Josephine McKenna, in Rome
2 AUGUST 2017
An Italian priest has been forced to resign after a Rome court ordered his alleged lover to pay her estranged husband 15,000 euros (£13,400) for depression he suffered over their affair.
The court ruling came at the end of a five-year trial and is the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the Catholic Church in Italy.
Father Vito Isacchi, the priest named in the court case, tendered his resignation in the archdiocese of L’Aquila on Tuesday after news of the court ruling was made public.
The woman, who has not been named, was ordered to pay thousands of euros, 45-year-old Father Isacchi, known as ‘Don Vito’, was excused from paying any compensation as the court found him “irrelevant” to any violation of the marriage.
In a surprise ruling, the court ordered the cuckolded husband to pay 3,200 euros as a contribution towards the priest’s sacred vestments.
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