Sunday, May 1, 2011

There is hard sailing ahead for Blessed JPII-----In Spite Of All The Hard Selling

The best PR in the world will not make these images go away.  It is not the cure of a nun that will define JPII.  It is the pedophelia of a priest, the fall of communism, and the fascist papacy of his latter years.

This was posted on life-after-RC, a blog on the Legion of Christ fiasco which I happen to follow quite closely. It portends some interesting times ahead for the proponents of the now beatified JPII.  I'm exausted now, as it is late for me,  but I will have more to say tomorrow.  I have been silent for a reason.  In the meantime, here's another salvo in the 'spiritual' war against corruption in the Vatican---corruption that must not be allowed to canonize itself.  Beatification was hard enough to take.

MEXICO CITY, April 30, 2011 (Proceso). Documents from the Vatican archives, kept in secret until now, show that from 1956 the Catholic hierarchy, headed by the pope, protected Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, in spite of numerous accusations that he was a pedophile, drug addict, and corrupt manipulator of church structures.

Among the officials who knew of the Maciel case were Benedict XVI, the current pope, and the recently beatified John Paul II, who during his final years took in and protected the Legion’s founder. For those familiar with the case – which should be enough to halt the beatification process – it is inconceivable that Wojtyla should be beatified so quickly, apparently without a full review of his record as pope.

The documents – 212 files relating to the Legion of Christ, safeguarded in the archives of the Congregation for Institutes and Societies of Consecrated Life, and covering the years 1944-2002 – were handed over to Fernando M. González, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Alberto Athié, a former priest and academic at  the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and José Barba, one of Maciel’s victim, who are including them in a book currently being prepared for publication.

Proceso has reproduced a letter from Marcial Maciel dated October 3, 1956, and addressed to Cardinal Valerio Valeri, prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious. In it he responds to the suspension resulting from accusations against him of pedophilia and drug addiction which had come from, among others, prominent Mexican officials of the time, including Sergio Méndez Arceo, bishop of Cuernavaca, and Cardinal Miguel Darío Miranda, primate archbishop of Mexico.  

In the document Maciel states that the charges against him “are nothing but a slanderous accusation.” Although he complies with the two-year suspension to seek clinical treatment, he warns that under the circumstances he will not be able “to control the future acquisition of funds, or their management,” which could result in “possible financial imbalances.”


I needed a break from writing, and my job and hours keep changing, but my soul keeps movin' on.  I promise I will have more tomorrow.  I have been waiting for this truth to start coming out.  It is the beginning of the end because Maciel embodies all that is wrong with how Catholicism works at it 's highest levels.  Who ever this Deep Throat is, that person has my gratitude.  Those who wanted to believe that the beatification of JPII would put the abuse crisis and it's corruption to rest...... well, they are soooo wrong.  Justice will be served.


  1. I'm at a loss about beatification, anyway. Is this just doing some vetting for God? So he won't have so much work to do? How can it matter what some coterie decides on matters like this?

  2. Religion is such a pointless waste of time; Bin Laden got his and showed what religious activists can do. Very good day to be an atheist.

  3. Neither beatification nor canonization have anything to do with God's final judgment upon any soul in front of Him. The Church does not give nor withhold permission to God for any act of His. There is not now and never was any need for a fast-tracked process.

    Unless of course you are talking about church politics.

  4. Thanks for posting the Proceso article. I look forward to your next article on this subject.

    There was an article in New Oxford Reveiw written by a priest who had left the LC for the NY diocese. Poor guy. He goes on and on listing all the Vatican officials who smoothed the way for Maciel. But the priest never makes the connection that the Vatican must also be totally corrupt for its acceptance/promotion of Maciel even though the officials knew the truth about Nuestro Padre.

    Anyway, keep up the great work

  5. Sorry about the last entry. I didn't mean to choose "anonymous."

  6. I just got tired of all the mental gymnastics required to keep believing JPII had not a whiff of an idea that Maciel was anally raping children, womanizing, embezzling, and stoned out of his head on prescription pills. Especially considering the Vatican knew all this back in the 1950s.

    At some point, common sense tells you that unless he just fell off the back of a turnip truck, JPII had to know something was amiss with Maciel.

    I tried, I really did try, to believe in the fairy tale of Saint JPII. But some time in the mid 2000s the effort just wore me out, and I had to be true to my own gut instincts that something was very, very wrong with JPII himself.

  7. Anon, it has stunned me how many people can make the connection about how many Vatican officials paved the way for Maciel and then fail to see the Vatican itself is thoroughly corrupt.

    There's a part of me too, that wants to think Benedict was above it all, but then he sacks an Australian bishop for maybe thinking he might ordain a woman if it was approved. If the Vatican is not all corrupt, it's certainly all delusional and lives in it's own universe where all the rules are way different than they are for the rest of us.

  8. oops, I mean Betty, not anon. As to the second anon, I doubt very much JPII fell off a turnip truck. He knew exactly how much money Maciel was amassing with the Legion. I'm sure we will find out someone in the Vatican always knew how much money Maciel was amassing, and if we ever get the whole truth, we will find out Maciel was set up by his relatives to amass a whole bunch of money.