National Catholic Register

Opinion

Justice and Charity

BY Father Owen Kearns, LC

February 22-28, 2009 Issue | Posted 2/13/09 at 4:26 PM

 

This has been a painful time for Legionaries. It is only recently that we learned of the misdeeds of Father Marcial Maciel, our founder, who we now know fathered a daughter.

People would like the Legion to tell them everything — now. We can’t do that because we simply don’t know everything.

The nature of these things is such that it will take sorting out carefully over time.

In all cases, the Legion intends to do what must be done: Deal with each case in justice and charity.

Please bear with Legionaries as we all try to process this information.

The Legion of Christ is preparing materials to inform the Church and the public about all of this. Watch NCRegister.com for news.

For now, I want to thank so many people for the words of consolation and support for Legionaries at this time.

Your encouragement has meant so much to us.

I’m also grateful for those who have expressed their indignation and their hurt. I know that it comes from their concern for the Church we all love so well, and which the Register is dedicated to serving.