- Feb 23, 2020
Victims of sexual abuse by priests from the Legion of Christ in Mexico sharply criticized an internal report on pedophilia released over the weekend.
The Legion of Christ religious order, which was discredited by its pedophile founder and the cult-like practices he imposed, says an internal investigation has identified 33 priests and 71 seminarians who sexually abused minors over the past eight decades.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 92-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who faces questions about his role in various clerical sexual abuse scandals, as Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Going forward, in order to claim a halo, any candidate who was in a leadership position in the Church – meaning, usually, a bishop or religious superior – will have to be shown to have had “clean hands” on the abuse scandals.
Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz has issued a letter thanking Pope Francis for recent comments defending the late Saint John Paul II’s holiness and his handling of the case of Mexican abuser priest Marcial Maciel.
The Mexican bishops’ conference has established a team to protect children against clerical sexual abuse, advise church leaders and develop and outline prevention protocols.