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New leaders, new statutes for Legionaries by year's end?

CWN - May 28, 2013

The Legion of Christ will have new superiors, and a new constitution for the religious order will be in place, by the end of this year, according to Vatican Insider.

In a private audience with Pope Francis, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis—who was assigned by Pope Benedict XVI to supervise the troubled religious order—reported on the progress of his work. He reportedly said that new leadership could be elected at a generation chapter meeting of the Legion later this year.

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  • Posted by: wvcatholic - May. 30, 2013 1:24 PM ET USA

    The Church has supressed religious orders for far less. From a purely secular perspective, the "brand" is too damaged to go forward. The "good" Legion priests will be eagerly sought by diocese and other religuos orders and they can be the "leaven" for those organizaitons. Pensions off the "bad" to remote monasteries. With all that said, I am willing to bet the order is being kept alive so that money bequested to them doesn't have to be returned to the donors.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 29, 2013 9:46 PM ET USA

    And yet they opened a school in our area and are allowed to teach children.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 29, 2013 4:28 PM ET USA

    When will the Church leadership wise up and close the Legion down? There are plenty of good priests in it, and they should be able to incardinate with dioceses or enter orders. This order is an embarrassment to the whole Church.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - May. 29, 2013 10:20 AM ET USA

    The Legion was appropriately named by Maciel. New superiors, new constitution, same old mindset. Cardinal O'Brien figured that bunch out when he said that it is not about orthodoxy, they didn't know how to respect the dignity of the human person. IMO, not fixable.

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