2010-07-09 15:01:38

Pope Appoints Delegate to Legion of Christ

(09 Jul 10 - RV)Pope Benedict has appointed the president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, as pontifical delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.

Archbishop Velasio De Paolis is an Italian native and member of the congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles Borromeo.

The appointment of a Papal delegate to the legion was announced after a meeting held in the Vatican April last between the Holy Father and the five bishops who had conducted a visitation of the Legionaries' institutions over the past year.

The visitation was ordered following revelations of sexual abuse by the order's late founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado.

The Vatican said the visitation highlighted three primary requirements: The need to "redefine the charism" of the Legionaries of Christ, the need to revise the exercise of authority in the order and the need to preserve the enthusiasm and missionary zeal of younger members through adequate formation.

The Legionaries of Christ have welcomed the appointment and in a message on their website “once again express their deep gratitude to the Holy Father for his fatherly solicitude, and put themselves completely at the disposal of Archbishop de Paolis”.

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