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Marcial Maciel was the founding leader of the Legion of Christ, based in Mexico, and its general director from 1941 to January 2005. The sexual scandal was related to accusations since the 1970s that the prominent Mexican Roman Catholic priest had sexually abused many minors and fathered a total of six children by three different women.
William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official convicted of child endangerment for a supervisory role over priests accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been serving a three- to six-year term in the state prison at Waymart in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Regarding Father Maciel, Cardinal Sodano is accused of taking substantial amounts of money in order to help the Legion ingratiate itself with the Vatican. This allegedly led Sodano to hinder investigations into Maciel, beginning in 1998 when ex-Legion victims filed a canonical case against Maciel with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. According to Berry, Cardinal Sodano pressured Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the congregation’s prefect, to halt the proceedings.
Cardinal Pell, 76, was accused in 2017 of historic child sexual abuse and over 30 people testified in a preliminary court hearing. In an opening hearing the court heard that one alleged incident took place at Melbourne Cathedral in the 1990s, when the cleric was Archbishop of Melbourne.
The Denver Archdiocese, through its Archbishop Charles Chaput, has long played a significant role in the ongoing Catholic sex abuse drama. Chaput acted as what victim advocates call “a kind of point man” for the Vatican, waging an aggressive counteroffensive against clergy sex abuse legislation and appearing at prominent abuse trials nationwide.