Thursday, September 20, 2012

Priest cant wait to Leave Legion!


Fr. John, down there in Brasilia is waiting impatiently but patiently for his indult from the Holy See to arrive to declare him a non Legionary and so he can be officially admitted to the diocese of Brasilia


Waiting for an indult

Today I learned that all the necessary documents have been turned in to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life requesting that I be dispensed from the Evangelical Counsels in the Legionaries of Christ and incardinated into the Archdiocese of Brasília. This is the final step. The only thing left is to receive the indult from the Holy See and I will be officially out of the Legion. I wish I had a date so I could do a count-down.

I think I already mentioned this... I have a bottle of 21 year old Scotch I'm going to break open with some priest friends the day the indult arrives.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fr. Raymond Cumiskey, LC. How does the Legion of Christ take care of its ailing members?

Fr. "Ray", as I call him. Is not going anywhere. My dear friend, fellow Dubliner who joined the Legion of Christ just after me -and maybe because of me- has been ill for some time. He has always been a Legionary and never wavered in his vocation, even when one of his best friends - but oh, best friendships dissolve in the Legion!- left the order in 1985.
We have had some limited contact. Raymond continues to preach the Work of God the best way he can. He is a devout priest.
I learn he is no longer on active duty because of his various illnesses, including diabetes.

I don't know how the Legion of Christ his order is taking care of him.
It seems he is living at a private residence in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Fr. Patrick Corrigan, LC, recently described fundraising in the local parishes for Fr. Raymond.
Is he not being cared for by the Legion's central funds of millions of dollars?
Lord, I feel sick to the stomach when I hear of this.
Lord, look after your servant, Raymond, who has served you selflessly for decades on the Quintana Roo Missions!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fr Pablo Perez, LC, Dismissed from Cancun [ongoing]

Fr. Perez, a priest who has spent 13 years on the Mission in Quintana Roo has been publicly dissenting from the way superiors handled the Maciel debacle and the so-called Reform of the Legion. He now bites the dust for his troubles.

The local bishop, his LC superior, says he does not want him around "disturbing the peace"; what he means is that Fr. is a dissenting voice and the

Legion never allows dissent.

Even if it is during an investigation by the Vatican;
even if it is part of the preparation for a Chapter General.
The Legion does not want dissent in the Chapter General.
"We must all have the same opinions, just as our founder, Fr. Maciel, taught us."

Here are Fr. Guajardo's words translated by the blogger:

Accepting the decision of Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, LC, on Saturday, September 8, 2012, I will say good bye to my church community as far as exercising my priestly ministry.  I am not completely sure why this drastic decision has been taken as I have had no personal meeting (with the bishop, my superior, to explain it), even though I asked for one. I hope in God to be able to spend some time in Playa del Carmen to pray, reflect and plan. 

I consider it a beautiful coincidence that I can conclude my priestly service on September 8th, the day on which the Church commemorates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God. Let these words be a testimony of my gratitude to so many wonderful people in Playa del Carmen.  And I am writing to "show my face" because I have nothing to hide or to feel ashamed of in my work for (the state/diocese of) Quintana Roo, a work  which covers both the spiritual dimension and also the promotion and defense of human rights. 

Your servant in Christ the Priest,
Pablo Perez Guajardo, LC. (Legionary of Christ)

[Original below]

Acatando la decisión del Obispo Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas (Legionario de Cristo) el sábado 8 de septiembre 2012 me despediré de la comunidad eclesial en cuanto al ejercicio del ministerio. A ciencia cierta ignoro el motivo de la drástica determinación porque no ha habido entrevista personal, a pesar de haberla solicitado. Confío en Dios que podré pasar algún tiempo en Playa del Carmen para orar, reflexionar y planear.

Considero un detalle hermoso coronar este servicio sacerdotal el 8 de septiembre, día en que la Iglesia recuerda el nacimiento de la Virgen María Madre de Dios. Vayan estas letras para dejar constancia de mi gratitud hacia tanta gente maravillosa de Playa del Carmen. Con estas lineas quiero dar la cara pues no tengo nada que esconder o de qué avergonzarme por un trabajo en favor de Quintana Roo que abarca tanto lo espiritual como la promoción y defensa de los derechos humanos.
Servidor en Cristo sacerdote, Pablo Pérez Guajardo LC (Legionario de Cristo)

(Source: Spanish link found on life.after.rc blog researched by blogger)