Pope expels gay priest from Vatican
The Vatican, on Saturday, fired a senior priest, Krzysztof Charamsa, who publicly came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of church leaders to discuss the Churchâ€™s stance on social issues such as divorce and homosexuality.
A statement by a spokesman for Pope Francis described the Polish priestâ€™s action as â€œvery serious and irresponsible,â€ adding that he would be immediately sacked from his post as a theologian in the Vatican.
The statement read, â€œThe 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.â€
Charamsa, who is a mid-level official in the Vatican bureaucracyâ€™s dealing with church doctrine, flanked by his Spanish boyfriend while donning his priestâ€™s collar, on Saturday, had earlier told a news conference in Rome that he was compelled to speak out against the â€œhypocrisy and paranoiaâ€ that he said had shaped the Churchâ€™s attitude to sexual minorities.
The 43-year-old priest said, â€œIâ€™m out of the closet, and Iâ€™m very happy about that. I want to be an advocate for all sexual minorities and their families who have suffered in silence.â€
He presented a 10-point â€œliberation manifestoâ€ against â€œinstitutionalised homophobia in the Church,â€ which he said particularly oppressed the gay men who, according to him, make up the majority of priests.
He also revealed plans for a book about his 12 years at the heart of a Vatican bureaucracy, only just recovering from a scandal under previous Pope Benedict XVI over the influence of a â€œgay lobbyâ€ among senior clergy.
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