Fr. Connor’s election comes during a time of widespread public criticism of the Legionaries of Christ, which reported in December 2019 that since its founding in 1941, 33 priests of the Legionaries of Christ have been found to have committed sexual abuse of minors, victimizing 175 children, according to the 2019 report.
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COMMENTARY: Perhaps those who have long thought the Legionaries of Christ needs to be disbanded have been right all along, but the cleanup can’t stop there.
The Legion of Christ, founded in 1941 by Fr. Marcial Macial, was the subject of controversy in the Church long before it was rocked by the Vatican’s acknowledgment that its charismatic founder lived a double life, sexually abused seminarians, and fathered children.
The opening of the general chapter comes a month after an internal commission of the Legion published a report saying that since its founding in 1941, 33 priests of the congregation had committed sexual abuse of minors, victimizing 175 children.
The Legion of Christ stated Jan. 13 that Martinez, "who was found guilty of delicts of sexual abuse of minors, as a result of the process before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has lost the clerical state and can no longer exercise the priestly ministry."
Head of the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae until earlier this year intends to leave priestly ministry.
Father Eduardo Robles-Gil, appointed general director of the Legionaries of Christ during their January and February 2014 general chapter, announced the definitive approval of the constitution in a Nov. 1 letter to all the members of the Legionaries of Christ.