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Church to overhaul Legionaries order, Conn. lawmakers pull statute-of-limitation

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    also Rescuing girls from sex slavery Catholic Church to overhaul disgraced Legionaries order 05/02/2010 VATICAN CITY—The Roman Catholic Church will overhaul
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      Catholic Church to overhaul disgraced Legionaries order 05/02/2010
      VATICAN CITY—The Roman Catholic Church will overhaul the
      ultra-conservative Legion of Christ whose late founder Marcial Maciel
      was disgraced after abuse scandals, the Vatican said Saturday. Maciel's
      "conduct... had consequences in the life and the structure of the Legion
      that are so serious as to require a journey of profound restructuring,"
      a statement said. Pope Benedict XVI will name an interim leader within
      weeks, said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, in a major shakeup at a
      time when the Church faces intense pressure to crack down on abusers and
      their protectors in the hierarchy....

      The Mexican-born Maciel, who died in the United States in January 2008
      aged 87, was accused of molesting eight seminarians and secretly
      fathering children. The Vatican said that many members of the order had
      been unaware of Maciel's misconduct as he "created around him a defence
      mechanism that shielded him for a long time"....

      Maciel founded the Legion of Christ in 1941 and ran it with an iron
      fist, requiring a vow of secrecy and barring any criticism of the
      order's superiors including himself. Before Maciel's fall from grace, he
      and his order enjoyed the adulation of Benedict's predecessor John Paul
      II. Just weeks before the Polish pope died in 2005 he hailed Maciel's
      and the Legionaries' work throughout the world as the Church battled
      tough competition from evangelical groups, notably in its Latin American

      Maciel's "very serious and objectively immoral actions confirmed by
      incontestable testimonies ... show a life without scruples nor authentic
      religious sentiments," the Vatican said. Last month in Mexico the order
      asked for forgiveness from two brothers claiming to be Maciel's sons who
      said he had abused them. Last year the order confirmed a report in The
      New York Times that Maciel had also secretly fathered a daughter.

      Conn. lawmakers pull statute-of-limitations bill HARTFORD By SUSAN HAIGH
      Associated Press 4/30/10
      Lawmakers on Friday pulled a bill that would have extended the statute
      of limitations for lawsuits involving sexual abuse, saying they didn't
      believe they had enough votes to pass the measure this legislative

      Disappointed proponents said they would revive the issue next year. They
      also suggested that some kind of resolution could likely be reached in
      the coming months regarding victims of the late Dr. George Reardon, a
      former St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center physician who is believed
      to have victimized hundreds of children beginning in the 1950s. Some of
      his victims have been limited in pursuing lawsuits against the Hartford
      Archdiocese, the hospital or others because of the state's statute of
      limitations, which gives childhood sex abuse victims until age 48 to
      file lawsuits....

      Michael Culhane, executive director of the Connecticut Catholic
      Conference, called the bill "horrendous" and said he was pleased it was
      withdrawn. Earlier this month, Roman Catholic bishops warned of
      potentially disastrous financial fallout....Scores of people claim
      Reardon molested them in his office at the hospital and took
      inappropriate photographs as part of a bogus "growth study." Reardon
      resigned from the hospital in 1993 amid the molestation accusations but
      never faced criminal charges. He died in 1998. The owner of his former
      home in West Hartford discovered more than 50,000 photo slides and more
      than 100 movie reels of child pornography in a hidden storage space
      while renovating the house in May 2007. Authorities said evidence links
      the images to Reardon. http://www.thehour.com/story/485788

      Rescuing girls from sex slavery By Ebonne Ruffins, CNN April 30, 2010
      Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) ....By raiding brothels, patrolling the
      India-Nepal border and providing safe shelter and support services,
      Koirala and Maiti Nepal have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than
      12,000 Nepali women and girls since 1993. According to the U.S. State
      Department, some 10,000 to 15,000 women and girls from Nepal are
      trafficked to India and then sexually exploited each year.

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