On Monday, the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ religious order published its latest report detailing what they have done and what they still need to do to repair the damage done and guarantee safe spaces for minors, from third-party investigations to mandatory formation seminars and revealing the names of priests found guilty of abuse.
The religious congregation continues to claim it is cleaning house, after a report released last year showed that the late Father Marcial Maciel Degolaldo, founder of the Legionaries, was far from being the only abusive priest in the movement.
Titled “Truth, Justice and Healing 2020 Annual Report,” the document looks into the implementation of two documents produced at last year’s annual chapter for the order: “Protect and heal” and “Conversion and reparation in relation to the sexual abuse of minors and safe environments.”
According to the Legion, in releasing the report they “first of all bear in mind all the victims who have suffered abuse, known and unknown,” adding that a year ago, they had assured victims and their families of their will to convert and repair the damage with concrete actions. The document also calls on other members of the order to work on healing the wounds of the victims of abuse, while asking the Church in general and society as a whole to “help us to carry out” this determination to prevent abuse and repair the damage of past abuse.
“We keep in our hearts the words that Pope Francis addressed to us at the end of the 2020 General Chapter,” says the report’s introduction. “The path of renewal has not ended, because the change of mentality in individuals and in an institution requires a long time to assimilate, and therefore a continuous conversion.”
Concrete steps in that renewal were established in the two documents released Feb. 26, 2020, and the following report published March 22.
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