Jun 23, 2010

Abused Son of Pedophile Priest Speaks

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

José Raul Gonzalez, who grew up in one of the illicit, secret families kept by Rev Marcial Maciel Degollado, discussed here, is suing the Legionaries of Christ. He and the case were profiled on Nightline last night. A second video of just the Gonzalez interview can be found here. It's... um... gut-wrenching.

A prominent Catholic priest, praised by Pope John Paul II as "an efficacious guide to youth," Father Marcial Maciel, sexually abused not only young seminarians under his control but also abused his own children, according to a lawsuit filed today in Connecticut by a man who claims to be Maciel's son.

In an interview to be broadcast Monday evening on ABC News Nightline, the priest's son, Raul Gonzalez, 30, says he thought his father worked for the CIA or an international oil company, until he saw the priest's picture in a 1997 magazine article detailing allegations of sexual abuse.

"My mom said, 'Is that you?' and my dad said, 'No, it's not me' and my mom said, 'Yeah, it's you,'" recalled Gonzalez in the interview, conducted by Jason Berry, an investigative journalist who first reported on widespread sexual abuse by Maciel at the Legion of Christ and writes for the National Catholic Reporter.

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