Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vatican Launch Investigation On Paedophile Allegations.

Pope Benedict XVI greets seminarians and priests of the Legion of Christ at the Vatican in 2009.
The Vatican is investigating claims of sexual abuse by priests from the Legion of Christ

Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004

Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel at the Vatican November 30 2004

It is the first time the Vatican is known to have taken action against Legion priests for alleged sexual assault following the scandal of the order's founder.

The church had previously insisted the crimes of the late Reverend Marcial Maciel were his alone.

He was long held up as a model by Pope John Paul II despite credible accusations - later proven - that he raped and molested his seminarians.

The Legion of Christ order had over 900 priests worldwide and was praised for attracting both money and vocations to the priesthood.

Documentation from Vatican archives, however, revealed that as early as the 1950s, the Vatican had evidence that Maciel was a drug addict and paedophile.

Only in 2006 did the Vatican sanction Maciel to a lifetime of penance and prayer for his crimes.

He died in 2008 and a year later the orthodox order confessed he had fathered three children with two different women and had abused his seminarians.

In 2010 the Vatican took control of the Legion and started to implement a system of change.