VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has named a Spanish archbishop to investigate a cult-like group affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ religious order.
According to an internal e-mail from the Legion's administrative branch, Monignor Ricardo Blazquez, archbishop of Valladolid, Spain, will head the probe into the so-called consecrated women of the Legion's lay movement, Regnum Christi. The Vatican confirmed the appointment late Wednesday.
The Legion has been disgraced by revelations that its late founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered three children.
In a recent report, The Associated Press exposed the cult-like conditions the group's consecrated women live in, where family members are kept at bay and minute rules dictate nearly every hour of the day.