The plot thickens

The plot thickens

Catholic News Service ran a story at the end of last week about the alleged Legionaries of Christ/Maciel investigation by the CDF that appeared to contradict the earlier Sandro Magister story that a top Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith official was interviewing alleged victims.

CNS basically reprints a Legionaries of Christ press release denying that there is any “canonical process” investigating its founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, and then says that Fr. Ciro Benedettini, vice-director of the Vatican press office, confirmed that the Vatican does not plan a canonical process. First, if Msgr. Charles Scicluna traveled to the US and Mexico to interview alleged victims of abuse, does that not mean that a process is underway.

You also have to wonder how both Magister and CNS know so many details about something that is supposed to be confidential. Is this a sign of a power struggle within the Vatican over this investigation, between the CDF and perhaps the Secretariat of State? At least in relation to Maciel, there has been a lot of contradictory information coming out of the Vatican, which probably means that there are at least two contradictory sources speaking to people.

But then the plot thickens…

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli