Officials investigating 7 Legion priests
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors -- evidence that the scandal over the orthodox group's pedophile founder doesn't rest solely with him, the Associated Press has learned.
It marks the first known Vatican action against Legion priests following the revelations of the Legion's founder, who was long held up as a model by the Vatican despite credible accusations -- later proven -- that he was a drug addict who raped and molested his seminarians. The Legion, now under Vatican receivership, has insisted the crimes of the Rev. Marciel Maciel were his alone. But the Vatican probe of other Legion priests indicates that the same culture of secrecy that Maciel created within the order to cover his crimes enabled other priests to abuse children.
In a statement Friday, the Legion confirmed it had referred seven cases of alleged abuse to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that investigates sex crimes.
Prince Charles, wife plan visit to Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will participate in a commemoration of the War of 1812 when they visit Canada later this month as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Minister of Heritage James Moore said Friday that the royal couple will attend the event in Toronto during their May 20-23 visit.