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Jesuit scholar named as papal adviser to Legionaries

Catholic World News - July 04, 2014

Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a Jesuit canon lawyer and former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, has been named as the papal adviser to the Legion of Christ.

Father Ghirlanda will not be directly involved in the governance of the Legion, representatives of the order said, but he will to guide Legionary officials in completing the revision of their statutes and emerging from a period of turmoil following the revelation that their founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, had lived a double life.

Father Ghirlanda is the second special delegate appointed by the Vatican to help guide the Legion. Cardinal Velasio de Paolis was named by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 to supervise a period of reform that concluded with a general chapter in January of this year.

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