Friday, August 17, 2012

A letter to Rome

Just a quick note

Archbishop Sérgio called me last Friday. After I got over the initial shock, and then a little small talk, he told me he had prepared a letter stating that he has accepted me in the Archdiocese of Brasília. He apologized for taking so long, and that he wasn't quite sure who he was supposed to send it to. In the end, he addressed it to Fr Alvaro. I received confirmation from the LC's in Rome that that was OK.

I picked the letter up on Tuesday, and sent it on to Rome that same afternoon. I added a copy of my letter to the Holy Father asking for dispensation from the evangelical counsels, a letter I had already sent to the Holy Father with a copy to the legionaries. The LC's lost my copy. Nothing new under the sun. I know my letter to the Holy Father arrived because I received a confirmation from Bishop Joseph Tobin of the Congregation for Religious.

I am hoping that the rest of the process won't take too long. I have been out of the legion for two years, have been installed as pastor of a parish in the Archdiocese for one and a half. Hopefully the Holy See will take this into account and expedite my process.


  1. The LC's lost your letter, while you reestablished your soul. Congratulations, Jack!

  2. As for the LC losing your letter, that is more than likely another lie. Once Alvaro has sent the documentation to the Congregation, which depends on their good will, it is likely that you won't have to wait long. When I went thruogh the process in 2006, it was before the sanction on Maciel by the CDF, so that at the time they still had a lot of influence in the Vatican and other places. I had to threaten them with short circuiting them and going directly to the Congregation. At the time they were stalling on requests for indults of separation for PR reasons with the Vatican. It took me 9 years to get to that stage, as they badmouthem me to every bishop I approached. Fortunatley those exiting these days have it better. I was told me one member who asked for exclaustration from De Paolis, that rather he was unwilling to oblige. It seems the present poicy is to flush out dissidents. Not much has really changed, as thos not in agreement with the present leadership are being shafted off to remote places, as was always the case. That is especially the case of those who are professors, considered "dangerous" due to their influence on the young members. Nihil novum sub sole. Your bishop will receive a letter informing of the issuance of the indult of separation so that you will be incorporated into the diocese. I have no doubt that you will feel a great relief, as I did after so much trouble they caused me over a period of 21 years. That is since the beginning of my trouble with the Legion and its operation. May the Lord grant you a fruitful ministry in Brazil and regards from Peru.

    1. Thank you! I am eagerly waiting the indult. I have a bottle of 21 year old Scotch I have been keeping for the occasion, and have promised some priest friends to break it open with them on that day.


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