October 28, 2005

Famed priest says he broke chastity vow

Irish Independent

ABBE Pierre, France's most revered public figure, admitted in a book released yesterday that he had more than once broken his vow of chastity as a Roman Catholic priest.

The 93-year-old creator of the Abbe Pierre Foundation, which aids the poor across 50 countries, says he has had only "passing relations" with women, but that he never felt able to commit himself to anything more lasting.

Abbe Pierre, who has often topped French popularity polls, is a former Resistance member and MP who has devoted most of his life to defending human rights and the poor.

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 08:17 AM