Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: The Unspeakable Scandals of the Legionaries of Christ

Upon discovering the Pandora Papers on October 3, the most passionate about the news of the Catholic Church were surprised to come across the name of the Legionaries of Christ. This holy family, involved in a vast financial package, is involved in one of the biggest scandals in the field. For several decades, multiple accusations of pedophile sexual assault have been brought against members of the Legion of Christ, made up of about 900 priests and present in Europe, America and Asia

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: The Unspeakable Scandals of the Legionaries of Christ

Vanity Fair   

October 6, 2021
Quoted in the Pandora Papers, the congregation of the Legion of Christ has been immersed in dark affairs for several decades. At the heart of one of the biggest scandals of the Catholic Church: Marcial Maciel, its founder, whose actions have been repeatedly pointed out.
A founder in turmoil

Their actions were covered up for a long time before the scandal really broke out in the 2000s, more precisely after the death of the founder of the congregation, Marcial Maciel, in 2008. The Mexican priest resigned in 2006 after several accusations of sexual assault committed between 1956 and 1997. The man had been implicated in 1948 and briefly suspended the time of the opening of an investigation, stopped by the death of Pius XII. After regaining his functions thanks to the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, all the allegations against him in Mexico were automatically relegated to the rank of slander.

Marcial Maciel.

Many years later, in 1998, eight members of the Legion of Christ denounced his actions in the 1950s and 1960s on victims between the ages of 11 and 16. After a vast investigation by Benedict XVI, the Holy See ordered in 2006 the withdrawal of Marcial Maciel who was asked to “lead a withdrawn existence in prayer and penance.” This existence turned out to be full of secrets, some details of which were revealed shortly after his death in 2008. The New York Times then explained in its columns how the founder of the Legion of Christ had led a double life in which he had several identities, managed an immense fortune in all opacity and raised his own daughter. “Poverty, obedience, chastity”. The vows pronounced by each Legionary of Christ before committing themselves apparently had no place in the life led by Marcial Maciel.

At least 175 minors abused

These revelations were truly publicly acknowledged in 2010. An investigation by the Legion of Christ concluded that Marcial Maciel had indeed committed “acts of sexual abuse of minor seminarians” and said he regretted not having believed the people who had testified before. The same year, the congregation underwent a profound overhaul as part of its trusteeship by the Vatican, determined to take the subject head on. Apart from Father Maciel, other priests have been incriminated in this case, such as the French episcopal vicar Pierre Dufour, sentenced to 15 years in prison for “rape and sexual assault” – who had admitted his actions on at least a dozen young adults for several years – and Henri Le Bras for acts committed in the late 1990s.

Le pape François a déclaré en 2019 qu’il comptait faire de la lutte contre les agressions sexuelles dans l’Église catholique l’une de ses priorités.

 VATICAN POOL – CORBIS

In 2019, a new report reported at least 175 minors who were sexually assaulted by priests of the same congregation from 1941 to 2019, at least 60 of whom were attributed to Marcial Maciel. If these acts are recognized, their instigators are still present in the ranks of the Legion of Christ. At least in part. We learned then, still in the same report, that 18 of the 33 religious accused of pedophilia were still in office, but had nevertheless been excluded from tasks related to minors. More importantly, half of the perpetrators were themselves victims of the same abuses. “In this sense, it is emblematic that 111 minors abused in the Congregation were victims of Father Maciel, one of his victims or a victim of his victims,” the report reads. That same year, Pope Francis made the fight against sexual assault in the Catholic Church one of his priorities.

The extent of the suffering inflicted by these clerics is revealed at the rate of the publication of new reports. The last one, dating from March 2021, revealed new figures and the identity of 27 priests. Among them, “two have died without trial, sixteen have been sanctioned, eight are currently in canonical trial and one has received a dispensation from the ministry without trial.”

More broadly, the Ciase (Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church) delivered a report on October 5 led by Jean-Marc Sauvé, former vice-president of the Council of State. His conclusion is alarming: in 70 years, there are 216,000 victims of sexual abuse by clerics and 3,000 predator priests.

