The women said that there were many more like them who were “living in silence.”
“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,” they wrote in a joint letter.
They added that “very little is known about the devastating suffering of a woman who is deeply in love with a priest”.
The women met through Facebook, reports the Telegraph.
Some 6,000 former priests in Italy have left the church so they can marry.