Legionaries of Christ Culture of Abuse… 33 of its Priests Sexually Abused Minors

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Catholic News Agency, Dec. 24, 2019

– Since its founding in 1941, 33 priests of the Legionaries of Christ committed sexual abuse of minors, victimizing 175 children, according to a report of an internal commission released Saturday.

“The commission did not address the issue of abuse of power and conscience, nor has it delved into the shortcomings of the actions of some superiors to analyze where there may have been cover-up, negligence or omissions. The commission is aware that this is an important pending task,” the Dec. 21 report states.

Fr. Marcial Maciel, who founded the order, abused at least 60 minors.

In addition, 74 of the order’s seminarians abused minors. Of these, 14 went on to be ordained. Three of those 14 were ordained after 2005 and “the superiors admitted them to ordination without knowledge of the facts.”

The investigation was taken with a view to the Legion’s general chapter, which will begin Jan. 20, 2020. ….

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