Friday, July 26, 2013

Rev Paul King, diocese of South Dakota

blogger was sent these messages from the blog and wanted to refer to them on the blog that in his opinion is the most relevant.

"Anonymous has left a new comment on your post ""Thou Shalt Not Criticize the Legion and the Regnu...": 

Can I ask you, why did the Legion get rid of Brother Paul King (now a priest in South Dakota)?? 

Posted by Anonymous to How to get a loved one out of the Legion of Christ & Regnum Christi at July 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM"


Not knowing Bro -now Father- King personally, or his circumstances, I can only respond in general terms.

Members of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi can leave in one of two ways [to use cult studies terminology]; they can be 'walk aways" or "throw aways". 
Naturally, each case is different and the Legion handles each case differently [depending on its own convenience]

  • member gets formally expelled [very rarely]
  • members get sent away
  • members are sent to a Legion "backwater" so he can rot away, mend his ways, or....cope with the change and get a new life [see some of the members on the Quintana Roo Mission who have made really good lemonade from the lemons they got.
  • member is asked to leave to 'serve God in another capacity'
  • member is told he or she 'does not have a vocation' [and should get married: in this case the LC/RC superior pulls a new vocation for the member out of a hat]
  • Some members leave of their own volition and it seems that some have made a pretty good transition to a diocesan seminary or to the diocesan ministry. Don't know of any who has gone to another religious order [maybe the other order would not receive them], although we know of the group of RC consecrated women who formed another group
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Getting back to your original question my answer is "I have no idea"  But maybe yours was a rhetorical question. But taking you at face value, my spontaneous answer would be: 

'because he was no longer suitable or useful to the Legion.'

However, let's just think that Bro Paul, in a rare moment of true inspiration, understood that the Legion was not for him and decided to make alternative plans. This means that he had not been totally eviscerated by the Legion training system; and it speaks to his health and resilience.  I say "Bravo!"

to be continued

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