He says: "To answer Monk's question, is it beyond the pale to speculate about Maciel's visible actions alleged on his death bed? I would agree if Maciel was merely a lone individual acting out his perverse fantasies - or nightmares, when one looks at the situation through the eyes of his victims.
However, Maciel was the founder of a large religious order and its lay auxiliary. He offered the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ his (not His) methodology as a sure means of holiness and path to eternal salvation. Let's assume, for the sake of the argument, that LC and RC are reporting accurate membership numbers. That's 72,000 souls who have staked their eternal fate on the spiritual path revealed to them by Maciel."
I guess my objection to Pete's line of reasoning is when he states "Maciel's visible actions alleged on his death bed." "Alleged" by whom? The only report I've seen is from a Spanish newspaper called "El Mundo." That's not sufficient, in my judgment, to propagate what is essentially a rumor - especially with the "pondus" attributed to Pete's profession as Canon Lawyer.
Pete gets he right when he states later on: "Of course nobody but God is competent to judge Maciel's eternal destination. And given that Maciel's canonization is unlikely in the future, we will never know in this lifetime where he ended up in the next."
I agree with him when he urges us to "pray that he made his peace with God in his final moments. More importantly, let us pray that his victims make their peace with God before going on to the next life."
With regard to "72,000 souls who have staked their eternal fate on the spiritual path revealed to them by Maciel" I think he is completely off the mark. In my experience with RC members I think it's gross overstatement to suggest that they "stake their souls" on Maciel's spiritual path.
What I am saying here is not to be construed as a defense of Maciel, the Legion or the Regnum Christi. I am as repulsed by MM's repugnant behavior as anyone. While the AV is still underway, and until I hear their results and recommendations I prefer to hold my fire. Despite my disagreements with the LC, as I write, they are still considered a bona fide religious congregation in the Catholic Church. Even though they were never there for me, after I left, I fail to see what good can be achieved by me ripping them asunder before all the facts about them are in. That's not the same as defending them. I believe they will be "re-founded" with a new name, constitution, outside governance and canonical structure. Maybe they can survive. I am not sure how many souls have been lost to their "methodology." Perhaps Pete does? Meanwhile, I do think we can negatively impact an already super-sensitive situation in the Church with intemperate remarks. And we need to pray for the men and women of the LC/RC.
Marcial Maciel is a different kettle of fish. I have enough "facts" and personal experience to condemn him and repudiate his behavior. But propagating allegations about his "final impenitence" is still beyond the pale.