In a recent post I stated; “We spoke about Fr Alvaro and Fr Luiz and how they are going about telling the truth about what they saw and what they know.” Many have commented on this.
Before I begin, keep in mind that my intention is to express what is pertinent to my personal journey – not to make myself a press secretary or informant. None of what I say here is a direct quote from any source, but my personal reflection.
That being said, I feel moved at this time to come forward in defense of Fr Luiz Garza for two reasons. First of all, on a personal level, I have come to realize he was directly involved in promoting me to the priesthood. This I will discuss in later posts, after the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
In more general terms, Fr Luiz has been giving conferences dealing directly with aspects of the double life of Fr Maciel, and this at the bidding of Fr Alvaro. I listened to a two and a half hour discussion he had with a group of Consecrated Women in Mexico. He spoke in detail and candidly. This has been, for me, tremendously encouraging.
Two things impressed me
First of all, Fr Luiz was at the forefront of no longer considering Fr Maciel as an example for Legionaries and Movement member. This was (and unfortunately still is) met with resistance. He also calls into question the charism, not so much its existence, but its definition. Ask a random group of Legionaries what the charism is, and you will get varying answers. Is it leaders? Is it Christ-centeredness? Is it Charity? Hence the need to redefine the charism.
Next, I was struck by his referral to the time frame between discovering Fr Maciel’s improprieties and their public announcement. How do you deal with an extreme situation of historic proportions for the Church and the world? Decisions of this sort aren’t taken from one moment to the next – that would be reckless gossip. Who among us has never had a moment when we just fall on our knees and ask, “Lord, what should I do?”
Maybe I don’t agree with how it was handled, maybe it could have been done differently. It is easy to judge in hindsight. I cannot lay the blame on one man’s shoulders. It’s far too complicated for that. But the solution is ever clearer to me: get the truth out as soon as possible so a healthy discussion can occur.
THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE.
For the sake of objectivity, these links are worth reading:
Fr. Garza is part of the solution, not the problem.
Magister vs. Garza, Berg & Gill vs. Alvaro .
Put out into the deep.