Friday, June 13, 2008

From shoo-in for sainthood to disgrace as a priest

A facinating obit from Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald

But things began to go wrong in 1997 when nine men went public with accusations they were abused by Maciel while studying under him in Spain and Rome in the 1940s and 1950s. They described how the leader they were taught to think of as the epitome of holiness would say he had an illness in his groin and had been given papal permission to receive help massaging out the pain. The group, which included respectable academics and former priests, lodged formal charges in Latin at the Vatican in 1998, but were told in 1999 that the case had been shelved by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

Still the accusations would not go away.

Read article here.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Tomad y bebed todos... er em *ahem* tomad y ... ¿donde estamos?"

Oh, sorry, it's not Wednesday.