Marcial Maciel's love children sue.
Who in the order knew that the hero-worshiped Padre had impregnated several women? Who signed off on this "hush money"? Who in the Vatican knew what Maciel had done? Did Pope John Paul II know -- and did he approve of the cover-up? (You will note that despite ample evidence that something was very wrong with Maciel and his scheme, the Vatican made no moves against him until Cardinal Ratzinger became pope).
Damien Thompson at UK Telegraph:
The Vatican is currently carrying out a canonical investigation of the Legion. One dreads to think what it will discover about this priestly order and its lay arm - the stench of a major cover-up is unmistakable - but surely the conclusion is a relatively straightforward one. Close these organisations down.
Thomas Peters at American Papist:
These new allegations suggest several conclusions:
- Fr. Maciel was an extraordinary, calculating fraud and he ought to be acknowledged as such by the leaders of the Legion and Regnum Christi alike
- The breadth of Fr. Maciel's crimes makes it nearly impossible that other members of the Legion did not know of them, and they ought to be brought to justice
- The serious financial infraction of misusing lay resources (money, property, etc) for the upkeep of Fr. Maciel's mistress and his other escapades demands restitution
- The ongoing revelations about Fr. Maciel and his enablers requires an intense examination, person-by-person, of those still charged with the movement's leadership
Patrick Madrid translates the article from La Jornada.