Legion of Christ to hold general chapter, adopt new constitution, in January
October 07, 2013
The Legion of Christ will hold a general chapter beginning in January 2014 to elect new leaders and approve a new constitution for the religious order.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to oversee a renewal of the troubled religious order, announced the date for the general chapter on October 4. The meeting, he said, “comes at the end of a long journey of spiritual renewal.”
The general chapter will open on January 8 and could last several weeks. The participants will be 60 delegates: one-third current officers of the Legion, and two-thirds elected by members of the order.
The Legion of Christ has endured a period of turmoil since 2006, when the group's founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, was suspended from priestly ministry by the Vatican following revelations that he had led a double life. In 2010, the Vatican concluded that the religious order needed a thorough renewal.