Unimaginable Deceit And Duplicity
Thomas A. Droleskey
This article will contain much material from a previous articles about the Legionaries of Christ. I am doing this because very few people can recall the details of past articles and because there is no need for me to try to phrase anew that which I have written in the past. I do a lot of such writing in my articles on the Social Reign of Christ the King as the subject is near and dear to my heart and it is relatively (stress on relatively) effortless to write on this subject repeatedly. Articles that recount factual occurrences do not have to be rewritten repeatedly. It is only necessary, as I see it, to refresh the readers' memories, which is what I am attempting to do in this article.
The Legionaries of Christ have practiced such an unimaginable degree of deceit and duplicity throughout its existence that is truly hard to fathom how so many Catholics resisted the truth of this matter for so very long. I have known about this deceit and duplicity from the middle-1980s, speaking out it rather openly in the 1990s, something that did not make me too popular with some of my fellow "conservative" Catholics at the time. Indeed, I was hated by a lot of people for a lot of different reasons long before I came to accept the canonical doctrine of the Catholic Church that those who defect from even one article of the Faith expel themselves from her maternal bosom and cannot hold ecclesiastical office within her ranks legitimately.
One of the reasons that many Catholics and others held me in great disdain was that I was considered to be a "bishop basher" in the 1990s because I wrote for The Wanderer and wrote articles that bashed men who I now recognize to be officials in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, not the Catholic Church. Many doors were slammed shut in my face as a result of my being a "bishop basher" who wrote article after article detailing the apostasies and sacrileges and blasphemies of one conciliar "bishop" after another without realizing that those "bishops" were merely the field agents, if you will, of the conciliar revolution that had the full support of a man whose revolutionary proclivities I refused to recognize and accept as such, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, until the middle to the latter part of the 1990s. .
My association with The Wanderer, while it provided me with a certain degree of name recognition and served as my entree into national-level political campaigning, closed a lot of doors in the 1990s. Positions at "conservative" Catholic colleges were out of the question. And Deacon Bill Steltemeier, the Chairman of the Eternal Word Television Network, told me in early-1994, the day after I had interviewed Mother Angelica for The Wanderer, that I could not write for The Wanderer if I accepted his spur-of-the-moment job offer to answer mail for the network and to do some teaching for their seminarians. That was a non-starter for me as I believed that it was important to provide a permanent record of the problems facing ordinary Catholics in their local dioceses. Gee, I could have been, quite possibly, an on-air personality at EWTN if only I kept my mouth shut about the "bad 'bishops'." (A reader wrote to me after the initial posting of this article to inform me that he had been hired earlier this decade to answer the mail at EWTN, only to be fired later because of his traditionalism.)
The irony here is that Mother Angelica herself became a "bishop basher" in 1997 when she criticized Roger "Cardinal" Mahony's "pastoral letter" on the liturgy, Gather Faithfully Together, September 4, 1997, which called for the "de-Europeanization" of the liturgy. Mother Angelica came in for fierce criticism from Mahony, who was backed up by his revolutionary pals in the conciliar Vatican. Mahony went on to implement the apostate, sacrilegious "vision" he expressed in Gather Faithfully Together in the $200 million dollar monstrosity alongside the Hollywood Freeway, US-101, that he dares to call Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Two articles of mine, both written when I was a sedeplenist, "The Pope's Cathedral" and "The New Puritans," dealt with the Taj Mahony.
This is part of what I wrote in "The Pope's Cathedral" in 2002, an article that contains, most unfortunately, a full-throated "resist and recognize" approach to the situation of apostasy and betrayal that we face today:
"The Pope's cathedral? Why is Dr. Droleskey writing about the Cathedral of Saint John Lateran, which serves as the Pope's cathedral in his capacity as Bishop of Rome?" Good question, except for the fact that this article is not about the Cathedral of Saint John Lateran. It is about the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.
