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SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, October 30, 2009
Archdiocese of Miami Bans Legionaries of Christ; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 503 0003
We applaud the move to ban the Legion of Christ in southern Florida. It's a highly controversial, unhealthy, secretive and cult-like group founded by a cunning child molester. Children and Catholics are safer because of this decision.
A handful of other dioceses have banned the Legion. We hope others will do so too.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314 503 0003).
Archdiocese of Miami Bans Legionaries of Christ
Prohibition Effective Immediately
MIAMI, Florida, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop John Favalora of Miami has officially prohibited members of the Legionaries of Christ from exercising any ministry in the archdiocese, effective immediately.
Msgr. Michael Souckar, the archdiocesan chancellor, communicated the ban today in a letter addressed to all priests of the archdiocese. ZENIT confirmed the veracity of the letter with the office of the chancellor.
Both Msgr. Souckar and Legionary of Christ spokesman Jim Fair were unavailable for comment.
The letter said that Archbishop Favalora made the decision based on alleged abuses of earlier permissions given to the Legionaries that restricted their work to attending to the needs of members of the Regnum Christi movement, a lay apostolic association connected to the Legionaries.
"In the past," it explained, "their priests were given individual approval by the vicar general each time they wished to come to the Archdiocese of Miami, but their ministry was restricted to their own members. Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by these restrictions, Archbishop Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami."
The letter furthermore stated that the Regnum Christi movement is not permitted to work in schools or parishes in the archdiocese.
On the Web site of the archdiocese, a notice appears that reiterates the ban.
The Legionaries are currently undergoing a worldwide apostolic visitation under the direction of the Holy See.
Miami archdiocese bans Legionaries of Christ, Regnum Christi
October 30, 2009
The Archdiocese of Miami has prohibited the Legionaries of Christ from functioning in any capacity in the archdiocese.
“In the past, their priests were given individual approval by the Vicar General each time they wished to come to the Archdiocese of Miami but their ministry was restricted to their own members,” said archdiocesan chancellor Msgr. Michael Souckar in an October 29 memo to all priests. “Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by these restrictions, Archbishop [John] Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami.”
“In addition, Regnum Christi”-- the lay movement associated with the Legionaries of Christ-- “is not nor has it ever been approved to work in any parish, school, or other Archdiocesan entity,” he continued. “It recently has been discovered that Regnum Christi has been involved in several schools without Archdiocesan approval. Any such involvement with Regnum Christi is to end immediately.”
In March, Pope Benedict XVI ordered an apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ in response to the turmoil caused by revelations that the group’s founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel, had apparently led a double life marked by sexual and fiscal improprieties.
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