Thomas Williams, a high profile Catholic Priest and member of the special order called the “Legion of Christ”, has publicly confessed to an illicit love affair years ago which resulted in a child birth.
Williams, who is frequently on television offering moral guidance, said the following “I am truly sorry to everyone who is hurt by this revelation, and I ask for your prayers as I seek guidance on how to make up for my errors”. The public confession of the affair could not have come at a worse time for the order as seven other clergy in the same order are facing charges of sexual abuse of minors.
The order’s founder, Marciel Maciel Degollado of Mexico, died back in 2008 amid allegations he abused minors and had fathered up to three children with different women.
Williams himself will be taking a one year leave from the ministry to reflect upon his “commitments as a priest”.