I know you think that Regnum Christi helped you become the Catholic you are today. But it didn’t, really. You joined RC because you wanted to deepen your faith, because you were looking for a chance to learn and a chance to serve. You already had the desire.
If RC hadn’t been handy to meet that desire, God would have provided another way. You would have found the books you needed, the friends you longed for and the retreats you wanted. You were already praying for the grace to know and love Christ more deeply, and that’s one of those prayers He can’t ignore.
You didn’t need Maciel and his warped methodology, but he needed YOU. He needed you to provide cover, so people would think he was a saint. After all, he attracted so many young Catholics on fire with love of the Lord! He needed you to provide money, to fund his luxurious double life. He needed you to provide labor, so he could build his empire.
Most of all, he needed you to provide your sons. He needed access to victims. He needed young minds that he could mold into copies of himself. He needed those boys. And he needed to convince you to give them over to his care.
It makes me shudder when I think of it—all those mothers, striving after holiness, sending their sons into the arms of Maciel. All those mothers urging their sons to hang out with the ‘super-holy’ Legionaries instead of those plain old diocesan priests. All those mothers sending their sons away, because Maciel urged them to ‘be generous with God,’ even as every fiber of their being screamed that the boys should stay home.
You didn’t need him. But he needed your sweet, innocent sons.
I am unbelievably thankful that all of this came out while my sons are still tiny. Because I wasn’t on the ball. I wasn’t vigilant. I believed the spin. And I would have let my sons join Conquest when they asked. I would have let them join EYCD. I would have let them go to Legion seminary, because heck, their vocation is between them and God, right?
My sons have been spared. Many sons were not. You didn’t need Maciel to learn how to be a good Catholic. But he needed your sons.
Peter Vere at Catholic Light has a Novena going on for the Legionaries. It seems like a good night to pray, doesn’t it?