A former novice of the Institute of the incarnate Word, (IVE – Instituto del Verbo Encarnado) wrote a letter summarizing his concern about this particular religious institution. There are several blogs and facebook pages that describe the dubious and abusive practices of the hierarchy, superiors of the Institute of the Incarnate Word. The IVE history is an interesting saga with a mix of everything: an abusive founder Carlos Miguel Buela which was requested by Pope Benedict XVI to step down as IVE General Superior; a religious organization that has been intervened a couple of times by the Vatican sending Pontifical Commissaries and resulted in closing down in Argentina; political manipulation using the divided Cardinals and Bishops differences, using Vatican insiders, which resulted in approval of the Institute as diocesan religious Institute in Segni, Italy; a high number of ordinations and a high number of defections of priest and religious females and males; several members have written describing the manipulation and abuse of power within the IVE particularly from the Institute superiors… It took 40 years to former Legionaries to be heard about the abuse within the Legion of Christ… How long is going to take to finally intervene and change the structure of abuse in the IVE.
Here is a letter from an american novice and his experience in Segni, Italy.
Published by: www.iveinfo.org
We received the below email with permission to publish and it is so thorough we are publishing it below unedited and in its entirety. Our impression from this mail is one of familiarity. The IVE has the same problems worldwide. These aren’t isolated experiences.
• There is no clear distinction between the interior and exterior forum – superiors will frequently act as spiritual directors and confessors to postulants, novices and less regularly seminarians. This is in breach of what the Church lays out for priestly formation.