NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
Here we follow-up on some disgraced prelates and their inner circles who did the dirty work of covering fraudulent, criminal behavior.
THE NEW SAINTS & THE LEGION OF CHRIST
A central part of the Legion's response-- that "charges had already been thoroughly examined and found baseless"-- explains why three popes ignored the allegations.
Catholic apostolates and institutions must practice transparency and overcome the pitfalls of secrecy and elitism in order to avoid cultishness or a polarized, us-vs.-them mentality.
According to Fr. Richard Gill, "It is no exaggeration to say that Marcial
Maciel was by far the most despicable character in the twentieth century Catholic Church."
As time goes on, it's becoming clearer that these three concepts best describe the modus operandi — and the goals — of the Legion of Christ.
Kenneth D. Whitehead
The fantasy notion that the Pope was complicit in abuse cover-ups was considered nearly everywhere in the media to be a solidly established fact.
Since his death it has been discovered that the Legion of Christ founder lived under an assumed name with at least one woman -- for decades.
The Legion has long been accused of obfuscating the truth about its methods and finances, and the life of its late leader.
What happens to a religious order based on the charism of its founder when that founder is
discovered to have led a life of sexual abuse?
Neocon Catholic Sean Hannity supports abortion, contraception and the war -- and a prominent Legionary priest supports Hannity.
When any group gathers itself around a founder or personality other than Christ, there is bound to be trouble.
If Catholic truth must be submerged in order to protect Church unity, what then is the point of Catholic truth?
The Catholic League leader has been defending some unlikely characters, including Fr. Maciel and Archbishop Weakland.
With a $650 million yearly budget and a founder known for his opulent lifestyle, why are Legion seminarians begging for hotdog buns?
Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., the former editor of America magazine, said that "with the shortage of priests, the church can hardly afford to dismiss gay seminarians."
The Legion of Christ claims the Vatican has dropped its investigation of its founder - but is it true?
Benedict XVI will not be a globe-trotting pope and will pay attention to the details of Church governance — which is precisely what we need.
HOPE FOR THE CHURCH?
Cecilia H. Martin
The order's critics charge that seminary students are denied any true discernment of their vocations. Instead, the young boys are cunningly recruited and become totally "owned."
Michael S. Rose
The order and its lay affiliate were banned from certain dioceses and are unwelcome on many Catholic campuses.
What do Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland and Fr. Marcial Maciel have in common?
Is Fr. Maciel thoughtlessly pandering to the Zeitgeist?
- Karl Keating