Once again, I am not saying that the allegations against Fr. Maciel of the Legionaries of Christ are true, but it is interesting that even as the Vatican has apparently re-opened an investigation regarding those allegations and soon after an American archbishop placed restrictions on the order, Fr. Maciel announced he would not stand again for election as general director of the order. Now, it makes sense that Fr. Maciel, who is 84 years old, would want to retire, but the timing is interesting. Why this year? Why not last year, and so on?
A series of interesting facts do not necessarily add up to anything, but it’s always worth noting patterns. I will say up front that I have had friends in the LC and have admired the order’s work and dedication and orthodoxy. But that doesn’t mean that I will not listen to any criticism or just dismiss it out of hand. If the Scandal has taught me anything, it’s that anybody is capable of anything.