Hartford Courant – 13 years after Breaking the Silence

Many Catholics now tuning into the Maciel scandal, as well as many who have followed the scandal over the past few years, keep hearing references to Jason Berry, Gerald Renner and their investigative journalism for the Hartford Courant that first broke Maciel’s “double life” to English-speaking audiences. While doing some research this morning, I came across an online reprint of the story – including some images of the original publication.
The article was published 13 years ago under the title Breaking the Silence: Head of Worldwide Catholic Order Accused of History of Abuse. Most of you are aware already of the controversy it would spark. Many have read the Legion’s subsequent responses to the story, as well as Renner and Berry’s responses to the responses. But have you read the original story?
This is your opportunity to do so. Please click here.


  1. Jason Berry and Gerald Renner were viciously denounced by the Legion and their allies for this and ensuing articles. Berry and Renner showed a lot of courage for taking on an institution with the financial resources of the Legion. They are the Woodward and Bernstein of the Catholic world.

  2. “Several said Maciel told them he had permission from Pope Pius XII to seek them out sexually for relief of physical pain”…
    Sick – sick and sick! It is a wonder that these men did not loose their faith entirely over this.

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