"Well, Dr. Droleskey, what does the Pope have to with the cathedral planned by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Cardinal Mahony?" Obviously, very little in a direct sense, that is. However, the Vatican did not try to stop the monstrosity in Los Angeles from being built according to the design submitted by Spanish architect Jose Raphael Moneo. The Pope did send a representative there to be present at the Mass in which the cathedral was dedicated on September 3, 2002 (which featured liturgical dance around the obscenity of the table that serves as an "altar" in the middle of the cathedral, naturally). Not a word of criticism has been leveled about the cathedral from a single Vatican official, including the Pope. Thus, it is not too much of a stretch to say that the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the Pope's cathedral. After all, what he must approve of that which he does not explicitly disapprove, right?. . . .
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, is either good or bad. It is quite bad. It is ugly. The architecture of a Catholic Church is supposed to reflect that which is beautiful, that which uplifts the soul to God, that which provides a dignified home to the Blessed Sacrament and for the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As Pope Pius XII noted in Mediator Dei in 1947, the church recognizes that there are a broad variety of styles that can convey this beauty and dignity. However, the new religion engendered by Vatican II and the Novus Ordo has produced novel designs of new Catholic churches and the "renovations" of existing churches to reflect the horizontal and to deliberately de-emphasize the vertical in our relationship to the Blessed Trinity and how the Mass is offered. An ugly, demeaning ambiance detracts from a belief in the Real Presence and in a belief in the Mass as a propitiatory sacrifice for sins.
Michael Rose, who is not a traditionalist, has explained in his book, Ugly as Sin, how the new Catholic churches and wreckovated older churches are ugly, not conveying any sense of beauty, which has a most objective dimension to it. However, he does not seem to understand that this ugliness is the direct result of changes in the church's theological language, outright contradictions of doctrine (especially as it relates to the necessity of winning coverts to the Catholic Church), and the very nature of the new Mass, which reflects the spirit of the world, not the legacy of Catholic tradition.
Indeed, the aforementioned Sacrosanctum Concilium presaged the disaster that is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by authorizing a devolution of liturgical decision-making to the level of the national episcopal conferences of diocesan liturgical commissions. Coupled with the great latitude that is given a diocesan ordinary to have churches designed or "renovated" according to the dictates of local customs and the "genius of the peoples" found in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal (the subject of my own forthcoming book), all a bishop has to do to justify that which is ugly and actually demeaning both to God and to His Church is to say that a particular design reflects the relative circumstances and tastes of a particular people and the time in which they live. Obviously, this vitiates entirely the sense of the transcendent that is meant to be captured until the end of time in a Catholic Church. The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres does this magnificently, as do, of course, the four major basilicas in Rome. Postconciliar churches, built according to the specifications of revolutionaries intent on building churches in their own warped images, actually damage the Faith.
Certain "conservatives" within the counterfeit church of conciliarism, some of whom still make a very handsome living defending and propagating the apostasies and blasphemies and sacrileges of concilairism, considered anything that impugned the "pope" or the "bishops" as material that had to be censored. A similar approach is being taken today by some traditionally-minded Catholics as they refuse to report and/or seek to downplay the importance of such offenses given to God by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI as personally esteeming the symbols of false religions and calling places of false worship as "sacred," little things like that, you see. The belief of the "conservative" apologists of concilairism, joined now by those refusing to defend the honor and glory and majesty of God as He is so offended and blasphemed by Ratzinger/Benedict, is that silence about that which is palpably un-Catholic is necessary in order to "achieve" various goals.
For those in either the "conservative" or the "resist and recognize" camps, however, one must be deaf, dumb, and blind to ignore the honor and glory and majesty of God when the man they "recognize" as the "pope" calls places of devil worship to be "sacred." Yet it is that most of those attached to the conciliar structures remain absolutely silent in the face of such blasphemies, thus communicating to those who look to them for "guidance" on the state of the Church that God is as sanguine about them as they are, something that is most patently false and offensive to God in and of itself.
