Don Riccardo Ceccobelli’s an Italian priest confessed in the middle of mass that he was hanging his cassock as a priest because he had fallen in love with a woman.
Vanguard reported that Don Riccardo Ceccobelli’s open confession happened during a homily held in the city of Todi, in the Perugia province, located in the centre of the country.
The 41 year old priest’s secret was discovered by parishioners of the Massa Martana church in the midst of his preaching. Ceccobelli said he would give up the habit to live love in freedom. “I am in love and I want to live this love without sublimating it or taking it away,” he said.
He further stated; “My heart fell in love, I have never betrayed the promises I made, but I want to try to live this love. I cannot be coherent, transparent and correct with the Church as I have been until now.”
Vanguard reported that when an Italian media interviewed him, The priest confessed his love for Laura, a 26-year-old nurse who is also a catechist.
A Bishop named Gualtiero Sigismondi who was among the audience appreciated his honest confession. “I thank Don Riccardo for all the service provided so far. And first of all, I send you my sincere wishes so that this decision, taken in full freedom as he himself told me, guarantees peace and serenity.”
When asked how he fell in love with Laura, Ceccobelli said, “We have known each other for 4 years because I was the pastor of Massa Martana for six years and we met in the parish. But it was since September that something in me changed forever.
“I started to feel an emotion inside of me, but at first, I did everything I could to keep the situation under control, I swear to you, I was hoping that she would find a boyfriend, but with each passing day, I felt sicker and sicker.
“One night I urgently needed to call her on the phone. I couldn’t sleep if I didn’t hear her voice. When she answered me, I said, ‘Hello, hello, it’s me’, and immediately I felt well-being and peace within me. I fell asleep. On January 1, I submitted my resignation to the parish. Procedures for the resignation of the priest has already begun.”