Jason Berry has an amazing account of how a powerful Catholic priest, Father Marcial Maciel, was allowed to not just sexually abuse young seminarians but both father and abuse his own children. These allegations surfaced in a Connecticut lawsuit. Maciel died in 2008.
The priest’s son, Raul Gonzalez, 30, stated to ABC that he thought his father was a CIA agent until he saw him dressed as a priest in a 1997 magazine story. His mother confronted Maciel, who allegedly denied that it was him in the picture.
ABC and Berry report that the Legion of Christ has now acknowledged that Father Maciel fathered at least one child as a priest.
He was the founder of the Legion and its most powerful member until he was forced out by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Jason Berry reported that Maciel refused last rites on this death bed:
After the priests got Maciel to a Legion house in Jacksonville, Fla., he reportedly grew belligerent when Corcuero tried to anoint him, yelling, “I said no!” The article says Maciel refused to make a final confession, and states flatly that he “did not believe in God’s pardon.”
This may have been the only time were God and Maciel agreed.
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