Florida priest seeks forgiveness after fathering child
A Florida priest is seeking forgiveness from God and his parishioners after learning that he fathered a child.
A spokeswoman from the Archdiocese of Miami confirmed Tuesday that Monsignor Chanel Jeanty, pastor of Saint James Catholic Church , fathered a child with a woman he had a relationship with that ended over a year ago.
The Archdiocese say Jeanty didn't learn about the child from the mother, but rather from a third party instead.
According to the church, Jeanty has reached out to the mother and will contribute to the support of his child.
A statement from the archdiocese read “Monsignor Jeanty has already sought God’s forgiveness, and he is asking for the forgiveness of his parishioners, who will be disappointed when they learn of his lapse. Monsignor Jeanty must face his parishioners and seek to regain their trust, as he continues to serve, and at the same time attends to his responsibilities to the child.”
Jeanty is allowed to remain in the priesthood due to The Vatican's exceptions for those who break their vow of celibacy.
Two of those exceptions include fathering a child and openly acknowledging that child.
Canton Exalus, a parishioner at Saint James Catholic Church , says he’s surprised to hear what happened but can find forgiveness for Jeanty, telling Local 10 News "I know he’s a good person, but I don’t know his heart. He’s human.”