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kpete (49,139 posts)
Judge Demands "Legion Of Christ Docs" Be Released-Says they raise "RED FLAG" re: Pope/Abuse/Cover-UP
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As a cardinal, Ratzinger arguably came to know the multiple cases against Maciel as well as anyone. Although he initially blocked the case from going forward in the Vatican's legal machinery, he later reopened the investigation of Maciel. In 2006, the pope dismissed Maciel from ministry to a "life of prayer and penitence." In 2009, the Legion acknowledged Maciel had a daughter and apologized to the seminary abuse victims. Two sons have since come forward claiming they were Maciel's children by a different woman.
“There are yards of documents,” said a spokesman for the Legion after the Rhode Island high court’s ruling. “It’s done. They’re public. This ends the debate.”
RI records show inner workings of Legion of Christ
Posted: Feb 15, 2013 2:02 PM PST
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 2:06 PM PST
By MICHELLE R. SMITH and NICOLE WINFIELD
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Documents detailing the dubious fundraising practices of a disgraced Roman Catholic religious order called the Legion of Christ show how the organization took control of a widow's finances and persuaded her to bequeath it $60 million.
The records released Friday in Rhode Island includes the first-ever depositions of high-ranking Legion officials. They shed light on the inner workings of a secretive congregation placed under Vatican receivership after the Holy See determined that its founder was a spiritual fraud who sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children with two women.
Rhode Island records disclose dubious practices of Legion of Christ
A Rhode Island Superior Court judge said last year that the documents raised a red flag because a steadfastly spiritual elderly woman transferred millions to “clandestinely dubious religious leaders.” But they had been kept under seal until The Associated Press, The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter and The Providence Journal intervened, arguing that they were in the public interest.
Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had lived a double life. The pope ordered a wholesale reform of the order and named a papal delegate to oversee it.
The Legion scandal is significant because it shows how the Holy See willfully ignored credible allegations of abuse against Maciel for decades, all while holding him up as a model of sainthood for the faithful because he brought in money and vocations to the priesthood. The scandal, which has tarnished the legacy of Pope John Paul II, is the most egregious example of how the Vatican ignored decades of reports about sexually abusive priests because church leaders put the interests of the institution above those of the victims.
The will of Gabrielle Mee, who died at age 96 in 2008, is the focus of the lawsuit. Mee's niece, Mary Lou Dauray, had alleged that Mee was defrauded by the Legion and unduly influenced by its priests into giving away her fortune. Her late husband was a onetime director of Fleet National Bank, which has since been absorbed by Bank of America.
Read more: http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/3495294-74/legion-pope-vatican#ixzz2L4q0ac17
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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:44 AM
lindysalsagal (2,754 posts)
2. Never thought there would be a link between the vatican and bank of america!!!
The global sesspool of greed shrouded in things we trust implicitly: Banks and priests.
Maybe this will wake up the world.