A year after assuming duties as pontifical delegate for the Legion of Christ, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis gave a speech evaluating the current situation of the religious congregation. He sharply criticized "dissidents" within the order who create division and internal tensions.
Cardinal De Paolis gave a "provisional assessment" of the task of rebuilding the order in a July 3 speech delivered at the Legion's Center for Higher Learning in Rome. He explained that the order has already implemented "one-third" of the preparations to be completed before the Legion's general chapter meeting.
The meeting could be held as soon as 2013.
Leaders of the order are expected to then vote on major changes and revisions to the Legion's constitutions.
"This period has provided an opportunity for greater serenity within the congregation and for a strengthening of renewed fidelity of the members to the congregation," the cardinal explained.
"While it is true that in 2010 the institute suffered its greatest losses, it is also true that the exodus has been contained with regard to priests," he said.
However, regarding the abandonment of the order by its youngest members, Cardinal De Paolis noted "the negative influence exercised by some companions who, upon entering the process of renewal, have adopted an absolutely critical attitude towards the path of renewal."
"From the beginning, a group of members have joined together and has been described, by whom I don't know, as 'dissidents'," the cardinal continued.