Pope Leo the Great made it abundantly clear that those who are silent about blasphemies are themselves guilty of that which they refuse to condemn:
But it is vain for them to adopt the name of catholic, as they do not oppose these blasphemies: they must believe them, if they can listen so patiently to such words. (Pope Saint Leo the Great, Epistle XIV, To Anastasius, Bishop of Thessalonica, St. Leo the Great | Letters 1-59 )
Care to disagree? Does the true God of Divine Revelation believe that a mosque is a "sacred" place? Does the true God of Divine Revelation believe that a mosque is one of the "jewels" that stand out on the face of the earth? Does the true God of Divine Revelation believe that a synagogue is a valid place of worship today? Does the true God of Divine Revelation that Mount Hiei in Japan, upon which the Tendei sect of Buddhist worship their devils is "sacred." Does God reject the "ecumenism of the return"? Does He endorse the separation of Church and State that was called a thesis "absolutely false" by Pope Saint Pius X? Conciliarists must either pretend that the answers to these questions are true or that God is utterly indifferent to them, something that is a patent falsehood in and of itself.
Two of the conciliar organizations that have been in the vanguard of urging their members and supporters to remain quiet in the face of offenses to the honor and majesty and glory of God and the Deposit of Faith that He has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church are Opus Dei (see Not The Work of God) and the Legionaries of Christ, which I have long nicknamed the "Legionaries of Cash" for their propensity to raise vast amounts of money from wealthy "conservative" Catholics. I noted this phenomenon in an article published in 2001 in the printed pages of the old Christ or Chaos journal, "For the Permanent Record:"
There are many Catholics who do not want to face up to the true state of affairs in the Church. Indeed, there several organizations (Opus Dei, Legionaries of Christ) which tell their adherents quite specifically not to concern themselves with the state of the Church, believing that to do so would be to detract attention from their own interior lives of prayer. Priests and numeraries of Opus Dei - and the priests of the Legionaries of Christ, along with the lay people who direct the Legion's Regnum Christi movement - discourage their members or cooperators from reading The Wanderer. To do so might be to endanger their faith, it is alleged. Furthermore, there is to be no criticism of bishops whatsoever, no matter what scandal is given by a Successor to the Apostles, no matter what brand of liturgical irreverence and/or doctrinal heresy might be promoted by a particular diocesan ordinary.
The plain fact of the matter that those who preach this sort of quietism are distorting the true history of Holy Mother Church. If the approach taken by Opus Dei and the Legionaries of Christ (among others) had been the tradition of the Church, then the priests and lay people who opposed the Arian heresy would have been advised to keep their mouths shut when the local bishop promoted the Arian creed. Saints Basil and Athanasius would have been condemned as divisive troublemakers who were seeking to undermine the authority of bishops outside of their own territorial jurisdictions. Catholics who resisted other heresies at the local level at other points in the Church's history would have been similarly told to be silent and to simply attend to their own interior lives. Saint Catherine of Siena might have been instructed not to have sought to implore Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon. And Catholics in the United States, who opposed the Americanist tendencies of some diocesan bishops in the nineteenth century, might have been told to mind their own business.
Although "For The Permanent Record" did not appear in The Wanderer, which published my last article, a tribute to the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J., on January 4, 2001, an official from the Legionaries of Christ telephoned the newspaper's publisher-editor to complain about it. The past eight years have demonstrated, however, that the Legionaries of Christ, in addition to being quiet about the apostasies of conciliarism and the conciliar "popes" and the outrages, both "approved' and "unapproved," sponsored by the conciliar "bishops," had been quiet until last year, 2009, about their own founder, the late Father Marcel Maciel Degollado, who did indeed, in addition to cases of assaulting his own priests, father up to six children. Anyone who criticized the "founder" in the past was lambasted in very harsh terms by their vast propaganda machine, which includes, among other organs, Zenit and the National Catholic Register. Indeed, anyone who criticized the "charism" of the Legionaries of Cash and Cover-Up has been lambasted in the most harsh terms imaginable over the years. I know. I was one of them who felt the sting of various Legionary apologists over the years.
