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2014-01-09

The meeting for the Chapter General of the Legionaries of Christ kicked off Thursday. Sixty-one priests from the Legion, along with Card. Velasio de Paolis are tasked with finishing the renewal process for the order.

The chapter kicked off with Mass on Wednesday. Once it ends, the Legion will have new leadership and new laws.

During his homily, Card. De Paolis precisely pointed out that "good law are important, but are not enough if they don't come with a renewed spirit.”

FR. BENJAMIN CLARIOND, L.C.
Spokesperson, Legionaries of Christ
"The Chapter General is not the end of this renewal. Rather, it's an ongoing process of renewal and encounter with the Gospel, with the mission that God gave us, and that the Church confirms. Because we can always get closer to the ideals that Jesus Christ and the Church propose.”

The Legion has now spent three years of soul-searching, after uncovering the scandalous double life its founder led. Throughout this period of self-examination, all members have made their contributions.

FR. BENJAMIN CLARIOND, L.C.
Spokesperson, Legionaries of Christ
"We have drafted a text, which Card. De Paolis approved, along with his advisers. Then we sent it for approval from the entire congregation. That revised text is now what the Chapter General will look at and ratify.”

The Chapter will end in February. During the first few sessions, Card. De Paolis will present his report, and will be followed by the territorial superiors. As the papal delegate, the cardinal has supervised the Legion since his appointment in 2010. Starting on January 20, they will elect their new director general. 

FR. BENJAMIN CLARIOND, L.C.
Spokesperson, Legionaries of Christ
"I think once the Chapter ends, we'll have this new enthusiasm, and greater humility to recognize our limits. Also, lots of desire to keep collaborating with the entire Church.”

The Legionaries of Christ was founded in Mexico in 1941. Today, they have over 2,800 members spread across 22 countries.


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