Down to the Wire: Just $6,332 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

understatement

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 26, 2010

Five years after the Vatican ordered Father Marcial Maciel to withdraw from ministry into "a reserved life of prayer and penitence," one year after the revelations that Maciel had led a double life, the Legionaries of Christ have announced: "We accept that, given the gravity of his faults, we cannot take his person as a model of Christian or priestly life."

Good advice, that. Jack the Ripper wouldn't be a good model either. 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($55,592 to go):
$150,000.00 $94,408.13
37% 63%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 26, 2010 8:14 PM ET USA

    I have known many good Legion priests and grieve for them. I have also known several who left that fellowship, and now understand why.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 26, 2010 6:35 PM ET USA

    In five years, Noah could have built a fleet of aircraft carriers never mind a freakin' ark.

  • Posted by: skladach - Mar. 26, 2010 5:05 PM ET USA

    The Rule of St. Faustina's strict semi-contemplative order allowed any nun to bypass her superior(s) and write directly to the bishop uncensored, if need be. The "don't ask, don't critique" rule in the Legionaries of Christ gagged the virtuous and cloaked the vicious.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Mar. 26, 2010 2:46 PM ET USA

    Five years. They are a little slow. Wonder how many years it will be before we know who in the leadership aided and abetted his sick behavior. This affair is so ugly that it is probably the worst scandal to ever hit the church.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 19 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25