|His Holiness Benedict XVI renews his solidarity with and prayers for the Legionaries of Christ, the members of Regnum Christi and those who are spiritually close to you.|
Rome, March 31, 2009. We wish to share with Regnum
Christi members and friends two letters announcing an Apostolic Visitation
to the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ. We also
have included some questions/answers. This is the beginning of a process
in which the Legion will fully and gratefully cooperate. We invite
our readers to accompany us with prayers that this special
help from the Holy Father will assist the Legion and
Regnum Christi to love Christ and serve His Church.
Thy Kingdom Come!
Rome, March 29, 2009
To all Legionaries of Christ,
Fathers and Brothers in Christ,
With deep gratitude we have
experienced the closeness of the Holy See at this phase
in the life of our congregation. The Holy Father and
his closest collaborators have confirmed us in our mission at
the service of the Church, and with fatherly concern they
have offered us their advice and support.
I want to share
with you the letter that His Eminence, the Cardinal Secretary
of State to His Holiness wrote to me on March
10 past (cf. attachment). In it, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone assures
us that the Holy Father renews his nearness, “his solidarity
and prayers”, and he informs us that the Holy Father
has decided that there will be an Apostolic Visitation of
the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ.
I have thanked the
Holy Father from my heart for offering us this additional
help to face our present vicissitudes related to the grave
facts in our father founder’s life that already were the
object of the investigations by the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, which were concluded in May of 2006,
and those which have come to light more recently. We
are deeply saddened and sorry, and we sincerely ask for
forgiveness from God and from those who have been hurt
|Let us lift up our prayers to God that he will grant us the grace to continue to seek the holiness to which He is calling us, and that we will be able to bring to its fullness the charism He has entrusted to us.|
Full of confidence in divine Providence and in our
Mother the Church, guardian of the authentic good of her
children, we are now preparing to receive the Apostolic Visitors
who, over the next months, will visit us to familiarize
themselves closely with the life and apostolate of the Legion
Let us reaffirm our commitment, and lift up our
prayers to God that he will grant us the grace
to continue to seek the holiness to which He is
calling us, and that we will be able to bring
to its fullness the charism He has entrusted to us.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary accompany us and lead us
to love every day more her Son Jesus Christ.
in Christ and the Legion,
Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, LC
Enclosed: Letter from
His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
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SECRETARIATE OF STATE
FIRST SECTION – GENERAL AFFAIRS
City, March 10, 2009
In this holy season of
Lent, a time of grace and salvation, I am pleased
to remember that many people benefit from the works of
education and apostolate which the Legionaries of Christ carry out
|The Holy Father has decided to carry out an Apostolic Visitation to the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ through a team of Prelates.|
in various parts of the world, moved by your desire
to establish Christ’s Kingdom according to the demands of justice
and charity, among intellectuals, professional people and those engaged in
teaching and social action.
Since this mission is of fundamental importance
and is worth devoting oneself to with broadmindedness and an
unsullied heart, I wish to let you as General Director
know that in these delicate moments His Holiness Benedict XVI
renews his solidarity with and prayers for the Legionaries of
Christ, the members of Regnum Christi and those who are
spiritually close to you.
The Holy Father is aware of
the noble ideals that inspire you and the fortitude and
prayerful spirit with which you are facing the current vicissitudes,
and he encourages you to continue seeking the good of
the Church and society by means of your own distinctive
initiatives and institutions. In this regard, you can always count
on the help of the Holy See, so that with
truth and transparency, in a climate of fraternal and constructive
dialogue, you will overcome the present difficulties. In this respect,
the Holy Father has decided to carry out an Apostolic
Visitation to the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ through
a team of Prelates.
As I unite myself with the
Holy Father’s sentiments, I entrust all Legionaries and Regnum Christi
members to the motherly protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
and I take the opportunity to express to you once
more my best wishes and esteem in Christ.
Secretary of State to His Holiness
Alvaro CORCUERA MARTINEZ DEL RIO, LC
General Director of the
Legionaries of Christ
Via Aurelia, 677
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Some questions and answers about the Apostolic Visitation
to the institutions of the Legion of Christ.
What is an
On some occasions, the Holy See can appoint one
or several visitors for a religious order or congregation, a
seminary, an apostolate, or another ecclesial institution. The task of
the Apostolic Visitors consists in gaining firsthand knowledge of the
visited institution and of informing the Holy See. It is
a way for the Church to offer external support to
solve a difficult situation in the best possible way.
this Apostolic Visitation taking place?
The Holy Father has decided to
help us to overcome our difficulties through an Apostolic Visitation.
Father Álvaro Corcuera has been in constant dialogue with the
Holy See, asking for help and guidance.
Who are the
Visitators? How and when will their visit take place?
still awaiting notification with this information from the Holy See.
Most likely, the Apostolic Visitation will begin after Easter and
will last for several months.
What are the implications of the
Apostolic Visitation for the life of the congregation and its
While the Apostolic Visitation is taking place, our life
and apostolate will continue along its ordinary course. We are
ready to welcome the Visitators to our centers and institutions
with faith and supernatural spirit, cooperating with them and facilitating