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Legionaries cannot be reformed, former member argues

Catholic World News - June 22, 2012

Writing for First Things, Father Thomas Berg, a former member of the Legion of Christ, argues that the troubled religious order cannot be reformed.

Father Berg says that even after the Vatican intervention to promote reform, the leadership of the Legion has “fostered a culture of institutional opposition to the radical reform that is truly required.”

His essay in First Things appears just after Jason Berry, who helped to expose the corruption in the Legion and in the life of the order’s founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, reports new evidence that ranking officials in the Roman Curia helped to hide the evidence of that corruption.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jun. 25, 2012 7:28 PM ET USA

    A good house-cleaning is inevitable in lots of areas if the Church hopes to move forward with the necessary credibility to continue her mission effectively. It's not easy to come up with a tenable response to Father Berg's argument.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jun. 25, 2012 11:52 AM ET USA

    It is time for Legionaries of good will to leave that order, which was founded on the foulest kind of corruption. When that happened, true reform (dissolution) will occur very quickly indeed.

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