HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The question surrounding Marc Alexander's sudden resignation as Hawaii's homeless coordinator has been why?
On January 5, Gov. Neil Abercrombie attributed Alexander's departure to a need to "tend to personal matters."
In a letter to Hawaii News Now, Alexander admitted he resigned over an affair.
"I resigned when the news of an affair I had with a consenting adult woman, while I was an ordained member of the Catholic priesthood, became public," he said.
Activist Mitch Kahle is behind published reports of Alexander's involvement with a woman while he was a priest.
"Clearly, my conduct violated my vows of celibacy, which I deeply regret," Alexander wrote.
Bishop Larry Silva declined our request for an interview. A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese said Alexander's situation is a personal matter.
"I ask for forgiveness for my lapses," Alexander said. "I now wish to put this behind me."
Alexander is still a priest but doesn't have permission to perform active ministry. He is technically a priest on leave.
Alexander joined Abercrombie's administration a year ago as the state's coordinator on homelessness.
Alexander was ordained as a priest in 1985 and served as vicar general for five years.
Letter from Marc Alexander to Hawaii News Now:
Thank you for the opportunity to appear on Hawaii News Now, to discuss my recent resignation as the Governor's Homeless Coordinator. However, I must respectfully decline.
I resigned when the news of an affair I had with a consenting adult woman, while I was an ordained member of the Catholic priesthood, became public. Clearly, my conduct violated my vows of celibacy, which I deeply regret.
I was not asked to resign but in light of the circumstances regarding this matter, I offered my resignation to Governor Abercrombie and he accepted it. I felt then and continue to think that it was the right thing to do.
I ask for forgiveness for my lapses and ask that these personal matters remain private. I now wish to put this behind me. Thank you for your consideration.