German priest asks pope to waive his vow of celibacy
Priest sends written request after revealing he has fathered a child since ordination
A German Catholic priest who revealed on a TV talk show that he fathered an illegitimate daughter eight years after vowing celibacy wrote a letter asking Pope Francis to release him from his oath.
Stefan Hartmann, who has a parish in Oberhaid, claims his superiors asked him to leave the priesthood after he revealed the truth about his daughter.
The 59-year-old posted the letter he wrote to the Vatican on his Facebook page. “There is a human right to partnership, marriage and starting a family, even if you can voluntarily waive it for religious reasons,” Hartmann wrote.
Hartmann asked Pope Francis for “a positive answer” that would allow him to remain a priest despite renouncing his celibacy vows. Such a decision would “bring solutions and relief in many cases,” Hartmann wrote.
“I tried to walk the road of celibacy again, but since 2007 I have realized more and more that I am just not up to it," he wrote. "I have known for some years now that the oath I took after just two and a half years of seminary training was too rushed, and did not reflect the constitution of my character."
Despite his mistake, Hartmann still feels it is his “calling to be a Catholic priest, a pastor and a theologian.”
It's time for Pope Francis to appoint women to decision-making positions at the Vatican
Christian leaders fear action could reignite religious tensions in Karen State
Caritas in Sri Lanka is working for a need to have premarital blood tests to avoid passing on genetic disorder to children
Storms ruin 50,000 hectares of rice crops just as harvest season gets into full swing
It's up to the Philippine people to choose, El Shaddai Charismatic Renewal Movement chief Mariano Velarde says
NEW! Premium ContentGet full access. Start your 14-day free trial today.
NEW! Premium ContentThank you for registering! Your 14-Day Free Trial begins today.Here is your login details to access Premium Content:
NEW! Premium ContentOops! That email address has already been registered. Please try again.