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


1956 36 Years Old During his life, Maciel was the focus of several investigations of his behavior. There were allegations of drug abuse, for which he was investigated in 1956; he was hospitalised for morphine addiction. … Read More
1959 39 Years Old In 1959 Maciel 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 as youths and young men by Maciel while studying under him in Spain and Rome in the 1940s and 1950s. … Read More
2005 85 Years Old In January 2005 Maciel stepped down as head of the order. … Read More
2006 86 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2006, Ratzinger, now 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.
Maciel moved from Rome to a house he shared with other priests in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, where he died in 2008. … Read More
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