Jesuit priest applied for laicization

A jesuit priest in my diocese has applied for laicization. Please pray for him. He has been the parish priest of on of the jesuit parishes, which has had a rumour of being somewhat liberal when it comes to questions regarding the Church’s teaching on issues like homosexuality and contraception (I have been surprised myself when talking to some of the parish’s priests abouts these issues).

In contrast to this, this now former parish priest has been known for being very faithful to the Church’s teaching, not mention being much loved among both fellow priests and many of the youth of the parish. His only comment so far is that after years of struggling, he has come to the decision that “I cannot and do not want to walk this path any longer”.

Why do things like this happen? Is it because mistakes can be made when the Church decides what candidates are suited for the priesthood? Or is it because struggling priests do not receive sufficient spiritual guidence? Or is it sometimes God’s will for someone to work as a priest just for some years and not their whole life?

I can understand that it can be hard to work as a priest if you are not happy while doing it. But is it ever God’s will for a priest to be laicized? If yes, please explain. If not, why does the Church provide it and allow laicized priests to marry?

From today’s Liturgy of the Hours:

Prayers and Intercessions

The son of the living God let himself become the son of a human family. Let us pray to him:

  • Lord, you are our example and our saviour.

Christ, you made yourself subject to Mary and Joseph:
teach us to respect and obey whoever holds rightful authority.
You loved your parents and they loved you:
may every family stand firm and peaceful in mutual love.
In all things you honoured your Father’s will:
may God be honoured in every home.
Christ, after two days your parents found you in your Father’s temple:
teach us to seek the kingdom of God before all else.
Christ, you have united Mary and Joseph in your glory in heaven:
welcome our dead into the family of the blessed.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

God, you chose to give us the Holy Family as an example to be followed:
grant that we may follow that example,
binding ourselves in virtue and mutual love,
so that we may come to your house at the last
and receive our eternal reward.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

Praying for this priest.


Jesus may Your love and blessing be with him.

Please console those he leaves behind.

All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well.
St Julian of Norwich

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