Legion of Crisis Bene Factress

Rómulo Lynch Solano, historian and cuentistaToday, January 3rd, 2041, marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the now extinct Catholic religious order, the Legion of Crisis.

Legion of Crisis Bene Factress

Rómulo Lynch Solano, historian and cuentistaToday, January 3rd, 2041, marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the now extinct Catholic religious order, the Legion of Crisis. Less than forty years ago the Legion and its Rice Crispies Lay Movement were prospering under the pontificate of the late John Paul II. Their growth, from twelve twelve-year-olds recruited by then 21-year-old Mexican seminarian, Marshall Assiel, in 1941, was staggering. By the late 1950s the Legion had weathered a Vatican investigation into the murky mysteries of its Founder, the same Fr. Assiel, and spread from Mexico to Spain to Rome to Ireland to the USA and twenty or forty other countries. Large numbers of young men and women continued to flock to its formation centers and thousands gave their money to the cause of Orthodox Catholicism and cute clean-cut celibate priests. Jim Flake, their PR officer with a flair for figures, touted their numbers as 850 priests, 2,500 seminarians of all ages and sizes, and 80,000 lay members: married, single, separated or secretly divorced. The jewel in the Legion's crown was the hundreds of pretty “consecrated women” tucked away in high-heeled residential neighborhoods who manned the order's many elite schools and Front Groups. .The peace of Legion Camelot was disturbed in 2002 when a group of disaffected former members, relatives and parents, and friends of current members launched a webpage, www.regainnetwork.org, and a discussion group, www.exlegionaries.com, offering a forum for the faithful to be heard. One of the most unique voices was that of my mother, Ellen Lynch de Solano, under the pseudonym Bene Factress. By no means a critic, she was a sample of the thousands of innocent widows responding to the Legion's bi-weekly mass-mailings emanating from Hampton Court. Her love for the Legion padres and the unstinting giving of her meager moneys helped to ease her exile in this strange country. Naïve and heartfelt comments, delivered by her soaring soprano, lightened the often ponderous and pompous postings of others. Sadly her coloratura was silenced in 2008 when www.exlegionaries.com was choked by a Legion legal order. Ironically the retainer was paid for with dollars she had contributed. Bene became part of the collateral damage, and readers slowly became resigned to her absence. Paradoxically, the Legion of Crisis religious order that won the legal battle lost the war when it was unable to withstand a second Vatican Visitation in 2009 and ceased to operate as such three years later. Today, thirty years later, poetic justice was served when fragments of Bene's articles were uncovered during excavations at the Alexandria City Masonic Temple. Miraculously my mother's voice has survived lawsuit, hurricane and flood, and hopefully will continue to edify future generations. Out of respect for her memory I render it verbatim, unedited, unabridged and unexplained.

The American Legion Magazine

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The American Legion Magazine


Screened Out How the Media Control Us and What We Can Do About it

... not once-a—year features, that examined weapons sales and land mine sales or even advertisements for milk within a context of who benefits, ... The ideas for how to do that are legion. ... There is almost a perceived crisis.

Screened Out  How the Media Control Us and What We Can Do About it

A comparison of the cultural and political/institutional dimensions of war's impact on Greece during the Peloponnesian War, and the United States and the two Koreas, North and South, during the Korean War. It demonstrates the many underlying similarities between the two wars.

Harpers Weekly

It was with cepted this like the rest of their hospitality , and tle benefactress limping on her solitary way , had ever heard of Teecie Ray ? These crutches a curious feeling that I saw Teecie try them , smiled contentedly as the days ...

Harpers Weekly


Harper s Weekly

The country looks to you itor of the Pine Bluff Independent , reiterates his fixed who was their benefactress . They afterward found out . Robert Toombs ...... 1865 alone , and with you rest all the consequences .

Harper s Weekly


The Examiner

... to those which appear so readily his head to ascertain whether the Mirza was entitled to the of the Legion d'Honneur ... naturally raised is it not possible to extend the benefits since that time a single new institution in London ?

The Examiner


The Dublin University Magazine

nating actress living under protec- commanded " Lear , " on which occation . ... which at this leadoperate with infinitely more power ing crisis prevailed over worldly conthan any arguments of yours can do , venience and the promptings ...

The Dublin University Magazine


The Illustrated London News

On this occasion Mr. M'Murdio produced a “ Bene- excellent scenery painted by Mr. Fenton . The groupings , too , should never reach us later ... Miss Thirlwall is a clever actress and good singer , and joined owned by Colonel Reschid .

   The    Illustrated London News


Sawdust Caesar

... 4 Authoritarian State , 356 , 360-362 Avanguardista Legions , 320 , 340 , 378 Avanti , Socialist official organ , 3-7 ... 13 Balabanoff , Dr. Angelica , Mussolini's benefactress , 34 , 39 , 40 , 43-47 , 60 , 134 , 141 Balbo , Gen.

Sawdust Caesar


Facts on File

7,267,607 8,710,552 PRICES : This Week Last Week Year Ago 200 Fringe benefits paid by Wheat ( bu . ) ... Wilcox ) , 38 , actress , daughter of late Public Service - CBS Reports ' " The Population John Barrymore & novelist Michael Winnetka ...

Facts on File


New York Magazine

There was one time when Mrs. Thaw asked me to go with her to the first Save Venice benefit. ... as money exchanged, although most of the walkers nibbling the shrimp cakes that night at the Met were there on their benefactress's dime.

New York Magazine

New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Spectator

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The Spectator

A weekly review of politics, literature, theology, and art.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

These developments included the energy crisis and ensuing double-digit inflation; the erosion of presidential authority ... most notably a changing conception of security, a new calculus of the costs and benefits of foreign commitments, ...

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Popular Mechanics

Runner enthusiasts can grow gigantic Ben Vereen-like thighs, and the rest of us can have a couch grafted onto our ass. ... events were canWildlife Refuge, celed in an effort to conserve fuel during the * the Wilderness energy crisis.

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world. Whether it’s practical DIY home-improvement tips, gadgets and digital technology, information on the newest cars or the latest breakthroughs in science -- PM is the ultimate guide to our high-tech lifestyle.

Videohound s Golden Movie Retriever 2005

Superb musical score benefits the strong acting and good pace . ... Legion 1998 ( R ) Major Agatha Doyle ( Farrell ) is given a group of convicts to lead on a mission to destroy The Legion ... Cannes '75 : Actress ( Perrine ) ; Natl .

Videohound s Golden Movie Retriever 2005

Reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

TV Guide

TV Guide


Facts on File Yearbook

John J. McClafferty , executive secretary of the National Legion of Decency , reports that only 51.2 % out of 521 motion ... They warn that “ Christianity faces today its most serious crisis since the church came out of the catacombs ...

Facts on File Yearbook


The Commonwealth

... M.D. ief Economist , PG & E Actress ; Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF b the Shine off the olden State ? ... Fairmont Hotel prolonged recession , rising unemployat , a state fiscal crisis , and an almost less list of water , education ...

The Commonwealth