Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican
Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican
Apr. 06, 2010
By Jason Berry, National Catholic Reporter

(NCR) - In his time, the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado was the greatest fundraiser of the modern Roman Catholic church. He was also a magnetic figure in recruiting young men to religious life in an era when vocations were plummeting. Behind that exalted façade, however, Maciel was a notorious pedophile, and a man who fathered several children by different women. His life was arguably the darkest chapter in the clergy abuse crisis that continues to plague the church.

The saga of the disgraced founder of the Legion of Christ, a secretive, cult-like religious order now under Vatican investigation, opens into a deeper story of how one man's lies and betrayal dazzled key figures in the Roman curia and how Maciel's money and success helped him find protection and influence. For years, the heads of Vatican congregations and the pope himself ignored persistent warnings that something was rotten in the community where Legionaries called their leader Nuestro Padre , "Our Father," and considered him a living saint.
The charismatic Mexican, who founded the Legion of Christ in 1941, sent streams of money to Roman curia officials with a calculated end, according to many sources interviewed by NCR: Maciel was buying support for his group and defense for himself, should his astounding secret life become known.

This much is well established from previous reporting: Maciel was a morphine addict who sexually abused at least 20 Legion seminarians from the 1940s to the '60s. Bishop John McGann of Rockville Centre, N.Y., sent a letter by a former Legion priest with detailed allegations to the Vatican in 1976, 1978 and 1989 through official channels. Nothing happened. Maciel began fathering children in the early 1980s -- three of them by two Mexican women, with reports of a third family with three children in Switzerland, according to El Mundo in Madrid, Spain. Concealing his web of relations, Maciel raised a fortune from wealthy backers, and ingratiated himself with church officials in Rome......

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What do you think about this fartsucker?
My response to reading the title is simply, "No shit, sherlock."

Fartmeister needs to find an honest job with the NYT.
deus meus, well there are a few bad seeds in every bushle, still, he was a priest we are supposed to pray for our priests even if they lead astray, it will take time for the thorn in the side that the addicted priests to retire and leave the church, for her to be purified, of this ordeal if we dont destroy ourselves first.

signed Jeremy Churches of Fort Wayne
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who you calling a troll bud, they say money is the root of all evil, though we know that pride is the root of all evil as catholics, seriously though This priest should be confined to the darkest corner of a monestary away from all the kids and people, so he can serve out his office and do penance for what he did, if he is not out and out stripped of his facilities as a priest.

signed Jeremy churches of fort wayne

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