The Legionaries of Christ responded to the May 1, 2010 Vatican statement saying "The Legionaries thank the Holy Father and embrace his provisions with faith and obedience. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the apostolic visitators. And we are grateful for the prayers of so many people of good will who have supported us at this time."
Meanwhile, The Irish Times reports that Irish born Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, "may be appointed as the special Vatican “delegate” who will lead a “commission of studies” into the discredited Catholic Order the Legionaries of Christ, Vatican sources have suggested." Bishop Farrell is a close aide to Cardinal Walter Kasper at Christian Unity, and is a member of the Legionaries.
Brain's brother, Kevin, a former Legionary, is now Bishop of Dallas. (Kevin gets several mentions in my memoir - like me, he served as a driver during his Legionary career. We shared adventures together. Brian and I attended the same high school in Dublin - he joined the Legion in 1961.)
My reaction to the Vatican statement is positive - the Pope is essentially ordering a “re-founding’ of the Legion. This is the opportunity for Legionaries to focus on their vocation to religious life and the priesthood, unshackling themselves from the pernicious influence of the founder. My assumption is that Legionaries will gladly collaborate and implement the Holy See’s guidance. I believe that this initial Vatican statement will be profoundly liberating for them. I know it was for me.
This is an important moment for the Church - finally, decisive, unambiguous intervention by the Vatican and the opportunity for a new and dynamic congregation to humbly discover its genuine mission - which for too long was obfuscated by the founder’s entrepreneurial focus on methodology. The result could be closer to the Congregation I thought I was joining, way back in 1962, freed from the deformations introduced by Fr. Maciel. I am not about to “sign up” again - but I wish them well. What happens with the Legion could well be a leading indicator of the Church's ability to cleanse and renew itself as it emerges from decades of abuse scandals.