Vatican, Polish Bishop Respond Quickly After Priest “Comes Out” as Gay

Vatican, Polish Bishop Respond Quickly After Priest “Comes Out” as Gay October 3, 2015

You probably saw the news today:  A Polish priest serving as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome came out as gay. More than that, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa expressed happiness and pride at being a “gay priest,” and reported that he has a boyfriend with whom he enjoys a close relationship.

Father Charamsa, who has lived in Rome for 17 years, also serves as assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission and teaches theology at two of Rome’s Pontifical universities, the Gregorian and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.

The priest, with his boyfriend at his side, held a press conference today, on the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, in order to pressure the Synod Fathers to revisit the Church’s longstanding teaching with regard to the immorality of homosexual unions.  “My decision of ‘coming out,'” he said,“is a very personal decision in the homophobic world of the Catholic Church.” He noted that “every homosexual person is a son of God” (which is true), but then added that “This [the homosexual lifestyle] is the will of God for our life” (which is not true).


As soon as news of the priest’s homosexual “coming out” announcement came to light, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement. The Vatican statement said:

“Regarding the statements and interviews released by Msgr. Kryzstof Charamsa, it must be considered — notwithstanding the respect warranted to the events and personal situations and reflections on the issue — the choice to make such a pointed statement on the vigil of the Synod’s opening seems very serious and irresponsible, since it seeks to impose on the Synodal assembly undue media pressure.”

Certainly, Msgr. Charamsa will not be able to continue performing his previous duties at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Universities, whereas other aspects of his situation are under the competence of his diocesan ordinary.”

Father Charamsa was immediately fired from his position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was also immediately removed from his teaching responsibilities at the Pontifical Universities.


And now, the Bishop of Pelplin, located in the ecclesiastical province of Gdańsk, has issued a statement. Through his spokesperson Fr. Ireneusz Smaglinski, the bishop issued a canonical admonition, the first step toward suspension of Fr. Charasma’s priestly faculties. If the priest does not renounce his earlier statement, we can expect that he will be removed from priestly ministry.

The statement which was released this afternoon in Poland reads:

Statement on Father Krzysztof Charamsa:

In connection with the communique issued by the Holy See Press Office concerning the declaration of Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa and his statements to the media contrary to the Scriptures and teachings of the Catholic Church, whereas according to the norms of the Code of Canon Law, Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa has been admonished by the Reverend Bishop of Pelplin to return to the way of Christ’s priesthood.
At the same time the Bishop of Pelplin asks all priests and the faithful to pray for this intention.

Fr. Ireneusz Smagliński, spokesman for the Bishop of Pelpli
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The rapid response of both the Vatican and the diocesan bishop point to a fact which has been all but disregarded in mainstream media, as pundits speculate regarding the likely result of the Synod. That fact is this:
The Church is the visible body of Christ on earth. Its timeless teachings do not change, but are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. 
As the Synod Fathers begin their work, pray for them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them toward all truth. But really, have faith, resting in the confidence that God is in control. 
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  • Elijah fan

    Fr. Lombardi communicated a different message than the good Bishop…..who is a good Bishop indeed. But the Vatican statement is about the priest pressuring the Synod on its eve not about sodomy being wrong. In fact Fr. Lombardi seems to have “respect” for the ” personal situation”…. code for…” I’m sitting on the fence on the sodomy aspect… so don’t write me a thousand emails on the sex topic…I’m saying the timing was manipulative of the Synod.”
    You’re ending praise of the non changing teachings will work on the lightly read.
    Pope Sixtus V executed a priest and his gay partner and Francis wouldn’t execute the leader of ISIS if he caught him….but we never change….for the lightly read.

  • captcrisis

    So far the “out” gays being sacked by the Church have all been in relationships, like this guy.

    The question is, what if a bishop comes out as “gay” but celibate? What will happen to him?

    On the one hand, we have the 2006 prohibition on gay men entering the priesthood. Overruled by Francis with his “who am I to judge?” comment. And we have the priest in Ireland who “came out” during his sermon this year (and got a standing ovation from the congregation).

    On the other hand, no bishop has come out as gay, even though there must be hundreds of them among the 6000 or so bishops worldwide (all of them entering the priesthood before 2006).

  • Dave Snyder

    So Father comes out publicly just before the Synod with boyfriend in hand as a political statement. I find it hard to believe that those around him in the Vatican did not know of his relationship with his lover way before his public comming out. It is very hard to keep these things from your fellow priests. And Charamsa was very proud of his lover so I doubt if he hid him before.

    We had a similar situation in the our Diocese. A priest had a lover and did not hide it. People in his parish wrote letters to the Bishop who ignored the complaints. Finally the word got to Rome and pressure was to much. After Father sent a Christmas card from he and his lover that was to much even for our Bishop and the Priest was given the option of giving up the lover or the priesthood. Fortunatly, he chose the lover.

  • Re Ja

    Fr. Lombardi’s emphasis on influencing the synod rather than the sinfulness and disobedience of the priest was upsetting to me. And what is the result of failing to be clear about why the priest was removed? MSM headlines that scream that the priest was fired for being gay.

    • Lookingup73

      I don’t agree with the church on many sexuality issues. But you are exactly right. He was not fired just for being gay. He made this announcement and admitted having a boyfriend. Why did they not focus on that part? That should be the true reason for firing him, or relieving him of the Vatican position: he broke his vows.

      • kathyschiffer

        If you “don’t agree with the Church on many sexuality issues,” I’d suggest you consider very seriously who is wrong: the Church founded by Christ, backed by 2,000 years of teaching from the likes of Aquinas, Augustine, thousands of theologians and 266 popes including Pope John Paul II? Or little you? If, after a fair consideration, you still consider yourself above them all, I’d say you have quite an ego.

