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25 February 2016 | by Christopher Lamb

Benedict XVI ‘was prevented from dealing with Maciel’ Premium

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Benedict XVI made strenuous efforts to clean up one of the Church’s worst abuse scandals, Pope Francis has said, while hinting that his predecessor was prevented from taking tougher action. During an in-flight press conference returning home from Mexico, Francis was asked about the case of Fr Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who sexually abused numerous seminarians. He was also a drug addict, maintained relationships with two women and fathered up to six children, two of whom he was  accused of abusing. Despite this, he founded a successful and extremely wealthy religious order, which included a lay branch, Regnum Christi, and was close to Pope John Paul II and senior figures in the Vatican. Allegations of abuse were investigated by the Congrega


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