I was shocked to learn today that my parish pastor is leaving the priestly ministry… It was announced (after mass) that his resignation has nothing to do with molestation, that it was a private matter and that parishioners were not to contact him about the matter…I just found out from a well connected person that the pastor had a girlfriend during his ministry!
I feel somewhat betrayed. This will surely cause scandal in my parish…this also raises many questions; is this poor priest no longer able to minister as a priest? Was he living in a state of sin while carrying on such relationship? (even if no physical intimacy was involved); if in a state of grave sin, was he able to confect the Eucharist?