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.
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A federal judge has allowed to go forward a man's lawsuit against the Legion of Christ seeking more than $1 million for the alleged defrauding of his father's estate.
A surreal Legion backstory is surfacing as Vatican officials, heedless of warnings by ex-Legionaries, are positioning Pope Francis to take responsibility for the shaky Legion ship.
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.
Top leaders of Regnum Christi knew that Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado had a grown daughter, but concealed the information from the members at least three years.
The religious order tainted by its founder's history of sex abuse reveals allegations of abuse against former novice master and releases actions it has taken to deal with the crisis.
Born in Mexico in 1980, Raul Gonzalez is a sturdy six-foot-one, with dark, close-cropped hair. He has a fair command of English, but faltered occasionally, searching for words, and at one point broke down and wept in describing the sexual abuse he endured, in childhood and adolescence, by his father, the late Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of an international religious order, the Legionaries of Christ.
Raul Gonzalez gave his account in a May 7 interview with NCR. A lawsuit scheduled to be filed today in Connecticut against the Legion of Christ alleges that the order facilitated Maciel's abuse of his son, adding a new chapter in a saga of deception and depravity, two years after the death of Maciel, who for decades wielded enormous influence in Vatican circles as a favorite of the late Pope John Paul II.
BREAKING NEWS: Maciel suit filed in New Haven, Conn. June 21.