Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fr. Maciel forgave his Victims!

Rome/February 28, 1997

Mr. Clifford L. Teutsch
Managing Editor
The Hartford Courant
285 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06115

Dear Mr. Teutsch,

Regarding the accusations made against me in the Hartford Courant of Sunday, February 23, I wish to state that in all cases they are defamations and falsities with no foundation whatsoever, since during the years these men were in the Legion never in any way did I commit those acts with them, nor did I make any such advances to them nor was the suggestion of such acts ever mentioned.

During the time that these men were in the Legion of Christ and even after they had left, I spared no sacrifice to help them as much as I could-as I have always done with every person the Lord has put under my care. I do not know what has led them to make these totally false accusations 20, 30 and 40 years after leaving the congregation. I am all the more surprised since I still have letters from some of them well into the 1970s in which they express their gratitude and our mutual friendship.

Despite the moral suffering that this has caused me I bear no ill will toward them. Rather I offer my pain and prayers for each one of them, in hope that they will recover their peace of soul and remove from their hearts whatever resentment has moved them to make these false accusations.

Yours respectfully in Christ,
Marcial Maciel, L.C.


  1. Which American Legionary drafted this letter for Fr. Maciel?

  2. Hi,
    I haven't understood yet if there are some official documents which say that Fr. Maciel is guilty of abuse against "ex-pupils". Could you give me a feedback about it, some link or document that I can use to try to change my friends' mind (some of them are sure that Fr. Maciel is a saint and the scandal is a conspiracy)?
    Many thanks in advance
    Sorry for my English.

  3. No hay problema
    Check out this article:

    at the beginning you will find the Vatican statement 2006

    Pro legionary and pro Regnum people have tried to water down the Vatican's action

    Desde hace 4 anios la directiva y los adeptos a la LC/RC han tratado de disminuir la importancia y el sentido de esa declaracion

    Si uno no quiere creer que Maciel abuso sexualmente de algunos seminaristas no se le puede convencer