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Legionaries apologize for Maciel's 'reprehensible' behavior

CWN - March 26, 2010

The Legion of Christ has issued a public apology to "all those who have been affected, wounded, or scandalized by the reprehensible actions of our founder."

The leaders of the troubled order acknowledged that the late Father Marcial Maciel fathered a child during a long affair, "and committed other grave acts." The Legionaries had previously acknowledged the founder's improprieties but never enumerated them.

For years the Legion of Christ had held up Father Maciel as an exemplar of virtue, and encouraged members to emulate him. Now the order conceded: "We accept that, given the gravity of his faults, we cannot take his person as a model of Christian or priestly life."

The formal statement came as the Vatican weighs the report of five bishops who had investigated the affairs of the Legionaries. The order now awaits a decision from the Holy See on whether the Legion should be given a new leader, restructured, or even disbanded.

The statement from the Legionaries recognized the questions that have been raised as to whether current leaders of the order were aware of Father Maciel's misconduct. "If it turns out that anyone culpably cooperated in his misdeeds we will act according to the principles of Christian justice and charity, holding these people responsible for their actions," the statement said.

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  • Posted by: Gaudete802 - Apr. 03, 2010 11:01 AM ET USA

    Rembert Weakland is the scandal why isn't he defrocked!? Why hasn't the diocese sued him for the monies he used as hush money.

  • Posted by: skladach - Mar. 26, 2010 12:39 PM ET USA

    Which parable applies: The wheat and the weeds? Or the unjust tenants?

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