Polish bishop defrocks gay priest in Vatican storm
PR dla Zagranicy
A Polish clergyman who came out as a practising homosexual on the eve of the opening of the Vatican's Synod on the Family has been defrocked by his diocesan bishop in Poland.
The move follows the dismissal of Krzysztof Charamsa from his post as second secretary of the Vatican's International Theological Commission at the beginning of the month.
According to the decision of Bishop Ryszard Kasyna of the Pelpin diocese in northern Poland, Charamsa is now forbidden from wearing a cassock or celebrating mass.
Charamsa held a press conference in Rome on 3 October with his partner, named only as Eduard.
“This is a very personal, difficult and tough decision in the Catholic church's homophobic world,” he said after coming out.
Priests take a vow of celibacy on entering the RomanCatholic Church. The question of homosexuality remains highly incendiary.
Bishop Peter Doyle, one of the attendees of the current Synod on the Family, claimed on Vatican Radio this week that participants were avoiding the subject.
“I’m a little concerned that we haven’t faced up to those issues,” he said.
“Although the issues have been raised occasionally, they’ve been put in a siding,” he claimed. (nh/rk)
Source: IAR/Vatican Radio