May 11, 2010 2:19 PM

Mexico hit hard by Vatican's repudiation of Legion's founder

Public scorn has fallen on the late Mexican priest Marcial Maciel — a serial pedophile accused of secretly fathering several children — and the shame within his powerful worldwide congregation, the Legion of Christ, is particularly intense in his homeland. Mexico's biggest tycoons were avid supporters of Maciel, a former president once asked Maciel to perform the first communion for his daughter, and the wife of another president praised him for interceding with the pope on her behalf.

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