The Legionaries of Christ, which has received an "apostolic visitation" from conciliar officials to make things look good to those who have been abused and deceived by its leaders of the past few decades, has been awash in a culture of financial and moral deceit and cover-up that mirrors its embrace of the doctrinal and liturgical deceits of concilairism itself.
Consider the story written by an expert, Jason Berry, on the deceit and duplicity practiced by the Legionaries of Christ, that appeared recently in the National Catholic Reporter:
The Vatican office with the greatest potential to derail Maciel's career before 2001 -- the year that Ratzinger persuaded John Paul to consolidate authority of abuse investigations in his office – was the Congregation for Religious, which oversaw religious orders such as the Dominicans, Franciscans and Legionaries, among many others.
According to two former Legionaries who spent years in Rome, Maciel paid for the renovation of the residence in Rome for the Argentine cardinal who was prefect of religious from 1976 to 1983, the late Eduardo Francisco Pironio. "That's a pretty big resource," explains one priest, who said the Legion's work on the residence was expensive, and widely known at upper levels of the order. "Pironio got his arm twisted to sign the Legion constitution."
The Legion constitution included the highly controversial Private Vows, by which each Legionary swore never to speak ill of Maciel, or the superiors, and to report to them anyone who uttered criticism. The vows basically rewarded spying as an expression of faith, and cemented the Legionaries' lockstep obedience to the founder. The vows were Maciel's way of deflecting scrutiny as a pedophile. But cardinals on the consultors' board at Congregation for Religious balked on granting approval.
"Therefore, Maciel went to the pope through Msgr. Dziwisz," said the priest. "Two weeks later Pironio signed it."
Dziwisz was John Paul's closest confidante, a Pole who had a bedroom in the private quarters of the Apostolic Palace. Maciel spent years cultivating Dziwisz's support. Under Maciel, the Legion steered streams of money to Dziwisz in his function as gatekeeper for the pope's private Masses in the Apostolic Palace. Attending Mass in the small chapel was a rare privilege for the occasional head of state, like British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family. "Mass would start at 7 a.m., and there was always someone in attendance: laypeople, or priests, or groups of bishops," Dziwisz wrote in a 2008 memoir, A Life With Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship With the Man Who Became Pope.
"When the guests came in (there were never more than 50)," Dziwisz wrote, "they often found the pope kneeling in prayer with his eyes closed, in a state of total abandonment, almost of ecstasy, completely unaware of who was entering the chapel. ... For the laypeople, it was a great spiritual experience. The Holy Father attached extreme importance to the presence of the lay faithful."
One of the ex-Legionaries in Rome told NCR that a Mexican family in 1997 gave Dziwisz $50,000 upon attending Mass. "We arranged things like that," he said of his role as go-between. Did John Paul know about the funds? Only Dziwisz would know. Given the pope's ascetic lifestyle and accounts of his charitable giving, the funds could have gone to a deserving cause. Dziwisz's book says nothing of donations and contains no mention of Maciel or the Legion. The priest who arranged for the Mexican family to attend Mass worried, in hindsight, about the frequency with which Legionaries facilitated funds to Dziwisz.
"This happened all the time with Dziwisz," said a second ex-Legionary, who was informed of the transactions.
Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, who would succeed Maciel as director general in 2004, and one or two other Legionaries "would go up to see Dziwisz on the third floor. They were welcomed. They were known within the household."
Struggling to give context to the donations, this cleric continued: "You're saying these laypeople are good and fervent, it's good for them to meet the pope. The expression is opera carita -- 'We're making an offering for your works of charity.' That's the way it's done. In fact you don't know where the money's going." He paused. "It's an elegant way of giving a bribe."
Recalling those events, he spoke of what made him leave the Legion. "I woke up and asked: Am I giving my life to serve God, or one man who had his problems? It was not worth consecrating myself to Maciel."
