Marcial Maciel

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Marcial Maciel

1st General Director of the Legion of Christ
Fr. Marcial Maciel LC Late 2004.jpg
ChurchLatin Church
InstalledJanuary 3, 1941
Term endedJanuary 20, 2005
SuccessorÁlvaro Corcuera
OrdinationNovember 26, 1944
Personal details
Birth nameMarcial Maciel Degollado
Born(1920-03-10)10 March 1920
Cotija, Michoacán, Mexico
Died30 January 2008(2008-01-30) (aged 87)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
DenominationRoman Catholic

Marcial Maciel Degollado LC (March 10, 1920 – January 30, 2008) was a Mexican Catholic priest. He founded the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement. He was general director of the legion from 1941 to 2005.

Throughout most of his career, he was respected within the church as "the greatest fundraiser of the modern Roman Catholic church".[1]

Late in his life, Maciel was revealed to have been for a long time a drug addict who sexually abused many boys and young men. After his death, it became known that he had sexual relationships with at least two women, one of whom was a minor at the time. He fathered as many as six children, two of whom he is alleged to have abused.[2]

In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI removed Maciel from active ministry, before his election as Pope in April 2005. Maciel was ordered "to conduct a reserved life of prayer and penance, renouncing every public ministry",[3] and died in 2008.

References[change | change source]

  1. Berry, Jason (April 6, 2010). "Money paved way for Maciel's influence in the Vatican". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  2. Godoy, Emilio (May 3, 2010). "Pope Rewrites Epitaph for Legion of Christ Founder". IPS News. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  3. "Catholic order to be overhauled after founder's abuse". BBC News. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-09-19.