Watch the ‘Would You Believe,’ programme on the Legion here:

Would You Believe?

By clicking on this link you should be able to watch this programme.


March 9, 2014

The story of Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who, with the help of a small army of Irish recruits, built a global empire and cult of personality within the Catholic Church under five successive Popes, despite the Vatican having credible evidence that he was a paedophile, a drug addict and a manipulative fraudster.

With JP2RhodeIsland

2 Responses

  1. One of the most disturbingly shocking remarks in this programme made by Owen Kearnes from Dundalk was when he said that the members of the legion believe “that God did use a seriously flawed criminal, a sociopath if you want to put it like that, an abuser, and through him set up this, such that when we met it, we knew this is from God”. Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, who “managed to con the Vatican”, manipulated and exploited members of the Catholic Church, a known embezzler who had a “lavish lifestyle”, a drug addict, a paedophile who mentally and emotionally damaged children entrusted in his care; is it possible that he continues to be held in high regard? He made a total mockery of the catholic belief system and yet the Legion’s members think that what he brought “is from God”? I totally agree with ex-legionnaires; there is something rotten at the core of this group.

    As long as Marcial was allowed to continue as head of this organisation we cannot believe anything else but that the Pope of the time endorsed cultic mind controlling practices, “a culture of control” that included sexual abuse of children. How is it possible that those who believe they are God’s chosen could actually believe and accept that physical and mind controlling abusive practices would “transform society”, and that the Legion would be seen “as a model for the Catholic Church”? Are we to accept that this is the path the Catholic Church is following for the laity? Is this the purpose of the meditation groups that are now accepted as part of the road to ‘well-being’?

    Regardless of what Fr Andreas Schoggl says the legion will continue to have all of the elements of being a cult as long as he believes that the problems were caused by “several difficulties” that unduly influenced them to “act in a way which was not correct”. He comes across as a genuine person wanting to do God’s work, however, his explanation for the reasons why the legion is not a cult makes no sense at all. At the core of all cultic groups is mind control and directed meditation/hypnotic suggestions are methods of mind controlling techniques that gradually change the process of how a person thinks and perceives reality. This process is exactly what influences the cult indoctrination process.

    Spiritual direction is an unavoidable element in religious groups; coupled with meditative practices it can be extremely controlling and it must be understood there are casualties of meddlesome mind altering techniques including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is known to “dismantle the critical skills of its members.”

    In today’s world cultic groups are “Disguised as a religious congregation” who, in their quest for power, do more harm than good.


  2. Dear Mike, thank you very much for sending the Link. I began watching it this morning and interrupted my viewing to do a radio interview with Joe Duffy for Irish Radio Talk Show…Jack Keogh was his other interviewee. Thanks very much for getting the truth out about the Legion of Christ. I will be eternally grateful for your friendship and collaboration. Paul


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