Another quick translation of this:
Three More Children of Maciel Claim Rights as Heirs
by Alma E. Muñoz
The Mexican attorney, José Bonilla Sada, has announced that three children
of Marcial Maciel, born in Mexico, will try to force the Legionaries of
Christ to acknowledge their existence as well as their rights as heirs to
the assets of the founder of the religious order.
The litigants' attorney, who in this case has as his assistant Joaquín
Aguilar, a victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by former priest Nicolás
Aguilar, says he has enough evidence to show that the late Pope John Paul II
as well as the legion knew of the existence of three other children of
Maciel, now adults and legally recognized by their father, but whose names
are currently being withheld.
Months earlier the order founded by the late priest, who was accused of
sexual abuse of minors, admitted the existence of a daughter. Her name, as
Bonilla states in his blog http://conlajustici a.wordpress. com, is Norma
Hilda. She lives in Madrid, Spain along with her mother of the same name,
and has a non-employment residency permit.
Originally from the Mexican state of Guerrero, she is approximately 23 years
old and enjoys a level of affluence such that she does not work, lives in a
luxury apartment, and has another which she rents in the same building where
she resides. They were acquired by Marcial Maciel with money from the
It was through this blog that the three children of the late priest
contacted José Bonilla seeking legal representation. They provided him with
a series of documents to support their claim of Maciel¹s paternity:
photographs showing a meeting with John Paul II, letters of all sorts, and
tape recordings of highly placed officials from the Legion of Christ
discussing the subject.
The attorney maintains that handwritten evidence is sufficient to show that
the letters were the written by the hand of Maciel, and that the children
can undergo DNA testing to prove their genetic connection.
At the moment the attorney is researching and preparing a civil lawsuit in
which it would be determined if his clients have rights as heirs, although
he hopes that, before taking legal action, an agreement with the Legion of
Christ can be reached.
"I suppose," says Bonilla, "that (Maciel) did leave them money. Our research
team is looking into that, and some sources have told us it is a sizable
amount. You have to remember that the legion was created around and for the founder. Practically everything came from him."
He indicated that the children of the late priest are seeking recognition of
their existence and their rights as his heirs, and are thinking of
eventually publicly discussing the life they lead with their father from the
standpoint of how it developed, what he said, how he advised them, and what
he taught them.
OK, we have an insurmountable problem: either the Legion knew about this, diverted the funds and will hereby continue to pay out to both offspring (reasonable upkeep -- some are still young) and victims (compensation which is long overdue) OR the Legion will stop such pay-outs and stick to authentic "apostolates."
In the case of the former, we have a breach of canon law, by which money donated for one purpose is used for something else (and the Vatican has to step in to protect the faithful); OR in the case of the latter the Legion is seen as slimy and unjust, (and the Vatican has to step in to protect the faithful).
Either way, money talks. (I doubt these kids would sue, should their father have been a Franciscan or Discalced Carmelite...) In this financial conversation, it is time for us to respond. Perphaps, through prayer, you'll be called to dig into those old tax receipts and write a letter asking that your [name specific amount] donation be returned. Certify the letter, wait a month (remember, a lot of key people aren't at their desks at the moment) and then resend with certified copies going to both the Legion and the appropriate visitator. It's one universal language that seems to preempt the other (love) and the one that gets results this side of the veil.