Krzysztof Charamsa, a 43-year-old Polish priest, has comes out as gay days before the Synod of the Family starts at the Vatican.
He has expressed his desire that the Church and his community know who he is: a homosexual priest proud of his own identity and has criticized the stance of the Catholic Church on the issue of catholic LGBTQAI+ persons. As the Spanish newspaper ABC reports, he declared that “the time has come for the Church to realize that the solution that they offer to gays, which is, total abstinence, is inhuman.”
He has been removed from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the different pontifical universities. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Vatican, said that “even though personal situations deserve respect, but doing such a flagrant manifestation days before the Synod starts is series and irresponsible because it tries to create a wrongful media pressure” over the event.
Charasma has replied to his expulsion by encouraging other homosexual priests to come out and, as the Spanish newspaper El País reports, by heavily criticizing Vatican’s homophobia: “we cannot keep hating sexual minorities,” he has stated, “like that we hate a part of the humanity.”