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The cause of Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, was greatly enhanced by Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus' defense in First Things. The lion of Catholic Conservatism went to the aid of Fr. Maciel, an accused pedophile, in a forceful and eloquent essay. Using a metaphor from St. Philip Neri, RJN debunked Maciel's "attackers", chastising them for spreading "feathers of scandal". Because of his prestige and influence RJN's interpretation of the facts became the gold standard of priestly defense, and a bulwark against the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' "zero tolerance" policy towards clerical pedophiles . There is no doubt that Neuhaus' defense enabled Fr. Maciel to live out his later years in freedom, and won the Legion of Christ time in its efforts to stem the tidal wave of truth that would finally wash Fr. Maciel's defenses away.
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Irish-born American, member of the Legion of Christ for 23 years, with personal knowledge of Fr. Marcial Maciel and his accusers. Writer and researcher of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement for 25 years. Author of "Our Father, who art in bed, a Naive and Sentimental Dubliner in the Legion of Christ". Co-founder of REGAIN, INC. a non profit aimed at educating the public about the true nature of the Legion and Regnum, giving voice to silent victims and their families and extending a helping hand. Has been sued by the Legion of Christ for his troubles. Engaged in correspondence with Fr. Neuhaus after he came out so strongly to defend Fr. Maciel against his "detractors".
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