Long time readers of this blog may remember that we covered Fr. Gumersindo’s marriage to María Benetti back in January 2007. We are thrilled to see that this clerical couple are together and happy three years later.
by Silvia R. Pontevedra
El País 3/22/2010
Gumersindo Meiriño, born in Cea 44 years ago, entered the seminary at 10, was ordained at 25, then earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Navarre, was pastor of Oseira and Cea, later in A Gudiña, and then went off to the missions. He was in Ecuador and Argentina, and there, in the Diocese of Santo Tomé (Corrientes), he fell in love with Maria Benetti, a lay missionary from Pergamino (Buenos Aires) devoted to the care of patients. At 40, Gumersindo decided to marry her, but he did not leave the priesthood.
He never asked for papal dispensation to return to lay status, so the couple married in the living room of a sports club, in a civil ceremony. And there were many participants (those from A Gudiña even got mad at him because he did not invite them), even though the bishop of Santo Tomé had a letter read in all parishes warning the faithful that whoever went to the wayward priest’s wedding would be committing a mortal sin and could no longer take communion. Meanwhile in Ourense, the priest’s native diocese, Bishop Quinteiro asked the faithful to pray that Meiriño, who had already gotten married, would return to the straight path. Now, in Santo Tomé, he does not walk the parishes of the diocese, but he still “feels like a priest” and is still counted in the statistics as a Catholic priest.
Rentapriest, Wednesday, March 24, 2010