Saturday, May 20, 2006

This seemed a bit off

The Vatican has put the hammer down on Fr. Marciel of the Legionaires of Christ. I haven't follwed this case but it struck me as odd that it all seemed so vauge.

"Complaints of sexual abuse first surfaced in the late 1990s, when nine former members of the Legionaries filed a canonical complaint against Maciel with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, alleging that they had been abused by Maciel as seminarians and young priests. Those acts, according to the accusers, dated to a period from 1943 to the early 1960s."

This doesn't make complete sense and I'm supposing that all the disgusting details have not been made public. If you are a seminarian (not a minor seminarian, that's just a kid) or a young priest and you're having sex with your superior that's not a molestation that's an affair. This sounds like a prowling homosexual rather than a child moleser and how do you prove or disprove that something sexual happened in 1943? Still, if Marciel was soliciting sex way back then he has no business being the head of the Legionaires today.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Just to clarify things a bit - Fr. Maciel started in the 1940's with 12 year old boys. Part of the Legion's charism is high school seminaries where boys attend as early as 10 yeasrs old. He's not just the head of the Legion (which he's actually not as of two years ago when he stepped down), but he's the founder. Also, if you knew a bit about the way they go about forming their recruits, its not surprising that it took these men decades to come forward. They instill members with a fear, beyond respect or anything healthy, of saying nothing bad about the Legion or any of its members, much less its very revered founder. Beyond saying anything "bad" they are actually told to not say anything, less you mistakenly leave a bad impression.