Legionaries of Christ

Legionaries of Christ,

Roman Catholic order est. 1941 in Mexico by Father Marcial Maciel Degollado. The conservative order, which became wealthy and influential, was noted for successfully recruiting new priests when the vocations were generally shrinking. By the early 21st cent. the order included more than 800 priests and 2,500 seminarians in 22 countries and some 70,000 members in its lay arm, Regnum Christi, and it ran educational institutions, charities, and Catholic news outlets. The personality of Father Maciel, who died in 2008, was central to the group's culture, and when sexual abuse allegations were made against him in 1998 it was particularly damaging. A group of bishops assigned (2004) to investigate concluded that Maciel had abused boy seminarians, fathered several children, and misappropriated funds. In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI removed Maciel from his priestly duties and confined him to a life of prayer and penance, and in 2010 the pope directed that the order be governed from the Vatican.
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For educational institutions, Nuvali is home to Xavier School, Miriam College and, soon, Everest Academy, an international school owned by the Legionaries of Christ.
His order, the Legionaries of Christ, which he ran like a cult and ATM for himself and the Vatican for 65 years, denounced him posthumously in February for his "reprehensible and objectively immoral behavior.''
Specifically, they have pressed the Vatican over what John Paul knew about sexual abuse by FatherMarcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of a disgraced Catholic religious order, the Legionaries of Christ.
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Critics of course are welcome to rant and rave over his failures -- offending Muslim brothers with a speech; Jewish household for rehabilitating a holocaust denier; liberals in Church for opposing condom, gay marriages, euthanasia, women's ordination, protecting Fr Marcial Maciel of Legionaries of Christ as well as a host of child molesters around the globe; and conservatives for admitting Anglican priests and for not doing enough to curb "anarchy" let lose by Vatican Council.
THE ORDER OF THE Legionaries of Christ, already tainted by founder Marcial Maciel's two secret families and sex abuse of seminarians, has been turning a blind eye to the double life of one of its most prominent members, according to Reuters.
Marcial Maciel Degollado, the disgraced founder of the Legionaries of Christ. Yet even here the Holy Father is not prepared to remain in a negative stance, relecting on "the paradox, that a false prophet could still have a positive effect."
As the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Maciel was one of the most influential of world Catholic figures before his death in 2008.
The letter to the pope from French bishops, and a website statement by the religious order the Legionaries of Christ, were the latest expressions of shame and regret from local churches or religious orders.
The other ongoing Vatican investigation is of the Legionaries of Christ, whose recently deceased founder, Father Marcial Maciel, was removed from ministry because of inappropriate sexual contact with the students of his order and was later discovered to have fathered a child.
Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ (LC) and its lay movement Regnum Christi (RC), once warned his Mexican followers against losing their zeal after his death.
The Pope also elevated to sainthood Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia, a missionary who was a great uncle of the Rev Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ.