Pope Returns to Italy, Vatican Fires Gay Priest

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.

The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend.

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“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.

As a result, Charamsa could no longer work at the Vatican or its pontifical universities, Lombardi said. Despite his dismissal, Charamsa remains a priest, although Lombardi hinted that his superiors could take further action.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

  1. Can priests be in committed relationships?

  2. wtf that is so messed up…he finally had the courage to come out and they fired him! now it’s looking like the outreach was to try and make money instead…very fishy

  3. IKR so hypocritical, the church is notorious for being money hungry so I can see where you came up with that idea

  4. way to promote the outreach to gays….they should celebrate that he had the courage and let him help in the outreach.

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