Benedict XVI Meets With Legion of Christ Visitors

5 Prelates Present Their Reports at the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010 ( Benedict XVI met today with the five bishops responsible for the apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ, the Vatican press office reported.

The audience with the Pope took place in the context of a meeting today of the five bishops selected by the Holy Father for the visitation. The prelates met to discuss with representatives of the Holy See their reports after the visits to the centers of that congregation over the past months.

In recent days, responding to questions from reporters, the director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, explained that in this meeting, the visitors would make an initial presentation of their reports and proposals, and it cannot be expected that particular decisions about the congregation will be made at this moment.

These decisions will be made by the Holy Father in a later moment, “after careful study and reflection on the results of the visit,” the Vatican spokesman added.

The five visitors are: Bishop Ricardo Watty Urquidi of Tepic, Mexico; Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver; Bishop Giuseppe Versaldi of Alessandria, Italy; Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Concepcion, Chile; and Bishop Ricardo Blázquez Pérez of Bilbao, Spain.

The apostolic visitation began last July 15 and ended March 15, after grave acts in the life of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Father Marcial Maciel, were discovered. (cf.

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