Weigel and Peters: More on the Legionaires

by Steve Ray on February 8, 2009

In the Light of the Law looks at what kind of charism a criminal (or a sociopath) founder can bequeath: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/02/maciel-was-criminal-or-sociopath-but.html

And George Weigel calls for immediate Vatican intervention in the Legion:
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1311

No Immediate Vatican Involvement
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My heart goes out to the many great men in the Legion who don’t deserve the scandal of their founder. I know so many of the young seminarians in Rome, where I have lectured so many times. I know many LC priests around the world. They are orthodox, driven, and devout, ready to lay down their lives for Our Lord.

As this situation works its way out, remember to pray for these great men who will now have to refocus their lives, make monumental decisions, and live with this scar. I agree with George Weigel that there is much good and we want to save and redeem that great good!

Added March 3, 2009: A Homily by Fr. Groeschel:

THORNWOOD, New York, MARCH 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of a homily given Feb. 20 by Father Benedict Groeschel, one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, when he concelebrated Mass at the formation center of the Legionaries of Christ in Thornwood.

I thought this homily was excellent. I sent copies to my friends in the Legion.

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SS February 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Please consider signing this petition/open letter to the Legion of Christ: http://lc.petitionhost.com/

Barbara Edsall February 13, 2009 at 10:30 PM

I have really appreciated the work of Father Jonathan Morris as a contributor to Fox News. Last Sunday I turned on EWTN and there he was with another LC priest, talking about Father Maciel. Father Jonathan looked about to cry. With a surge of maternal instinct I wanted to leap through the screen and comfort them. I will pray that these fine priests receive divine comfort. An old time Appalachian song goes as follows:

Down in the valley, down on my knees,
I asked my Jesus, help me please.
He promised that He’d take care of me,
If I would lift Him up.

He said if I be lifted up, He said if I be lifted up,
I’ll be your mother, I’ll be your father,
I’ll be your sister, and your brother.
He said if I be lifted up,
I’ll bring joy, joy, joy to your soul.

–author unknown

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