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Pope meets with leader of Legionaries

Catholic World News - June 17, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met with Father Alvaro Corcuera Martinez del Rio, the superior general of the Legionaries of Christ, in a private audience on June 17. The Vatican offered no information about the content of their discussions.

The Vatican announced in May that Pope Benedict XVI would appoint a delegate to oversee the affairs of the Legionaries of Christ. That announcement came after an apostolic visitation of the Legionaries, to assess the damage done by the “objectively immoral actions” of the order’s founder, Father Marciel Maciel.

One key question raised by critics of the Legionaries has been the extent to which the order’s current leaders were responsible for the founder’s misdeeds. The order issued a statement in May saying that no one in the current leadership was aware of Maciel’s wrongdoing.

The Legionaries are now waiting for Pope Benedict to name his delegate and clarify the scope of his authority over the order.

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