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article imageCatholic priest confesses: 'I am having twins; it's a blessing'

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 9, 2014 in World
Cabildo - Father Ignacio Miranda of St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in the town of Cabildo in Chile announced his resignation from the priesthood after admitting his relationship with a woman and confessing that he will be daddy of twins within a couple of months.
Father Miranda who is very near and dear to most of the community had arrived nine years ago to St. Lawrence Parish (Parroquia San Lorenzo del Ingenio) in the town of Cabildo. On Friday he left his parish after confessing on a local radio station that his partner is three months pregnant and that he will be father of twins.
"What I'm experiencing now is not a mistake, I'm not wrong. It's a decision taken with the love of God and with the woman I want to start a new life. The Catholic Church, with all the blows they have suffered, does not need further damage" said the priest. "Right now I'm very happy; I have talked to my family, including my grandmother, and I told them that I will be a father of twins. My grandmother blessed me and said she was happy I’ll give her more grandchildren." added Miranda.
Father Miranda’s radio announcement confirmed the rumors that have been circulating among the residents of the town. Nonetheless, the Catholic community of Cabildo has overwhelmingly supported their pastor, and the most prevalent opinion is that "It's a nice story where human love prevailed; the priest is a man like any other, and he has every right to have kids and be happy with his partner."
The former priest said he will know in late August if the twins are boys or girls. He expects that "God be with me and my partner, and will enlighten us on our way. Having twins is a blessing,” said Miranda. He also said that he does not expect everyone to rejoice and send him Whatsapp greetings, but he ask them "to be merciful".
A spokesman for the San Felipe Diocese, to which the Cabildo Parish reports, said the process for Father Miranda to leave the priesthood has begun.
Sources in Spanish:
La Nación
RedValparaiso
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