New Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado Sex Scandal

Posted by Censor Librorum on Feb 12, 2009 | Categories: Accountability, Popes, Scandals

Poor Pope Benedict XVI.   The 3-week-old Lefevbrist storm was just starting to die down, when another gift horse just bit him.

The late Marcial Marciel Degollado is back in the news.   He may have had one or more mistresses that bore him a daughter and possibly a son.   The rumoured daughter is in her 20s and living in Spain.  marciel.jpg

Jim Fair, a spokesman for the Legionnaires of Christ, said only: “We have learned some things about our founder’s life that are surprising and difficult for us to understand. We can confirm that there are some aspects of his life that were not appropriate for a Catholic priest.”

That’s a understatement.

And here I thought he was just a closeted serial  molester of boys and young men.   It turns out he was working both sides of the room.

Imagine that.

Another rumor – the Legionnaires came clean because the Vatican was about to release the news. shitflying.jpg

More here and here.  

I do feel for the membership who believed in this man and now feel betrayed.

But my heart goes out to the dozens of  sex abuse victims of Fr. Marcial, who have never been acknowledged by either Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI  or the Legionnaires of Christ.  

Their betrayal continues.

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8 Responses to “New Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado Sex Scandal”

  1. Póló Says:

    Your graphic says it all.

  2. Church, Power & Abuse « Queering the Church Says:

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  3. GregK Says:

    Yes, I like your graphic.

    I don’t think people have yet come to grasp with the real significance of this story.

    If a manifest fraud like Maciel was able to deceive so many devout, serious people (including the pope!), what does that imply?

    Don’t Christians use such testimonies to establish other things as part of their apologetic?

    More here …

    http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddf7ktxn_132cfng5wc4

  4. Stanislaus Dundon Says:

    I am one of those many people who found it almost incredible that the founder of a religious order which has so many admirable people in it, doing so much good work, could have been such a committed liar and exploiter of other humans. I grieve for those in the Legionnaires of Christ and Regnum Christi who must think through the meaning of the recent revelations.
    I do not wish to state this as an analogy, but it is striking that Peter’s denial of Christ is an episode, like few others, recorded in all four gospels. And while the scene described is different in details all four agree that it was before a woman servant that Peter, the Rock, first crumbled. What did Christ mean by choosing Simon and giving him this name? Was it not to remind us all that the Church is Christ’s and we have Him for our model. But also, there is a noticeable trait in the early history of the Church that shows the successors of Peter to be humble men, as was Peter himself in dealing with Paul. They did not attend and dominate the ecumenical councils, although the presence of the delegate of the pope was considered essential. Some popes allowed themselves to “take on airs”, but the record is clear that the survival of the Church over two millennia is not due to the personal holiness or strength of the popes.
    I imagine Peter kept together in his mind both his own weakness and Christ’s loving forgiveness and insistence that he remain the shepherd of his Church recorded in John, not in order to experience the scalding heat of shame, but deep peace of God’s love for sinners, sinners whose sins he foreknew and forgives. It is so, so sad that Fr. Maciel clung to his self-justification instead of simply surrendering himself to the forgiveness of Christ and coming back to genuine love of Christ and his flock.

  5. Clerical Abuse: A Problem of Power « The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody Says:

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  6. bochinchero Says:

    I am no longer shocked by this.it has been going on since the templars and will go on.it will not change.caths will keep flocking to church and talk about “the eperor’s new clothes”.YOU WILL NOT GET PAST THIS UNTIL YOU ACCEPT IT FOR WHAT IT IS.i’m sure you’ve of georg ratzinger by now.

  7. JOE Says:

    as a catholic, i wouldnt worry about this Fr Marcial for one minute. We believe in the deposit of faith. not in some super priest or anyone else. i yawn when i read such stories. if you believe in the deposit of faith nothing on this earth can harm u. nothing. st. angela was working in china a couple hundred years ago. her sister wrote her a letter and said she mite come visit her. angela responded, if you wish to visit me please hurry, because i am about to give my head for Jesus!!!!!!!

  8. » Church, Power & Abuse Queering the Church Says:

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