At least 60 children were sexually abused by the late founder of the Catholic order Legionaries of Christ. FMTNews ChristCatholic FatherJohnConner
At least 60 children were sexually abused by the late founder of the Catholic order Legionaries of Christ.
VATICAN CITY: The new leader of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ Catholic religious order, whose founder was a serial sexual abuser, has promised to turn a page as the group enacted new norms to protect children.The chapter approved documents outlining commitments for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and for reckoning with its scandalous past.
Although allegations were made against him as early as 1954, the Vatican and the order only began acknowledging Maciel’s abuse in 2006, and details about his most notorious misdeeds did not emerge until after his death in 2008.Former Pope Benedict resisted calls from some in the Church who said the order should be dissolved because it was toxic to the core. The Vatican instead took over the order in 2010 and began a process of reform.
After Maciel’s death, Vatican investigations found that he had fathered several children with at least two women, visited them regularly and sent them money. He also used drugs.The Catholic Church around the world is still struggling to come to grips with the worldwide crisis, which involves cases of abuse dating back to decades ago.
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