Baltimore’s Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who previously ordered the Legion of Christ in his archdiocese to submit to the same reporting standards as other religious orders or be kicked out, has given the first statement by a bishop regarding the revelations about Fr. Maciel, and they’re scathing (pretty much what I’ve been saying since I first learned of this stuff 4 years ago):
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien told the religious order’s director general that he cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone join the Legion or Regnum Christi, its affiliated lay movement.
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“It seems to me and many others that this was a man with an entrepreneurial genius who, by systematic deception and duplicity, used our faith to manipulate others for his own selfish ends,” Archbishop O’Brien told The Catholic Review in a telephone interview following his Feb. 20 Rome meeting with Father Alvaro Corcuera, director general of the Legion.
“Father Maciel deserves our prayers, as every Christian who dies does, that he’ll be forgiven and we leave the final judgment to God as to what his life and death amounted to,” Archbishop O’Brien said.
Saying that the Legion’s founder “leaves many victims in his wake,” the archbishop called for the “full disclosure of his activities and those who are complicit in them or knew of them and of those who are still refusing to offer disclosure.”
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“This is not about orthodoxy,” he said. “It is about respect for human dignity for each of its members.”