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Ex-Legionary, TV personality abolishes priesthood

Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ who was at one time among the most prominent Catholic priests in America as a contributor to Fox News, has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state, indicating he wants to be free to “marry and have a family” though saying it’s not about an “existing relationship.”

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Jonathan Morris on May 17: "Some personal news: After taking some months of sabbatical to be with family and to dedicate more time to prayerand retreat, I have decided to ask the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to release me from the dutiesand responsibilities of the clerical state (priestly vows).

Taking this step is something I have considered often and at length in years past and discussedwith my spiritual guides. While I have loved and thrived in so many aspects of my ministry, deepin my interior I have 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.

My fear of disappointing people’s expectations of me has always held me back from taking thisstep. Only now, because of this sabbatical, have I had the clarity of mind and peace of soul tomove in this direction.

My decision is 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.

My own experience should not take away anything from the many heroic men and women whoare 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 thanever.

I look forward to serving in new ways alongside of you.I hope you are able to hear in my written word the newfound joy I have in my heart as I beginthis new chapter, despite my fear of stepping into the unknown.

I am grateful to God, my family, and to all of you for so much love, support, and understanding. Some will not understand; I’m okay with that too. Please pray for me."
Abandoning vocation happens in as much it is about self-ego and not sacrifice to Our Lord Jesus Christ through Mary - Mother of God.
Pretty sad.
Pray for our priests. They are under such a heavy burden.
Wonder how many will look for the door after Amazon Synod?
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Dr Bobus
Whenever I have seen him on TV, my first reaction was always: He looks to be someone who has led a very sheltered life--a 35+ year old man who seems like a 16 year old planning for the high school junior prom. I wonder whether during formation he ever thought of leaving and asked God, with St Paul, What do you want me to do?

Jonathan Morris was a JPII vocation, ordained about 15 years into …More
Whenever I have seen him on TV, my first reaction was always: He looks to be someone who has led a very sheltered life--a 35+ year old man who seems like a 16 year old planning for the high school junior prom. I wonder whether during formation he ever thought of leaving and asked God, with St Paul, What do you want me to do?

Jonathan Morris was a JPII vocation, ordained about 15 years into the papacy of JPII. After the Wojtyla papacy BXVI followed. Now with Francis we have a pope who considers theology to be ideology, tries to find an way out of moral obligation, and insults those who disagree with him. I wonder whether in some way Pope Francis, recklessly trying to eliminate what he considers weeds, has played a role in killing the Morris vocation, whose seeds we're planted under JPII.
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There seems to be something like: Post Legionary Syndrome
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It's too bad he didn't get married before becoming a priest. Poor priest.
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He has “discerned” that “not being able to marry and have a family” is a sacrifice God no longer wants him to make.
Oh, how foolish. Poor fellow.
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aderito
At least he is honest about his feelings ,he is no hiding like some other clergy
CatMuse
I think he is making use of the forthcoming Amazonian sin-nod.
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CatMuse
I'm sure Francis could use him. What impeccable timing the Judas has!
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Lalanz
Disgraceful...
Lalanz
Mr Morris, you do not have that option!!! If he marries he will be living in mortal sin of adultery and ultimately end up in Hell..pray for him!!!!
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Dr Bobus
If he is laicized by the pope, he will be free to marry.
Lalanz
Sorry to say, but once ordained a priest, it’s forever!!! Mr Morris at the end of his life, when soul is out of body, he will realize this harsh reality!!!