ACCUSED PRIEST FATHER'S ORDER DENIES MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS:
Paper:THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Credit:Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News
Art:PHOTO(S): (File photo) The Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the
an Irving Catholic school, shown with Pope John Paul II, is accused
molesting boys in his international religious order.
Pope John Paul II has appointed the sponsor of an Irving Catholic
a major Vatican assembly, despite allegations that the priest
in his international religious order.
Scholars, supporters and critics alike view the appointment of the
Marcial Maciel Degollado as the pope's response to the accusations,
were based largely on sworn statements and first reported in a
daily newspaper in February.
"The Vatican is saying, `Stop the nonsense,' " said Dr.
Janet Smith, a
University of Dallas professor whom the Vatican named a consultor to
Pontifical Council for the Family. "Why would they stand behind
unless they were absolutely certain the charges were bogus?"
Neither the pope nor Father Maciel has responded directly to the
allegations. Father Maciel 's order, the Legionaries of Christ, has
them and called the accusers liars with "personal vendettas