Catholic News Agency/EWTN
October 6, 2017
[Note: See also the Legionaries' announcement and Turrión's letter.]
The Legionaries of Christ announced Friday that Fr. Óscar Turrión, who was of the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae until earlier this year, has fathered two children and intends to leave priestly ministry.
Fr. Turrión had been rector of the seminary since 2014, and a formator there since 2007.
“As those responsible for an institutions that is dedicated to the formation of candidates to the priesthood, we are conscious of the impact that the negative example of a formator and rector has on them and the Christian faithful,” the Legionaries said in an Oct. 6 statement.
“We are deeply saddened that the recent history of our congregation has quenched the fervor of some of our members. We are firmly committed to accompanying our brothers in moments of difficulty. Likewise, we reiterate our commitment to the path of renewal that we continue to follow led by the Church.”
Mater Ecclesiae was founded in 1991, and is operated by the Legionaries of Christ.