UPDATE: the diocese says Fr Lawrence is on a personal leave of absence.
“The last four or five years I’ve felt pretty battered by all the stuff going on in the Catholic church and have been pretty put off by increasingly exclusionary dogma,” he said. “I wanted to continue to contribute to the Lord’s service but didn’t know how.”
Lawrence said he also thought he could always “fall back” on his previous experience in law, advertising, and publishing, but then the Presbyterians Today opportunity offered him the chance to combine his business skills with ministry. “Suddenly, I no longer feel like a square peg in a round hole,” he said.
UPDATE: here's a background piece on Fr Pilon from the Champaign News-Gazette.