Zenit Founder and Director Forced Out By Legion

According to a news release through Catholic News Agency, Click Here to see CNA Story Jesus Colina, who was the founder and director of the Legion-owned news agency Zenit has been asked to resign because he does “not offer the clear idea of the institutional identity of Zenit that the Legionaries of Christ wish to communicate from now on”.

The article quotes the former director as saying that there was “a gradual mutual loss of trust which began several years ago. ”

Then he referred specifically to “the manner in which the Legion of Christ hid the information about Fr. Marcial Maciel, which was discovered bit by bit by the press, caused a breakdown of trust in this institution on the part of the director of the news agency. ”

In his statement to CAN, Mr. Colina said that he was “morally convinced that the money we have received from our readers goes directly to Zenit, but I cannot demonstrate this formally and administratively. As one can understand, my continuous complaints about this situation led the superiors of the Legionaries to also lose trust in me”.

ReGAIN expects the departure of Jesus Colina will be a tough blow for the Legion owned Zenit, considering the stated reasons for him leaving had to do with concealing the truth and possible misdirection of funds.

By the way, In case anyone wishes to keep up with news from the Vatican, in July, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI launched a news site at http://www.news.va which is user friendly and has had some excellent reviews.

UPDATE – OCT 11, 2011:
Following the resignation of Jesus Colina, all six editors of Zenit resigned en masse, Click Here for National Catholic Reporter story stating that the agency has become too closely identified with the Legionaries of Christ.

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