Marcial Maciel
Mexican priest and founder of the Legion of Christ
Marcial Maciel
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.
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Cae Iglesia Católica en fomento al odio y la discriminación contra los ... - La Jornada Aguascalientes
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Pidió también coherencia desde la misma Iglesia, poniendo de ejemplo al ya fallecido sacerdote fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, Marcial Maciel, quien realizó conocidas fechorías rompiendo el juramento de castidad realizado hacia el Catolicismo
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Archbishop O'Brien's leadership has deep impact - The Catholic Review
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The archbishop's action came in the wake of revelations that the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, fathered a daughter while serving as leader of the international religious order
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Cada cual su iglesia - El Siglo de Torreón
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Por personajes tan siniestros como Marcial Maciel, o simplemente por las fotografías en las que vemos a nuestros jerarcas católicos exhibirse con un enorme crucifijo colgando al pecho mientras comparten los dorados fastos de los ricos: cumpleaños,
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Legión de Cristo: un año de reforma (II) - InfoCatólica
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Ese era la sentencia de los más extremistas, los pesimistas dentro y fuera de la Iglesia tras los escándalos del fundador, Marcial Maciel. Esa opción fue considerada en El Vaticano, al menos antes del 1 de mayo de 2010. El 30 de abril de ese año la
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Legión de Cristo: un año de reforma (I) - InfoCatólica
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Evidentemente, tanto la visita apostólica como el nombramiento de un Delegado Pontificio se enmarcaban en el contexto de los hechos ahora conocidos sobre la doble vida del P. Marcial Maciel y su repercusión en el interior de la vida de la Legión de
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Freud y la Crisis de fe - Informador.com.mx
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Así, continué este trabajo que había quedado en el tintero”, relata por vía telefónica el autor de títulos como Marcial Maciel. Los legionarios de Cristo: testimonios y documentos inéditos y La Iglesia del silencio de mártires y pederastas
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Disappointed by Jason Berry's Render Unto Rome - Catholic Culture
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Vows of Silence explored the evidence of abuse by Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, who at the time was still a very powerful figure in Rome. At the time of the book's publication, Berry and Renner were denounced by many
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Un hombre llamado Cantinflas - El Economista.com.mx
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Por cierto, doña Soledad fue pariente del actual santo Rafael Guízar y Valencia que a su vez fue tío abuelo del tristemente célebre legionario de Cristo, Marcial Maciel Degollado. El parentesco le viene a Maciel por la vía materna
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Opinion- Irish Church needs to import new leadership blood - CathNews
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George Weigel has a cheek, too, Gary, as a biographer of John Paul II, until recently forever defending the charges, brought by others, that that pope was ignorant of the corruption and sexual abuse by his close friend, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado,
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Fr John Flader: Q&A Everyone is free to walk into hell - TheRecord.com.au
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Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, led a double life in violation of church teachings, abused seminarians and fathered several children. Photo: CNS. By Fr John Flader You are not the only one confused about the
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Irish stew over crisis in Church/State relations - Spero News
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Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legionaires of Christ, who was demoted once Benedict was made pope. Comparing Kenny to well-known critics of the Church, Quinn said of the premier, “In the sort of language normally associated with a Richard Dawkins
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More Money Than God
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INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion By Janet Reitman 444 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $28. RENDER UNTO ROME The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church By Jason Berry 420 pp. Crown Publishers. $25. We do not need these books to tell us that money and religion make for a poisonous combination. But it is of some
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Legion names North American leader - St.Louis Review
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The cardinal was appointed as "papal delegate" last year after a Vatican investigation condemned the late founder of the congregation, Father Marcial Maciel, as a being guilty of "serious and objectively immoral behavior" as well as "real crimes
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Legionaries' #2 official says he knew little about Maciel's activities - Catholic Culture
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The former vicar general of the Legion of Christ, who resigned last week to become head of the order's operations in America, has told the National Catholic Register that he had little knowledge of the activities of Father Marcial Maciel,
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Legion of Christ's Vicar General Resigns - National Catholic Register
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“The Apostolic Visitation was able to ascertain that the behavior of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado has caused serious consequences in the life and structure of the Legion, so much so, to require a journey of profound re-evaluation
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Vicar general of Legionaries steps down - Catholic Culture
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The departure of Father Luis Garza--who only recently told the Catholic News Agency that he did not plan to step down--comes as the Legionaries struggle to recover from the fallout from the revelation that their founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel,
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 87
    He had a private funeral and was buried in his birthplace, Cotija, Michoacán, in early February 2008.
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    Marcial Maciel died in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 30, 2008, at age 87.
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    Maciel moved from Rome to a house he shared with other priests in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, where he died in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He never made any apologies and continued to deny the allegations. Fr Alvaro Corcuera, his successor, did apologize to the victims both for Maciel's actions and the inaction of others.
  • 2006
    Age 85
    In January 2006 Maciel stepped down as head of the Legion of Christ and tendered its leadership to long-time follower Fr. Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 the order was told to remove the obedience vows requiring religious never to criticise superiors and to inform on any dissent within the order.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 84
    In January 2005 Maciel stepped down as head of the order.
    More Details Hide Details 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. After an investigation had been re-opened by Cardinal Ratzinger, the Vatican requested that Maciel withdraw from his active ministry.
  • 1997
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group, which included respectable academics and former priests, lodged formal charges at the Vatican in 1998. They were told the following year that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict, would not prosecute Maciel because of his age.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    In 1959 Maciel founded its lay arm Regnum Christi.
    More Details Hide Details Through the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi, Maciel started many schools, a network of universities, and numerous charitable institutes.
  • 1956
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also investigated for allegedly sexually abusing children. He was returned as head of the Congregation. In July 2009, a Spanish daily published an interview with a woman who had a child with Maciel in 1986 and was living in a luxury apartment in Madrid which Maciel had purchased for her. A day later, Mexican media reported that attorney José Bonilla would represent three of a possible total of six of Maciel's natural children in a civil lawsuit to recover Maciel's estate. The lawyer claimed that Maciel owned several properties in Mexico and around the world in his own name. In February 2009, news broke that Maciel had led a double life. Fr. Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, LC, the General Director, visited each of the Legionary Territories and publicly apologized for Maciel's behaviour. Additionally, the Legion has publicly acknowledged that Maciel had fathered a daughter. As a result of all these acknowledgements, Pope Benedict XVI personally intervened and initiated a formal Vatican visitation of all Legionary houses.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 20
    Maciel founded the Legion of Christ in 1941, with the support of Francisco González Arias, Bishop of Cuernavaca.
    More Details Hide Details From the beginning, he served as its general director.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He said that the seminary officials blamed Maciel for his uncle's heart attack. Maciel was expelled from two seminaries for reasons that have never been revealed. He became a priest only after one of his uncles ordained him on November 26, 1944 in Mexico City after he completed private studies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on March 10, 1920.
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