Thursday 24 February 2022
1 – 25 years later, Legion of Christ victims seek reparations
2 – German bishop refuses to hand over Benedict XVI to public outrage
3 – Apostolic Nuncio to Syria on humanitarian crisis in the country
4 – Heroic beginnings of the Catholic Church in China
5 – The faithful of Agrigento protest against the new cathedra
125 years later, Legion of Christ victims seek reparations
It was exactly 25 years ago that a Connecticut newspaper revealed one of the Catholic Church’s biggest sex scandals, reporting that eight men had accused Marcial Maciel – the founder of the Legionaries of Christ – of raping and molesting them while they were seminarians. It took a decade for the Vatican to sanction the perpetrator and another decade for the Legion to admit that he was a serial pedophile who raped at least 60 boys. Today, three of Maciel’s victims are still seeking reparations from the Legion to compensate for the abuse they suffered and the “moral” damage done to their reputations by the order after they refused previous compensation. In 1997, “los 8 Magnificos” – so nicknamed by the ex-Legionaries for standing up to Maciel and the order – had written an unanswered letter to Pope John Paul II, in which they were indignant that their “grave revelations and complaints mattered absolutely nothing to” the Pope.