The coverage of the Pre-Synod coming out party of Monsignor Charamsa is amusingly chaotic.
The Western press continues to erroneously think he was fired for being gay. No such thing happened. As anyone knows there is no shortage of gay men working in the Curia. Charamsa was fired for not keeping his commitment to celibacy, which applies for both “straight” and “gay” priests. I put those in parentheses since they’re somewhat out of play for people whose identity is supposed to be defined by their priestly duties.
The Polish press today is catching up to how the Curia insider Charamsa hoodwinked them to get maximum publicity for an upcoming book. The portal press.pl reports (in Polish):
Today Father Krzysztof Charamsa is on the cover of competing Polish weeklies Wprost and Newsweek Polska. Reporters from both publications conducted interviews with him in secret, convinced they would have exclusive access to the interviewee. Wprost was promised that it will be the only publication with whom the coming out priest was going to talk, “He misled and took advantage of us in order to promote himself,” says the head of Wprost Tomasz Wróblewski. “He also promised an exclusive to us,” admits Renata Kim, chief of the society section of Newsweek, who conducted an interview with Charamsa in Rome.
It appears that both publications thought the Monsignor was going to come out on their pages. They were wrong. The piece draws out the following conclusion from what happened:
Bogusław Chrabota, editor-in-chief of Rzeczpospolita writes today in the piece, “The Global Marketing of Prelate Charamsa,” that “the main intention of Saturday’s spectacle was the promotion of a forthcoming book by the priest.” He also concludes that, “I don’t doubt that the loud Roman coming out will lead to the sale of tens of thousands of books.”
One is reminded of Lenin’s remark in What is to be Done?:
A newspaper is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organizer.
Charamsa used God, gay rights, and the Polish press to organize a big paycheck for himself. This is how you should stage-manage your “martyrdom.”
Ahh, the things we won’t do for our Good Lord Mammon.
And since you cannot have two masters, this is how God died in the West.
I need to sell out a bit too!
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