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The Most Chilling Quote From Any Maciel Article to-Date

by Ian on February 18, 2009

We haven't spent time commenting on the Legion crisis and don't plan to. What I want to highlight here is a quote from about the best commentary on the situation. We know so many people who got involved with Regnum Christi and basically went Poof! - hardly ever to be seen again.

The key to making people commit themselves to a movement, the Communists learned and Hyde revealed, was to keep them busy. To make them work harder and longer than they'd ever thought possible -- even at tasks that don't really need to be done. A person's devotion to a cause, Hyde coolly explained, is proportionate not to what he gets from it but what he puts into it. So don't make things too easy. Make people feel useful, and keep them digging up holes so others can fill them up.

Read the whole article. It is well worth it.

H/T Mark Shea.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

elizabethk February 19, 2009 at 3:03 am

I am VERY concerned about the whole of this issue, but would love an explanation of your comment of R.C. members/friends going “poof.”

If they are/were your friends did you ask them anything, check into there whereabouts. I just don’t understand your statement as anyone I knew in R.C. was indeed committed but never “poof” – disappeared.

WHY is it okay to be committed to, say – running a book store, writing Catholic books, running a missionary or magazine — but R.C. members are grilled for being committed to Jesus Christ through the movement. What – did individual, committed members, ever do wrong?

I am not a member of R.C. nor the Legionaries.


elizabethk February 19, 2009 at 3:04 am

Ugh – s/be “their” whereabouts (head bonk!)


Ian February 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I mean that they are still around, they just no longer associate with non – Legion people.


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