A Narcissistic Sociopathic Cult-Running Ultra-Conservative Child-Diddling Crusader For Christ
For those who like their villains sinister, sleazy and self-righteous, not to mention depredatory, you've definitely got to check out this article by Peter Stanford about Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, a close advisor to Pope John Paul II and the founder of the ultraconservative Legion of Christ.
Targeting and then brainwashing the young and naive, forcing them to take a unique private vow to never speak ill of their revered leader, this Marcial Maciel Degollado guy ran his order just like a secret (personality) cult. Everything about life in this religious order/cult was dictated by the whim of the leader, right down to how to properly eat fruits and vegetables. Seriously.
Not only that. It would seem this "narcissistic sociopath" also rode around in a Mercedes, racked up loads of frequent flier miles on the Concorde and enjoyed luxurious stays in five-star hotels, all the while only drinking Evian water and "for medical reasons" only eating steak or a specific type of chicken that had to be flown in from Spain.
Spain, it should be noted, is also the home to the one child he is officially acknowledged to have fathered some 23 years ago (yes, at the same time he was a top advisor to the Pope).
Oh yeah, and over the years this holy/wholly self-absorbed buffoon, who claimed to "have never said no to God", also molested "more than 20 and less than 100" children as well.
And what of the larger church in all of this? Well, for 30 long years, from 1976 - when the first former victim came forward - until 2006, the Vatican did everything in its power to protect and coddle this pedophilic megalomaniac. All the while showing absolutely no concern whatsoever for his victims.
Church Priorities and Concerns
You may say this is just another typical story about the Catholic Church, one we've all heard many times before. And in many ways you'd be right. But, still, Stanford's article is particularly fascinating for all the disturbing details it reveals as well as the vivid picture it paints of the Church's priorities and concerns.
Try to fight against horrific social injustice like all the priests involved in the Liberation Theology movement and the Church will do all it can to silence you, up to and including excommunication. Sexually abuse scores of young children and you still get to be a top advisor to the Pope (even with your pedophilia being a well-known fact to His Holiness).
God's priorities indeed. Well, that is, if you consider God's priorities to include diddling young children with religious fervor.
Here's the link to the article. And for those of you who don't like to read such nasty things about the Church, all I've got to say to you is - to quote the most famous of famous books - the truth shall set you free:
A secret shame: Inside the latest scandal to rock the Catholic church
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
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