Life can be cruel!
In 2011 Fr Williams kicked off the International Symposium
An International Symposium in Rome, Italy
The Splendor of the Gift
On May 14th we learned from several sources, including the New Jersey Herald, everyone picking up on Nicole Winfield AP article, that Fr. Thomas Williams, Legionary of Christ, admitted to fathering a child.
ABC News Blotter had an article and video of news personality Fr. Williams
The announcement was, as usual, shrouded by the usual Legion ambiguity, cover up, and confusion:
The blogger learned that a former Legionary, deep throat, informed the Congregation for the Doctine of the Faith, Cardinal Levada and investigator, Mons. Charles Scicluna, about the scandal; they in turn alerted the Legion and asked for an explanation. This is one of two cases of Sexual Improprieties by Legionary Priests, separate from the 7 members accused of abuse of minors.
The LEGION'S SPIN on this revelation appears NOT TO BE TRUE; the Legion did not launch the investigation; the accusation came from outside and the Legion was forced to respond/react.
Having been a Legionary priest myself, ordained prematurely, and with very poor training about sexual matters and little knowledge of and maturity with my own sexuality, I will not be casting stones at Fr. Williams
However, handsome Fr. Williams has been the Legion's PR priest for decades, and as such has probably spread many rumors and falsehoods, wittingly or unwittingly. I consider him as much a victim of the Legion flawed formation system and cult-like culture as any other unfortunate member.
Once more I am leery about this high profile case. I believe it is to take the focus off PEDOPHILE LEGION PRIESTS STILL IN THE RANKS, PRIESTS WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSING CHILDREN FOR DECADES.
The Legion of Christ religious order was hit Tuesday by its second scandal in a week after its most well-known priest - a prominent author, lecturer and television personality - admitted he had fathered a child.
The Rev. Thomas Williams, an American moral theologian, said in a statement he was "deeply sorry for this grave transgression" against his vows of celibacy and that he would be taking a year off to reflect on what he had done and his commitment to the priesthood.
The statement was issued after The Associated Press presented the Legion with the allegation against Williams, which was lodged by a Spanish association of Legion victims. The association's accusations, sent to the Legion and Vatican several weeks ago, also named other Legion priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
Williams, who was not accused of abuse, said that "a number of years ago" he had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child. He didn't identify the mother and didn't say whether the relationship was over. He also did not identify the gender of the child nor say if he was involved in supporting the child.
The Legion has been beset by scandal following revelations that its late founder, the Rev. Marciel Maciel, fathered three children and sexually abused his seminarians. Maciel died in 2008 and in 2009 the Legion admitted to his crimes.
Williams, the most prominent priest in the 800-strong order, spoke about Maciel's double life in a February 2009 interview with the Catholic ETWN program, saying the revelations were a "very, very hard blow to all of us."
Williams, the author of such books as 2008's "Knowing Right From Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience," was the superior of the Legion's general directorate in Rome in the late 1990s and early 2000s. More recently, he has taught theology, promoted his books and lectured.
His personal website, which lists his numerous books, speaking engagements, articles and appearances as a CBS commentator, was taken down on Tuesday.
The accusation against Williams was first lodged by the Association for Help of Those Affected by the LC, a Spanish association for victims of the Legion. The group several weeks ago sent a list of accused Legion priests to the superior in Rome, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Legion admitted Friday that it had referred to the Vatican seven priests accused of sexually abusing minors. Most of the cases dated from decades ago and some were well-known among Legion watchers, raising questions about how long ago the Legion leadership knew about them.
The Vatican in 2010 took over the Legion after conducting an investigation into the order and the double life of Maciel. It is now being run by a papal delegate, though the leadership remains largely in place. It is not known how long ago the Legion leadership knew of Williams' child.
In his statement, Williams said he and his superiors had decided he should to take a year off of active ministry to reflect on his commitments as a priest.
In an email sent to all Legion priests that accompanied Williams' announcement, Fr. Luis Garza, who heads the Legion in the U.S., said he was relaying the news with great sadness given the Legion's recent turmoil.
"The last thing I would wish is to add a fresh wound when older wounds may not have healed fully," he wrote