He’s Out! Bishop Laicizes Priest Who “Came Out” on Eve of Synod

He’s Out! Bishop Laicizes Priest Who “Came Out” on Eve of Synod October 22, 2015
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My friend Kathy Schiffer has the story.

Remember the high-ranking Vatican priest who chose the opening of the Synod on Marriage to announce that he’s gay and then ride off into the sunset with his boyfriend and a book deal? His bishop has laicized him.

I wonder how this guy managed to rise so high in the Church in the first place.

Here’s a bit of what Kathy Schiffer has to say about it:

The Polish priest who declared his homosexuality on the eve of the Synod on the Family, Fr. Krysztof Charamsa, has been laicized. Bishop Ryszard Kasyno, bishop of Pelplin (Poland), sent a letter to Fr. Charamsa on Wednesday, October 21, notifying him that he may no longer celebrate Mass, administer the sacraments or wear a cassock.

The action against Fr. Charamsa comes as no surprise, considering the priest’s carefully executed attack on the Church he served. Charamsa, who held a press conference October 2 with his boyfriend and announced their love relationship, had apparently been planning to disrupt the Synod with his “coming out.” He presented a 10-point “liberation manifesto” against “institutionalized homophobia in the Church” and announced the upcoming publication of a book detailing his twelve years at the heart of the Vatican bureaucracy.

He was immediately fired by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he had worked as a senior official; but it took just a little longer to complete the investigation which resulted in his removal from priestly service.

 

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3 responses to “He’s Out! Bishop Laicizes Priest Who “Came Out” on Eve of Synod”

  1. Doesn’t a Catholic priest have to take a vow of celibacy or some such thing?
    I don’t know why it still amazes me that Catholics – priests, nuns and others who should know better – are disappointed when the Church doesn’t capitulate to their particular demands.
    Even if they don’t know why, my non-Catholic friends understand that this 2,000 yr. old Church isn’t going to change its doctrine.
    Spontaneity isn’t one of the marks of Christ’s Church. Thank God.

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