Analysis: An investigative journalist has written a book about the Mexico City-based Legionaries of Christ, in which he likens the order's late, disgraced founder to a Mafia capo.
Velasio De Paolis
Celebrating the closing Mass for the extraordinary general chapter of the Legionaries of Christ and ending his service as papal delegate overseeing the order, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis told the priests that the Lord had healed their order and reaffirmed his love for them.
As the Legionaries of Christ continue trying to chart a new course, there are signs the order is far from unanimous about what that course should look like.
We say: The Legion of Christ has been an agency of almost unimaginable fraud, and that should be reason enough for civil authorities to pursue a criminal investigation.
As the Legionaries of Christ started their extraordinary general chapter, the cardinal overseeing the troubled congregation said scandal had taken a toll on its finances, but that members had made progress in overcoming the moral and administrative legacy of their disgraced founder.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate to the Legionaries, spoke in an interview with Vatican Radio broadcast Thursday, the chapter's first working day. The cardinal had formally opened the gathering by concelebrating Mass with members of the congregation the previous evening.