Catholic News Service is very deferential to Legionary spin.
In the past, Father Maciel had been accused of sexually abusing young seminarians in the order, accusations that Father Scarafoni said “have never been proven definitively.”
Because the Holy See decided against conducting a canonical trial to investigate the allegations, but rather ordered the then-elderly Father Maciel to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance in May 2006, “we do not know what allegations were made and examined at that time,” Father Scarafoni said.
Yes, we do. Because those who testified to the Vatican investigators, and whose complaints over many years eventually brought those investigations, have spoken. Fr. Scarafoni–and the CNS reporter–have only to read Vows of Silence or, better, watch the video.