Catholic priest in Australia: I’ve been secretly married for a year
“So I’ve fallen in love and I’ve got married and it’s outside of most people’s awareness, but I’m sure people within the church could have had a suspicion,” Father Kevin Lee told Australia’s 7News, a partner of NBC News.
Lee, a priest for 20 years, told his congregation that he had been living a secret double life with his wife Josephina, breaking the Church’s rule that priests should remain celibate.
He said there were others like him around the world.
“That’s one of the reasons that’s motivated me to make public my admission that I’m one of those people who’s been a pretender: To draw to the attention of the public that there are more like me, in fact most of them,” he said.
Lee said he had made little effort to hide his relationship and suspected people within the church hierarchy knew about his marriage.
He and Josephina met in the Philippines and married in secret. [more, including video]