Among the many truly horrifying aspects of John Paul II's favorite cleric and theocon idol, Marcial Maciel, was his rape and abuse of his own children. When Maciel was 60, he began a secret relationship with a 22 year-old Mexican woman, who already had one son and who had another with Maciel, the purportedly celibate … Continue reading Maciel’s Son Will Sue
Jason Berry publishes the second part of his latest expose of the cult of Marcial Maciel, John Paul II’s favorite, who used money to set up a church within a church, where his morphine abuse, multiple marriages and countless sex abuse victims could be protected and financed. The money was the key to everything from … Continue reading Maciel Raped His Own Children Too
If you wonder why I find the protection of multiple rapist, Marcial Maciel, by both Woytila, Ratzinger and the entire theoconservative establishment among the worst instances of Vatican corruption, check out this simple but powerful reminder from Brian Ross.
Grant Gallicho notes a remarkable continuity in the leadership of the cult that has now disowned its founder: According to some of the testimonies given to the apostolic visitors in recent months, some in this group knew about the founder’s double life, about the carnal acts he performed with many of his seminarians over the … Continue reading Maciel Is Dead. Long Live Maciel!
A serial child-rapist, cult-leader and secretly married confidant of John Paul II and Benedict XVI is finally disowned by his own cult. John Paul II called this multiple child-rapist "an efficacious guide to youth". Of course, he was never subjected to any criminal sanctions, was protected by Woytila and Ratzinger for years, even as they knew full well what was going on, and the euphemized statement just released is what the Catholic hierarchy believes is contrition. In 2006, the Vatican decided not even to subject him to canonical hearing because of his advanced age. So if you live long enough, and bring enough cash into the church, you can be allowed to molest countless children and your only punishment is an invitation to spend the rest of your life, supported by the church, in "prayer and penance, renouncing to any public ministry”.
The person who approved of this non-punishment is now the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the American Cardinal Levada. Punishing Maciel for decades of child-rape with a paid retirement and invitation to prayer was also approved directly by Pope Benedict XVI.
But it is important to remember that this child-rapist was also defended openly and strongly by several leading American theoconservatives. Richard John Neuhaus wrote he knew Maciel's innocence as a matter of "moral certainty." Even when the Vatican finally asked Maciel to step away from public ministry, Neuhaus commented:
"There is nothing in the Vatican statement that suggests that the word penance is meant as a punitive measure. It wouldn't be the first time that an innocent and indeed holy person was unfairly treated by Church authority."
The other leading American intellectuals who endorsed Maciel on the Legion's own website were George Weigel, Mary Ann Glendon, William J. Bennett and William Donohue. To his credit, Weigel has since reversed himself but, so far as I can find, has never personally apologized or taken responsibility for having backed Maciel to the hilt previously. Let us review the record:
by Patrick Appel Dreher comments on a new wrinkle in a story the Dish has long followed: Who in the order knew that the hero-worshiped Padre had impregnated several women? Who signed off on this "hush money"? Who in the Vatican knew what Maciel had done? Did Pope John Paul II know — and did … Continue reading Maciel’s Children Sue
New details are emerging about the uber-theocon’s secret life: Fr. Maciel had a daughter, a young woman now just over the age of twenty living in Spain, born from a relationship that was not sporadic, but regular, between the priest and a lover he had. Even First Things is changing its tune and worrying about … Continue reading The Maciel Meltdown
The sexual abuser, liar and cult-leader, Marcial Maciel, was protected for years by Pope John Paul II and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Many have rightly focused on the fact that the Legionaries of Christ was a vast conspiracy for sexual abuse of the young, but they tend to miss the fundamentalist cult of authority that was … Continue reading Recovering From Maciel
I wrote this morning that, to the best of my knowledge, Richard John Neuhaus never retracted his defense of Maciel. A reader points me to this article where Neuhaus did qualify his remarks: When the charges against Fr. Maciel first surfaced, I studied the matter with care and had detailed discussions with knowledgeable people on … Continue reading Neuhaus And Maciel, Ctd.
Rocco has some useful background here: Until the practice’s dissolution in 2007 at the behest of Pope Benedict, even criticism of Maciel by Legionaries was banned under a secret vow made by members of the society. The key thing to understand about the Legionaries is that they were ultra-right-wing and brought in lots of cash … Continue reading The Cult Of Maciel