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Pontifical delegate praises Legionaries of Christ as general chapter concludes

Catholic World News - February 26, 2014

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the pontifical delegate appointed by Pope Benedict to oversee the reform of the Legionaries of Christ, praised the work of the community’s extraordinary general chapter at its conclusion.

During the chapter, the Legionaries revised their constitution and elected a new director general.

“Great strides have been made in the issue regarding the founder and his personal life on the one hand, and on the other, the evaluation of the congregation that recognizes that it was founded by him,” the prelate preached. “You could say that it has been the one issue to which all the rest of the questions were connected. The chapter addressed this issue from the get-go.”

“Thus, the Legionaries have been reconciled with themselves, with their history, with the world, and the Church,” he continued. “They have looked inside themselves with a new and purified glance, examining their current situation in order to single out potential traces of pollution left by the founder of the Legion in their identity and action, in their legislation and way of working.”

“Looking back over this spiritual journey in all of its breadth one should be filled with wonder,” he added towards the homily’s conclusion. “The question comes up: Who has done all of this? The answer is already on your lips because you have meditated on it in your hearts. This is the moment to thank the Lord with the sentiments that filled Mary’s heart. You can sing your Magnificat.”

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Feb. 28, 2014 6:10 PM ET USA

    Magnificat?? Back in the days of the Soviet Union, this sort of approach to history was called 'REVISIONISM' - we just erase the blackboard. Absurd.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Feb. 26, 2014 8:06 AM ET USA

    Brave words on the part of the pontifical delegate. Personally, though, in view of whom the Legion elected as its new leader, I am not buying any of it. This man was closely associated with the arch criminal Maciel and common sense tells us that if he didn't know what was afoot, he SHOULD have. I never had any association at all with the Legion and yet I knew there had to be substance to so many charges coming from so many different sources. This "new Legion" is a scandal.

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