A federal judge has allowed to go forward a man's lawsuit against the Legion of Christ seeking more than $1 million for the alleged defrauding of his father's estate.
Legion of Christ investigation
New documents tell the story of a widow who gave everything to the Legion and how the group's cover-up is part of something bigger.
The niece of Gabrielle Mee said she recognized the Legion's cult-like signs from her own time in a small religious group.
The banker who played a role in Gabrielle Mee's life said Mee still would have donated even if she had been told about the sex abuse allegations against the group's founder.
For Gabrielle Mee, the Legion of Christ was a group of men uncommonly focused on serving God's people, and she wanted to do all she could to support them.
These documents are expected to shed new light on a scandal Benedict inherited from Pope John Paul II, a supporter of Maciel even after the allegations against him were filed.
The Legion of Christ drew $2.19 million last year from a $28 million charitable trust that it controls thanks to Gabrielle Mee, a widow who spent her final years in the order's lay wing.
A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the scandal-ridden Legionaries of Christ that had alleged the religious order defrauded a wealthy widow out of millions of dollars. Yet the judge’s 39-page ruling details dubious fundraising tactics of Legionaries priests and seemingly opens a door for appeal.
Second of Two Parts This second part of the 2010 series traces the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado appearance in war ravaged Europe in the late 1940s to raising millions of dollars in his last years , and how he shared the money generously with power brokers.
First of Two Parts This 2010 series outlines the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado's fundraising prowess and how he sent streams of money to Roman curia officials to buy support for his group and defense for himself.