by Greg Krehbiel on 26 March 2010
It would be nice to believe that the Legion of Christ has finally decided to man up and straight-forwardly admit that they’ve been woefully, horribly wrong about their founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel. And maybe they have. There’s always that hope.
See On the current circumstances of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movement, in which they admit that Maciel sexually abused seminarians and fathered children.
And yet … the language is still slippery re: the sexual abuse of minors.
… the CDF reached sufficient moral certainty to impose serious canonical sanctions related to the accusations made against Fr Maciel, which included the sexual abuse of minor seminarians. Therefore, though it causes us consternation, we have to say that these acts did take place.
“We have to say”? Huh?
The wording leaves room for the impression that they’re only “saying” it (they don’t really believe it) in martyr-like obedience to the Vatican.
They’re a little more clear on the illegitimate children.
We later came to know that Fr Maciel had fathered a daughter in the context of a prolonged and stable relationship with a woman, and committed other grave acts.
Okay. That’s progress, although they’re still trying to defend him. “In the context of a … stable relationship”? Yeah. Real stable. He was lying about who he was and embezzling funds to support his “family.”
I’ve been following these clowns for many years now, and while I hope they are stumbling their way to stage 1 in their recovery, there’s another plausible interpretation to this.
The Legion has a history of making pre-emptive leaks and “news releases” to undercut something that’s brewing in the background. (They did it several times when the controversy about Maciel was heating up a few years ago.)
Since the apostolic visitation of the Legion recently concluded, and since a report / decision / stroke of doom should be issued shortly, I suspect they’re making this announcement to influence that process. E.g., “How can you come down so hard on them? See, they’ve renounced their founder and are moving on.”
Of course there’s way more to it than that. Who covered for the guy? How could they be so inept as to miss all the signs? What fundamental flaw in the spirit / organization of the Legion allowed this to continue?
The confession of Maciel’s guilt is nice, but it’s too little too late to save the order, in my opinion.
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