Vatican fires gay priest
A priest has been fired from the Vatican after coming out as an homosexual.
The incident comes on the eve of the meeting of the synod, the church’s bishops to discuss the church’s relations to gays, divorcees and more.
The priest, named Krzysztof Charamsa, came out via a newspaper interview, saying he had found a man he loved, and was happy and proud to be a gay priest.
“The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement.
Lombardi added that Charamsa’s actions means he could no longer work at the Vatican, and could possibly be stripped of his priesthood.
Charasma denied that he planned to put pressure on the Church, but that he just wants the Church to treat homosexual worshipers better.
“I came out. This is a very personal, difficult and tough decision in the Catholic church’s homophobic world,” Charamsa said.
“I have to say who I am. I am a gay priest. I am a happy and proud gay priest.”