Here is their communique from earlier today. Much remains to be determined.
NYT: "For years, the Vatican ignored complaints against Father Maciel, who enjoyed a strong cult of personality. But in 2004 Cardinal Ratzinger reopened a stalled investigation into the order when he was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, sending a Vatican official to interview Legionaries and accusers of Father Maciel worldwide...Elio Masferrer, a Mexican scholar who heads the Latin American Association for the Study of Religions, said the statement, with its vague plea for forgiveness, still did not address the damages done to victims by Father Maciel, or the civil crimes he committed."
We now await the disciplinary action of the Church for the future of the order.
For further reading: http://redcardigan.blogspot.com/2010/03/compare-and-contrast.html from a concerned lay Catholic.
TIME magazine earlier this month: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1970320-1,00.html
Canon lawyer Pete Vere comments wisely on critics of the critics of the Legion: http://catholiclight.stblogs.org/archives/2010/03/no-go-for-jo.html
From Fr. James Farfaglia