What's a bribe?
In terms of legal reality, does "an elegant way of giving a bribe" add up to bribery? The money from Maciel was given to heads of congregations in the early 1990s and the newspaper exposure of Maciel did not occur until 1997, and the canon law case in 1998.
Further, such exchanges are not considered bribes in the view of Nicholas Cafardi, a prominent canon lawyer and the dean emeritus of Duquesne University Law School in Pittsburgh. Cafardi, who has done work as a legal consultant for many bishops, responded to a general question about large donations to priests or church officials in the Vatican.
Under church law (canon 1302), a large financial gift to an official in Rome "would qualify as a pious cause," explains Cafardi. He spoke in broad terms, saying that such funds should be reported to the cardinal-vicar for Rome. An expensive gift, like a car, need not be reported.
"That's how I read the law. I know of no exceptions. Cardinals do have to report gifts for pious causes. If funds are given for the official's personal charity, that is not a pious cause and need not be reported."
Because the cardinals did not respond to interview requests, NCR has been unable to determine whether they reported to Vatican officials the money they allegedly received from the Legion.
"Maciel wanted to buy power," said the priest who facilitated the Mexican family's opera carita to Dziwisz. He did not use the word bribery, but in explaining why he left the Legion, morality was at issue. "It got to a breaking point for me [over] a culture of lying [within the order]. The superiors know they're lying and they know that you know," he said. "They lie about money, where it comes from, where it goes, how it's given." (Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican.)
The Legionaries of Cash and Cover-Up certainly knew how to get their way in the conciliar Vatican. How anyone can justify the "canonization" of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II after knowing the extent of the protection he afforded to corrupt "bishops" and priests/presbyters in the conciliar structures is a mystery, I suppose, that will be revealed only on the Last Day. One of the standards by which a person is judged by Our Lord at the moment of his Particular Judgment is how well he fulfilled the duties of his state-in-life, and the state-in-life of one who believes himself to be the Vicar of Christ is to protect the integrity of the Faith (something, of course, that Wojtyla did not do as he promoted one conciliar apostasy after another) and to safeguard the souls of those entrusted to his care. He appointed and protected veritable wolves who used deceit and duplicity as amoral tools to justify their sins against the Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Commandments.
Although the full story about the monetary corruption and the abuse of women and children by Father Marcial Maciel and all the lying that was done to cover up these crimes is now being told, many were the stories told to me in the 1990s by relatives of men who had become conciliar presbyters within the ranks of the Legionaries of Christ.
One person told me that his priest-brother with a serious injury was being denied proper medical care in a foreign country. Others explained the cult-like worship given to
Father Marcial Maciel Degollado and his New Age set of "insights" into the interior life, Envoy, that was printed in two spiral bound books and given to members of Legion's Regnum Christi movement (and which I reviewed privately after being given them by the publisher-editor of The Wanderer in the late-1990s, who had received them from a person who had grown disillusioned with the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi.)
The picture was clear, at least in my mind as early as seventeen years ago, of a cult-like organization that sought to cater to the wealthy in order to raise millions upon millions of dollars in cash, using outright misrepresentation in many instances to do so. One example of this will suffice, provided to me by two sets of Catholics in different parts of the nation who had direct, first-hand experience with this insidious method of operation.
Although the Legionaries of Christ are through defenders of concilairism, its presbyters were not above exploiting the concerns that many Catholics had about the chaos caused by the "Second" Vatican Council and "bad" "bishops" to raise funds for their various projects, including schools that they would run.
Presbyters of the Legionaries would listen attentively when wealthy Catholics in Dallas, Texas, and the Cincinnati, Ohio/northern-Kentucky area complained about the level of heterodoxy extant in allegedly"Catholic" schools that were, as I understand now, in the control of the spiritual robber barons of a counterfeit church that is but an ape of the Catholic Church. These Catholics were particularly upset with the evil of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments that existed in this conciliar schools. Presbyters of the Legionaries of Christ, seeking to raise mega-millions from these Catholics, listened with a sympathetic year, assuring them that there would be no such instruction in the schools that they intended to build and operate.
