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Apr 22, 2014 8:10 AM by Associated Press

John Paul saint-maker: Pope not involved in Legion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Polish priest who has spearheaded the case to make Pope John Paul II a saint says there is no documentation that he had any "personal involvement" in the scandal of the Legion of Christ religious order.

John Paul and his closest advisers had held up the Legion and its late founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, as a model for the faithful, even though the Vatican for decades had documentation with credible allegations that Maciel was a pedophile and drug addict with a questionable spiritual life.

Monsignor Slawomir Oder said Tuesday that based on documentation available for the saint-making investigation, "There is no sign of personal involvement of the Holy Father in this case."

Oder didn't mention John Paul's closest advisers, who were among Maciel's staunchest supporters.

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