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Legion of Christ: ‘no reason to doubt’ former US novice master committed abuse

December 06, 2013

The Legion of Christ has announced that there is “no reason to doubt” a sexual abuse allegation involving Father William Izquierdo, its US instructor of novices from 1982 to 1994.

“We have no reason to doubt that sexual abuse with a minor actually occurred,” Father Luis Garza said in a statement.

“As territorial director, I want to express my deep sorrow for the suffering endured by anyone as a result of Father Izquierdo’s actions,” he added. “My prayers are with them, as well as our every effort to provide healing for the psychological and spiritual wounds endured.”

In 2006, the Vatican suspended the institute’s founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, from priestly ministry following revelations that he had led a double life.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Dec. 06, 2013 9:21 PM ET USA

    It simply makes no sense to continue the Legionaries. The Dominicans have Dominic, the Franciscans have Francis, the Jesuits have Ignatius and the Legionaries have as founder a pervert, prevaricator and thief. There are many good priests there and some of the best have already left. Others should be encouraged to look elsewhere. It's pointless to carry on with meetings and talk of a new constitution, etc.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 06, 2013 8:00 AM ET USA

    Nauseous. The Legion always gave off the strong odor of being a cult, secretive and exclusive, but none of us could have imagined this kind of perversity at its heart. The question has to become: Are Marcial and Izquierdo the whole story of depravity in the Legion?