December 22, 2019
At least 60 children were abused by Marcial Maciel, founder of the ultra-conservative Catholic order Legionaries of Christ, an investigation has found.
The report, published by the Roman Catholic group, said 33 priests in the order abused at least 175 minors since it was founded in 1941.
In 2006, Maciel was ordered to retire to a life of penitence after years of allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
He died two years later at the age of 87 without facing his accusers.
“There are probably more cases of abuse than those in the report and the statistics will have to be updated regularly,” the report said.
It added that a process of “reparation and reconciliation” had begun with 45 of the victims.
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