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  • http://news.yahoo.com/disgraced-priest-wed-pope-adviser-39-daughter-175939260.html

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child's mother, The Associated Press has learned. The bride is the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon, one of Pope Francis' top advisers.

    Glendon, a Harvard University law professor, is one of the highest-ranking women at the Vatican as president of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. She is also one of five people on Francis' commission to reform the scandal-marred Vatican bank. Her daughter, Elizabeth Lev, is a Rome-based art historian and columnist for the Legion-run Zenit news agency, which Williams published for over a decade while he was in the order.

    Williams, a moral theologian, author, lecturer and U.S. television personality, admitted last year that he had fathered a child several years earlier.

    At the time, Williams apologized for "this grave transgression" against his vows of celibacy and said he had stayed on as a priest because he hoped to move beyond "this sin in my past" to do good work for the church. The Legion's retired superior later admitted he had learned about the child in 2005 but allowed Williams to keep teaching and preaching about morality.

    After taking a year off for reflection, Williams left the priesthood in May to care for his son. According to their wedding registry, he and Lev are due to marry on Saturday in the United States.

    Asked for comment Thursday, Lev confirmed the wedding plans in an email, adding: "We have no intention of ever discussing our personal life in this forum."

    She had initially denied an intimate relationship with Williams, though they frequently appeared together in American circles in Rome, particularly with visiting U.S. student and Catholic tour groups.

    Their wedding closes a circle of sorts, even as it raises some uncomfortable questions: Who beyond Williams' superior in the church knew about the child while the couple tried to cover it up? Was Williams already in a relationship with Lev when she became a regular contributor to the magazine he published? And did the family ties to Williams influence Glendon in her defense of the Legion and its disgraced founder despite credible reports that the founder was a pedophile?

    The questions swirled Thursday as the Legion dropped a bombshell of its own, admitting that a superior who was in charge of the bulk of its American priests-in-training for over a decade sexually abused a minor at the Legion's novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut. The Legion said a second accuser had also come forward with an allegation against the Rev. William Izquierdo, who was novice director at the Cheshire school from 1982-1994 and in Ireland before then. Izquierdo, now 85, has dementia.

    The saga of the Legion of Christ represents one of the most egregious examples of how the Vatican ignored decades of reports about sexually abusive priests as church leaders put the interests of the institution above those of the victims.

    The Rev. Marcial Maciel founded the cult-like Legion in 1941 in Mexico and oversaw its growth into a large and prominent congregation despite credible reports that he was a drug addict and child molester. After Maciel's death in 2008, the Legion admitted that he fathered three children and sexually abused his seminarians.

    In 2010, the Vatican took over the order and a papal delegate has been overseeing a reform and "purification." In January, the Legion will elect a new leadership and approve a new set of constitutions.

    The Legion scandal has been particularly damaging to the Vatican because Maciel was held up by Pope John Paul II and his cardinals as a model for the faithful, with the order admired for its orthodoxy and ability to bring in money and new priests.

    Like all Legion priests, Williams had been a staunch defender of Maciel. When Maciel's double life became public in 2009, Williams told the Catholic ETWN program that the revelations were a "very, very hard blow to all of us."

    Until he left active ministry, Williams was the most publicly prominent priest in the 950-strong order. He is the author of such books as 2008's "Knowing Right From Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience," and was a commentator for the U.S. broadcaster CBS. He was the superior of the Legion's general directorate in Rome in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

    The Legion's revelation about a senior cleric having abused a novitiate was contained in a report on the steps the Legion has taken to address sexually abusive clergy within its ranks and respond to the victims of Maciel. According to the report by the Legion's superior, the Rev. Sylvester Heerman, 35 priests have been accused of sexually abusing minors; nine were found guilty and 14 were acquitted in a church trial. Two had left the priesthood when the allegations were made, so no church sanctions could be imposed, and 10 cases are still under review. In addition, two Legion superiors were found guilty of sexually abusing adults under their case and three were acquitted.

