A catholic priest identified as Riccardo Ceccobelli has shocked everyone in a small town in central Italy that assembled for mass following his confession that he has found love.
After his confession which he delivered on Sunday inside the San Felice church in Massa Martana, in Perugia, Ceccobelli that he had fallen in love, he got fired.
He said: “I cannot not continue to be coherent, transparent and correct with regards to her (the Church), as I have always been so far,” Ceccobelli told his parishioners, according to a statement published on Tuesday by the diocese.
He explained; “My heart is in love although I have never had the opportunity to transgress the promises I made. I want to try to live this love without repressing it, without pushing it away.”
Ceccobelli, who for six years has been the priest of the small town of over 3,550 inhabitants, received the blessing of his superior, Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi, who was at the priest’s side when he addressed the parish, according to the statement.
The priest, whose story was reported in national newspapers on Tuesday, has been suspended from his duties and formalities have begun to return him to the lay state.
Bishop Sigismondi expressed; “All my gratitude to Don Riccardo for the service done so far. Above all my most sincere wishes go to Don Riccardo that this choice, made in full freedom as he confided to me, may ensure him serenity and peace.”
No word, however, either in the media or in the diocese’s statement on the identity of the woman for whom Don Riccardo hung up his cassock.