Pope Envoy: Rules For Legion-linked Group Invalid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The pope's envoy running the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order says the 1,000-plus rules governing the cult-like life of some of its members are invalid and will be whittled down to a core set of norms.

The rules that the Legion's consecrated women and men live under
cover everything from how to eat a piece of bread -- to what they can watch on television -- to how they interact with outsiders and family members.

Pope Benedict took over the Legion last year after the order admitted its Mexican founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered three children. A Vatican investigation determined he was a fraud and discovered serious spiritual and psychological abuses within the Legion and its consecrated branch.

Dozens of priests, more than 200 seminarians and hundreds of
consecrated women have left the movement since the scandal broke in 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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