A Polish priest with ties to the Vatican has been sacked after revealing that he is gay, and in a relationship.
Father Krzystof Charamsa, 43, revealed his sexuality in two separate interviews on Saturday, one with an Italian newspaper and another with Polish news programme, and admitted that he had a Spanish male partner, reports The Guardian.
The priest, who has worked for the Vatican for over a decade, blasted the Catholic Church’s, said at a press conference that he wanted to make “an enormous noise for the good of the church” and apply “good Christian pressure” on the synod not to forget homosexual believers.
Charamsa, who worked for the congregation of the doctrine of the faith since 2003, had intended to stage a demonstration in front of the Vatican but later changed venues.
The Vatican have said that Charamsa’s dismissal had nothing to do with hiss reflections on his personal life, which it said “merit respect”, but it said his interviews and the planned demonstration was “grave and irresponsible” given their timing on the eve of a synod of bishops who will discuss family issues, including the church’s position on gay people.
“It’s time for the church to open its eyes about gay Catholics and to understand that the solution it proposes to them – total abstinence from a life of love – is inhuman,” Charamsa told the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera.
“I know that I will have to give up my ministry which is my whole life. I know that the church will see me as someone who did not know how to fulfil his duty [to remain chaste], who is lost and who is not even with a woman but with a man.”
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