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Dear Regnum Christi Friends

Dear Regnum Christi Friends

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January 9, 2010Dear Regnum Christi Friends,With my greetings for a very happy New Year for 2010 and assurance of mycontinued prayers and Masses for you and your families, I have some news to pass on toyou.I’m writing to inform you that after 29 years, I will be leaving the Legionaries of Christ and will apply to become a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.I leave with a heavy heart and as you can imagine, it is a very sad experience for me. But after long conversations and correspondence with superiors, and after havingconsulted with prudent and widely respected priests, I believe in my conscience it is theright thing to do.The news of the various scandals regarding Fr. Maciel was truly shocking andhorrendous for us and the whole the Church. In dealing with them I have tried my best to be honest and candid whenever I have spoken to you all about them and never knowinglymisled anyone. I have believed that a rigorously honest approach to this terrible series of events was the only way to proceed. Furthermore, I felt that if done so, and counting onthe help of the Holy See, it could even lead to true healing and renewal for the Legionand the Movement, even in spite of the truly serious questions it raises about the charismof the congregation.I’m leaving more because the manner in which the Legion has handled therevelations since the Vatican took action against Fr. Maciel in 2006 has left me oftenfrustrated and totally distracted. I’ve tried my best to communicate with the superiorsover this past year, and they have been gracious and generous taking the time to listen. I believe I have had the opportunity to get my point of view across to them.I have participated extensively in the Apostolic Visitation and gave my best inputto Abp. Chaput on multiple occasions. He has been gracious, fair and objective. I feel Ihave done all I can in that regard.My conclusion is that the reforms needed in the Legion (which the scandals havemade clear) simply won’t happen in the foreseeable future with the current leadership’sapproach to the matter.I hope and pray the Apostolic Visitation somehow does bring about the neededchanges, and remain ready to do whatever I can to help. But anything the Holy See can

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