Would You Believe: The Legion

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The story of how a corrupt, drug addicted and pedophile priest, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado used the Irish to build a global empire within the Catholic Church. Despite being under Vatican scrutiny for abusing young boys, Fr Marcial Maciel’s foundation and global expansion of the Legionaries of Christ continued unchecked for six decades during which time he established a congregation in Ireland.

We meet the first Legionary to arrive in Ireland in 1956, Federico Dominguez. He tells the real story about The Legion and why he became a whistleblower. First Irish recruits, Jack Keogh and Paul Lennon, talk about what attracted them to the movement and how, for over 20 years, they collaborated in a culture of secrecy and deception.

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An RTÉ Production


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