A well-known Stockton priest is stepping away from the altar to become a dad.
Father Dean McFalls, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, let his parishioners know during a Sunday sermon and took full responsibility for his actions.
We caught up with McFalls outside of the church Tuesday. While he was upset about leaving the church, he did look to be at peace.
“I’m asking their forgiveness because I’m supposed to provide a good role model. And whether a person is married or single, if they are ministry there are certain standards we try to uphold,” McFalls told FOX40.
McFalls has headed the church for the past five years. He is in the process of moving from the rectory and promises to provide love and care to his son. But, he is also vowing to stay in touch with his parishioners and continue to support the church.
The vow of celibacy that Catholic priests must take has been something Father McFalls has been battling in his conscience for years.
“I was gonna battle it until the day I die, but something came about which is called life,” McFalls said.
McFalls will now be starting a new life with a woman in his parish, the kind of life he hopes the Catholic Church will one day condone.
“It’s not terrible to love somebody. But all of us have to make choices. Responsible ones. To be responsible means to take care of any child that comes into the world. And that’s what I’m doing now,” McFalls said.