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Legion of Christ comes to critical juncture

Legion of Christ begins critical chapter to end Vatican oversight amid concerns about reform

FILE  - In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo,  Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to late father Marcial Maciel, founder of Christ's Legionaries, during...

Vatican Legion of Christ

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to late father Marcial Maciel, founder of Christ's Legionaries, during...

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Legion of Christ religious order is electing new leadership for the first time since its founder was revealed to have been a pedophile and a fraud.

The process starting Wednesday will formally end the Vatican's three-year rehabilitation of the movement, a reform the Legion is touting as a success and critics have dismissed as a sham.

The Legion's hope is that following the monthlong meeting, Pope Francis will approve a new constitution that explains the order's mission, hierarchy and rules and will allow the Legion to move on without any more Vatican oversight.

Several former Legion priests have urged the pontiff not fall for the order's "supposed reform."


Updated : 2021-06-25 08:07 GMT+08:00