1. John Paul II knew all about Maciel and the abuses, as well as the children, and still chose to promote him and his congregation.
2. John Paul II simply knew nothing at all except what Maciel told him, and believed it without question.
3. John Paul II heard many of the accusations in the media about Maciel and chose to believe Maciel instead.
4. John Paul II heard many of the accusations in the media and from persons in the Church and chose to believe Maciel instead.
5. John Paul II did not hear of the accusations because he was shielded by his aids who were favorable to Maciel and the Legion.
6. John Paul II heard of the accusations, and because of advice from his aids who were favorable to the Legion, chose to believe Maciel instead.
I am not finding any of these options satisfactory. The Pope, if he was going to promote Maciel to the degree that he did, had a duty to know and become as informed as possible regarding Maciel, and should never have dismissed any accusations. Even if he was shielded from the truth, he had a positive duty to find out more, despite anything his aids told him. I say this because he did really promote Maciel and set him up as an example. I don't care how many other movements the Pope did this with, he had the same responsibility in each case if he was especially going to promote an individual and his work.