy words in order to dupe honest and pious persons into taking false positions — sometimes slandering others in the process — in order to reinforce the legend of his own sanctity. Since Maciel’s treachery was sacrilegious in its means and in its effect, he should posthumously be repudiated as a model of priesthood and of Christian life.”
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
After nearly 23 years of life as a Legionary of Christ, I have discerned that it is time for me to continue following Christ in the diocesan priesthood. Although the recent revelations about the Legion’s founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, were profoundly disturbing, my decision has actually been in the making for nearly three years.
Like so many, I have personally experienced again and again the vast amount of good which God has accomplished through Legionary priests and the congregation’s works of apostolate over the past six decades of its existence. I leave with a heart grateful to Christ who I know accepted and blessed the oblation of my years of religious consecration in the Legion.
In my opinion, the serious issues within the congregation will require its thorough reformation if not a complete re-foundation. I am hopeful that the upcoming Apostolic Visitation of the Legion will be a first step toward a new beginning for the Legionaries and members of Regnum Christi. I trust that God in his providence will lead them to holiness and enable them to do great things for Christ and his Church. For my part, I remain their friend and brother in the Lord.
My work as executive director of the Westchester Institute will continue under the direction of a new Board and no longer under the Legion’s sponsorship. By this means and through a very active ministry in the Archdiocese of New York, under our new Archbishop Timothy Dolan, I look forward to continuing to live my total consecration to Christ in his priesthood.
My hope is that this brief statement would preclude unnecessary and unwarranted speculation about the reasons for my decision. Having released it to the press, I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Clockwise from top left:
Ricardo Watty Urquidi, Bishop of Tepic, Mexico
Charles Joseph Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, Colorado, USA
Giuseppe Versaldi, Bishop of Alessandria, Italy
Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
VATICANO/ Nominati gli ispettori per i legionari di Cristo
martedì 5 maggio 2009
Saranno tre vescovi e un sacerdote a guidare l'ispezione ordinata da papa Benedetto XVI sulle istituzioni legate all'ordine dei Legionari di Cristo, dopo le accuse al fondatore Marcial Maciel di abusi sessuali e relazioni illecite, dalle quali sarebbe nata anche una figlia. Lo riferisce l'agenzia messicana Notimex citando «fonti confidenziali».
Della commissione faranno parte i vescovi Ricardo Watty Urquidi, messicano, Charles Joseph Chaput, arcivescovo di Denver, negli Stati Uniti, e l'italiano Giuseppe Versaldi, vescovo di Alessandria. Con loro, anche il sacerdote gesuita Gianfranco Ghirlanda, rettore della Pontificia università gregoriana di Roma, incaricato delle indagini negli istituti educativi dei Legionari. Potrebbe poi aggiungersi in un secondo momento un incaricato per il sud America.
Nei prossimi mesi la «visita apostolica» toccherà tutte le comunità della Legione nel mondo e si concluderà con la consegna di un rapporto, protetto dal segreto pontificio, alle autorità vaticane.
Exlcblogger has heard that some are saying that the church not will announce publicly the names of the people who covered for Maciel. This would be for the "good of the church".
What the HELL does that mean? Enablers of crimes against children get a free pass for the good of the church? Total BULLSHIT! And total diabolic criminality.
Article source: Ilsussidario.net.