The founder of a Mexican Catholic order sexually abused minor-age seminarians and fathered three children with two women, the religious sect has revealed.
The Legion of Christ order and its lay Regnum Christi Movement asked for forgiveness Thursday for "the reprehensible actions of our founder," the Rev. Marcial Maciel.
"We express our sorrow and grief to each and every person damaged by our founder’s actions," said a communique signed by the Rev. Alvaro Corcuera and 15 other Legionnaires of Christ leaders.
The Vatican started an investigation into Maciel's actions in 2004 and concluded in May 2006 that he was guilty of sexual abuse, the group said. Law enforcement officials apparently were not informed.