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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Vatican Restricts Fr. Maciel's Ministry

John Allen has the story here. Here's a morsel:

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Capping a decade-long on-again, off-again investigation of accusations of sexual abuse, the Vatican has asked Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, to observe a series of restrictions on his ministry.

In effect, Vatican sources told NCR this week, the action amounts to a finding that at least some of the accusations against the charismatic 86-year-old Mexican priest are well-founded.

Maciel has not been laicized, but the restrictions issued shortly before Easter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith limit Maciel's public activity, such as his capacity to celebrate public Masses, to give lectures or other public presentations, and to give interviews for print or broadcast.

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UPDATE: Diogenes has a translation of the official Holy See statement on Fr. Maciel:

After submitting the findings of the investigation to careful study, the Congregation for thr Doctrine of the Faith, under the direction of the new Prefect, His Eminence Cardinal William Levada, decided -- taking into consideration the advanced age of Fr. Maciel and his delicate health -- to forego a canonical trial and to invite the Father to a life restricted to prayer and penance, renouncing any public ministry. The Holy Father has approved these decisions.

Apart from the person of the Founder, the apostolate of the Legionaries of Christ and the association of Regnum Christ is acknowledged with gratitude.

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