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Vatican to reopen case against Legion head Maciel.

A canon lawyer representing eight former members of the Legionaries of Christ who filed pedophilia charges in 1998 against the order's founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, recently informed the men that a Vatican prosecutor has agreed to reopen the dormant case.

Canonist Martha Wegan informed Arturo Jurado, Jose Barba and Juan Vaca of the development in a Dec. 2. 2004, letter. It came barely a week after Pope John Paul II publicly praised Maciel and entrusted the Legion with the administration of Jerusalem's Notre Dame Center.

Maciel decided on Jan. 20, 2005, to decline re-election to another 12-year term as head of the Legionaries. Order officials said the decision had nothing to do with the charges against him, but was a long-planned move intended to smooth the transition to new leadership while the 84-year-old Maciel is still able to be of assistance.

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Title Annotation:Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXVA
Date:Oct 24, 2014
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