MM, MM, Reaction, mmm

NCRep reports on a concession from the Legionaries on comparing their disgraced founder with a saint. Maybe all those internet commentaries suggesting this is a sign the LC should be mothballed permanently got someone’s attention. Will the $100M campaign stall?

After American Legionaries noted the outcry on this side of the pond, they contacted their colleague Fr. Juan Solana in the Middle East, who conceded:

The passages in question suggest a comparison between Mary Magdalene and Legion Founder Marcial Maciel, which clearly is inappropriate and poorly chosen.

I was trying to make a point about compassion and forgiveness in light of the Legion’s history, but realize now that my words were awkward and suggest a reverence for our founder that we clearly reject. Again, I’m sorry for any hurt this has caused.

LC’s North American communications director Jim Fair on the possible damage to rehabilitation, which I suppose, is still an open question:

It’s a reminder that this is a long-term project and that trust is rebuilt one day and one word, one effort, one project, one apostolate at a time and we’re going to continue to do that.

So when something like this happens, in a world full of human beings, it’s disappointing, but it isn’t going to discourage us on our path to serve the church.

So … good people touched by God’s grace serving the Church, but serving from a proximity to scandal. And more, a deep suspicion across a wide swath of the Body. Somehow, $100M building projects don’t seem appropriate for a group whose ambitions would be better placed to reconciliation, contrition, and making appropriate amends to victims.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to MM, MM, Reaction, mmm

  1. Liam says:

    Gotta love that continued indirection in apology:

    “Again, I’m sorry for any hurt this has caused.”

    vs

    “I am sorry for [hurting or more specific verb of transgression] you and the pain I gave you.” And then ask if and how to make amends (but understand that the transgressor doesn’t get to dictate the schedule of forgiveness – it’s one thing to ask about making amends, but expecting an immediate answer is ego-serving, again….

  2. Jenny2 says:

    Gotta love that continued indirection in apology:
    “Again, I’m sorry for any hurt this has caused.”

    Absolutely. And let’s note too how many times this particular set of weasel words shows up in the letters sent out by bishops, superiors of religious orders, and those acting on their behalf, to the survivors of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Not only are they *not* an apology, they put all the blame back on the victim, who’s implicitly told that they’re over-sensitive, in error, misinterpreting honest good intentions, etc. No wonder the response from recipients tends to be even greater fury and hurt.

    I quite agree on “forgiveness”, too. Even Pope Francis seemed to fall into this error when reports first emerged in the media about his response to child abuse – asking victims for forgiveness, while seemingly forgetting that in, say, the sacrament of Reconciliation it’s granted only after (a) repentance and (b) a firm purpose of amendment, neither of which have been conspicuous in the Church’s response to date. (I will say for PF that he seems to have learned better, though – I do hope his recent silence on the matter indicates that he’s actually *thinking* about the news that continues to come in from Australia, Ireland and the US – not to mention the Dominican Republic – and developing a much more considered approach).

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