A Roman Catholic priest has confessed he broke his vow of celibacy by fathering two children, to his congregation during Mass.
Father Oscar Ornopia’s public confession in Cebu, the Philippines, revealed he fathered two sons with a woman and asked for forgiveness, according to Victor Maliluya – president of a church pastoral council.
Maliluya says Ornopia deliberately did not wear a ceremonial sash used for Mass, when he made his confession to churchgoers.
He quoted the priest as saying: “I feel that I’m no longer worthy to say Mass with you now because of the incident that had happened. That I have two sons is true, so please forgive me because I have sinned against my vow of celibacy.”