with a church member’s wife.
The 45-year-old Rev. Father Vito Isacchi, also known as ‘Don Vito’ was caught sleeping with a church member’s wife.
The Rev. father then tendered his resignation in the archdiocese of L’Aquila on Tuesday after Corte d’Appello di L’Aquila’s ruling on the matter was made public.
Dailyfamily.ng gathered that the court gave the ruling after a five-year trial of the priest.
As a punishment for cheating on her husband the court had ordered his alleged lover to pay her estranged husband 15,000 euros (£13,400/N6million) for the depression he suffered over their affair.
However, the court excused Isacchi, from paying any compensation as the court found him, “irrelevant” to any violation of the marriage due to the fact that he was not married.
Father Isacchi, however, expressed regret over the incident, saying he had repented for his actions but resigned in a letter to the local archbishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Petrocchi, amid an outcry over the case.
According to a statement from L’Aquila diocese “Don Vito recognizes his moral responsibility and asks forgiveness for the upset and suffering caused to the religious and social community.
“In particular he has indicated he intends to reject the payment specified by the sentence.”
Father Isacchi comes from the northern city of Bergamo and was transferred from his Rome parish to l’Aquila, 70 miles from the capital, in 2010 after news of the scandal broke.
The judge in his ruling said, “The petitioner’s claim against the woman must be accepted and dismissed against the defendant Isacchi, as it presupposes a violation of the obligation of fidelity in the marriage, an obligation for which the third party (Isacchi) is completely irrelevant.”
The court sentence was issued a year ago and made final six months ago but just came to light this week.
Councils to the woman’s husband have urged the church to take further action against Father Isacchi who they say has violated canon law and his vow of celibacy.