26 women in affairs with priests plead to Pope Francis to end Catholic Church’s celibacy vow

(NY Daily News) A group of 26 Italian women – all claiming to be in affairs with priests – have written to Pope Francis pleading with him to end the Catholic Church’s celibacy vow.

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.


New York Daily News