Legion of Christ update presented to Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 31, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the progress that has been made in reforming the two religious bodies.

During their 45-minute meeting, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis said, he and the Pope discussed the drafting of a new constitution for the Legion of Christ, which will be presented at the order’s General Chapter in early 2014.

They also discussed the general statutes that govern Regnum Christi and its consecrated and lay members. New leaders of both congregations will be elected at the General Chapter.

Cardinal De Paolis described Regnum Christ to the Holy Father as “a precious reality that enriches and complements the work of the Legion.”

The final results of the renewal process will be presented to the Holy Father for his approval, he said.

The meeting comes as part of ongoing reform efforts for the Legion after revelations that its founder, Fr. Marcel Maciel, lived a double life, sexually abused seminarians and fathered children. The Vatican responded by calling for a period of renewal that includes a redefinition of the Legion’s mission and governing structure.
 
The Legionaries of Christ and the members of Regnum Christi recently announced a period of atonement and prayer in preparation for the General Assemblies that will determine their future, as well as Pope Francis’ expected decision about their spiritual family.

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