When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.Edmund Burke
The Legion must disappear said a retired former Mexican Nuncio, Justo Mullor Garcia, according to a recent article in Milenio Click Here for Spanish article
An English translation of the same article is available at life-after-rc blog at Click Here for article in English
Archbishop Justo Mullor Garcia’s predecessor, Girolamo Prigione Pozzi held the position as nuncio for 19 years between 1978 and 1992. He had a close relationship with Father Marcial Maciel, the Legion and Regnum Christi founder and according to Mullor Garcia, he failed to notice Maciel’s behavior, even though he was the subject of allegations of sexual abuse. Justo Muller claims that during his time he
removed the mask from Father Maciel by compiling and documenting information about what the Legion founder had done and submitting the information to a senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. Unfortunately by that time it was too late
Justo Muller identified that Father Maciel could not have succeeded in his machinations (which he referred to as
abominable crimes) without assistance from others. Now, he claims, Prigione Pozzi must give an account because he failed to notice what was going on for many years.
In 1997, Justo Muller’s suspicions were aroused when he heard that Father Marcial Maciel was refusing to defend himself against (credible) charges of serious moral failures. It was that same year, in February, 1997 when the Hartford Courant had made public allegations of child sexual abuse by Maciel. Justo Muller defended Pope Benedict XVI in his previous role and Pope John Paul II who were unable to act after too many years had gone by. Justo Muller did however state that Girolamo Prigione had been obliged earlier to inform the Vatican and Maciel’s actions and he did not and that no one has asked why he did not.
Kudos to Archbishop Mullor for speaking out honestly, even though his remarks may draw some criticism from his peers.
We wonder how many lives might have been positively changed had others with authority spoken the truth in a timely fashion earlier. There were many people both inside the Legion and Regnum Christi and inside the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy who knew about the founder’s secret life and who could have and were obliged to speak out against what Father Maciel was doing. It is refreshing to hear someone go against the current albeit belatedly. We hope and pray that this man’s honesty will encourage others in authority to find similar courage to speak the truth so that those who still remain enslaved by the evil that is still allowed to continue might be set free.