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Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:57 AM

Legion of Christ: Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Source: Associated Press

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MARÍA VERZA
February 17, 2020

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide.

Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by the pope to lead the Legion and to clean it up -- to report the settlement the group was offering, and to express her outrage.

The terms: Martínez’s family would receive 15,000 euros ($16,300) from the order. But in return, her son would have to recant the testimony he gave to Milan prosecutors that the priest had repeatedly assaulted him when he was a 12-year-old student at the order’s youth seminary in northern Italy. He would have to lie.

The cardinal did not seem shocked. He did not share her indignation.

Instead, he chuckled. He said she shouldn’t sign the deal, but should try to work out another agreement without attorneys: “Lawyers complicate things. Even Scripture says that among Christians we should find agreement.”

The conversation between the aggrieved mother and Pope Benedict XVI’s personal envoy was wiretapped. ...

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Mon Feb 17, 2020, 01:46 PM

1. Disgraced religious order

Isn't that all of them? Which one hasn't been?

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