“Why we suffer under a benevolent God”
International Catholic news commentator Fr. Jonathan Morris to speak in Sacramento
Television news commentator Fr. Jonathan Morris will speak to the Sacramento Catholic Forum, Friday, April 24, on the theme, “Why does God allow us to suffer?”
Fr. Morris, author of The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan for When Life Hurts, has been a frequent guest on CNN, Sky News, and the BBC, and currently serves as a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel. Fr. Morris worked as a theological adviser to Mel Gibson in the making of the film The Passion of the Christ, and was involved in promoting the film in the U.S. and Europe.
The Sacramento Catholic Forum, formerly known as the Catholic Breakfast Club, said in an announcement that Fr. Morris “will offer calming pastoral guidance to the fundamental human question of why we suffer under a benevolent God. He will peel back the layers of philosophy and theology that surround human suffering and his message to you will transform what otherwise is thought of as useless suffering into a means of sanctification and personal fulfillment.”
Fr. Morris’ talk is scheduled at a noon luncheon meeting on Friday at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. Tickets are $30 at the door, and registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
According to Fr. Morris’ website, he has appeared more than 100 times in less than a year “on various Fox News Channel shows, covering a broad range of topics,” and recently, Fox News renewed a long-term contract with him “to continue providing ethical commentary on the big news stories of the day.”
Among Fr. Morris’ more notable stories, according to his website: In November of 2005, Fr. Morris covered the youth riots in Paris. He went on the scene of the rioting neighborhoods and spoke to the Muslim youth about the social and religious undertones of the conflict. Fr. Morris was able to obtain an exclusive interview with the Imam of the Grande Mosque of Paris. In January of 2006, Fr. Morris went to Venezuela “to cover a populist religious gathering that highlighted the tension between the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and President Hugo Chavez.” In February of 2006, Fr. Morris conducted an exclusive sit-down interview with First Lady Laura Bush in Rome. In July, “he traveled to Germany to report and comment on the upswing in human trafficking of woman for prostitution in the days leading up to the arrival of World Cup soccer tournament fans.”
Fr. Morris was ordained a priest of the Legion of Christ on Dec. 24, 2002 in Rome. In June of 2004, he graduated with high honors with a licentiate in moral theology from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, where is currently a doctoral candidate.
The Sacramento Catholic Forum, says its website, operates under the authority of the Bishop of Sacramento and was formed to help “participants respond to the ‘universal call to holiness.’”