The Legion of Christ is a Roman Catholic religious institute, made up of priests and seminarians studying for the priesthood. It is affiliated with the apostolic movement Regnum Christi, founded in 1959, which includes lay persons and diocesan priests and has branches of lay Consecrated Men and Regnum Christi Consecrated Women.The Legion was founded in Mexico in 1941, by Marcial Maciel. He directed the congregation as its general director until made to step down in January 2005 as a result of grave sexual scandals.
The Legion of Christ has founded religious communities in 21 countries. Its members include four bishops, 961 priests and 617 seminarians as of the end of 2016. In the U.S. the Legion and its lay arm, Regnum Christi, operate five schools.Regnum Christi is the lay movement. Like the Legionaries, they dedicate themselves to various apostolates such as education and spiritual direction.
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