URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $9,956 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Attorneys distance themselves from recent claims against Legion of Christ founder

Catholic World News - March 09, 2010

Attorneys representing an alleged former lover of Father Marcial Maciel and her children have severed ties with the family because their recent public accusations differed "in some substantial points" from what the attorneys had previously been told. Blanca Estela Lara Gutierrez claimed last week that the founder of the Legionaries of Christ fathered two children with her, and her sons claimed that Father Maciel sexually abused them.

In January, the woman’s eldest son asked for $26 million from the Legionaries of Christ in return for silence, according to a press release issued by the religious order.

After being directed by the Vatican in 2006 to withdraw from public life and spend his final years in “penitence and prayer,” Father Maciel died in 2008 at the age of 87.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($64,039 to go):
$150,000.00 $85,961.12
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days