12 jun. 2017 – El fundador y Superior General de los Heraldos del Evangelio, Mons. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, renunció a su cargo el pasado 2 de junio.
La noticia oficial de los Heraldos, recogida por ACIPRENSA, no dice la razón verdadera de la renuncia; que bien podría ser porque el grupo fue intervenido por el Vaticano y se le pidió al Fundador y Superior General renunciar a su puesto para no interferir en la investigación. Recuerden el caso del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo a quien se le pidió lo mismo en el 2006. En estos casos el Vaticano procede con mucha diplomacia y “tacto cuando hace renunciar a una persona importante…
Five years ago, the ReGAIN was contacted by a former member of this organization who expressed his concern after a female friend had just taken her perpetual vows. The former Herald was surprised that this controversial group was approved by the Vatican. He alleged that a cultist association, TFP (Tradition, Family and Property), after the death of its founder, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, had transformed itself into the Church-approved Heralds of the Gospel.
Not long ago, a small group of Heralds, in full regalia, were spotted at the Guatemalan Immigration Center in Guatemala City getting their papers in order. Looks like they have spread to this Central American country too.
The author sought some general information in Wikipedia:
“The Heralds of the
Gospel (Portuguese: Arautos do Evangelho;
Latin: Evangelii Praecones, abbreviated
to EP) is a Roman Catholic International Association of Pontifical Right
based in Brazil. Founded by Msgr. João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the organization
is active in 78 countries.
On 1 May 2010, the Vatican named a delegate and appointed a commission to review the Legionaries of Christ. In a statement, the Vatican denounced Marcial Maciel for creating a “system of power” that enabled him to lead an “immoral” double life “devoid of scruples and authentic religious sentiment” and allowed him to abuse young boys for decades unchecked.
The “very serious and objectively immoral acts” of Marcial Maciel, which were “confirmed by incontrovertible testimonies,” represent “true crimes and manifest a life without scruples or authentic religious sentiment,” the Vatican said. The Vatican said the Legion created a “mechanism of defense” around Maciel to shield him from accusations and suppress damaging witnesses from reporting abuse. “It made him untouchable,” the Vatican said. The statement decried “the lamentable disgracing and expulsion of those who doubted” Maciel’s virtue. The Vatican statement did not address whether the Legion’s current leadership will face any sanctions. Actions taken by the current Legion leadership will be scrutinized; but no specific sanctions were mentioned. The Vatican acknowledged the “hardships” faced by Maciel’s accusers through the years when they were ostracized or ridiculed, and commended their “courage and perseverance to demand the truth.”
MADRID (ChurchMilitant.com) – A high-ranking cardinal says the Vatican had information on notorious abuser Fr. Marcial Maciel as early as 1943.
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz is head of the Vatican’s Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In a
speech last month widelyreportedin Spanish media, he said that the Vatican had known about Maciel for decades and did nothing.
Cardinal Braz de Aviz was speaking in Madrid, Spain, addressing the 25th general assembly of the Spanish Confederation of Religious
Maciel, a Mexican priest who founded the religious institute the
Legionaries of Christ, was first investigated by Vatican officials for
allegations of drug abuse from 1956 to 1959. Despite
numerous investigations into his behavior over the course of decades,
it was not until 2005 that the Vatican determined child sex abuse
allegations were credible and cracked down on Fr. Maciel. Church
officials removed Maciel from his leadership of the Legionaries. Then in
2006, Maciel was commanded to retire to a life of prayer and penance.
He died in 2008.
Father Maciel has been accused of molesting seminarians, fathering
children with secret “wives” and even sexually abusing his own
Some are speculating that Cdl. Braz de Aviz might have brought up the
case of Fr. Maciel to deflect blame for the current clerical sex abuse
cover-up scandals tarnishing Pope Francis’ pontificate. The current
pontiff has faced intense criticism since Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò testified in August
that Pope Francis lifted disciplines that had previously been imposed
on accused homosexual predator ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The cardinal claims his congregation has “nothing to do” with
cover-ups like the one that kept Maciel in ministry for decades. He said
the congregation now follows “a very good process” for responding to
He emphasized that it is important for Church leaders to “be
immediate in the face of abuse,” adding, “What comes to us immediately
has to be heard.”
Speaking about the clergy abuse crisis in general, Cdl. Braz de Aviz said, “I have the impression that allegations of abuse will grow, because we are only at the beginning. We’ve been concealing for 70 years, and this has been a tremendous error.”
El Vaticano conocía la pederastia de Maciel desde 1943
por Carlos Esteban | 02 enero, 2019
Santa Sede conocía la pederastia del fundador de los Legionarios de
Cristo y la ignoró durante 63 años, ha reconocido el prefecto de la
Congregación para los Institutos de Vida Consagrada, el cardenal João
Braz de Aviz.
“Quien lo tapó era una mafia, ellos no eran
Iglesia”, ha asegurado Braz de Aviz en una entrevista concedida a Vida
Nueva el mes pasado, cuando estuvo en Madrid hace un mes para clausurar
la asamblea general de la Confederación Española de Religiosos (CONFER).
“Tengo la impresión de que las denuncias de abusos crecerán, porque
solo estamos en el inicio. Llevamos 70 años encubriendo, y esto ha sido
un tremendo error”, dice Braz de Aviz.
La información ha saltado a
las páginas de la prensa secular y la da hoy el diario español de
referencia, El País, que ya en 2006 informó de la investigación a que
había sido objeto Maciel entre octubre de 1956 y febrero de 1959 por
encargo del cardenal Alfredo Ottaviani.
El peor caso de abusos en todos los sentidos, desde pedofilia a drogadicción, pasando por suplantación personalidad, poligamia e incesto, fue posible a lo largo de décadas y con la protección de la Curia pese a las constantes denuncias que llegaban a Roma, algo que podría haberse atajado, quedando en un desagradable incidente menor, antes de mediados del siglo pasado.