Thursday, October 17, 2013

So happy I'm out

The period of "reform" of the Legionaries of Christ is coming to an end, and little has been done to make substantial changes to the problems that afflict the congregation. At least, that is the general consensus of those of us on the outside trying to figure out what is going on in the Legion. Will there be substantial changes come January when the congregation celebrates its Extraordinary General Chapter. Time will tell. 

For my part, I am so happy I am out. Many legionaries who have had legitimate reasons to leave have stuck it out hoping for real change. Some have expressed their disillusionment but have stayed all the same. Others left and have suffered withdrawal symptoms. Those who did leave were seen as weak by those who stayed, even by the Apostolic Delegate. All in all, I'm out and I'm happy. 

It has been over three years since I departed on my own two feet. It is almost three years since I was named Pastor of the Nativity of Mary Parish in Brasilia, Brazil. I would be dishonest if I were to say I haven't had issues due to my time in the Legion. There are scars that only time can heal. Others that only a sincere apology can reconcile. I don't expect any of this from the Legion or Legionaries. It is easy to make a general apology to all those hurt by the Founder's actions. It is more difficult to say "I was part of the system and caused you harm".

Little by little I have been stripping myself of the programmed way of doing things I learned in the Legion, and have become more a pastor of souls. I am also aware of some who were accepted in to diocesan parishes and were not able to adapt, and have left their ministry. I don't judge or condemn them, but support their decision. It is the right thing to do. Legionaries are not formed to be parish priests, and don't receive the support they need for this demanding ministry. I am grateful for the support of my Bishop and fellow priests who have known how to help me transition into a completely new life. 

I, like many, am following the progress of the legionary "reform". Whatever the outcome, I'm out and I'm happy. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for doing what you do and leading souls to Christ. I am grateful you have made the adjustment. I will keep you in my prayers. And just my 2 cents, I doubt there will be any substantial changes.

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