Women in Church Leadership
Mary of Magdala
Legionaries apologize and withdraw booklet that slanders Mary Magdala
mm2The Legionaries of Christ have apologized and will discontinue use of their booklet thanks to your action!  
 
Just two days ago, we asked you to write to the Legionaries of Christ in response to a booklet they had published comparing St. Mary of Magdala to Marcial Maciel Delgollado.  The report of Jason Berry and others started a firestorm of responses from Catholics like you!
 
 
And they have responded by apologizing and saying they will discontinue use of the booklet.  Read their response below.
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Thy Kingdom Come!
CONGREGATIO
LEGIONARIORUM CHRI ST I
DIRECTOR TERRITORIALIS
 
August 28, 2014
 
Dear friends in Christ,
 
The past five years have been a time of challenge and change for the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi. We have faced the disappointment of horrible scandal - and embraced the hope
of renewal.
 
We have undergone an intense self-examination and revision of our constitutions and statutes. We are firmly set on a path of reform that I believe will make us better servants of Christ and His Church.
 
Unfortunately, this week we experienced what must feel like a detour from our path forward. It is not.
 
I want to assure you that we are, indeed, determined to stay on course. And I want to share this response from Fr Juan Solana, director of the Magdala Center:
 
    "I personally and profoundly apologize for my reflections in the       booklet, Magdala: God Really Loves Women, published this summer by the Magdala Center in Jerusalem, which is managed by the Legion of Christ. The passages in question suggest a comparison between Mary Magdalene and Legion Founder Marcial Maciel, which clearly is inappropriate and poorly chosen. I was trying to make a point about compassion and forgiveness in light of the Legion's history, but realize now that my words were awkward and suggest a reverence for our founder that we clearly reject. Again, I'm sorry for any hurt this has caused. And we are no longer distributing the booklet. - Fr Juan Solana LC"
 
I have known Fr Juan for many years and appreciate his response. Please keep him in your prayers and continue to pray for the success of the Magdala Project, which draws support from Christians of all denominations, Jews and Bible scholars from around the world.
 
Yours in Christ,
Fr John Connor LC
 
Jim Fair
Communications Director
Legion of Christ
312-953-9864 <tel:312-953-9864>
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THANK YOU!
And you may want to thank to Fr. Connor for their responsiveness on this issue by going to their contact page.