Marking a significant step in an extensive process of the reform of the Legionaries of Christ, the Vatican approved the congregation's amended constitutions.
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Although the Legionaries of Christ have returned to a normal form of self-governance, the Vatican named a top canon lawyer as a special adviser to the religious community.
The Vatican will name a special "assistant" to advise the leadership of the troubled Legionaries of Christ, whose revised constitutions Pope Francis has still not approved.
A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.
The move follows instructions from Pope Francis for the Catholic Church to better protect children and take a hard line with priests accused of sexual offenses.
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
Msgr. Sławomir Oder said investigations were carried out into the relationship between Pope John Paul II and Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, and there was "no sign of a personal involvement."
Representatives of the Legionaries of Christ announced a new slate of leaders Thursday and formally apologized to victims of their disgraced founder.
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.