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Re: “Legion of Secrets: Jason Berry's saga ends

Now that the facts are out, there is no way of getting around them.

Denying them, downplaying them or minimizing them in any way is impossible.

It matters not now whether Marcial Maciel Degollado was a favorite of Pope John Paul II or was defended to the hilt by the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Mary Ann Glendon or the recently deceased Father Richard John Neuhaus because those who were defamed by the Legion of Christ have now been vindicated and thank God they have.

Pope John Paul II bears responsibility for not addressing the problems of Maciel more forcefully, as does Pope Benedict XVI.

They both knew; they had to have known.

The buck stops somewhere and in this case it stops at the top.

What’s next?

Pope Benedict XVI should realize that his 2006 decision to let Maciel retire to live a life of prayer and penance and let it go at that with the hope that Maciel would fade in memory after his death is no longer sufficient.

Out of sight, out of mind and hopefully out of trouble was not to be.

Maciel should be denounced for the totality of the harm and the evil he has perpetrated and on others.

There should be no doubt that this group, the Legion of Christ, has operated for all of its existence as a religious cult and as such should be suppressed.

There should be a thorough investigation of those in leadership and administrative positions in the Legion.

In all likelihood some priests should be dismissed outright and lacized but the good men who are Legion priests should be given the option to go elsewhere, either to religious orders or to diocesan clergy.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
New Castle, Delaware

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Posted by SMP TURLISH on 03/10/2009 at 11:08 AM

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