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By Diogenes (bio - 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. 

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  • 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.

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