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Complete restructure for Legion of Christ

Curia: “All sick branches need to be removed to save a plant of great value”

<p>Picture: Vatican Insider/La Stampa</p>

Picture: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

  • Giacomo Galeazzi for Vatican Insider/La Stampa
  • Vatican City
  • December 10, 2013
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Pope Francis is revolutionizing the Legion of Christ. Vatican Insider has learnt that the Legion plans to announce the order’s complete restructuring at its Extraordinary General Chapter in Rome, in a month’s time. “All the work carried out so far is oriented towards making each group that is inspired by the spiritual kingship of Christ, autonomous,” members of the Curia have stated.

The Legion is to be split into three sections: laity, consecrated persons and priests. Each of the Legion’s three branches will have “full autonomy in the organisation and choice of its leaders and internal roles.” The common reference to Christ’s kingship will translate into various “forms of collaboration” between the three groups which will, nevertheless, be completely independent from each another.

On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on 4 October, Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the Pontifical delegate to the Legion of Christ and the “Regnum Christi” movement, wrote a letter addressed to all members of the Legion, stating that the time had come to call an Extraordinary General Chapter. In the letter, the cardinal, who was nominated by Benedict XVI and kept on by Francis, mentions a letter Benedict XVI wrote in 2010. “Although Ratzinger did not give a specific time frame, it was predicted right from the start that the necessary spiritual renewal process and revision of the Constitutions of the Legion of Christ would not be complete in less than three years,” De Paolis informs.

Sometimes the great things in the Church are the fruit of great sinners. This is certainly the case with the Legion of Christ and the lay Regnum Christi movement which were founded by Marcial Maciel Degollado. In 2006 a Vatican inquiry found Degollado guilty of committing acts of sexual abuse against numerous young disciples. But this was not all. Following the priest’s death in 2008, another uncomfortable secret was unmasked: Degollado had had a love affair with a Mexican woman and fathered a child, who is now 20 and lives in Spain.

The General Chapter will begin on 8 January 2014 at the Legion’s general directorate in Rome and chaired by the papal delegate…

...Although it is presumed that the General Chapter will be over by the end of February, the Chapter itself will decide on dates according to the progress made during the meetings. The Vatican is now aware of the effect Degollado’s immoral acts have had on the life of the congregation and the lay movement which he founded. “All sick branches need to be removed in order to save a plant of great value,” the Curia says.

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Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

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