I followed the Legionaries of Christ scandal intensely until the announcement was made that an official Vatican visitation had been called. This is the most significant update I have seen in several months. Sandro Magister argues – as I feared – that the attempts by the Legion to embrace reform are being impeded by the Maciel-loyal leadership.
These men were appointed by the disgraced founder of the order – Marcial Maciel – and are refusing to relinquish their power even as it becomes more evident that they knew about and covered up Maciel’s egregious sins. Magister reproduces a letter from Cardinal-designate Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, who has been appointed by Pope Benedict to salvage what remains of the Legionaries of Christ:
[Archbishop] De Paolis dedicates numerous passages and one entire paragraph of the letter to the need for superiors to change the way in which they act. For the first time in an official Church document, he states in black and white the thesis according to which “the current superiors could not have been unaware of the offenses of the founder,” and so “by remaining silent about them, they would have been lying.” He does not endorse this thesis, but he also does not rule it out. In conjecturing that their knowledge of the outrages of the founder would have come about “late and gradually,” he does not say how or when. And in effect it is now common opinion, even among the Vatican authorities, that Garza and the other ultra-faithful of Maciel knew of and covered up his double life as early as the early 1990’s, long before his denunciation in 2006 and his death in 2008. [Continue reading…]
As I wrote when I first began commenting upon and exposing this scandal, only a firm recourse to the truth will save the Legion now. For the best good of the order, those who directly served under Maciel ought to step aside immediately and relinquish all control of it. By continuing to lead it, they only compound the hurt caused by Maciel’s offenses.
For those of you interested in this topic, I urge you to read Magister’s entire column and Archbishop De Paolis’ letter to the Legion leadership.