Legionaries of Christ

Legionaries of Christ elect new superior general.

Catholic News Agency, February 6, 2020 During its general chapter meeting in Rome, the Legionaries of Christ religious order has elected a new superior general to lead the embattled religious congregation. Fr. John Connor, LC, has been the North American territorial director of the... read more

Legion of Christ accused abuser removed from priesthood

By Maria Verza, Crux, January 14, 2020 MEXICO CITY - The Catholic Church has removed Mexican Fernando Martínez from the priesthood after finding him guilty of various sexual abuse crimes against minors, the Legion of Christ religious order said Monday. The Congregation for the Doctrine of... read more

Legion of Christ finds 33 priests, 71 seminarian sex abusers

By Nicole Winfield, Daily Independent, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, which was discredited by its pedophile founder and the cult-like practices he imposed, says an internal investigation has identified 33 priests and 71 seminarians who sexually... read more
The Holy See chose not to dissolve the Legionaries of Christ, which it had founded in 1941, but to reform it in depth. (Photo by ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AP)

Regnum Christi Movement, Legion of Christ revamped Changes and safeguards in new statutes in the wake of sexual abuse by its founder Marcial Maciel

By Céline Hoyeau, LeCroix, June 17, 2019 The Holy See has approved new statutes for the Regnum Christi Movement in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal centered on its late Mexican founder, Marcial Maciel Degollado. This movement brings together priests from the Legionaries of Christ, which... read more

Vatican Scandals: Follow the Money…if You Can

By Chris Caldwell, One PeterFive, April 3, 2019 On January 4, 2013, a month before Pope Benedict resigned, the Italian Central Bank turned the lights off on the entire Vatican. The Vatican no longer had the ability to make any electronic financial transactions. Italian authorities asserted... read more

“Feed my sheep.”

Year of Scandal Brings Glimmers of Hope Amid Bleak Revelations Until the corruption is eradicated, the Church cannot be the force for saving souls that it is meant to be. By Janet E. Smith, Dec. 30, 2018 For many devout Catholics in the U.S., the months since the disclosures of the... read more

Vatican Knew About Legionary Founder Maciel’s Abuse From 1943

The head of the Vatican’s dicastery for religious life blames ‘a mafia’ for the cover-up, adding those responsible ‘were not the Church.’ Edward Pentin Blog, January 2, 2019 Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and... read more

Legion of Christ names new North American head

Maryland-born priest Father John Connor, L.C., has been named the head of the Legion of Christ's territory of North America."I'm humbled by this assignment and ask for the prayers of everyone in the North American Territory," Fr. Connor said April 14. Fr. Eduardo Robles Gill, the Legion of... read more

A statement regarding the path of renewal for the Legion of Christ

The General Chapter of the Legion of Christ issued a special statement in conjunction with the announcement of its new central government. The statement renews the Legion's commitment to continue on the journey of conversion and renewal which "has advanced, but has not yet ended." Fr. Eduardo... read more

Founder of Zenit forced out by Legion

Jesus Colina, the founder and director of the news agency Zenit, has announced his resignation after a decision by the Legionaries of Christ to enhance the Legion identity of the agency. Established 14 years ago as an independent agency seeking to report on "the world seen from Rome," Zenit has... read more

Cardinal De Paolis criticizes ‘dissent’ within Legion of Christ

A year after assuming duties as pontifical delegate for the Legion of Christ, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis gave a speech evaluating the current situation of the religious congregation. He sharply criticized "dissidents" within the order who create division and internal tensions. Cardinal De Paolis... read more