Tuesday, May 20, 2014

26 Women Having Affairs With Catholic Priests Ask Pope To Remove Celibacy Vow

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Twenty-six women in love with Roman Catholic priests have written to Pope Francis begging him to remove the Catholic clergy's vow of celibacy. Most of them are Italian and all of them claim to be in a relationship with a priest.  The women say they are just “a small sample” but add that they are writing on behalf of many other women who are “living in silence.”

The 26 women signed with just their name and the initial letter of their surname, plus the name of their hometown, but they did write their surnames and telephone numbers on the envelope.

This is a sample of the letter from the Vatican Insider

“Dear Pope Francis, we are a group of women from all over Italy (and further afield) and are writing to you to break down the wall of silence and indifference that we are faced with every day. Each of us is in, was or would like to start a relationship with a priest we are in love with.”

“As you are well aware, a lot has been said by those who are in favour of optional celibacy but very little is known about the devastating suffering of a woman who is deeply in love with a priest. We humbly place our suffering at your feet in the hope that something may change, not just for us, but for the good of the entire Church.”

“We love these men, they love us, and in most cases, despite all efforts to renounce it, one cannot manage to give up such a solid and beautiful bond.  Unfortunately, this brings with it all the pain of not being able “to live it fully”. This continuous giving and then letting go is soul destroying. When this enormous pain leads to a definitive separation, the consequences are no less devastating and both parties are often scarred for life. The only other alternatives are either for the priest to abandon the priesthood or for the relationship to carry on in secret.”

“In the first scenario, the dramatic situation the couple is faced causes enormous suffering to both parties: we would also like the men we love to live their priestly vocation fully, serving the community and continue the mission they have been passionately and devotedly engaged in for a great many years. We wish to stand by their side and support them in their calling which is strengthened by the vital force of love they discovered with us.”

“The second scenario, that is, when the couple chooses to continue a relationship in secret, involves living one’s life in a constant state of hiding, frustrated by an incomplete love, with no hope of childbearing; a love that cannot see the light of day. It may sound like a hypocritical situation, remaining celibate but keeping one’s companion secret. Unfortunately, however, this is often the only and painful choice that has to be made because of the impossibility of giving up such a strong love that is rooted in the Lord.”

According to the letter’s signatories, "a priest’s complete service to Jesus and the community would be carried out with greater passion if he did not have to give up his vocation for conjugal love together with the priestly vocation and in addition he would have the support of his wife and children.”

The 26 women ask the Pope to meet them "so that we may humbly bring our stories and experiences before you in the hope of being able to actively help the Church we love so much, towards a potential path to be followed with prudence and good judgment.”

“Thank you Pope Francis!” The letter concludes by saying. “We hope with all our hearts that you will bless our Loves, giving us the greatest joy that a father could want for his children: seeing them happy!!!”

What do you think of the letter and the women's request? Do you know of any priest who are not uholding their celibacy vow, or have left the clergy in order to get married?

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