FOR-PROFITS AND NON-PROFITS controlled by Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation

(Article below Verbatim from Legioleaks English page:
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< Thanks to the help of a source which would like to remain anonymous, we have compiled a list of FOR-PROFITS and NON-PROFITS controlled by the Legion. Some of these are inactive. Please note that according to Canon Law, no religious congregation may own a for-profit but can own a non-profit.
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1) OFFSHORE TAX ENTITIES created by the Legion and managed out of the Legion’s headquarters in Rome (Via Aurelia 677)
International Volunteer Services
The Society for Better Education
ECYPH Limited
2) ENTITIES CONTROLLED BY THE LEGION that manage world-wide funds
Horizons Institute, Inc [run from Rome, controls the Legion of Christ’s world-wide funds and activities]
Legion of Christ, Inc
Legion de Cristo, Inc
RC Activities, Inc
Rossotto, Inc [controls the Legion’s US funds]
LC Pastoral Services, Inc
Consolidated Catholic Administrative Services, Inc
Mission Network Activities USA, Inc
Sviluppo Risorse Umane, Inc
Human Resources ITA, Inc
Studi Superiori e Ricerca, Inc
Investment and Research in Education, Inc
Research and Development for Education, Inc
National Consultants for Education, Inc
Pastoral Support Center, Inc
3) ENTITIES CONTROLLED BY THE LEGION which represent local apostolates. Many of these are FOR-PROFIT corporations owned by the Legion and run by Legionaries. Most have their headquarters in the U.S.
Ramona Blvd, Inc
LC Center Harbor, Inc
Lux et Vita, Inc
LCNA Atlanta, Inc
Catholic World Mission, Inc
OpDyke Inc
Mission Network Programs USA, Inc
Home and Family, Incorporated
Oak Academies, Inc
Legion of Christ Atlanta, Inc
Logos, Inc
Circle Media, Inc
Mater Ecclesiae, Inc
Legion of Christ College, Inc
Northwoods Educational Foundation, Inc
Thousand Oaks Educational Foundation, Inc
Logos of Georgia, Inc
Ducks & Geese Unlimited, Inc
NTLC, Inc
Helping Hand Investment, Inc
Catholic Center for Family Development, Inc
Vocation Action Circle, Inc
Twin Cities Pastoral Center, Inc
Our Lady of Thornwood, Inc
Escuela de la Fe, Inc
Westchester Center, Inc
Catholic Net, Inc
World Friends, Inc
Challenge America, Inc
Domus Mariae, Inc
Carl Trippi Memorial, Inc
Cultural Promotion Society, Inc
Ocean Pastoral Center, Inc
Conquest NA, Inc
Innovative Media, Inc
Dawn Charitable Developers, Inc
Centro Cultural Latino Corporation
Fidelis Business-Ethics Advisors, Inc
Center for Family Life, Inc
Eco Apostolate USA, Inc
Mano Amigo Venezuela Corp
Immaculate Conception Academy, Inc
The Apostolate Fund, Inc
Sacred Heart Apostolic School, Inc
Familia USA, Inc
College Compass, Inc
Hardig Realty Corporation
Pleasant Road Development, LLC
Fidelis Educational Net, Inc
Omega Charitable Developers, Inc
Promotion of Educational Development, Inc
Educational Developers, Inc
Consecrated Women, Inc
Alpha Omega Family Center, Inc
Hombre Nuevo (RI) New Man (RI) Inc
Mission Network Young Men’s Programs USA, Inc
Youth for the Third Millenium, Inc
Home and Family Incorporated, Inc
Westchester Philosophical Center, Inc
Legacy Growth, Inc
World Education and Development Fund, Inc
Tyger Management Services Ltd
Racebrook, Inc
Management Institute International, Inc
Eco Apostolate USA, Inc
RC Washington DC, Inc
MN Canada, Inc
Familia Forming Families, Inc
Koshkonong Pastoral Center, Inc >
It was pointed out in Legioleaks that the above article mostly reflected USA holdings

MACIEL VICTIMS HELP EACH OTHER! – WHILE LEGIONARIES OF CHRIST RELAX IN LUXURY, THEIR VICTIMS LANGUISH IN POVERTY FOLLOW UP

 

José Antonio Pérez Olvera, José Barba Martín, and Chilean clergy sex abuse victim

(Note Legionaries/Regnum Christi tried to hack this site in July 2019 -shame on them, supposedly operating under the name of Christ!)

