A Catholic priest has told his parishioners that he cannot continue to be consistent and coherent in the ways of the church as his heart is in love.
The priest named Riccardo Ceccobelli made this statement on Sunday, April 11 as he disclosed he will hang his cassock, a release published on Tuesday, April 13 by the diocese confirms.
Riccardo who has held sway for 6 years as the priest of the central Italy parish added that he had however not been opportune to go against the promises he made.
“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.”
According to sources, the 42-year-old has since been suspended from his duties while measures and formalities are already in place to aid his return to lay state.
Reacting to the stunning announcement, Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi who had been by his side while he addressed the parishioners appreciated Riccardo for his services so far.
He went on to wish him well in the choice he has made.