Catholic priest abandons priesthood over a woman, says ‘my heart is in love’



The 42-year-old Reverend Ricardo Chicopelli broke the celibacy oath of the Catholic Church after announcing that he had fallen in love with a woman.


Chicopelli, 42, who had been parish priest for six years, announced Sunday inside the Church of San Felice in Massa Martana in Perugia. The priest-father’s decision reportedly shocked the city’s 3,550 residents.

Chicopili told his parishioners, according to a statement published by the diocese: “I cannot continue to be coherent, transparent and correct about it (the Church), as I have always been up to now.”

‘My heart is in love even though I’ve never had the opportunity to live up to promises I made. I want to try to live this love without suppressing it, without pushing it away. ”

However, he had the blessing of Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi, who was by the priest’s side when he addressed the parish, according to the statement.

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The priest was now suspended from his duties and the formalities began to return him to the secular state. Bishop Sigismondi said, “I am very grateful to Don Ricardo for the service rendered so far. Above all, I sincerely wish Don Ricardo that this choice, made with complete freedom as he confided to me, may guarantee him calm and peace.

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