Synopsis from mExRC:A brief chronology of this story:
- Circa 1976. 56-year-old José Rivas (Marcial Maciel) meets and literally woos 19-year-old Blanca Lara, in Tijuana. MM claims he's a widower seeking a girl to marry and start a family. He never fulfills his promise to get married, though, and they move to Cuernavaca.
MM tells Blanca that he works at Shell, and also as a private detective, and for the CIA, and other lies.
Although he claims to be José Rivas, when the time comes to register son Raúl, Maciel uncovers another Birth Certificate under the last name González, and all three children are registered under this last name.
- Circa 1977. MM adopts 1-year-old Omar, son of Blanca from a previous relationship.I can't even post the rest, because it's so horrific. You need to go to Giselle's post and read it.
Or you could just read this Associated Press report:
A Mexican woman charged Wednesday that the deceased, scandal-tainted founder of a conservative Roman Catholic religious order led a double life and fathered two children with her.
Blanca Lara Gutierrez said she met the Rev. Marcial Maciel in the border city of Tijuana in the 1970s, but didn't know he was a priest. She said he passed himself off as an employee of an international oil company, a private investigator and a CIA agent.
The Legionaries of Christ, the order founded by Maciel, acknowledged in February 2009 in connection with other cases that he had fathered a daughter and molested seminarians.
During a radio interview Wednesday, Lara Gutierrez charged that Maciel, who died in 2008 at age 87, sexually abused one of his two sons with her as well as a son she had from a previous relationship. The sons, now adults named Jose Raul and Omar, said the abuse went on for years.
The Vatican, which has been investigating the order over the earlier allegations against Maciel, did not have any immediate comment on what Lara Gutierrez and her sons told MVS radio Wednesday.
The order's Mexican headquarters did not answer its phone. Jim Fair, a U.S.-based spokesman for the Legionaries, said he didn't know anything more than what was broadcast in Mexico about the woman, her children and Maciel.
I will grant that there needs to be a thorough investigation to determine the truth of these horrible allegations. That said, though, I wonder how many more sickeningly credible, damaging revelations about Maciel will surface before the facade that is the Legion cracks entirely, revealing the stench of the whited sepulcher that lays beyond?