Statement by David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director
Today, a national Catholic newspaper is calling for police and prosecutors to investigate the scandal-ridden Legion of Christ which operates in Connecticut and across the world.
There have been multiple and credible reports and allegations of child sex crimes, adult sexual misdeeds, financial corruption, cult-like behavior, extraordinary secrecy and cover ups of all this wrongdoing in this bizarre outfit, whose founder sexually violated boys and young men while fathering at least three children despite his vow of celibacy.
Legion officials claim they're reforming. But we see no real evidence of that. They're working harder at public relations, but haven't voluntarily disclosed, much less disciplined, any of the legion officials who have ignored, hidden or enabled clergy sex crimes or helped Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado l and others hide their lavish lifestyles.
Only independent secular authorities – like prosecutors – can really investigate the Legion and find out whether any of their wrongdoing can be criminally prosecuted. We hope Connecticut’s attorney general will do this soon.
I think that if ever the ICC at the Hague were to hear the case brought to them by SNAP and the CRC, and found those accused, guilty, that my idea of STOPPING all pedophiles currently committing these heinous crimes while being priests in the Catholic Church, might be made possible.
Please keep up your good works at the SNAP site, and include articles like this one in the added information to the ICC in effort to persuade them to revisit the case. Certainly there have been many more examples of these egregious crimes made public in these years since the original filing by SNAP and the CRC at the ICC.
And, I would truly hope that the Court was aware of and did follow the recent landmark, historic questioning of the Vatican officials at the United Nations Committee in Geneva recently?!
In my American, “baby boomer” generation mind, the recent UN hearings and the possibility of going forward with the lawsuit taken to the ICC, remind me even though I wasn’t yet alive, of the trials at Nuremburg after WWII. I think that these crimes and criminals are every bit has horrible as those of the Nazis in WWII. Truly, actually, they might be worse in that they are so insidious, global and, to date, so “protected” by the Church all these many, long, long years. The numbers of victims who died as a direct result of such cruel, criminal and heinous acts cannot even be counted because of all the secrecy maintained, heretofore.