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third round TKO for Maciel

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 19, 2006

Herewith the key part of the Vatican's statement on Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado:

After submitting the findings of the investigation to careful study, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the direction of the new Prefect, His Eminence Cardinal William Levada, decided -- taking into consideration the advanced age of Fr. Maciel and his delicate health -- to forego a canonical trial and to invite the Father to a life restricted to prayer and penance, renouncing any public ministry. The Holy Father has approved these decisions.

Apart from the person of the Founder, the worthy apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and the association of Regnum Christ is acknowledged with gratitude.

In boxing jargon this is called an RSC: referee stops contest.

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  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2006 3:29 AM ET USA

    RC said: "If anyone from the Legion is reading, I recommend the LC swallow hard, stop portraying Maciel as a wronged innocent, let CDF's decision be the last word. . . " I must say that I cannot counsel a Legionaire to do the above. I can only advise them to at all times and especially when it is most difficult to speak the truth. A man's innocence is one of the most precious of all truths to speak even if it calls down scorn and rage down upon one's head. Of course it has to BE the TRUTH.

  • Posted by: RC - May. 20, 2006 11:45 AM ET USA

    You bet, parochus. If anyone from the Legion is reading, I recommend the LC swallow hard, stop portraying Maciel as a wronged innocent, let CDF's decision be the last word, and express regret for any offense Fr. Maciel's defenders gave during the controversy.

  • Posted by: parochus - May. 20, 2006 9:37 AM ET USA

    From the Legionaries website: "Facing the accusations made against him, [ Maciel ] declared his innocence and, following the example of Jesus Christ, decided not to defend himself in any way." Anybody else got a problem with this? Jesus was not accused of sodomy with boys, and the Holy See is neither Caiaphas or Pontius Pilate. I understand an "institutional response," but *please.*

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - May. 19, 2006 9:22 PM ET USA

    Esalkin, there's a big difference between "former colleagues with an axe to grind" and "victims of homosexual abuse". Yes, I agree that it seems unjust to punish Maciel and let other abusers go free. However, Maciel's (or anyone else's) eligibility for penalty/punishment is not dependent upon that of others, but upon whether or not he committed the crimes in question. As is posted on the RCF website, "he who spares the guilty punishes the innocent."

  • Posted by: Coco - May. 19, 2006 5:30 PM ET USA

    We wrote to our last bishop to explain that we would not give to his yearly campaign because of his encouragement of liberal policies at odds with Rome. His reply? "I am in communion with Rome." Someone explain to me why the Card. Mahoneys of the world get no punnishment from Rome for thier sins, but the founders of the Legionaires of Christ do? It looks like being an orthodox Catholic is a prerequisite for official Vatican punnishment. --B. Lefebre comes to mind...

  • Posted by: Tominellay - May. 19, 2006 2:55 PM ET USA

    I agree with Leo...there is progress here.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 2:37 PM ET USA

    Here's a multiple choice question: Former colleagues with an axe to grind testify to the most horrific sacrilege popular at the time. Others; who have far more evidence against them for similar crimes; are among those condemning the accused. In the end the ecclesiastical authorities declare that they have heard enough witnesses. The accused is condemned. Which trial(s) does this describe: _ Jesus _ Bishop Weekland _ Joan of Arc _ Fr. Degollado _ Bishop Lynch

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 10:32 AM ET USA

    May I add Dan Ryan and Patrick Ziemann to your list PseudoD.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 10:07 AM ET USA

    Leo13, do you think so? Do you think the Vatican will investigate and do anything about bishops such as Howard Hubbard? How about all the seminary abusers documented by Michael Rose? Only when the law gets involved or publicity is generated by groups such as Roman Catholic Faithful will anything get done. I don't expect much from Pope Benedict. He was leading the CDF for over 20 years. He did not do much. Levada is worse. Look at the sad appointments in San Francisco and Washington.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 19, 2006 9:53 AM ET USA

    Not a hard decision but a painful decision. May God bless the Legionaires and their apostolates. We live in a sinful world and sin is in everyone of us. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. The state of the soul of Fr. Maciel and of his accusers cannot be known to men.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 19, 2006 9:41 AM ET USA

    Call me vindictive -- and I realize his sexual malfeasance is not as extensive as Maciel -- but given the damage done to the faithful by him I would like to see the same punishment for former Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 8:42 AM ET USA

    While it is sad that the Vatican's action will adversely affect the Legionnaries as a group, the happy result is that this signals the Vatican's willingness to exert discipline elsewhere within the Church. Put another way, if the Holy Father had exhibited a "hands-off" attitude with respect to Maciel, his moral authority to discipline other elements within the Church would have been severely eroded. Levada will continue to play a huge role in this arena, with the Pope's full backing.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 19, 2006 8:14 AM ET USA

    No Mas.

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