Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Legionaries of Christ demand media retraction in Spain

Spero News this morning reports on a demand for media retraction made by the Legionaries of Christ in Spain. Responding to allegations made in an interview published yesterday (April 12) by the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, the regional director of the Legionaries of Christ in Spain, Father María Jesús Delgado, has sent a letter to the paper's editor, calling for a correction to be published. The interview, which was printed in a supplement entitled, “Chronicle of the Legionaries of Christ,” was incorrect in more than one respect, claims the Legionary. The Legion's response is being widely commented on in Spanish media. The original of Fr. Delgado's letter can be read here, in Spanish.
The following is an excerpt from the Spero News report:

As a religious congregation of the Catholic Church, I can assure you that we are acting, and will act, with the utmost awareness of our mission to serve men and to responsibly fulfill our civil and ecclesial duties in the management of our institutions.

We will soon discuss with our attorneys if such responsible management also demands that we take legal action against slanderous publications such as this article. There is no doubt the lamentable events, which we have recently reported about the life of our founder, are grotesque, however, we are also determined to deal decisively with this reality and in close collaboration with the Holy See (see our statement of March 25, 2010).

We look to the future with great confidence. I have no doubt about what our task is: to build our lives on the rock of Peter, with the strength of the Risen Christ and the help of many people of good will.

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