    The Legion said the numbers indicate that less than 1 percent of the 1,133 priests ordained in the 72-year history of the order had been found guilty by a church trial of abuse, and less than 4 percent had been abused. A Legion spokesman said he didn't know what the percentage was for the current number of Legion priests.
    Matthew 5:37

    But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

    My Avatar is Fr. Hector Bolduc. He was a faithful parish priest in De Pere, WI,

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    « Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013, 10:16:08 AM »
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  • The hypocrisy in this man is incredible, and absolutely blows me away. He writes a book on "morals" and "conscience?" and then is sleeping with a woman whilst being a "moral theologian" and a "priest?" He's a freemason's dream!

     :stare:

    I have a family member that is a "priest" in this order. Makes me sick.
    Matthew 5:37

    But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

    My Avatar is Fr. Hector Bolduc. He was a faithful parish priest in De Pere, WI,


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    « Reply #2 on: December 06, 2013, 11:37:28 AM »
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  • Maybe he will use his perverted intelligence to make some theological argument to remove the vow of celibacy. He is an infiltrator, these people always coordinate their efforts and plan moves several years ( or decades ) in advance.

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    « Reply #3 on: December 06, 2013, 12:00:31 PM »
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  • The Holy Catholic Church is His Bride. This is a form of "adultery" as I call it.

    Who knew? Mrs. Glendon's daughter?  :facepalm:

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    « Reply #4 on: December 06, 2013, 12:46:55 PM »
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  • Quote from: LoverOfTradition
    The Holy Catholic Church is His Bride. This is a form of "adultery" as I call it.

    Who knew? Mrs. Glendon's daughter?  :facepalm:


    The fidelity of priests to their vocation is the same topic as the fidelity of the laity to their religious faith on the one hand and their marriage and spouse on the other hand.

    Infidelity to one's religious vocation is the same topic as infidelity in marriage.

    In Scripture Our Lord uses the phrases "faithless generation" and "adulterous generation" interchangeably.  

    The act of apostasy is an act of doubt, of the loss of faith, and of disbelief.

    According to St. Thomas, a sin against faith is the worst sin there is, and this is so because it is the same thing as separation from God, since it is our faith that makes us close to God, and our lack of faith that defines our separation from God, and since the essence of damnation in hell is the soul's separation from God, and that is the condition that sin against faith evokes, that is why the sin against faith is the worst sin there is.

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    « Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 08:33:02 PM »
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  • One wonders why Mrs. Glendon's last name is not the same as her daughter's...
    Matthew 5:37

    But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

    My Avatar is Fr. Hector Bolduc. He was a faithful parish priest in De Pere, WI,

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    « Reply #6 on: December 07, 2013, 12:06:13 AM »
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  • Quote from: parentsfortruth
    One wonders why Mrs. Glendon's last name is not the same as her daughter's...


    I certainly wondered this.

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    « Reply #7 on: December 07, 2013, 12:15:02 AM »
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  • Doing some searches, she is referred to as Elizabeth Lev Glendon and Elizabeth Lev interchangeably, almost 50/50.

    *However*, when *she* refers to herself, like her own website or Linkedin she exclusively refers to herself as Elizabeth Lev.

    I'm not sure what that pattern means.


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    « Reply #8 on: December 07, 2013, 12:38:35 AM »
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    Quote from: Iuvenalis

    I'm not sure what that pattern means.



    Lev is short for Leviathan.

    This penchant for 'coming and going' could be analogous to phases of the moon.

    The phases of the moon evoke the tides of the oceans, which come and go.

    That makes two references to the seas, where Leviathans are from - which means she must be a sea monster.  


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    « Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 01:00:59 AM »
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  • I am just pleased he is not marrying her son.

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    « Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 01:08:23 AM »
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  • For an art historian she is certainly no oil painting.

    Perhaps the priest was framed.


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    « Reply #11 on: December 07, 2013, 02:32:05 AM »
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  • Quote from: ggreg
    For an art historian she is certainly no oil painting.

    Perhaps the priest was framed.


    Who cares, so long as they're signed and numbered?

    The child is fortunate he wasn't put up for auction, maybe at Sotheby's.  

    They would have said, "This is her magnum opus, truly one-of-a-kind!"

    Imagine how much more valuable he'll be when he goes posthumous.

    Were the priest named Arthur, his opponents would be Art critics.


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