Legion of Christ schools abuses

I read a news report that former students in a Catholic girls school in Rhode Island had written to the Vatican urging that the school be closed because of the abuses it inflicted on the students.

Dozens of women who attended a high school run by the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order have urged the Vatican to close the program, saying the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts.

The fact that it was run by the Legion of Christ jumped out at me because I had written in the past detailing all the corruption in this cult within the Catholic Church. Its founder and leader Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado was a pedophile drug addict and serial sex abuser who had fathered three children. But instead of being exposed and given over to the authorities for prosecution, he had been idolized as a ‘living saint’ by his followers and highly honored and praised by Pope John Paul II as a ‘model of holiness’, likely because of his prodigious fund-raising skills, his ability to recruit new seminarians (whom he also sexually abused) at a time when enrollment was declining rapidly elsewhere, his stable of high-profile supporters, and his bribing of high Vatican officials to buy their silence. Those who watch Fox News may be familiar with the telegenic priest Jonathan Morris who is brought on to spout predictable right-wing Catholic views. He too is a member of the Legion of Christ.

I was shocked to learn that the Legion of Christ is still actually allowed to run schools when it should really be investigated as an organized crime syndicate.


  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    AP has the same story (which they first reported, and with photos added) here, if you’d rather not send more traffic to False Noise.

    US & Mexican authorities need to work together to investigate every single property of the Legion of Christ Supervillains in both nations. And by “investigate” I mean issue subpoenas and assign them to police units that kick down doors if they’re not immediately opened.

  2. Corvus illustris says

    I keep hoping that someone will turn over a rock and find a trail of evidence leading from Maciel and his Congregatio Legionariorum Christi (and its Regnum Christi) back to the infallibly but irregularly canonized J-M Escriva, founder of Octopus Dei. Too much has been going on to keep it covered up indefinitely, particularly in those secularist countries that don’t give the special privileges to the Church that Leo XIII thought it deserved.

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