Legionaries of Christ: no canonical process against founder pending at Vatican

The spokesman for the Legionaries of Christ, Father Rafael Jacome, L.C., announced on Saturday that the Holy See has informed the congregation that no canonical process is taking place nor will be taking place against its founder, Father Marcial Maciel, L.C.

Father Jacome recalled the statements by Father Maciel of April 22, 2002:  “Before God and with absolute peace of conscience I categorically declare that these accusations made against me are false.  I have never exhibited the type of abominable behavior that these persons accuse me of and there is nothing that could be further from my way of treating people, as any one of the thousands of Legionaries who know me can confirm.”

The statement underscores that “the Legionaries of Christ and the members of Regnum Christi renew our commitment to serve the Church and society in total fidelity to the Catholic faith, in obedience to the Supreme Pontiff and in intimate union with our beloved Founder, according to the charism we have received through him.”

The Legion does not hold “any resentment against those who accuse us; rather, we pray for them, and we express our gratitude to the innumerable people of good will who have confirmed to us their support and esteem in these circumstances,” the statement concludes.

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