Catholic Church says not allowed to marry and must remain celibate for life.
A Sydney Catholic priest who revealed he has been married for a year has been removed from his post by church officials.
Father Kevin Lee, a priest at Padre Pio parish in Glenmore Park, told Channel Seven last night he married his wife, whom he met in the Philippines, in secret last year.
''I've fallen in love and I've got married and it's outside of most people's awareness,'' he said. ''But I'm sure people within the church could have had a suspicion.''
He said his public admission was motivated by the fact that many priests led a double life. ''I think celibacy has to go,'' he said.
The head of the Diocese of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher OP, denied Father Lee's claims that most priests lived double lives and that the church knew about the priest's marriage.
''As Father Kevin is aware, by his actions he can no longer operate as a priest and as a result I will immediately be appointing an administrator to Padre Pio parish,'' Bishop Fisher said in a statement.
Father Lee said he expected his family would be ''deeply disappointed about these revelations''.
The Catholic Church says that under canon law priests are not allowed to marry and must remain celibate for life.
Re: Catholic Church says not allowed to marry and must remain celibate for life.
the original texts that turned in to the bible had no numbering system for the commandments. hence, no one can say the catholics "left out the second commandment." there never was anything labeled #2 to begin with. the numbering system was added in later. i can see the commandment right on the vatican's very own website: