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Detailed rules binding Legionaries' conduct are invalid, cardinal says

Catholic World News - November 25, 2011

The papal representative supervising a reform of the Legionaries of Christ has indicated that many of the rules governing the conduct of members will be eliminated.

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said that most of the rules—which governed the details of the way Legionaries dressed, ate, and contacted their relatives—have no standing in canon law. Although members of the order were told that the rules had Vatican approval, the Holy See had only given its recognition to a much smaller, less restrictive set of statutes.

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  • Posted by: martinakealy6726 - Nov. 27, 2011 5:49 AM ET USA

    Well done to Cardinal de Paolis. Great progress! Only keep the rules in the Constitutions that are absolutely necessary for the Legionaries the Consecrated members and the Lay Regnum Christi members going forwards. Signs of green shoots and the Holy Spirit Myself and my husband and 4 children have benefited from all the activities in the last 10 years Retreats, Evenings of Reflection, Spiritual Direction, Pilgrimages abroad, Youth clubs and trips. The formation we have received has been great.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Nov. 26, 2011 4:08 PM ET USA

    That explains the same clean-cut 1950's haircuts on those guys! I always thought it was a bit scary to see such regimentation,even before I knew the depth of the perversion of their founder.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Nov. 26, 2011 12:31 PM ET USA

    Stalling the inevitable and calling it "reform" is simply silly. The order has to be abolished and its many good men have to find their vocation elsewhere.

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