Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pope's Legion delegate warns of `shipwreck'

The papal official running the disgraced Legionaries of Christ has warned that the conservative order faces "certain shipwreck" unless its members and superiors heal divisions and distrust stemming from revelations that their founder led a double life.

Archbishop Velasio De Paolis also warned in a recent letter to the Legion that it will take three years or more to reform the order, dashing hopes of Legion superiors who had wanted a faster turnaround.
Pope Benedict XVI named De Paolis to take charge of the Legion after an eight-month Vatican investigation determined it needed to be thoroughly reformed to purge it of the influence of its late founder, the Rev. Marciel Maciel, who fathered three children and sexually abused seminarians.

SIC: Forbes/INT'L

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