J. Paul Lennon; Saturday, June 25, 2022; 2:00 PM-2:50 PM – online
Many will be unaware of “Catholic Cults in our Midst”. The movements described in the presentation will not admit it if questioned, usually claiming official Church approval. But if we apply the classic Cult Characteristic List to a series of Catholic communities and movements, most of them officially approved, we will begin to wonder, to question and to be on guard. Beside the better-known organizations such as Opus Dei, Legionaries of Christ/ Regnum Christi Federation, Neo-Catechumenal, Charismatics, Focolarini … we will discover some lesser-known but important groups active in the Americas and in Europe, in all cases covering their foundation, influence, cult-like features and official church interventions. Q&A period to follow the presentation.
J. Paul Lennon
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, J. Paul Lennon, STL, MA, LPC, Board member, Regain Network co-founder (Religious Groups Awareness International Network). Mr. Lennon was a Legionary of Christ brother from 1961 to 1969 and an LC priest from 1969 to 1984, living in Spain, Rome, U.S. and Mexico. He served as a Diocesan priest from 1985 to 1989 and received an MA in Counseling from the Catholic University of America in 1989. He worked as a Child and Family Therapist in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. for 13 years, serving mostly Spanish-language clients. In 2008 he published a memoir, “Our Father Maciel who art in bed, A Naive and Sentimental Dubliner in the Legion of Christ”. After retirement he moved to Guatemala with his wife, where he continues to study, write, and speak on his favorite topics: Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi, Harmful Catholic and Christian Groups, sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse, situation of the Catholic Church, etc. He speaks fluent English and Spanish, can converse in Italian, and understands some French. https://regainnetwork.org/