When the schools were built and opened, however, their curricula featured the exact same textbooks containing explicit material about matters pertaining to Holy Purity that were used in the conciliar schools. Outraged parents, believing that they had been, in plain terms, lied to by presbyters of the Legionaries of Christ, complained about this assault upon the innocence and purity of their children that they had sought to protect by means of homeschooling once they had removed their children from the conciliar school systems. These parents were told by presbyters of the Legionaries of Christ that there was nothing that they could, that they had to obey the local diocesan "bishops," who mandated the use of these evil programs in the Legion's schools. No warning was given to the parents in advance that this would be the case after the money had been raised as the point was to raise money no matter what representations had to be made to do so. (A story, written with a slant against "conservative" Catholics appeared, in the National Catholic Reporter on November 3, 2000,
Turmoil in Atlanta. That article provides more information about those situations in Cincinnati and Dallas.)
Deception has not been limited to the protection of the reputation of the nefarious Father Marcial Maciel Degollado and to the raising of funds, something that is such a preoccupation with the Legionaries of Christ that they hired, according a person who had two relatives serving as presbyters in the Legion, a man to work in an office of Wall Street to target wealthy Catholics and then to ingratiate himself to them during the weekday offerings of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service at local churches in conciliar control so as to milk them for their loot. No, the pattern of deception permeates the entirety of the Legionaries of Christ, which is why such media organs as Zenit can "spin" for the false "pontiff" and his apostasies and blasphemies so readily.
To wit, parents of a boy who was enrolled at the one of the Legion's boarding schools in the 1990s tried to contact their son when he had taken seriously ill with the flu. They were not permitted to speak to their son after he had telephoned them with this news. The mother tried calling the headmaster of the school. She was told that the headmaster was in Mexico and could not be reached.
Unconvinced, the father, who had a brother who was a presbyter in the Legion, told the wife to call the headmaster and to give a phony name as an entree to telling him that she wanted to donate a large sum of money to the school. The headmaster, the priest, who was supposedly in Mexico, took the call immediately, at which point the father got on the phone and said, "Father, why did my wife just have to lie to you to get you to speak with her? We want to know what is happening with our son."
I related this story privately to a gathering of Catholics on the West Coast when I was asked about whether it was advisable to support the Legionaries of Christ. It was shortly after this that I received a telephone call from a prominent Catholic whose son was also, at least at that time, a conciliar presbyter in the Legion. "You don't know that this story is true," the man yelled at me. I told him that the story was indeed true. It's all true. Every single bit of it is true. Deception is just part of the culture of the Legionaries of Christ, a culture that is unraveling now after decades of calumniating those who dared to bring forth the truth about the sociopathic behavior of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado and the secretive cult that he formed.
A presbyter who had been "ordained" for the Legionaries of Christ put the matter this way in an interview with The New York Times in February of 2009:
In Catholic religious orders, members are taught to identify with the spirituality and values of the founder. That was taken to an extreme in the Legionaries, said the Rev. Stephen Fichter, a priest in New Jersey who left the order after 14 years.
“Father Maciel was this mythical hero who was put on a pedestal and had all the answers,” Father Fichter said. “When you become a Legionarie, you have to read every letter Father Maciel ever wrote, like 15 or 16 volumes. To hear he’s been having this double life on the side, I just don’t see how they’re going to continue.”
Father Fichter, once the chief financial officer for the order, said he informed the Vatican three years ago that every time Father Maciel left Rome, “I always had to give him $10,000 in cash — $5,000 in American dollars and $5,000 in the currency of wherever he was going.”
