Legionaries to get special 'adviser'

Eduardo Robles Gil

The Vatican will name a special 'assistant' to advise the leadership of the troubled Legionaries of Christ, NCR Online reports.

Fr Eduardo Robles Gil, General Girector of the Legionaries, made the announcement in a video message sent to the congregation's members on Sunday and now accessible on YouTube (here).

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, respectively Prefect and Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, informed Fr Robles Gil of the plan for an adviser at a recent meeting, the General Director said.

'We asked if this assistant would have a role in government, but we were told that no, our government was autonomous,' Fr Robles Gil said in the video.

The General Director said he had not been told the identity of the assistant, but hoped to learn more at a July 3 meeting with the Cardinal and the Archbishop.

Fr Robles Gil said he also hoped to find out how the constitutions are coming along, and if there is something we need to adapt or change.

The Legionaries' extraordinary general chapter, which closed February 25, approved a new constitution that requires final approval by the Pope, and chose FR Robles Gil as the congregation's first elected leader after nearly four years of Vatican-supervised reform.

The seven-week gathering of 61 Legionary priests from 11 countries also issued a letter condemning the 'reprehensible and objectively immoral behavior' of the congregation's founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, citing his 'abuse of minor seminarians,' 'immoral acts with adult men and women,' 'arbitrary use of his authority and of material goods,' 'indiscriminate consumption of addictive medicines' and plagiarism.


Legionaries of Christ to receive Vatican-appointed adviser (NCR Online)



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