RI records spotlight double life of Legion founder

By News Staff


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Unsealed documents in a Rhode Island lawsuit brought against the Roman Catholic order Legion of Christ describe allowances made for the order's founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel.

The Vatican took over the Legion in 2010 after determining that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women.

The documents, unsealed Friday, include testimony from the Legion's former second-in-command who said he discovered Maciel had fathered a daughter in 2006, but never confronted him about it and didn't share the news with the broader membership.        

The lawsuit was filed by a relative of a woman who gave $60 million to the Legion. A judge has said the relative didn't have standing to sue.

The documents were unsealed at the request of The Associated Press and other media.