After finding love, a catholic priest has told his parishioners he can not hope to serve the church wholeheartedly anymore as a result of conflict of interest.
The priest, Riccardo Ceccobelli, announced his intention to hang his cassock on Sunday, April 11, according to a diocese press release issued on Tuesday, April 13.
Riccardo, the priest of the central Italy parish for the past six years, added that he had not been able to go back on his promises.
“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 The News, the 42-year-old has been relieved of his duties, and procedures and formalities have already been put in place to facilitate his return to the lay state.