In their statement, the Legionaries say that they "renew their commitment to serve the Church" and that they "accept and will always accept the directives of the Holy See with [a] profound spirit of obedience and faith."
The Legionaries also say that Father Maciel "has accepted this communique with faith, complete serenity and tranquility of conscience..."
Clearly, if "the father" did the things of which he was accused, severe sanctions such as those announced today would be necessary. The announcement by the Holy See says, "Independently of the person of the Founder, the worthy apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and of the Association 'Regnum Christi' is gratefully recognized."
Let us hope that the Legionaries' enemies within the Church and without will not now degrade themselves by committing the sin of rejoicing at their enemies' misfortune.