Well, as in most cases, there's good news and there's bad news.
The good news? At least the Reverend Michael Manning wasn't raping children.
The bad news? Manning has confirmed to the San Bernardino Sun that he and Nancy Kotowski had been having an affair. The newspaper allegedly had possession of letters that indicated Manning ended the affair some two years ago.
So much for that pesky vow of celibacy.
Still, I guess, in this case, there is badder news.
Manning has taken a leave of absence from the ministry, saying, "The reality is I was living two lives: one as a priest who was vowed to celibacy and another life as a sexually active man in our sexual intimacy...The burden of deception in hotels, and with the community with whom I work and live has become overwhelming."
Kotowski. the Monterrey County Superintendent of Schools, says she and Manning once considered getting married, but, in the end, the Reverend opted to end the relationship so as to not continue violating his priesthood and sinning.
Apparently, however, the two are still an item, as Kotowski admitted that they are now celibate, in support of Manning's vocation. "It's a struggle, but we know God is calling to us, so we honor that."
I guess when they first started schtupping one another, God called, but they were busy sneaking into hotels under assumed names.
Good Catholics. Good.