Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ, who rose to prominence as a cable-news contributor, has announced that he will ask Pope Francis to be dismissed from the priesthood.
Father Morris had been on sabbatical in recent months. In a statement, Father Morris wrote that leaving the priesthood “is something I have considered often and at length in years past and discussed with my spiritual guides”.
His statement includes that he has “struggled for years with my vocation and with the commitments that the Catholic priesthood demands, especially not being able to marry and have a family.”
While he does mention the desire to pursue marriage and a family, he stressed that his decision was “not about an existing relationship, but rather about the peace and spiritual freedom I trust will come in the future by following God’s will for my life now.”
Morris had served as a contributor to Fox News, had served as the Theological advisor on “The Passion of The Christ”, and as program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM.
While he is requesting to leave the priesthood, he notes “my own experience should not take away anything from the many heroic men and women who are living out their religious vocations with admirable fidelity and fulfillment. I will be in the pews ready to support you, because my faith in God and love for my Church is stronger than ever. I look forward to serving in new ways alongside of you.”