The congregation has revealed a report that includes almost eight decades of sexual abuse.
The Catholic congregation Legionaries of Christ has recognized that 175 minors have been victims of sexual abuse since its foundation in 1941 until mid-December of this year.
According to a report prepared by the organization the abuses were committed by 33 priests against children, mostly between 11 and 16 years . In all cases it is noted that at least 60 violations were committed by the priest Marcial Maciel, founder of the most conservative congregation and one of the most powerful in the Catholic Church.
The report highlights that many of the pedophiles they were priests who once suffered abuse within the congregation, which over the years became victims to victimizers, resulting in a spiral of abuse. He maintains that almost half of them committed the crimes while they held positions of authority in the order, which hindered the possibilities of denunciation.
Current situation of those involved
Of the 33 priests who committed these sexual abuse, six have died without being judged, eight left the priesthood, one left the congregation and 18 remain in the group. The number of abusers represents 2.44% of the 1,353 religious ordained in 78 years, according to the investigation.
Of the legionaries who remain within the order, 14 have no public priestly ministry, four have it restricted, which excludes pastoral service with minors.
The report shows that another 90 victims were abused by 54 seminarians, of which 46 were not ordained priests.
This document is the first report in which the legionaries recognize the magnitude of the problem within their structure and will be presented in the framework of the General Chapter meeting, which will take place on January 20 in Rome.
From the organization they point out that with the publication of the investigation "they wish to take another step in confronting its history to know and recognize the phenomenon of sexual abuse of minors and promote reconciliation with victims ".