Pope Benedict has decided it is time for reform after avoiding the issue for years despite one report after another concerning sexual abuses in the Church. He dispatched a special envoy to investigate and institute changes in the Legionaires of Christ which for decades was controlled by Falther Marciel Maciel who only recently died in 2008. A Vatican statement emphasized the order was an example of deceit, silence and obedience. “By pushing away and casting doubt upon all those who questioned behavior, and false belief, he created a defense mechanism that made him unassailable.”
If this Order can be reformed it sends a signal the Vatican is prepared to act. If nothing is done, then sexual abuse will continue. Of course, it would be better if Pope Benedict explored issues of celibacy and women’s role in the Church.