Priest Who Oversaw Legion in Wake of Father Maciel Dies of Cancer


John Burger

The Legion of Christ has announced that the priest who took over as head of the order after disgraced founder Father Marcial Maciel stepped down has died.

“Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, L.C. departed for the Father’s house after a long battle with cancer,” said a statement issued by the Legion just an hour after Father Corcuera’s death.

Father Corcuera, who was 56, served as General Director of Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ from 2005 until 2014. Father Eduardo Robles-Gil, who was elected general director at the order’s general chapter in Rome this year, wrote in a letter to members of Regnum Christi: “I invite everyone to offer Masses and prayers to commend his soul to God and thank God for the life of this father, brother and friend who has been our General Director during the nine most difficult years in our history.”

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