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Vicar general of Legion of Christ resigns

July 16th, 2011 - Comments Off

ROME, Italy — Reports said the resignation of the vicar general of the Legion of Christ has been pursued. Instead, Fr. Luis Garza will now take over the running of the organization in North America.

Fr. Luis Garza

Fr. Garza remarked, “America and Canada are countries that I have always admired and I am humbled to serve as territorial director of the united territory.”

Fr. Garza gave a statement last month that he has no plans of filing a resignation as vicar general. The said position is known as the second-in-command of the organization. Instead, he hinted that there may be a general turnover of the organization’s leadership after their next General Chapter meeting.

Currently, the Vatican is conducting an assessment on the constitution of the Legion of Christ. That process is being headed up by Italian cleric, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis.

The cardinal was appointed as ‘Papal Delegate’ last year after a Vatican investigation condemned the late founder of the congregation, Fr. Marcial Maciel, as a being guilty of “serious and objectively immoral behavior” as well as “real crimes.”
Fr. Maciel had sexually abused seminarians over many years and fathered several children with different women. He died in 2008, aged 87. The Vatican report summed up his life as “devoid of scruples and of genuine religious feeling.”
“We are working together to face the challenges for our communities and our apostolate around the world, and with particular intensity in the United States and Canada,” said Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, the general director of the Legion.
“We must lay more solid foundations on which to build and re-launch our service to the Church in those countries.”

Fr. Corcuera noted that, “In the consultation, various candidates were considered for the new position. Although both of the current territorial directors have done an extraordinary job, there was broad consensus in favor of Fr. Luis Garza.”

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