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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.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Oct. 08, 2013 1:18 AM ET USA

    Seven years without a repudiation of their founder,who was anything but a saint. I find it hard to believe the Legionnaires have even taken his picture off their walls.