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Maciel facts out (please); Holy See intervention in?

Legionaries of Christ

A letter seeking forgiveness and healing is “circulating among the 800 priests and 2500 seminarians of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, and also among the 65,000 lay members of the Regnum Christi apostolate.”

That letter is from the superior general of the congregation, Fr. Alvaro Corcueradoes. And it does not say:

Fr. Maciel had a daughter, a young woman now just over the age of twenty living in Spain, born from a relationship that was not sporadic, but regular, between the priest and a lover he had.

Vatican commentator Sandro Magister concludes:

In part for reasons of personal conduct, therefore, the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ no longer seems to be capable of managing its own recovery.

Current Legionaries materials generate growing clouds of satiric heat and deadly serious debate.

Meanwhile, First Things points out the necessity of complementary Catholic press “repentance and change.” He argues in persuasive bullet-point detail that there is a great deal of truth yet to be told to set things more right.


February 17, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI | , , ,


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  2. So in following the logic of your comment, a priest has sinned therefore the Vatican is at fault or incompetent?

    May I remind you that man has fallen from grace since the beginning of time. The Pope can not change that.

    It would be a difficult task considering there are over a billion babtised Catholics in the world, representing the largest branch of Christianity.

    At least there is some sort of organization to oversee the church. Tell me who is responsible for the thousands of various Christian/Babtists churches in all their varieties out there?

    Comment by Michelle | February 17, 2009

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