Father Fichter added: “As Legionaries, we were taught a very strict poverty; if I went out of town and bought a Bic pen and a chocolate bar, I would have to turn in the receipts. And yet for Father Maciel there was never any accounting. It was always cash, never any paper trail. And because he was this incredible hero to us, we never even questioned it for a second.” (Catholic Order Jolted by Reports That Its Founder Led a Double Life)
Jason Berry's recent two-part story in National Catholic Reporter quite a revealing portrait of how Father Marcial Maciel Degollado remained steeped in his sins until the very end, committing, it appears, the sin of Despair when stating that God could not pardon his sins:
Maciel died in a surreal drama where his life pieces converged with shuddering fall. In late January 2008, he was in a hospital in Miami, according to a Jan. 31, 2010 report by reporters Sota and Vidal of El Mundo. Although the article (available in English on exlcblog.com) is layered in opinion about Maciel's character, it provides a detailed look at the crisis he created for his followers. In the hospital gathered Alvaro Corcuera, Maciel's successor as director general; the Legion's general secretary, Evarista Sada; and numerous other associates. Maciel reportedly refused to make a confession, stirring such concerns that someone summoned an exorcist, though the article does not describe a ritual. The men around Maciel were jarred when two women appeared: Norma the mother, and Normita, 23. At that point, Maciel reportedly said of the Normas: "I want to stay with them."
The El Mundo article continues:
The Legionary priests, alarmed by Maciel's attitude, called Rome. [Fr.] Luis Garza knew right away that this was a grave problem. He consulted with the highest authority, Alvaro Corcuera, and then hopped on the first plane to Miami and went directly to the hospital.
[Garza's] indignation could be read on his face. He faced the once-powerful founder and threatened him: "I will give you two hours to come with us or I will call all the press and the whole world will find out who you really are." And Maciel let his arm be twisted.
After the priests got Maciel to a Legion house in Jacksonville, Fla., he reportedly grew belligerent when Corcuero tried to anoint him, yelling, "I said no!" The article says Maciel refused to make a final confession, and states flatly that he "did not believe in God's pardon."
That is an opinion that Maciel's sordid life might well support, but for which, in fact, we have no proof. In announcing his ascent to heaven, immediately following Maciel's 2008 death, the Legion high command took propaganda to a level beyond category. (How Fr. Maciel built his empire.)
Wow. That's not exactly a good way to prepare for one's Particular Judgment. This is the man who was so exalted by so many? Wow.
As noted earlier in this article, the responsibility for this mess rests squarely on the shoulders of the late Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, who was provided with evidence time and time and time again about the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado's moral corruption and his lies and his abuse of money and the cult-like nature of his organization. Wojtyla/John Paul II indemnified Degollado just as he indemnified morally corrupt conciliar "bishops" despite the evidence presented to him about their own personal moral misconduct and/or how they suborned such misconduct in others while bashing the poor sheep who came to them with their concerns thinking that they, the sheep, were going to get a fair hearing from the men they considered to be their "shepherds." Wojtyla/John Paul II, himself an apostate and a blasphemer who praised one false religion after another, enabled these false "shepherds" as he turned a blind eye and a deaf eye to the evidence presented to him about their misconduct.
Then again, as I have tried to explain so many times on this site (see
Respect Those Who Break the First Commandment? Respect Those Who Break the Fifth Commandment), it is relatively easy to indemnify those who continue to persist in their sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments when one is himself a recidivist sinner against the First and Second Commandments. The conciliar "pontiffs" have broken the First and Second Commandments repeatedly. Repeatedly. What's the big deal about covering up the crimes of a corrupt "religious community" steeped in a culture of deception when one is himself steeped in the deception that God is not offended by esteeming the symbols of false religions and by calling by their places of worship as "sacred" in His very eyes?
Some might point to the "apostolic visitation" of the Legion that is ongoing at this time "sign" that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who as "Cardinal" Ratzinger told a reporter from the American Broadcasting Company that it would be wrong to "dispirit" the faithful by making public the results of the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation into the many allegations made against Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, is a sign that the currently reigning false "pontiff" is going to correct the "abuses" in the Legionaries of Christ. Some even think that the organization might be suppressed.