        • Lookingup73

          That is the lovely Catholic attitude I have missed for 23 years 🙂

          • Rob B.

            The Truth hurts sometimes, lookingup73. I pray that you never have to find out just how much it can hurt…

          • Lookingup73

            LOL. Thanks. Funny how you and the esteemed blogger don’t even know what it is I object to with the Church’s teaching on sexuality. Maybe I don’t think it is biblical enough?! Regardless, it cracks me up that I make a comment agreeing with the article and the commenter and THAT gets me criticism of ego (not as much as ego as represented in the blogger’s comment to me or yours actually) and threats of hell. Oh my.

          • Rob B.

            In my experience, most people with “problems with the Church’s teachings on sexuality” tend to be more libertine in such matters. Please, feel free to expand and explain yourself. If I was wrong in my judgment, I will manfully admit so and apologize.

        • Graham Blissett

          So, you think Lookingup73 could have quite an ego. Well, have you ever stopped to think that maybe Popes have to have an enormous ego to be a Pope? To me, thinking that they are God’s appointed mouthpiece on earth, riding around in a bullet proofed car, waving to their misled flock of sheep, as if they’re God themselves, living in luxury, isn’t egotistical then I don’t know what is.

        • LinCA

          Right. Because the church is never wrong, correct? That’s why they still, and correctly (right?), claim that the earth is flat, that the universe is static, that it was created a few thousand years ago and that the sun and stars revolve around the earth, among other nonsense.

          Whenever there is a conflict between what the church claims and what science claims, smart money says the church is wrong. Every. Single. Time.

          The church is wrong. Worse, it is wrong on virtually everything. It is wrong because it is based on nothing more than ignorant Iron Age folklore and superstition.

        • Laureen Holt

          WELL SAID! Thank you!

  • Graham Blissett

    How sad it is that two people of the same sex can’t love each other just because the Bible happens to say it’s wrong. The Bible also states that it’s wrong to kill but God did plenty of killing to get “His” chosen people to the “Promised Land.” Why people allow the Bible to rule their own thoughts and feelings has baffled me ever since I was a boy… live and let live. The Bible and Christianity have caused far more pain than happiness.

    • D Petar Jarnevic

      Homosexual activity is not wrong just because it is condemned in the Bible. It is contrary to the natural moral law. As for the commandment against killing, that commandment forbids unjust killing, in other words, murder.

  • Graham Blissett

    Petar Jarnevic…

    Where on earth does this “natural moral law” come from? It’s only a law that humans made up. It’s the same as the Bible, that was only written by humans. If you’re going to make the comment that homosexuality is against natural moral law, then the same has to be said about killing. Surely that’s logic. In my eyes “ALL” killing is wrong, whether it’s unjust or not. Why do you let God off the hook when he killed thousands of people in the Bible? What kind of God is it that only wants one race to have a “Promised Land?” It just doesn’t make any sense. What right has one human being got to say to another human being, what he should or shouldn’t do? It’s time the Roman Catholic Church stopped codemning others, when so much sin lies within the church itself. At least Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa has been honest and not covered up his homosexuality, like the church has done for decades over child sex abuse! It seems to me that the Catholic Church seems not to take notice of certain verses in the Bible like… “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” “Do not look at the splinter in another’s eye…” and “Do not judge others lest you be judged.”

  • Korou

    And that, folks, is what religious persecution actually looks like. Well done to Father Charamsa for taking a principled stand.

    • Rob B.

      A truly principled stand would have been for him to leave both his job and the priesthood quietly. Instead, he announced his betrayal of his vows of celibacy to a world that he know would celebrate him as a hero.

      • Korou

        And a Church he knew would disavow him and rob him of his life’s work. Knowing that there is nothing wrong with being gay, he chose to take a stand against bigotry.

        • Laureen Holt

          It’s not “bigotry” to take a stand–esp. in the Church–against that which is intrinsically evil, morally repugnant & mortally sinful chosen behavior. This man was never, ever, truly Catholic as he never, ever believed that which the Church teaches on sin.
          He will be tarred, feathered & run out of town–symbolically, that is–when he’s formally defrocked & excommunicated.
          A good day for the Church when he is. Good riddance to rubbish like him–a wolf in sheep’s clothing if there ever was one.

          • Korou

            Two consenting adults loving each other is not “intrinsically evil.”

      • Graham Blissett

        Yes! And what a hero Father Charamsa is for taking a principled stand.You write about his betrayal. What!! How many innocent children have the Roman Catholic Church betrayed? How many people suffered because of the Inquisition? How many unwanted children have been brought into this world by parents who couldn’t really afford to have them, but couldn’t use contraception because of rules made up by the Roman Catholic Church? Rob B. Please read the following: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?” You and the rest of Catholicism need to take more notice of the wonderful verse, above, from Matthew.

  • Linda_LaScola

    Seem to me that a straight priest announcing his relationship with a woman would have been treated the same way. Sexual relations of any kind are not permitted among Catholic clerics, gay or straight.

  • Graham Blissett

    How strange it is that only one person has has made a comment about my posts. It seems to me that the truth hurts. Good! I’m glad it does because it might make people wake up to the poor values of Catholicism.

    • kathyschiffer

      Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. Sorry, Graham–The Catholics in the room aren’t “waking up”, they’re probably praying for you and others who are so lost.

      • Graham Blissett

        Me lost? Oh Kathy, Kathy, do come home to reality please. If you were to read the Bible correctly, which so many sad souls don’t do – they just listen to what their priests, bishops and vicars etc., tell them, you, and they, would discover that Catholicism goes against everything Jesus taught. One thing he didn’t teach was sarcasm, which is exactly what your reply was. I, and the “others” are not lost because we use the Bible to show us the way, sadly it’s you and all other Catholics that are lost.