Monday, March 8, 2010
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water...
The past few days have provided us with more information than we may have cared to know concerning the life and times of one Marcial/Juan/Raul Rivas/Gonzalez/Maciel Degollado. The polygamist, incestuous, child raping, religious congregation founding flim-flam man continues to leave a stream of sludge and human misery in his wake.
Recent revelations of his "family life" from his victims in Mexico have sent a tsunami throughout that country, with after-effects felt around the entire world. The tale is simply awful, filled with disgusting details of this creepy man's modus operandi of manipulation -- right down to using medical excuses and physical pain to get his rocks off, i.e., to have children masturbate him.
While on camera his children flashed letters and cards sent to them by papa under his aliases; any former member of Maciel's "Movement" who watched felt their hearts skip a beat upon seeing the easily recognizable penmanship and characteristically poor spelling.
Even the most casual observer breathed out relief as the mother of the monster's children explained how her now 17 year old son escaped being raped by his father, Our Father.
Son Raul admitted to asking a hefty sum from the Legion in exchange for silence. Carlos Skertchly, posing as the Procurator General of the , roundly refused, saying, "we don't do that." Huh? They obviously have been doing just "that" for years to keep Maciel's Spanish wife and daughter quiet living in luxury in Madrid, all the while using the donations from good Catholics (garnered by the hard work of Legionary "road teams" who search for funding for the "good works" of the congregation) for this nefarious purpose. Why deny "that" to Raul and his family?
Once again, the pivotal questions arise: the very questions which must be answered by the Visitation:
It is virtually impossible that Maciel was able to keep his secrets from all those involved in his cash cow operation, the Legion of Christ. This was his only source of income for his affairs and families. Who covered for him? Who knew of his sexual exploits and his insatiable lust for under-aged flesh? And, maybe most importantly, who knew in the Church hierarchy, when did they know and why did they wait so long to investigate and act?
What of Maciel's Legion?
Where did the lies and deception end? Does "Church approved" in whatever form, and how ever garnered, simply make it all good and worthy? Which Maciel was the real and true Maciel and how can we ever distinguish his various plots? Why do some insist that the Legion is somehow automatically exempt from his lies and somehow good in itself when its foundation has clearly been shown to be a sham?
How far do the effects of this mess reach?
Clearly, Maciel has been protected by high church officials for many years. Where they all duped? And even if we can assume that they were, did they fail in their duty to be absolutely sure when dismissing criticism of Maciel or the Legion and giving their unqualified support? Has there been a massive failure of proper discernment?
What role has money played in all of this?
Extravagant gifts, secret bank accounts, hush money... and suddenly the Legion would never pay to keep someone silent? How much money has gone to whom, inside and outside ecclesiastic walls?
Believe it when I say it, as chum continues to fill the waters, the sharks will come and there will be hell to pay.