Pope did not protect “legionaries” founder

Pope John Paul II. Was apparently not fully informed about the abuse allegations against the founder of the "Legionaries of Christ". This is according to a Vatican document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In the letter of 17. In a November 2007 statement published Tuesday by the Italian daily Il Giornale, the prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal William Levada, informed the canonization authority that John Paul II. was in no way personally involved in the proceedings against Marcial Maciel Degollado. However, there had been some letters addressed to the pope with accusations against the Mexican founder of the order. Whether these reached the church head, is not clear from the letter Levadas. The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had responded with the letter to a request from the curia authority in the course of the beatification procedure for John Paul II. replied. Critics had claimed that the head of the church from Poland had protected Maciel and thus prevented decisive action against him. Long history According to Il Giornale, former seminarians of the Legionaries of Christ had already written letters to the Pope in 1978 and 1989. In 1998, some victims made an official petition to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Today's Pope Benedict XVI. In his time as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he initiated a canonical investigation against the founder of the "Legionaries". After the change of pontificate in 2005, Levada, as successor to Joseph Ratzinger, continued the investigations. Maciel had been accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Thereupon the Vatican had reprimanded the order founder 2006. In addition, in March 2010, the first part of an apostolic visitation of the "Legionaries of Christ" was completed, a kind of investigative procedure of the Vatican. The results of this investigation are currently being evaluated at the Vatican. In November 2009, the general director of the "Legionaries of Christ," Alvaro Corcuera, apologized to the victims. At the end of March 2010, the "Legionaries of Christ" officially distanced themselves from their founder. They also confirmed that he was the father of three children. Maciel had died in the U.S. in early 2008 at the age of 87. He had always denied the accusations.

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