Reverend Father Riccardo Ceccobelli, a Catholic priest in Massa Martana, Perugia, Italy, has shocked members of his parish when he told them that he had fallen in love.
Members of the small church located in the small town in central Italy, were said to have assembled for the usual Mass on April 11, but rather got a confession from their priest.
“I cannot 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 April 13, by the diocese.
“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 had been the parish priest of the town with over 3,550 inhabitants for six years, received the blessing of his superior, Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi, who was said to be at his side when he addressed the parish on Sunday, according to the statement.