MACIEL SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS HELP EACH OTHER – WHILE LEGIONARIES OF CHIST RELAX IN LUXURY, THEIR VICTIMS LANGUISH IN POVERTY FOLLOW UP

UPDATE  August 25, 2021   LATEST REPORT FROM VICTIMS

WHILE LEGIONARY OF CHRIST LEADERS FRS. CONNOR, SCHOGGL, ETC., PLAY HIDE AND SEEK WITH THEIR FOUNDER’S SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

José Antonio had to move out of L.A.B.’s home recently because José Antonio caught the COVID-19 virus, and had to retreat to his previous cubby hole… Legion/Regnum of Christ leaders continued to wrangle with Maciel victims over compensation for their sexual abuse, Legion denial and denigration, calumnies and abandonment.

While deliberations continue with Legion/Regnum leadership about the where, the what and the when of compensation (it is believed a total of ten thousand dollars may have been given to José Antonio up to now – while promises are in the hundreds of thousands!), at least one of the surviving Maciel victims has made sure JA has power and phone in his basement. Two kind women have also contributed to the rescue operation in the past few days. 

It appears that Legion/Regnum rescue operations are CONDITIONED BY THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE CONTROL AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES THEIR INTERVENTION MAY AFFORD THEM!

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Original posting below:

José-Antonio Pérez Olvera, now 84, and suffering from numerous illnesses, is about to be evicted. His compensation from the Legion of Christ, led by LC (Director) Superior General, Fr. John Connor, USA, amounts to a $5,000.00 US he received last April as an “Easter Gift”.

“Promises, promises, promises”, resound in his aged ears.

Pepe Toño is one of the few remaining victims of Fr. Maciel’s -founder of the Legionaries of Christ/Regnum Christi 60 million dollar budget Movement.

  • The first to die, many years ago was Fr. Juan Manuel Amenábar, a Spanish LC priest who had been close to Maciel all his life until revealing his abuse on his deathbed to then Father Alberto Athié from the Mexico City diocese.
  • The last to die was former seminarian Saúl Barrales, Brother Charity, earlier this year, R.I.P.
  • Just before that Fernando Pérez Olvera passed away.
  • Fr. Félix Alarcón, a Spanish LC priest has also passed away.

LEGION COMPENSATION IN ALL THESE CASES HAS BEEN FROM ZERO TO PALTRY.  “Better for these old men to die off than for the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation have to disburse money in compensation” (bottom line of Pontifical Delegate, Mons. Velasio de Paolis’,  policy during his visitation 2010. May God have mercy on his soul!  See Velasio de Paolis, WIKIPEDIA, “Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ.”)

A week ago, Pepe Toño wrote to some friends: “What really bothers me is that they are literally evicting me in three days’ time.”

Pepe’s friends are screaming at Fr. Connor to do something. ReGAIN has the awful feeling this will be another case of “Too little, too late.”

And I think of how his perpetrator, Fr. Marcial Maciel, lived out his last days in luxury and pleasure, accompanied by his female lover and daughter traveling freely in the USA and Mexico, despite that slap on the hand from the Vatican in 2006.

August 1-15, most Legionaries are on their “major vacations” which means relaxing at the beach houses of millionaire benefactors in Mexico, Spain, Italy and the USA. I spent mine years ago in Mazatlán; the family left their house to our “community”; this included a captain for the yacht to go marlin fishing, waiters to serve us our drinks at the pool, a cook to prepare our meals and maids to take care of housekeeping…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Pepe Toño sweats it out, as he waits for the crumbs to fall from the rich man Dives Connor’s table.

 

Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation Overtures to 7 of Fr. Maciel’s Sex Abuse Victims (Rome, 1950s) at the Twenty-Fifth Hour[i] (2020)

Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation makes Overtures to Seven of Maciel’s Sexual Abuse Victims

Here

I believe you, Father Connor, New Director General, but Help Thou my Unbelief![ii]:

Your  ongoing efforts to outreach -at this late hour- the seven living “classical victims” of Fr. Maciel’s pedophilia[iii] might be considered right and just. Maciel, the Imposter Founder, whose favorite entertainment was to initiate the pubescent seminarians into their budding sexuality, for his pleasure and control. He got off scot free, thanks to his accomplices, in the Legion of Christ and in the Vatican.

And what are you up to, my good man? – I hesitate to call you “Father”, because God only knows how you, the Director General, became a Reverend, traveling fast along the conveyer belt of the Legion of Christ, bereft of real discernment, and blest only by the adulterated Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola currently usurped by your Federation.

Being an “American” -as the inhabitants of that country call themselves -appropriating the name of the Continent- you will know what is meant by damage control, or image control.

