Saturday, May 01, 2010

Pope Takes Control of Legionaries of Christ

B16 is taking over the Legionaries of Christ and will send a group of inquisitors an apostolic delegation to examine them.

This is an improved move, albeit too late to change public opinion which incidentally now involves a worldwide mass-exodus from The Roman Catholic Church if we can believe the reports and surveys.

This is certainly preferable to shutting down the order entirely which was an option. We should keep in mind that many religious orders get off to a rocky start with unsavory founders who manage to attract some good men and women into their ranks. The founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Marcial Maciel, was all about sex with almost anything on two legs. I'm pretty sure that the priests who had been pushing for his canonization have folded their tents and are crying into their Campari at Harry's Bar on the Via Veneto next to the priests working on the canonization of Pope Pius XII.

I think there is a place for insanely handsome arch conservative priests who didn't mind being woken up in the middle of the night to service their leader. They didn't need much beauty sleep.

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Blogger steve said...

Tony,

Did they do it for the PR value, or the money the Legionaries have? Im sure it was both, just wanted to know how important do you think the money is here?

9:33 PM  
Blogger Father Tony said...

Steve,
There are certainly some wealthy lay people involved who don't want to be look foolish. Like the victims of Bernie Madoff?

10:29 PM  

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