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Legion of Christ: Scandal at the Vatican

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Marcial Maciel, founder of the very influential Legion of Christ, was hailed as “an example for our youth” by his close ally Pope Jean-Paul II. Yet this morphine-addicted priest managed to amass a 20-billion dollar fortune and sexually abuse dozens of children, all the while propelling his congregation of the Legionaries of Christ onto the international stage.

Using testimonies and documents, the directors of this film show how the Vatican had been aware of Marcial Maciel’s criminal activities since 1941, when the Legion of Christ was created, and how every pope– up to Benedict XVI –protected Maciel. Recently discovered secret papers archived in Rome offer proof of this, just as they reveal that other priests of the Legion abused young seminarians.

Documentary > Current Affairs & Investigation

Theme(s):
Current Affairs & Investigation
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
Impact Presse / C+ / Planète +
Director(s):
Bernard Nicolas & Linda Salas Vega
Year:
2013
Versions:
English / French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
Worldwide

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