Yesterday's general news reveled that the Founder of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, Fr. Marcial Maciel (1920-2008) and General Director until 2005, led a "double life" and fathered a daughter while at the same time presenting himself as a faithful religious and son of the Church. (The Legion of Christ is a Religious Congregation in the Catholic Church; Regnum Christi, its associated Apostolic Movement of lay and consecrated men and women. Both have full approval of Rome.)
As I said to a fellow Legionary, “It’s not what we would have planned, is it?” But it is what God has allowed, and we know that “for those who love God, all things work together for good.” All things, including these things.
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At a recent meeting with superiors from various religious communities, I had to introduce myself. I hadn’t planned on saying this, but the words just came tumbling out: “I’m Father Owen Kearns. I’m from the Legionaries of Christ. As you probably know, our founder died in disgrace about a year ago. So, we are not the untouchables. But we are comforted by the encouragement the Holy Father has given our superiors. And Cardinal Rodé [who is in charge of religious life] has told us to do two things. The first is to be faithful to our charism. And the second is to grow. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”