Analysis: An investigative journalist has written a book about the Mexico City-based Legionaries of Christ, in which he likens the order's late, disgraced founder to a Mafia capo.
Marcial Maciel Degollado
Someone sent me the link to Fr. Robert Barron's video on "Heroic Priesthood." As expected, it has high production values; intriguing lighting; a pounding, heavy-on-the-percussion, heroic soundtrack; and lots of slow motion to emphasize the drama. Not a bad recruiting tool, especially for those young men who might like basketball, because the sport is used as the only metaphor for priesthood throughout the piece. (Full disclosure: I love basketball. I made teams and mostly sat the pine for five years from CYO through 10th grade.
The Legion of Christ has emerged from several years of high-stakes litigation accusing it of engaging in tactics of fraudulent deception in bilking elderly Catholics.
Fr. Juan Solana said he realizes "now that my words were awkward and suggest a reverence for our founder that we clearly reject."
Analysis: The scandal-battered Legionaries of Christ may be seeing a turn in their fortunes with the development of a new center in the Holy Land.
Although the Legionaries of Christ have returned to a normal form of self-governance, the Vatican named a top canon lawyer as a special adviser to the religious community.
The Vatican will name a special "assistant" to advise the leadership of the troubled Legionaries of Christ, whose revised constitutions Pope Francis has still not approved.
"Why would Pope Francis, who's trying to clean up the church, pick a man ... who has done so much harm to so many by his actions?"
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
Representatives of the Legionaries of Christ announced a new slate of leaders Thursday and formally apologized to victims of their disgraced founder.