Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fr. Maciel, founder of Legionnaires on Restricted Ministry

Read on Whispers.

Interpreted as an acknowledgement that at least some of the accusations are well founded.

This judgment is long overdue and yet I am very sorry for the good priests and laypeople involved with the Legionnaires and Regnum Cristi, though I continue to be wary of them.

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter broke the story.

From the Reporter:

"After the case was reopened in 2004, the congregation's promoter of justice, Maltese Msgr. Charles Scicluna, began to collect additional testimony. Sources told NCR that the eventual number of accusers who came forward against Maciel was "more than 20, but less than 100."

2 comments:

Madeline said...

John Allen's article ends with,

Speaking on background, Vatican officials explained these comments in much the same way as they did John Paul's praise for Maciel. At the time, they argued, the evidence against Maciel was not yet complete, and looking at what these officials regarded as the positive works of the Legionaries and Regnum Christi, they assumed "by their fruits you shall know them."

I find this statement extremly ironic. Of those people who have been involved with the Legion and/or RC (that I know personally), the fruits have been very bitter, indeed.

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