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Legionaries, at chapter general, split on calls for complete reform

Catholic World News - January 28, 2014

The general chapter of the Legion of Christ, which is now taking place in Rome, has seen considerable disagreement about the degree of reform that is needed in the troubled order, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter writes.

In conversation with Legionaries who are taking part in the chapter, Allen discovered that the meeting has reached general agreement on the need for a more decentralized structure and greater transparency. But Legionaries are split on whether they should jettison the way of life and the spiritual writings given to them by their founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel. Although Maciel died in disgrace, some Legionaries remain committed to the vision the founder gave to the order.

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 28, 2014 6:27 PM ET USA

    There is a program for this prolonged saga: 1) Shut down this mess and encourage the sensible ones to join another order or become diocesan priests (where there is a desperate need); 2) Send the benighted who are still clinging to Maciel for a long seminar and spiritual retreat --- an opportunity for prayer and discernment; and 3 Find a hobby for this elderly Cardinal to occupy his time, perhaps as a librarian.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jan. 28, 2014 4:42 PM ET USA

    Well Cardinal de Paolis there you have it! After years of trying to straighten out this bunch, half of them are still clinging to Fr. Maciel, a disgraced man with "no religious sentiment." Years ago Cardinal O'Brien wondered if this was fixable. I think we have the answer.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 28, 2014 1:48 PM ET USA

    "But Legionaries are split on whether they should jettison the way of life and the spiritual writings given to them by their founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel." Almost unbelievable! THIS is why the Legion should be disbanded totally and rebuilt from the ground up under a different name and with different leadership. Many of them STILL haven't abandoned the idolization of the archcriminal Maciel! As I said, simply unbelievable at this late date!!!!

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