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More Bad News for the Legionaries of Christ: Fr Thomas Williams Admits Paternity Comments

Sadly, on Wednesday, May 15, 2012, one of the legion's most prominent and popular clerics, Fr Thomas Williams, LC, ThD, a moral theologian, announced his own moral failure. Fr Williams is widely known for his writing, speaking and commentary during numerous television appearances. (NBC,CBS and Sky News) He has been a source for the major networks on the Vatican, as well as a "go to guy" for comments on the sexual abuse scandals over ... Continue Reading

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  1. Tom Valerius
    1 year ago

    From the statement of Legionaries and Regnum Christi and Father Williams:"A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child." "HER CHILD"? - kind of give it a one-person virginal feel, huh? Not that bad, Father! - HER CHILD! Hasn't any one else recognized the shallowness of this confession! - "Hey - It's her child!" Not MINE! Hell, we the laity couldn't get absolution with that "It wasn't my fault - IT'S HER CHILD!" I'm not confident of the meaning or comfortable with the "one-parent" comment but isn't it strange and inherently sad that no one - Bishop, Monsignor,Priest or the leadership of this narrow claiming faithful group saw the ignorance in the shallowness of this "confession"! but an retired grouchy Catholic lawyer! - The Height of my church's ignorance and over-sight and "Old Boy Network! - HER CHILD! God, you certainly have your hands full with the phonies - all of them !

  2. Matthew S. Former Apostolic
    2 years ago

    These are the actions of one man.... not the actions of the entire Legion...

  3. Jordan
    2 years ago

    Until the Roman Catholic church wakes up and realises that to force celibacy upon young men is wrong, these sorts of things will continue to happen.

  4. John Pack Lambert
    2 years ago

    The only way for Williams to make this right would be for him to marry the woman and publicly acknowledge the child. He brought the child into the world, and should have the respect to publicly ackledge and support the child. Anything less is to fail to repent for his sins.

  5. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    "A year???" Seriously?
    Tell you what... he needs to take off the collar, get a job, and raise his child. CLEARLY, that is his vocation- FROM GOD- now. This isn't theorhetical... there IS a child. He IS the father! He needs to quit thinking of himself and go BE one!
    A year to reflect? What an incredibly selfish choice that is!! Shame on him, shame on ANYONE who advised him to do so!!

  6. No Way
    2 years ago

    Whats the deal here ? It's not like he killed someone or fondled a minor. The only thing he did here is he broke an oath to God. Well, then let God handle it. I'm sure he'll be forgiven faster than anything. He should have been married if he was to have a child though.

  7. Lycie Barber
    2 years ago

    It is unnatural for a man or woman not to respond to love, which grows naturally from God, by desiring full union, as we seek with God. Love is of God and should not be considered evil any more than the fruit of that union, which is from God. Rules of celibacy for priests are strict, but were put in place centuries ago for good reason. They have not been so successful and have been a source of great shame on priests and the Church, the inability to comply causing despair and loss of Faith for many. The resulting shamed and broken-hearted priests are wasted, no matter how they have dedicated their lives to our first and final Love, God, and to guiding His people to know and love Him. Change in the Church's rule seems to be the answer to this dilemma. Now, with the married Anglican priests allowed ordination, the rule of celibacy will seem more archaic and harder to live by. Other sexual scandals would be minimized by the change, also. Praying for our priests and Church.

  8. gene euler
    2 years ago

    did i miss something here? his child is called a "grave transgression"!!! has he been a father to the child ? involved in the child's life? supported the child and the mother? if he hasn"t he is not a father now and has never been. how come the first four people didn't think of the child? he should be thrown out and the order should pay for the child's education, rent and health insurance until at least the age of 21.

  9. jerson
    2 years ago

    The Lord hears the cries of the poor. It is rightly just that He will leave from His ministry and to plunge his very own self and being to purification from the love of God. He is a Priest forever and as a priest he should live, serve and love like Christ forever and always...and the decision he made is one of the best-to save the church from further sickness.

  10. Inesita
    2 years ago

    God can takes good from bad if he is really sorry and demostrate that.

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