Polish gay ex-priest calls out Catholic Church
PR dla Zagranicy
Former senior priest at the Vatican Krzysztof Charamsa has accused the Church of “persecuting” homosexual Roman Catholics and making their lives “hell”.
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In a resignation letter addressed to the Pope, the 42-year-old speaks out against the “homophobic hate of the Church, the exclusion, the marginalization and the stigmatization” of the LGBT community, whose “human rights are denied” by the Church.
The missive, released to BBC, accuses the top clergy of blatant “hypocrisy” in its public condemnation of gays, as the author points to the Church’s ranks, which are “full of homosexuals”.
Charamsa encouraged “all gay cardinals, gay bishops and gay priests” to “abandon this insensitive, unfair and brutal Church”.
The former secretary of the Holy See’s International Theological Commission came out in the media and revealed his life partner at a press conference on 3 October, a day ahead of the Vatican synod on the family in Rome. He was defrocked by his diocesan bishop in Poland three weeks later.
Pope Francis is yet to respond to the letter sent on the day of Charamsa’s public announcement. (aba/rk)