No such thing will happen. While it is true--and very commendable--that Ratzinger/Benedict moved very quickly in 2005 and 2006 to prosecute Father Marcial Maciel Degollado and to remove him from public view, it is my noninfallible belief that the ultimate report issued about the "visitation" will call for some recommendations for "reform" and continued "monitoring" by the conciliar Vatican, perhaps something along the line of a period of "probation" until the finances and administration of the Legion are reorganized according to the specifications outlined by the conciliar visitators. Perhaps a new "mission statement" will be required, one that makes a formal denunciation of Degollado The Legionaries of Christ simply provide too much money to the conciliar Vatican for much else to be done. And money has been, after all, the bottom line for every disciple of Judas Iscariot since the first Spy Wednesday. Those who can praise false religions and esteem their symbols and their places of devil worship are simply modern-day Judases who will let the money dictate their response to crises that they themselves had worsened by years of refusing to discipline those who were threats to the bodies and the souls of ordinary Catholics.
The culture of deceit and moral corruption created by the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado is not confined to his Legionaries of Cash and Cover-Up. Not at all. It permeates the entirety of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, which is founded upon the deceptions of Modernism that have seen fit to make short work of the immutability of doctrinal truth and of the reverence due the Most Holy Trinity in what purports to be the Sacred Liturgy. A purported "Mass' that profanes God so grossly makes it relatively easy to denigrate the horror of personal sin and to praise the "contributions" of men who were menaces to souls throughout their priestly lives.
Each of us is, of course, a sinner. Each of us must live penitentially as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as we seek to do penance for our sins. It is one thing to sin and to be sorry as we seek the ineffable Mercy of the Divine Redeemer in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. It is quite another to sin unrepentantly, worse yet to enable recidivist sinners by seeking to browbeat anyone and everyone who attempts to stop the sociopathic behavior of a purportedly "holy founder" of a religious community was a threat to the eternal welfare of souls.
Scandals there will always be. Sometimes, sadly, it is our words and actions that give scandal to others, other directly or indirectly. None of us, however, I am sure, is proud of anything we have done and said that has given scandal to others. I, for one, am ashamed of my own words and deeds that have scandalized others. I despise my sins, each and every single one of them. I pray to live long enough to make reparation for them before I die.
Cognizant of our sins and the gratuitous nature of God's graces that make it possible for us to receive Absolution for them and to seek to do penance for them as we grow in sanctity, we do not, however, demand that others treat us as saints or that our every thought emanates infallibly from God the Holy Ghost or that we have a "charism" that should be followed a signal example for our fellow Catholics. And we do not praise as saints those who have been responsible responsible for serious sins that have scandalized the faithful and caused grave harm to the Faith in the eyes of millions upon millions of non-Catholics, thus leading them to think ill of the Catholic Church as a result of the misconduct of apostates who belong to a counterfeit church. This includes Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI just as much as Father Marcial Maciel Degollado as they have committed one sin after another, objectively speaking, against the honor and majesty and glory of God and against the Deposit of Faith itself, fearing not to defame the memory of true popes by placing into question their decisions and pronouncements.
Intent on making more and more reparation for our sins and those of the whole world, may we always maintain our own sense of the horror of personal sin as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
We don't have the luxury of self-deception in this life. We cannot expect that our own self-deception, which will be exposed on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead, will be rewarded by eternal life in Heaven if we do not ask Our Lady to strip ourselves of this self-deception once and for all. No amount of cash can cover-up the truth about us then as stand before the Supreme Judge, Christ the King, with our our deeds exposed for all to see as His just Judgment is passed upon us.
If we are honest about ourselves in the Confessional every week, however, and use the shield of Our Lady's Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and her weapon of the Most Rosary, we will find Our Lady pleading for us at the moment when details of our lives are laid bare just as she pleads for now in this life to quit our sins and to make reparation for them with every beat of our heats, consecrated as they must be to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Christ the King, through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Viva Cristo Rey!