Hi, all. I had never heard of Legio Christi until today. They are not to be confused with the Legion of Christ. I stumbled upon this group as there is a CAF member who has a Legio Christi emblem as their avatar and I was curious to know what it was about. My questions are, how many people have actually heard of Legio Christi, and is it a Catholic organisation?
Here they are online: Legio Christi
Although their literature makes references to some other branches of Christianity, mainly Eastern Orthodox, but some Oriental Orthodox and Protestant, most of their material seems to be very much in the Catholic tradition. Overall, it seems that the articles on their website are clearly written from a (kind of) Catholic perspective and largely address Catholic concerns.
They sound eccentric at best. Their stated aim is to try to return to the kind of society that existed in the 18th century. They advocate a monarchical/aristocratic constitution or, as an alternative, an authoritarian, nationalistic republic. There is an article on the website in praise of Franco, comparing him with the judges in the Bible. Apparently they believe in ‘Faith, Family, and Folk’. Although they do, to their credit, reject fascism as such, that word ‘Folk’ surely has ethnonationalist overtones.
Their official reading and watching lists are a mixed bag. Perfectly sound material (the Bible, the Catechism, the Church Fathers) sits alongside the eccentric (from The Hobbit to Colonel Gaddafi’s Green Book) and the downright unpleasant. Luther’s On the Jews and Their Lies is prescribed reading. So is What World Famous Men Said about the Jews by Edward R. Fields. The notorious documentary film Marching to Zion is also prescribed.
There’s also a bizarre section on their site about homosexuality which goes way beyond anything that is orthodox Christian teaching. There are scientific claims that are either contradictory, based on hopelessly outdated research, based on very selective evidence, or just plain wrong. There’s also a section about homosexuality being degenerate which is based on a totally unrepresentative sample of materials. There are a couple of examples on there which are simply jokes or hoaxes, e.g. cocktails made with semen and the student who lost his virginity in front of a live audience as performance art.
Just curious to know what anyone else thinks of them and what experience anyone has of them.