Vatican to Legion: Reform has only just begun

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 7:05 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican delegate running the troubled Legion of Christ has urged its priests to elect a new leadership worthy of authority, after suffering for years from shame and suspicion following revelations that its founder was a pedophile.

He says the new leaders must infuse the religious order with a new spirit to finish a process of reform that he said had only just begun.

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis presided Thursday over a Mass opening a month-long meeting of Legion delegates to elect a new leadership and finalize new constitutions that must be submitted to Pope Francis for approval.

The meeting is the culmination of a three-year Vatican experiment to try to turn the congregation around after a Holy See investigation uncovered serious problems in the cult-like movement.

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