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…