- Format: Paperback
- ISBN-13: 9781475215793
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
- Published: March 2012
A scathing review on Amazon.com hit the author’s R.J. Neuhaus Duped by the Legion of Christ below the waterline. Hence this second “revised and augmented” vessel. Leaving dry dock the old Neuhaus Duped is launched with a new name, the repaired hull sporting streamlined chronology: inserted late reflections were tidied up and consigned to the stern. A discussion of Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on the Legion of Christ Founder provides greater ballast. Maciel’s psychology is put under review showing that he was much more than a sexual deviant. And, finally, an excellent essay by Peter Kingsland on Maciel as an abusive leader pulled the chapters together making for a more seaworthy ship.The author’s brief correspondence with Richard John Neuhaus took place in 2002 as a reaction to his then famous “Feathers of Scandal” defense of Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, accused of pedophilia. Fr. Neuhaus demonstrated his willingness to engage in correspondence with an unknown minnow of the Catholic world who dared “question him”. He was always civil, respectful, and fair in the fray. His pointed questions made me reflect and he, in turn, reflected on my answers. Those 2002 corazonadas - heartfelt intuitions - regarding the immoral life of the Rev. Marcial Maciel - were borne out by subsequent revelations made by the Legion leadership itself, a Vatican Investigation followed by a Reform Intervention, and finally by the words of His Holiness Benedict XVI. Ever since their 1941 foundation Maciel and the Legion had been “a sign of contradiction” in Mexico, the Vatican, Ireland, the USA and many other countries. From the 1960’s through the early 21st century the Legion sailed silently and swiftly to forty countries buoyed by the adulation of conservative Catholics. Even after a Vatican investigation into allegation of pedophilia against Fr. Maciel in 2005 and a subsequent slap on the wrist in 2006, many refused to doubt or question, attributing criticism to ill will, hatred, and even a desire to “destroy the Catholic priesthood and the Church”. Not long after Maciel’s death Legion leadership out of the blue revealed he had lovers and engendered children. Evidence of a cynically double life destroyed Maciel’s image in the eyes of the public much more successfully than his detractors had ever hoped. A second Vatican “visitation” of the institution in 2009 put a further dent in the Legion’s armor. Pope Benedict XVI in Light of the World tried to explain the mystery of Maciel to the faithful while saving the Legion he spawned. Did the pope succeed?