El Universal (mainstream newspaper in Mexico) today, at 10:21 AM, Mexico City time, quotes the Legionaries of Christ as saying that Raul Gonzalez - who yesterday claimed on CNN's Aristegui TV and radio show that his alleged father, Marcial Maciel, abused him - asked for a payment of $26,000,000 to ensure his silence. It's probably not a coincidence that the show aired while the Legion's Director General, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera is visiting Mexico. Today, according to ReligionenLibertad, CNN rebroadcast the interview to all of Latin America.
Here is the gist of the El Universal report:
The Legionaries of Christ responded to allegations by Jose Raul, Christian Lara and Omar Gonzalez, alleged children of the congregation's founder, Marcial Maciel, who claimed to have been sexually abused during childhood on a radio program in Mexico.
The congregation published a letter written by Fr. Carlos Skertchly to Carlos Raul Gonzalez Lara on January 12, 2010, in which he says that Raul demanded up to 26 million in compensation in order for him no to reveal "the truth".
The letter (see original Spanish version on LC site) notes that the congregation rejected the request and prefers to deal with the truth, however painful it may be.
In their statement, the Legionaries said they were unaware of this latest situation involving their founder, and expressed sympathy for "the difficult circumstances the Gonzalez Lara family members are going through".
To be continued....