A group of 26 Italian women who admitted to be in a relationship with priests has sent a letter to Vatican asking Pope Francis XVI to review the century-old clerical celibacy rule in the Catholic Church, the Vatican Insider reports.
The letter specifically urged the pontiff to ease on priestly celibacy off and make the rule optional for Catholic clergies. It was sent by 26 women from all over Italy, all of whom said they are in love with a priest and has been suffering in the dark of not being able to live their relationship fully.
“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,” the letter read. (Click here to read more)