Thursday, January 31, 2008

Marcial Maciel Dead at Age 87

The founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, has died at age 87.

In the official statement, Fr. Corcuera announced "the departure of their beloved founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado to heaven on January 30,” as well as the Legionaries “deep gratitude to all those who wish to unite in prayer for the eternal repose of his soul".

"The Legionaries of Christ currently have three bishops, about 750 priests, and close to 2,500 aspirants to the priesthood, novices, and religious in formation, with centers established in 20 countries. Regnum Christi currently has 70,000 members from about 40 different nations."

More information here.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.


A Simple Sinner said...

I pray for the repose of his soul. It is my hope that the Legion can form a new chapter now.

What is past is past, with some reform and soul searching, the future could be bright.

exrc_cdn said...

As a former member of Fr. Maciel's troops, part of me still holds a glimmer of hope that maybe he didn't commit the terrible abuses that are attributed to him. Or that maybe he repented of what he did and asked for God's forgiveness. I feel the same way I did on hearing of Saddam Hussein's execution... a mixture of nausea, dread, relief, yet hope for repentance, mercy and forgiveness.

A Simple Sinner said...

His legacy was mixed, and however small the chances were that the allegations against him were fabricated by his enemies (there is precedent for that) there is a small chance.

Either way, I suppose looking at all things in a more mystical fashion, the fact that a part of his legacy was that he left behind is 700+ priestly sons who will now do their duty and pray for the repose of their founder's soul is a sure blessing that no Catholic can deny. We should all be so blessed as to have 700+ priests and 2500+ sems praying for us when we repose.

I have seen the debates on him and the fruit of his movement rage on in comboxes and fora from here to there. One things is for sure, mere mention of his name causes no small amount of attention to be paid. It has taken much restraint to avoid the vanity of giving my blog a technorati ratings boost by writing about him from time to time!

So again, I pray for the repose of his soul, for all parties involved in allegations that they find healing to move on if they were true, to repent if they were false, and that this order he so carefully cultivated and at one time positioned to be very influential will now flower and serve the Church well.

Michael C. said...

Although I am not a Legionary or Regnum Christi member, I had the chance of meeting Fr. Marcial Maciel quite a few times. I truly believe that he was a remarkable man who has done much good for the Church. I do not believe in the accusations against him.

an ex_lc said...

It's sad to see how much attention and energy is wasted on 'confirming' accusations "false or true". Maybe it's time that we use it instead to humbly beg God's grace to heal us all. Amid a world whose moral fiber is withering so rapidly, that's the least we could do. As ex-member of the Legionaries, i never witnessed the least evidence that such activity ever occurred. One must be totally ver far from God's favor not to be able to pick up settle hints of hidden evil. Such was not the spirit promoted in the simple but serious daily life of priestly formation.

Anonymous said...

May we rest in peace now, we who survived the Legion and Maciel