Legionaries of Christ – Founder P. Marcial Maciel

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During this time, high Vatican officials received large sums of money from the Legion, in order to protect the Legion and advance Maciel, despite growing allegations of abuse.[8] In January 2005, Maciel, at age 84, was succeeded by Álvaro Corcuera, LC, as General Director of the Legion shortly after the reopening of a sex abuse allegation by the Vatican. Maciel died on 30 January 2008.

Archbishop Edward O’Brien of Baltimore has banned the Legion of Christ from counseling people under the age of 18 in his jurisdiction.

The ban on counseling minors, O’Brien said in an interview with NCR on Wednesday, is related to concerns that the Legionaries and Regnum Christi practice “heavily persuasive methods on young people, especially high schoolers, regarding vocations.” [9]

Edward O’Brien further wrote among other matters,

“I want to ensure that encouragement of vocations is carried out in a way that respects the rights of parents in the upbringing of their children and the rights of young persons themselves to be able to make free and fully informed decisions about their futures,” O’Brien wrote. [10]

Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese also removed the Legion of Christ from his area.[11]


In July 2009, media in Spain published an interview with a woman who had a child with Maciel over 20 years ago and now lives in a luxury apartment in Madrid which Maciel purchased for her. The woman, Norma Hilda Baños, says that she was abused by Maciel as a minor and later was impregnated by him and she bore him a daughter, Norma Hilda Rivas.[12] At least one source claims that Rivas is an alias that Maciel used during his life.[13]

A day later, Mexican media reported that an attorney, José Bonilla, will represent three of a possible total of six of Maciel’s children in a civil suit to recover Maciel’s estate. The lawyer claims that there are several properties in Mexico and around the world which Maciel owned in his own name.[14][15] In March 2010, Bonilla announced that he would no longer represent the three reputed children of Maciel, since one of them admitted to asking the Legion of Christ for $26 million USD in exchange for silence.[16]

In March 2010, the Legion of Christ in a communique[17] acknowledged as factual “reprehensible actions” by Maciel, including sexual abuse. The communique stated that “given the gravity of his faults, we cannot take his person as a model of Christian or priestly life.” This occurred after the Legion spent more than a decade denying allegations from the victims of abuse.[8]

Apostolic visitation

On March 31, 2009, the Legionaries of Christ and the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has ordered a Vatican investigation of the Legion of Christ. The Legion of Christ has acknowledged that its founder fathered a child and is also responding to claims that the founder molested seminarians. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, said church leaders will visit and evaluate all seminaries, schools and other institutions run by the Legion worldwide.[23]

The Vatican has ordered an apostolic visitation of the institutions of the Legionaries of Christ following disclosures of sexual impropriety by the order’s late founder, Marcial Maciel. The announcement of the unusual investigation was posted on the Web site of the Legionaries of Christ March 31, 2009 along with the text of a letter informing the Legionaries of the pope’s decision.[24]

On June 27, 2009, according to Vatican commentator, Sandro Magister, Vatican authorities have named five bishops from five different countries, each one in charge of investigating the Legionaries in a particular part of the world. Their first report is due to the Holy Father in March 2010:

Ricardo Watti Urquidi[25], Bishop of Tepic, Mexico, in charge of Mexico and Central America, where the Legion has 44 houses, 250 priests and 115-120 religious seminarians; Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, in charge of the United States and Canada, where the Legion has 24 houses, 130 priests and 260 religious seminarians; Giuseppe Versaldi, Bishop ofAlessandria, in charge of Italy, Israel, the Philippines, and South Korea, where the Legion has 16 houses, 200 priests and 420 religious seminarians. (in Italy 13, 168 and 418 respectively); Ricardo Ezzati Andrello[26], Archbishop of Concepción, Chile, in charge of Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, where the Legion has 20 houses, 122 priests and 122 religious seminarians; Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, Bishop of Bilbao, Spain, in charge of Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Austria and Hungary, where the Legion has 20 houses, 105 priest, and 160 religious seminarians[27][28].

Founder of the Servants of the Immaculate heart of Mary – Father Gino Burresi

By Raffaella DiMarzio (Psichologist) – complete article here

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the decree May 27 in the case of 73-year-old Italian Fr. Gino Burresi, founder of a religious order called the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The contents of the decree, which drew little public notice, were announced by the Italian bishops’ conference on July 19. It specifies that:

  • Burresi’s faculties to hear confessions are revoked;
  • He is definitively prohibited from providing spiritual direction;
  • He is barred from preaching, as well as from celebrating the sacraments and sacramentals in public;
  • He is barred from giving interviews, publishing and taking part in broadcasts that have anything to do with faith, morals, or supernatural phenomena

The decree, in effect, amounts to removal from public ministry. The only thing left is private celebration of the Mass.

The original Vatican decree, which was not released publicly, but a copy of which was obtained by NCR, was signed by Archbishop William Levada, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as well as Archbishop Angelo Amato, the secretary. It stipulates that in an audience given by Benedict XVI to Amato on May 27, the pope confirmed the decree in forma specifica, meaning that he made its conclusions his own, and that no appeal is possible.

Founder of Miles Iesu – Father Alphonso Duran

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“Miles Jesu was founded by Very Rev. Alphonsus Maria Duran, who was born in Madrid, Spain and was sent to the Southwestern United States in 1958 as a young Claretian priest. There Father Duran became a renowned leader in the Cursillo movement, an intensive retreat which emphasizes the layman’s call to holiness and to apostolate. He envisioned a laity knowledgeable in things both human and divine, deeply formed in virtue and the interior life, and totally dedicated and committed to transforming the world in Christ. On January 12, 1964, before the end of Vatican Council II, which re-emphasized the vocation of the laity to holiness and to apostolate in the world, Miles Jesu was born.” [2]

Vatican Investigation of Miles Jesu

Since June 2007, Miles Jesu has been under investigation [11] by the Vicariate of Rome and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

The investigation was initiated in June 2007 by the authority of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, with the appointment of a Canonical Visitor, Fr. Anthony McSweeney, SSS [12] to investigate. The Chancellor of the Vicariate, Monsignor Giuseppe Tonello [13] is also involved in the investigation.

On March 25, 2009, the Miles Jesu website stated that it now has a new superior, Fr. Barry Fischer, CPPS. Now that the investigation of Miles Jesu has officially come to an end, the Catholic Church has appointed Fr. Fischer to revise the constitution (whose five year approval ad experimentum has expired) before their final approval.

Founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word – Father Carlos M. Buela

By Carlos Antonio Palad (complete article here)

Father Carlos Miguel Buela, the founder of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, has resigned his post as general superior of that institute– reportedly at the request of the Vatican after an investigation into misconduct charges.

In his letter of resignation, Father Buela thanks Pope Benedict for allowing him to leave his post, citing concerns of old age and declining health. However Father Buela, who founded the fast-growing traditional movement in Argentina in 1984, had been under investigation by Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig of San Rafael, Argentina.