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Pope Watch: Vatican Reviews Investigation on Legionaries of Christ, Group Founded by Abuser

Pope Benedict made an appearance at today’s Vatican meeting to discuss the investigation of the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative Catholic order founded by the Rev. Marcial Maciel, who turns out to have fathered several children and abused seminarians.

As expected, the Vatican did not announce a decision about the order after the meeting, though some kind of statement is expected in the near future. 

From the Associated Press:


The case against Maciel is being closely watched as the Vatican struggles to show that it is serious about rooting out clerical sex abuse and being more transparent. The Maciel case has long been seen as emblematic of Vatican inaction on abuse complaints, since sex abuse victims had tried in the 1990s to bring a canonical trial against Maciel but were shut down by his supporters at the Vatican.

Only in March of this year did the Legionaries acknowledge that Maciel had also sexually abused seminarians and that two men are claiming to be his sons. One of those men has asked the Legionaries for $26 million and says Maciel had promised him and his two brothers a trust fund when he died as financial compensation for the alleged sexual abuse they endured at Maciel’s hands. The third son was adopted.


Maciel died in 2008 at age 87.

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joe gonzalez

posted May 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

Yeah ! Let the inquisitorial hounds of the church loose on the offenders ! It’s high time !
PS. I have serious doubts that this will go very much further than rhetorical bouts. But, it’s a start. i will confess that i believe the church to be a True Vessel of Christ, but his ministers have been wreaking damage for way too long a time. give justice where justice is due. the troublemakers have no place in the ranks of the Most High.

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posted May 11, 2010 at 1:00 am

Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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Eva Stavrinides

posted May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

An apology from the heart, to go with the trust fund would be nice!

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