Any reform by groups or individuals requires one to "step outside the Legion shell" (literally as per Fr. Berg or otherwise) . Not having any canonical vows to be dispensed from, a significant number of consecrated women in Regnum Christi have judged that immediate separation from all of the trappings of Maciel's world is the surest path to a true Jubilee.
One of the apostolic visitors to Regnum Christi forwarded this request and the Holy Father asked Archbishop Ezzati to provide diocesan approval. The ad experimentum approval begins with one year. May this Jubilee Year be fruitful in discerning a path forward unencumbered by the dead weight of Maciel's legacy.
Group splits from Legion of Christ's female branch
"The female branch of the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ religious order was in turmoil Tuesday following the resignation of its leader and the decision of some 30 members to split from the movement.Interview with Archbishop Ezzati
Malen Oriol...revealed that a group of consecrated women had decided to leave the movement and live out their vocations under the authority of local bishops — a blow to the Legion that suggests that groups of reformers are now stepping outside the movement because their superiors are refusing to change...
What makes the exodus of the 30 consecrated members significant is that they are seeking to continue living out their religious vocations under bishops — something that is potentially problematic for the Legion's survival since it shows a potential avenue for continuing similar lifestyles outside the Legion, if others were to follow suit.
The Rev. Thomas Berg, an American who left the Legion in 2009, said the only way forward for the Legion is for groups like these to emerge and "step outside the Legion shell and propose a renewed form of religious life."
Q. What happened with the Legionaries of Christ? You approved the creation of a new group of former consecrated.
A. Just today I was with about 40 consecrated members of Regnum Christi who came to ask me the same thing. In November I received a request to recognize in the archdiocese an association of faithful, of persons who pertained to the consecrated of the Legionaries. And the bishop has the duty to recognize the right of laity to form associations. I told them I would not take any step in accepting an association of faithful of former consecrated of Regnum Christi without an opinion from the Holy See. I did not want to do it because, first, I was one of the visitors to the Legionaries appointed by the Pope. Therefore, I sent a note ... I was convinced that the answer would not be positive. But finally we got the answer: that the Holy Father considered it viable, he sought and wanted a renewal of Regnum Christi, and wanted hopefully all back together again in the future. And finally they developed the statutes, and on February 22, here in the chapel of my house, I received them, I celebrated Mass with them and celebrated the decree of approval.
Q. And do you expect something similar with men?
A. The women received only a diocesan approval (without pontifical approval) and was adopted ad experimentum for one year. The situation of men is a little different, because they are members of a congregation with vows. The women are volunteers. And what happened to the priests is that some have asked to be incardinated in a diocese, then they are no longer Legionaries. I know there are a handful of them who also wanted to form a fraternity and are apparently linked up to the Archbishop of Madrid. He has embraced them.