February 2012: The Vatican took over the Legion of Christ in 2010 after the order revealed that its founder had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children. Now the female branch of the scandal-plagued Legion of Christ religious order is in turmoil following the resignation of its director and the decision of a group of 30 members to split off from the movement.
The Vatican launched an investigtion into the women’s branch after discovering problems in their highly regimented life. The Legion confirmed that Malen Oriol had resigned as the assistant to the Legion’s general director. In that role, Oriol headed the Legion’s branch of consecrated women. Beloved by Pope John Paul II for its orthodoxy, six hundred  women live like nuns working in Legion schools, recruiting and fundraising.
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