Do the Legion of Christ stand a chance of surviving? And may Pope Benedict save them from themselves? Part One

Some background detail. Maybe I’m easily shocked or just misled? But I find the following episode to be very revealing. The New York Times reported (see here) that prior to becoming Pope, Pope Benedict gave a lecture to a group of Legionary priests, and was afterwards was given an envelope of money “for his charitable use.” Ratzinger was “tough as nails in a very cordial way,” a witness said, and turned the money down. Later in 2004 it was Ratzinger who launched a thorough examination of Maciel’s past. And as Pope, who banished Maciel to a monastery for ‘perpetual penance’ and started formal inquiries into the religious order founded by Maciel, The Legion of Christ.


  1. I've been pleasantly surprised by the New York Time's treatment of the pope since all this started.

  2. I am very critical of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi and have expressed my criticism on I have never joined in the pope bashing because Ratzinger has done something to stop priests sexually abusing minors and to heal the wounds; there is still a lot to be done.


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