The Personalist Project

Two names given by Holy Scripture to the devil came to mind reading this article: Father of Lies and Legion.

According to some of the testimonies given to the apostolic visitors in recent months, some in this group knew about the founder’s double life, about the carnal acts he performed with many of his seminarians over the span of decades, about his lovers, his children, his drug use. But in spite of that, a fortress was built around Maciel in defense of his virtues, devotion to him was fostered among his followers, all of them unaware of the truth, his talents were emphasized, even among the upper hierarchy of the Church. This exaltation of the figure of the founder was so effective that even today it inspires the sense of belonging to the Legion among many of its priests and religious.

The cohesion of the leadership group, originating from its decades-long connection with Maciel, endures today in the bond that binds and subordinates everyone to Corcuera, and even more to Garza.

Garza concentrates two key posts in himself. He is vicar general, with control of administration, and he is the director of the congregation’s Italian province, headquartered in Rome, where the Vatican is. He took this second post shortly before the beginning of the apostolic visit, transferring his predecessor, Jacobo Muñoz, to the province of France and Ireland.

But in addition to this, Garza is the creator and absolute master of Grupo Integer, the holding company that acts as treasury and administrative center for all the works of the Legion in the world, with assets totaling an estimated 25 billion euros.

This groups with assets in tens of billions of dollars routinely send out fundraising appeals asking for money for its poor seminarians, who don’t have enough food of heat. 

I am finding it increasingly difficult to trust or respect anyone who remains affiliated in any way with this travesty of a religious order.

Comments (3)


#1, Mar 31, 2010 10:40am

Hi Katie,

I too look at the Legionaires now with many of the same negative emotions as you, perhaps even harsher ones.

However, when you said that their fundraisers -

“routinely send out fundraising appeals asking for money for its poor seminarians, who don‚Äôt have enough food of heat.”

- have you received and/or seen this solicitaion yourself, or only that you have heard about it 2nd or 3rd hand?

I’m not trying to challenge you in any way. 

I would merely like to get my hands on that kind of information, so that I can pass it along to my sister-in-law, since she and her family are long-time participants and supporters of the Legionaires and their lay apostolate Regnum Christi.

A few years ago, my family and I were beginning to “dabble” in the Regnum Christi apostolate.  However, their excessive focus upon the person of Fr. Maciel, as well as their questionable recruiting practices, were the two main things I recall which ultimately (and thank God!) turned us away from their movement….

Thanks for any further info or insight you can share!

Katie van Schaijik

#2, Mar 31, 2010 10:48am

I don’t get fund-raising appeals myself, but I’ve been following a blog for recovering LC/RCers for about a year now, and it’s full of stories of such.  Earlier on in the year, when there were still a lot of LC defenders commenting, many would mention (as an indication of the holiness and commitment of the Legionaires) that when they were in LC seminary in Cheshire or Thornwood or Rome, they had little to eat and were always cold.  Families were continually hit up for money to help with the expense of keeping them.
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#3, Mar 31, 2010 12:04pm

Thanks for the info and the link Katie!

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