“I Have Fallen In Love, I Can’t Continue” – Catholic Priest Cries Out As He Quits Priesthood
Congregants in one of central Italy’s small towns had converged together as usual to celebrate mass; little did they know there was a ‘surprise’ announcement coming their way.
Riccardo Ceccobelli, a 42 Catholic priest, who was delivering mass as usual in the San Felice church in Massa Martana, Perugia, made a quite surprising revelation which the worshippers never expected. The clergy man revealed that he had ‘fallen in love’. The statement by the diocese regarding the incident was issued on Tuesday.
“I cannot carry on to be transparent and correct as I have always been so far” the statement read.
“My heart has fallen in love. However, I have never gotten a chance to go contrary to the liturgical promises I gave before becoming a priest. I want to try and live my life without having to suppress my feelings of love” he continued.
Ceccobelli, has been a Catholic priest for a period of six years in the small town that has more than 3000 inhabitants. He received the blessings of Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi, his superior who was with him when he addressed the parishioners and made the confession – this, according to the statement issued on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the priest was thereafter suspended from his duties after the story went viral and hit the national newspapers. There has been no reports by the media or statement from the diocese regarding the identity of the person whom the priest may have fallen in love with.