In the order family of the Legionaries of Christ/Regnum Christi there are personnel changes: As the German Province of the Order announced on Friday, a German will be the new LC/RC Vicar General.
Sylvester Heereman, only 37 years old, succeeds Luiz Garza Medina of Mexico. Garza Medina held the office from 1992 to 2011. During the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, the LC/RC religious family had. (1978-2005) is experiencing a boom. In the 1990s, rumors of irregularities and sexual abuse by the founder, Marcial Maciel Degollado (1920-2008), surfaced. They led to serious upheavals in the community, but also in local churches, especially Maciel's native Mexico and the U.S. Observers expect that Pope Benedict XVI. will speak on the subject during his visit to Mexico in four weeks.
As a result of a 2009 Benedict XVI. ordered review of the Maciel communities it came to a complete dissociation of the order's leadership from its founder. However, many members have since left the communities.
Pope appointed special envoy
Following the Apostolic Visitation of 2009, Benedict XVI., who in his interview book "Light of the World" (2010) had commented extensively on the Maciel and abuse scandal, appointed a special envoy (papal delegate) for the "legionaries". The delegate, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, is also responsible for the new appointments that have now been initiated. Superior General of the Rome-based congregation is Alvaro Corcuera Martinez (54), Procurator General is Cristoforo Fernandez Alvarez; both are from Mexico.
According to the press release, the highest governing body of the Legionaries, the General Council, will also be replaced. The post of "number two" in the Council will be held by the Brazilian Deomar de Guedes (50). Guedes, until now director of the Seminary "Maria Mater Ecclesia" in Brazil, succeeds the Spaniard Francisco Mateos Gil, who teaches at the Roman Legionary University "Regina Apostolorum".
With more than 900 priests active in a good 20 countries of the world
The new Vicar General Heereman entered the novitiate of the Legionaries in Germany in 1994. In 1996 he made his first temporary profession in Bad Munstereifel and in 1999 his perpetual profession. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Territorial Secretary for Italy. Between 2004 and 2006, he was part of the team of instructors at the religious community's seminary in Rome. In 2006, he was ordained a priest and in 2007 was appointed territorial director of the newly established religious province of Germany.
The Legionaries of Christ currently number more than 900 priests working in a good 20 countries around the world, according to their own figures. About 2.500 aspirants, novices and religious are thus in training. They worked mainly in schools and universities, in mission and development aid, in the media and in youth and family pastoral care, as well as in diocesan priestly formation.