Monday, January 24, 2005

Father Marciel Steps Down as General Director of the Legionaries

From Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome:

" The Legionaries of Christ elected a new general director, after their founder, Father Marcial Maciel, declined re-election, citing his age and his desire to see the congregation flourish under a successor.

The congregation, in a press statement issued today, explained that its general chapter 'first re-elected Father Maciel by absolute majority vote,' and added that 'Father Maciel, 84, who has headed the Legionaries since their founding in 1941, declined' the re-election.

'The chapter fathers expressed their filial gratitude to Father Maciel for his leadership during these past decades and pledged their heartfelt loyalty to the mission he continues to fulfill as founder,' the statement added. "