February 9, 2009

Maciel's hypocrisy

Some "internal" texts of these Legionarios, with funny examples:

Dining room etiquette
* 242. Soft cheese is cut only with the fork; hard with the fork and knife.
* 263. Fruit is peeled on the plate, although it can be gently lifted with the fork.
Personal presentation
* 8. The conduct of the legionary should be noble and dignified, full of sedateness, control and naturalness in all his gestures and movements. Therefore, avoid all indiscretion, vanity and mannerism.

With all these lists, it's impossible to have naturalness, but I'm afraid they would never be aware of it...
* 69. Avoid becoming involved in the problems and temporal matters of your own family.
790. Very carefully observe the norm of writing to your family at least once a month, as a sign of affection and gratitude, and with the goal preventing conflict-laden situations for the Legion.
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Maciel had been accused some years ago of abusing (male) seminarists, thus the Pope asked him for penance and retirement before he passed away. Last week it went public his bisexuality: he fancied also his mistress(es?), and fathered "at least" a daughter. His hypocrisy is even worse after reading his indications concerning the vow of chastity:
291. Our religious should be kind and friendly but not overly familiar when dealing with children, especially those whose intellectual or moral formation has been entrusted to them. This norm should be considered and observed carefully, especially by those who are in charge of studies or discipline at our Vocational Centers.
293. §1. Woman plays an important role in human society and is particularly sensitive to the values of religion and faith. Our religious should recognize and honor her dignity and, following the Lord's example, be able to deal discreetly with them in the exercise of their ministry, with the dignity and restraint that befits a celibate and apostle.

Foto: Maciel with Polish friends.


Lupambulus Berolinen. said...

Die Frau ganz rechts finde ich sehr hübsch!


John Allen: Is there a sense in which being able to be critical of the founder is actually a sign of maturity?

Ronald Rolheiser: In my opinion, yes. With all forms of maturity, part of the picture is that we stop demonizing and stop ‘angelizing,’ and can look realistically at people. In human terms, my dad’s been dead now for 30 years, and I’ve had to come to terms with who he really was. He was a great man, but the danger is that I idealize him. I have to be able to look at him and say, ‘There are areas where he wasn’t a saint.’
I think this is particularly important for religious orders. You know, Jesus himself shows us many examples of shrinking from unqualified adulation. Uncritical adulation is just as bad as unqualified criticism. Neither is real, and neither does a favor to the person or to the order. Whether it’s the Dominicans, the Oblates, the Carmelites, or whoever, we all need to able to look at our founders and admit their faults.

Enrique G de la G said...

Bestimmt fand er sie auch sehr hübsch, hehe!

"Uncritical adulation"... das klingt mir bekannt!

Lupambulus Berolinen. said...

Wieso wusste :-) ich, dass du das sagst? Hehe. Aber V de P ist ein sehr guter Anfang. ;-)

Die SJ hatte übrigens auch mal ähnliche Regeln wie die LC: