Father Jonathan Morris, 37, has been analyzing current events in regards to morals and ethics for Fox News since 2005. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and he holds degrees in Classical Humanities, Philosophy, and Theology.
Jonathan Morris is the Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City, and is working on his doctorate in Rome. He is fluently speaks English, Spanish and Italian.
Father Morris served as the theological advisor for Mel Gibson during the production of The Passion of the Christ, the 11th highest grossing film ever made. In responding to the violence of the film, he said in a Franciscan University interview, “Yes, the suffering and pain in this film is hard to watch, and just as hard to forget. What we remember, however — what sticks with us — is not the senselessness of gratuitous violence that we find in other films, but the high price of sin and the immensity of Christ’s love.”
Morris wrote to his viewers at Fox News, “Your notes tell me that you are not all Catholic, not all Christians, not all religious or even spiritual, but that you share my interest in, and concern for, preserving the traditional values that have made our country great; values of freedom, tolerance, respect for law, for one another, and for human rights, especially the rights of those who have no voice.”
Regarding the outcry about the Da Vinci Code, he said, “Dan Brown is capable of passing fiction for fact because Christians don’t know their faith — what and why they believe.” Father Morris argues that atheism was behind the Holocaust, as well as the Stalinist and Maoist regimes—revolutions that persecuted and oppressed in order to create and maintain religion-free utopias.