January 15, 2005:
Elderly man says Catholic lay organization “exerted undue influence” to take his assets
An elderly man claims that the Legionaries of Christ, also known as Regnum Christi, "exerted undue influence" and "pressured" him to surrender both his home and large amounts of cash.
In a letter first published by CultNews John T. Walsh Jr. explains , "the fraudulent and unlawful practices utilized by the Legion of Christ in soliciting donations."
In 2003 Mr. Walsh was 78 and recently widowed when he was influenced by Legionaries of Christ seminarians and a "fundraiser" to make large donations to the organization.
The widower says he was "pressured" and eventually "quitclaimed [his] home to the Legion."
Walsh also describes a process of isolation that prevented him from seeking financial advice from family and friends. He was instead "represented by counsel hand-picked by the Legion."
The 80-year-old also claims that the Legionaries made misrepresentations about his property taxes.
"I will, in the very near future, no longer have the means to support myself," he says.
Controversy is nothing new for the Legionaries of Christ whose founder Father Marcial Maciel Degollado has been repeatedly charged with sexual abuse .
Just this month the Vatican officially announced its decision to reopen an investigation of the powerful Mexican priest's conduct reported New York's "Journal News" (Cultnews.com).
[TBC: "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage" - 2 Peter:2:19.]