December 23, 2019
By Dave Altimari
An internal investigation by the Cheshire-based Legion of Christ has identified 175 victims of sexual assault by priests, including 60 victims of the now-disgraced founder of the order and one victim who still has a lawsuit pending in Connecticut.
The 25-page report released on Dec. 21 is short on details of who the abusive priests were but draws a direct connection between the Rev. Marcial Maciel and the trail of abuse he left behind. In addition to secretly fathering at least three children himself, several of those that he abused became abusers themselves.
“It is worth noting that 111 of the victims were either victims of Father Maciel or were victims of his victims or of a victim of one of his victims. This represents 63.43% of the 175 victims of priests in the Congregation,” the report said.
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