Marcial Maciel

Priest and Founder of the Legion of Christ
Born Mar 10, 1920

Marcial Maciel Degollado was a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest. He founded the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement but was revealed to have abused boys and maintained relationships with at least two women, fathering up to six children, two of whom he allegedly abused as well.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on March 10, 1920.


1941 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Father Orozco, who was among the original group of boys to found the Legion of Christ in 1941, said he heard the women had complained about the "noise" Maciel was making with children he had brought into his home to teach religion. … Read More


1959 39 Years Old In 1959 he founded its lay arm Regnum Christi. … Read More


1997 77 Years Old In 1997, a group of nine men went public with accusations that they had been abused by Maciel while studying under him in Spain and Rome in the 1940s and 1950s. … Read More
2005 85 Years Old In 2005 Maciel stepped down as head of the order and, a few days before John Paul II died, Cardinal Ratzinger announced his intention of removing "filth" from the Church; many believed he was referring specifically to Maciel. … Read More
2006 86 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2006, Ratzinger, then Pope Benedict XVI, disciplined him: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asked Maciel to live "a reserved life of penitence and prayer, relinquishing any form of public ministry”; a canonical trial was ruled out, officially because of his advanced age and poor health.
Marcial Maciel died in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, on January 30, 2008, at age 87.
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