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Pope's delegate raps 'dissidents' who oppose reform of Legionaries

Catholic World News - July 12, 2011

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to supervise the internal reform of the Legion of Christ, has reported that the process is moving forward successfully, despite the negative influence of “dissidents” within the Legion who have “adopted an absolutely critical attitude toward the path of renewal.”

These dissidents, the cardinal said, are a small group who see a “structural contamination” within the Legion and show “a radical lack of confidence in the continuation and renewal of the congregation.” Their internet exchanges have complicated efforts at reform, he said.

Cardinal De Paolis acknowledged that the Legion has suffered severe losses, particularly among young priests, since the scandal that erupted with revelations that the group’s founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, led a double life. But he said that with an institutional reform progressing, the Legionaires could hold a general congregation, and approve new statutes, by 2013.

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