Image control for those outside: The Vatican cardinals, bishops, and Monsignors who you win over with adulation and money; the public, the parents, the benefactors, the unsuspecting generous and naïve youth you groom to join the ranks.

Damage control for those inside: Legionaries and members of Regnum Christi, men and women, new recruits, troops young and old in varying stages of allegiance, and those who should have left but hesitated, and now have one foot in the grave.

The reader can benefit from one recent example of the organization’s damage control, otherwise called Information Control, in the words of cult expert, ex-Moonie, Steven Hassan. This could also be called Indoctrination. The Federation, or Legion of Christ members, are conducting secret classes on the History of the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation in many of the houses of the “consecrated women” of the Regnum Christi Lay Movement: code name, 3gf.  This history, naturally, will be “The Official Story.” Before being privy to this special  (rewritten) history, the members are made to sign a letter vowing they will not divulge to “outsiders” the content of the instructions.

All this while Fr. Connor is outreaching the seven remaining original victims of Founder, Marcial Maciel, sending them friendship gifts of five to eight thousand dollars. (In order to mollify them and make them more amenable to compensation under the Legion of Christ/Regnum Christi Federation’s terms).

The number of Maciel’s sexual abuse victims are more than these seven or ten. Victim Juan José Vaca had already named twenty victims he knew about in 1979[iv]. So what about the other twelve? and The Legion has recently admitted Maciel abused sixty -anonymous- boys[v]  What about the other forty? 

Why go to all the trouble for these seven? Because these were the ones who spoke out. These are the native Spanish-speakers that Jason Berry and Gerald Renner  gave an English-language voice to on that fateful  23rd February 1997. These are the ones who threw mud at the Rev. Marcial Maciel, the immaculate founder. These are the ones who brought their case to Rome, jumping through all the painful and complex canonical procedures.  And were heard. Finally in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI acted against the untouchable Maciel, stymying thus his cause for sainthood. These are the ones who went public and cast doubt on the Legion of Christ, and kept hanging like a dead albatross around the newly named Regnum Christi Federation’s neck.

I know, John, that you need to get them to shut up, once and for all. Pay them off from your billion dollar budget.

But think again: that dastardly debasement of the innocent Mexican and Spanish boys constitutes a stain that will not go away. Queen-Macbeth-Legion cannot wash it from her hands[vi]. But she will try, beginning with perfumed Easter Soaps of five to eight thousand dollars. Could have been thirty pieces of silver…seventy years later…


[i] https://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Fifth-Hour-C-Virgil-Gheorghiu/dp/B0006ASHFO

[ii] Mk 9,24

[iii] https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-marcial-maciel-02-1997-story.html First there were ten: one died in strange circumstances while hospitalized in Mexico City (Juan Manuel Fernández Amenábar), one was bribed by Maciel just before the Hartford Courant Article appeared (Miguel Díaz); then there were eight; one of these already reached a settlement with the then Director General, Fr. Álvaro Corcuera, R.I.P.

[iv] https://todomaciel.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/un-testimonio-definitivo/

[v]The Legion has recently admitted that there were scores:   

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-abuse/legionaires-founder-sexually-abused-60-boys-religious-orders-report-says-idUSKBN1YQ02Y

[vi] She says: Out, damned spot! out, I say! – One: two: why, then, ’tis time to do’t. – Hell is murky! – Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it,  when none can call our power to account? – Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?  (Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Act V, Scene 1)

Legion of Christ Appeal Stereotypes Mexican Novices!

The writer was absolutely appalled a couple of days ago when coming across an appeal for winter heating oil for the Cheshire novitiate in an amateur video posted on YouTube


YouTube

In the video the tall, white, well-informed American brother is introducing the little dark ignorant, naive Mexican brothers to the Holy Novitiate and warning them about the cold winters; cold winters which will require a large amount of heating oil to prevent them from suffering from that cold Connecticut winter….think of chilblains for the poor tropical dark-skinned and diminutive Mexicans.

Sounds and looks to me like a total lack of cultural sensitivity, task and basic respect.

And this is posted just as news breaks of the Legion of Christ´s off-shore holdings of millions of  dollars

Dear Lord, how long is the innocent and naive Catholic community going to take this and continue to contribute to an order whose yearly budget is on equal standing with the Vatican´s budget for the whole Church. Correct me if I am wrong.

Feel free to comment and discuss; with numbers, if you so wish

 

 

 

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