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    Judge: Release Church Documents

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2004 file photo, Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined that Maciel had sexually molested seminarians and fathered three children by two women. Following a decision Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, documents have been unsealed related to a lawsuit contesting the will of Gabrielle Mee, who left $60 million to the Legion. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)

    Father Marciel and Pope John Paul II in Nov. 2004. (Pliino Lepri/AP),Pliino Lepri

    On the heels of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication, a Rhode Island judge ordered the release of documents relating to the internal affairs of priest group Legion of Christ on Friday. The pope had ordered investigations of the group in the past. Legion of Christ's founding member sexually abused seminarians and has fathered children by at least two women. The group has also been accused of defrauding a widow of tens of millions of dollars and using questionable fundraising tactics. The documents are expected to give new insight into the scandal, many years after the first allegations were filed in 1998.

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