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Pope Francis receives Fr. John Connor, general director of the Legionaries of Christ, in a private audience at the Vatican, April 22, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2021 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis received Fr. John Connor, the general director of the Legionaries of Christ, in a private audience on Thursday.

Following the meeting on April 22, Connor sent a note to the Legionaries in which he said that the audience “renewed in him the importance of filial love for the Holy Father as one of the principal characteristics of our spirit.”

A statement from the religious congregation said that the general director told Pope Francis about the “steps taken in the path of renewal” and “asked him for light and advice in the task that he has been entrusted with.”

/ Vatican Media.
/ Vatican Media.

Connor was elected to lead the embattled religious congregation in February 2020 during its general chapter in Rome.

The priest, who was born in Severna Park, Maryland, had served as the North American territorial director of the Legionaries of Christ since 2014.

The Legionaries of Christ presented a report last month, “Truth, Justice, and Healing,” on their fight against the sexual abuse of minors by members of the congregation.

Unlike a previous report released in December 2019, the new document included the full names of some of the priests who committed sexual abuse.

The congregation founded by Fr. Marcial Maciel — who himself abused at least 60 minors — promised to continue to publish an annual report on the progress being made, updating the data, and providing accountability in addressing abuse.

In 2006, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, removed Maciel from public ministry and ordered him to spend the rest of his life in prayer and penance. The Vatican congregation decided not to subject him to a canonical process because of his advanced age. Maciel died in 2008 at the age of 87.

In 2009, Benedict XVI ordered an apostolic visitation, or worldwide administrative review, of the religious institute. He then placed it under direct Vatican oversight. Benedict ordered the congregation to develop and implement new governing documents and policies after Church officials found substantial problems in the Legion’s formation and governance structures.

Pope Francis has continued pushing for reforms to the religious order. In a message to the Legion and to the lay consecrated members of Regnum Christi in January 2020, the pope told members to look toward the future as they continue to reform themselves, seeking continuous conversion under the guidance of the Church.

Regnum Christi is a Catholic movement made up of the Legionaries of Christ religious congregation of priests and seminarians, as well as consecrated and lay members.

There are fewer than 1,000 priests in the Legionaries of Christ, which runs schools in South America, North America, and Europe.

At the end of the private audience, Fr. Connor asked for the pope’s blessing for all of Regnum Christi.


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    • Daughter of the Church

      Here are facts about the Legionaries of Christ: Wikipedia: “It forms part of the Regnum Christi Federation, founded by Maciel in 1959, which includes the Legionaries of Christ, the Society of Apostolic Life of the Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, the Society of Apostolic Life of the Lay Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi, and other Catholics who associate individually”.
      One detail makes tilt: It was founded in 1959. In 1958 the aging Pope Pius XII past away, and by the fourth quarter of the year The Roman Catholic Church was ruled by the first of an uninterrupted series of six antipopes. This means that a year later in 1959, the Legion of Christ which had been locally created in Mexico in 1941 by Fr. Martial Marciel -the pederast in cause- got his entry “in Rome”. That says it all! The Legionaries of Christ were corrupt from the time of its inception by its corrupt founder, and got its entry in Rome trough the thief and corrupter in chief Antipope “Saint” John XXIII. The Legionaries of Christ were bad from the beginning. Why maintaining it? The reason is terrible to hear:
      There is a world-wide existing other “legion”. It is the Legion of Mary, founded by Saint (an authentic saint) Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort. The Legion of Mary has proven to be a strong Christian combating force against the powers of hell. (it is known that Mao Tse Dong dreaded the Legio Maria devotion in China). Holy Mary IS the Woman who will crush the head of the serpent. One prayer is…

      • Daughter of the Church

        — let’s continue the comment —
        One prayer is said (full text) “O Lord J.C. our Mediator with the Father, Who hast been pleased to appoint the Most Blessed Virgin, Thy Mother, to be our Mother also, and our Mediatrix with Thee, mercifully grant that whosoever comes to Thee seeking Thy favours may rejoice to receive all of them through her. Amen”. The word “Mediatrix” implies that the BVM is a part of the Redemption as “co-redemptrix”. Antipope Francis is at war against this appellation, and for the terrible reason that it displeases Mister Bergoglio’s master who “the serpent”.
        This is the reason the Legionaries of Christ must be maintained at all cost. This tactic of bringing or maintaining a replacement, any replacement, even if diabolical, in order to supplant what is good has been done by preceding antipopes. For example Antipope “Saint” John-Paul II supplanted Holy Mary’s Rosary consisting of 15 Holy Mysteries given by the BVM to St. Dominic (an other authentic saint) by John-Paul’s Rosary “improved” by the Luminous Mysteries. Then cleverly, since the “new rosary” became time consuming, the “saint” antipope offered the alternative very short Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, which devotion is diabolical in nature.
        Top finish this comment about the Legionaries of Christ. The one who pull the strings behind Antipope J23, was is next in line Mgr. Montini, who became Antipope Paul VI. Mgr. Montini was a pederast. His vice was witnessed by several eminent figures.

    • Daughter of the Church

      This last comment addresses personally to the organisation signing its articles as CNA Daily News – Europe (Reporter). This said journalistic reporting organisation is obviously for propaganda to the counter-church usurpers to the Roman Catholic Church. Its corps consists mainly of little hands who unknowingly parrot the false doctrine of the Synagogue of Satan consisting of pretending fixing what it factually destroys. D. of C. is attempting to expose the lethal doctrinal frauds of the counter-church; to redress the subtle lies, as well as to encourage all genuine well-wisher reporters to endeavor into charitable and serious fact checking. That said, let us bring some lights to a few of the novel “orders” which have been approved, officiated, protected by the antipopes since Vatican II.
      #. Regnum Christi and its inclusion of the Legionaries of Christ, as the above article confirms is in need of “repair” because it was a bad fruit from the beginning.
      #. Opus Dei, founded by its narcissistic “Saint” Jose-Maria Escriva is an other bad fruit which has the presumption of replacing the Jesuits, those latest having been beheaded since the forcing by Antipope JP2 of a Superior General who was not chosen by his pair as the Jesuit’s charter demands. The Jesuits were impaired after the incapacitating of Pedro Arrupe, his last genuine Superior General. In the mean time Opus Dei, made-up of of about 30,000 laypersons under the yoke of overly ambitious priests and prelates…

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