May 19, 2006

Legion of Christ founder's public ministry suspended

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(From the May 25 edition of The Wanderer)

Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, one of the fastest-growing priestly communities in the Church, has been officially restricted by the Holy See in his public ministries, according to officials of the Holy See.

The restrictions, to be released officially by the Holy See perhaps as early as the week of May 21, essentially will conclude that at least some of the sex abuse accusations against Fr. Maciel are well founded. A source to the Vatican said that more than 100 interviews have been conducted by Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's promoter of justice and investigator in the Maciel case.

At press time, May 18, after a request for an interview, Legion of Christ spokesman Jay Dunlap said, "We know nothing about this. We do not have anything to say."

While priestly laicization is an extremely rare canonical step, this action, approved prior to Easter by the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, is very serious, and will limit Fr. Maciel's public activities such as offering Holy Mass publicly, giving public lectures and presentations, and giving media interviews, among others.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2006 08:08 AM