The Legionnaires of Christ, a new zealous orthodox Order within the RC church is currently experiencing what nightmare scandal?
#105347. Asked by star_gazer. (May 05 09 7:04 PM)
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VATICAN CITY — Nine men have come forward after decades of silence to accuse the head of an international Roman Catholic Order of sexually abusing them when they were boys and young men training for the priesthood.
But, despite recent signs that the case was finally moving forward, in a startling turn-about decision that perhaps ominously indicates the tone of the papacy of Benedict XVI, the Vatican has announced there will be no further investigation.
Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, 76, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, is alleged to have molested them in Spain and Italy from the 1940s into the '60s. The men, now in their 50s and 60s, include a priest, guidance counselor, professor, engineer and lawyer. Interviewed in Mexico and the US, all said the events still haunt them, and some wept.
The Vatican announced it had disciplined the most prominent priest to be accused of sexual abuse, taking a step that Pope John Paul II had long resisted.
Without addressing specific allegations, the Vatican statement... said that the Rev. Marcial Macial Degollado, 86, the founder of the conservative Legionaries of Christ, had been asked to give up his public ministry in favor of a quiet life of "prayer and penitence"...
Sex scandals involving its founder.|
"The Legionaries of Christ, an influential Roman Catholic religious order, have been shaken by new revelations that their founder, who died a year ago, had an affair with a woman and fathered a daughter just as he and his thriving conservative order were winning the acclaim of Pope John Paul II.
Before his death, the founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, had been forced to leave public ministry by Pope Benedict XVI because of accusations from more than a dozen men who said he had sexually abused them when they were students.
But most members of the Legion continued to defend Father Maciel, asserting that the accusations had not been proved. Father Maciel died in January 2008 at the age of 87, and was buried in Mexico, where he was born.
Now the order’s general director, the Rev. Álvaro Corcuera, is quietly visiting its religious communities and seminaries in the United States and informing members that their founder led a double life, current and former Legionaries said."
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