Vatican treats me as second class, says ex-priest

AN Irish priest whose love affair rocked the Catholic Church has revealed that he feels new restrictions sent to him by the Vatican make him a “second-class citizen”.

 

Sean Page (54), originally from Castlerea, Co Roscommon, last year wed his partner, Clarice Young, a mother of five.

The wedding took place in a simple Church of England ceremony near his home in Rochdale, greater Manchester.
 
But despite leaving the Catholic Church, he still feels it is interfering with his life.
 
Among the conditions delivered to him in a Vatican document were to ensure any wedding celebration was “low-key”, to “absent himself” from areas where he would have been known as a priest and to undertake to not engage in teaching theology.
 
More than a decade ago, the former curate in St Anne’s parish in Sligo left the priesthood in a blaze of publicity to move in with a mother-of-seven. 

The relationship later failed and he moved from Sligo to make his home in the UK.
 
Last year as he made preparations to marry his new partner Ms Young, the Bishop of Elphin, Christopher Jones, wrote to Mr Page to ask that he go through the laicisation process from the Catholic Church. 

Mr Page said the notification of his dispensation that he received from the Vatican on Holy Thursday had left him “hurt”.
 
He will not be signing the dispensation. 

But, as he understands it, he is now laicised as it takes effect from the moment he received it by registered mail.
 
The Catholic Communications Office did not respond to queries.

 
AN Irish priest whose love affair rocked the Catholic Church has revealed that he feels new restrictions sent to him by the Vatican make him a “second-class citizen”.

 

Sean Page (54), originally from Castlerea, Co Roscommon, last year wed his partner, Clarice Young, a mother of five.

The wedding took place in a simple Church of England ceremony near his home in Rochdale, greater Manchester.
 
But despite leaving the Catholic Church, he still feels it is interfering with his life.
 
Among the conditions delivered to him in a Vatican document were to ensure any wedding celebration was “low-key”, to “absent himself” from areas where he would have been known as a priest and to undertake to not engage in teaching theology.
 
More than a decade ago, the former curate in St Anne’s parish in Sligo left the priesthood in a blaze of publicity to move in with a mother-of-seven. 

The relationship later failed and he moved from Sligo to make his home in the UK.
 
Last year as he made preparations to marry his new partner Ms Young, the Bishop of Elphin, Christopher Jones, wrote to Mr Page to ask that he go through the laicisation process from the Catholic Church. 

Mr Page said the notification of his dispensation that he received from the Vatican on Holy Thursday had left him “hurt”.
 
He will not be signing the dispensation. 

But, as he understands it, he is now laicised as it takes effect from the moment he received it by registered mail.
 
The Catholic Communications Office did not respond to queries.

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3 Responses to Vatican treats me as second class, says ex-priest

  1. Ralph Coelho Yahoo says:

    His “lack of understanding” shows in his statement “But, as he understands it, he is now laicised as it takes effect from the moment he received it by registered mail”. At this age he should understand that there is a difference between what is intended and what is real in the legal and social sense. He parted from the Church a very longtime ago ; whatever the concerned Bishop or other official thinks and knows certain actions have to be completed t meet the requirements of civil law and society- both very different. Add to this God’s mercy which the Church a believes is like that of the father of the Prodigal Son. Until the earthly processes are completed he is still allowed to return. In God’s world , even then, it is not over till death.

  2. What this ex-priest has done, is by prudish standards, a horrible abomination; let us not judge him but at least give him a pat on the back for the courage he has shown. Maybe it was after a long time but at least he probably felt he could no longer be a traitor to his conscience. As required, he went through the procedure as laid down by the Church authorities. The reason he felt it proper to do this, is perhaps that he felt there was no commitment on his part. Isn’t this the main reason why the “till death do us part” marriages are annulled these days, fairly easily if I may mention; annulled because there was no commitment. Isn’t this a better way than having a priest who has sex with his lover at night, steals money from the Church coffers, and comes to the altar in the morning and compels JESUS to come down to that altar in the Consecration, just because this priest is given an unrevocable power to do so by virtue of his ordination to the priesthood. I am not some great theologian, but let us think awhile. Here in India we have many who have just left the priesthood and nunnery and are living happily ever after; and are probably better Christians than most of us. There are greater tribulations in life than just condemning Sean Page

  3. Karl says:

    What a sad and selfish little man this laicized priest. As if he should be congratulated for his scandalous and childish behaviors.

    Time to grow up sir. Try repenting.

    Good heavens.

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