Pope at Vatican meeting on Legionaries of Christ

The key to this story is that the “inspectors” sent by the Vatican to investigate the workings of the Legionaries of Christ, whose former leader and founder was guilty of sexual crimes,  were all bishops appointed by Rome! This is somewhat like having drug dealers “inspecting” the operation of a drug cartel to determine if the operation is honorable!

I realize that I’m in the minority, but this is completely illogical. What kind of objectivity can these bishops have? This is like having wolves guarding the hen house. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Fri Apr 30, 1:46 pm ET

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI took part Friday in a Vatican meeting over the fate of the Legionaries of Christ after revelations that the group’s founder had fathered children and abused seminarians.

Benedict had not been expected to participate in the meeting between five Vatican inspectors and the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

But the Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pontiff had decided to stop by the meeting to greet participants and make an appearance. He said he did not expect the pontiff to attend the whole session.

The Vatican ordered an investigation in 2009 after the Legionaries acknowledged that its founder, the Rev. Marciel Maciel, who died in 2008 at age 87, had fathered a daughter who is now in her 20s and lives in Spain. The Legionaries have also acknowledged that Maciel had also sexually abused seminarians and that two men are claiming to be his sons.

The five inspectors — all bishops appointed by Rome — spent eight months visiting Legionaries communities to get firsthand knowledge of the conservative order and its work. On Friday, they were reporting their findings back to the Vatican.

The meetings were continuing into Saturday, Lombardi said.

A statement was expected after the session. The pope, Lombardi said, will make the final decision on the order’s future after studying the case.

Benedict’s presence at Friday’s session was yet another indication that he is taking personal responsibility for looking into abuse cases. This week alone, he met with German bishops to discuss the resignation of an abusive prelate and on Monday Belgian bishops will discuss the resignation of Belgium’s longest-serving bishop, who admitted he had abused a boy.

Benedict’s response to the Legionaries scandal is being closely watched as the Vatican faces pressure to aggressively confront abuse. The case has long been seen as emblematic of Vatican inaction on abuse complaints, since sex abuse victims had tried in the 1990s to bring a canonical trial against Maciel but were shut down by his supporters at the Vatican.

The late Pope John Paul II had long championed the Legionaries for their orthodoxy and ability to bring in vocations and money.

In 2006, a year into Benedict’s pontificate, the Vatican instructed Maciel to lead a “reserved life of prayer and penance” in response to the abuse allegations.

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