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Records show inner workings of Legion of Christ

In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women. Following a decision Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, documents have been unsealed related to a lawsuit contesting the will of Gabrielle Mee, who left $60 million to the Legion. AP

Documents released Friday shed light on the inner workings of a secretive and now-disgraced Roman Catholic order called the Legion of Christ, including new details on how the organization took control of an elderly woman’s finances and persuaded her to bequeath it $60 million.

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Superior of troubled Legion of Christ steps aside

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In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women. A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit contesting the will of Gabrielle Mee, an elderly widow who gave some $60 million to the disgraced Legion of Christ. But Judge Michael Silverstein of Rhode Island Superior Court wrote in his Sept. 7, 2012 decision that he found evidence that Mee had been unduly persuaded to change her trusts and will and give the Legion her money. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)

The superior general of the troubled Legion of Christ religious order has stepped aside unexpectedly, saying he simply doesn’t have the energy to oversee the radical reform of the congregation ordered by the Vatican.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Legion No. 1 admits he knew of priest’s kid in ’05

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The entrance of the Legion of Christ headquarters in Rome is seen through a gate, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The Legion of Christ religious order was hit by the second scandal in a week with the admission Tuesday that its most well-known priest, a prominent author, lecturer and television personality, Thomas Williams, had fathered a child. Williams, who is the author of such books as the 2008 book "Knowing Right From Wrong" on Christian moral conscience, was the superior of the Legion's general directorate in Rome in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Vatican is also investigating an accusation by the Spanish association of Legion victims against seven priests from the religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors. AP/Alessandra Tarantino

The head of the embattled Legion of Christ religious order admitted Tuesday to covering up news that his most prominent priest had fathered a child and announced a review of all past allegations of sexual abuse against Legion priests amid a growing scandal at the order.

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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