UPDATE III: Please be sure you've read the amended article at this link, which clarifies the number of men exonerated was more than two.
UPDATE II: Patricio Cerda offers more insight (for Spanish speakers):
With amazement I read the press releases that begins to circulate in all the world media, following the research being carried out, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). What is striking about this news, is the statement issued by the Legion of Christ, which say they are the ones who have passed the names of alleged pedophiles now under investigation.
This is simply wrong and once again demonstrates the continued lie still living in the hierarchy legionaries, with Delegate Archbishop Velasio De Paolis to the head...
Nicole Winfield, once again:
The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors - evidence that the scandal over the order's pedophile founder doesn't rest solely with him, The Associated Press has learned.
Two other Legion priests are being investigated by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for alleged sacramental violations, believed to involve abusing spiritual direction and other pastoral care to have inappropriate sexual relations with women.
The Legion, which is now under Vatican receivership, has insisted that the crimes of the Rev. Marciel Maciel were his alone. But the Vatican investigation of other Legion priests indicates that the same culture of secrecy that Maciel created within the order to cover his crimes enabled other priests to abuse children - just as abusive clergy of other religious orders and dioceses have done around the world.
In a statement Friday to the AP, the Legion confirmed it had referred seven cases of alleged abuse to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that investigates sex crimes. All but one involves alleged abuse dating from decades ago; one case involves recent events, the Legion said.
"Over the past few years, in several countries, the major superiors of the Legion of Christ have received some allegations of gravely immoral acts and more serious offenses ... committed by some Legionaries," the statement said.
It said it was committed to examining the accusations and reaching out to victims while safeguarding the rights of all involved. While the priests are under investigation, their access to children has been restricted, the Legion said.
This is the culture that readers have described as toxic for many years--and part of the "fruits" that others refused to acknowledge (along with the group providing "one of the worst [scandals] of the 20th-century Catholic Church"). Thanks be to God that these accusations have finally been taken seriously.
UPDATE: From one reader in the combox:
it is horrible at any level but it is not an LC problem it is a problem we have in this messed up world. Some priests abuse, mom's abuse, dads abuse, teachers abuse, co-workers abuse..... I guess I'm not sure what all the noise is about?
And a former member was reminded not to worry:
I got my first extended, written response from a local RC. He reminded me of all the good they are doing, how much they are helping the local parishes, how holy the LCs are, how much growth in local holiness has taken place and how so 2010-ago all of this is. They've moved on and so should we. Oh, and every group has a few bad apples.
What could lead anyone to worry about a few bad apples? Only love for the Church, zeal for souls, and a firm intention NOT to coast on any sense of personal accolades as a counterweight to evil. Jesus, Mary and Joseph -- what leads to such arrogance?
ADDENDUM: For the record, we have a perfect Catch-22 in this latest revelation. If the Legion is correct in that these are not new cases and already known to them, then they have failed to act in a responsible manner until now, when the CDF has forced them to be accountable. If they are new cases come to light, then we have proof that intergenerational abuse is a hallmark of this group (as any psychological study would say is typical). In that case, they are not on the right track as they keep saying but still deep in denial.