A gay priest accused the Catholic Church of hypocrisy after he was fired by the Vatican on the day he announced he was in a relationship with another man
Father Krzystof Charamsa says the clergy is ‘full of homosexuals’ and the ‘brutal’ Church is creating ‘hell’ on earth for millions of gay Catholics.
The Daily Mail reports:
In a scathing letter to Pope Francis, he accused the Vatican of hypocrisy because he said the clergy was ‘full of homosexuals’.
He also condemned the Church for causing ‘immeasurable suffering’ to homosexual Catholics and their families.
In the letter, released to the BBC, he said he had taken the decision to ‘publicly reject the violence of the Church towards homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual people’.
He called on ‘all gay cardinals, gay bishops and gay priests to have the courage to abandon this insensitive, unfair and brutal Church.’
Pope Francis has not yet responded to the letter.
But the Vatican’s anger contrasted with the news of Francis’s still close relationship with an old Argentinian friend and his gay partner, who were hugged by the pontiff in the United States last month.
The Pontiff has also previously said that the Church must have ‘its doors open to welcome all those who knock’ and not ‘point the finger in judgement’ of others.
Earlier this month, Father Charamsa rubbished claims that there was a ‘gay lobby’ trying to influence the church.
It came after the Pope made comments in the past that suggested there was a gay network in the Church.
In 2013 he famously said ‘Who am I to judge?’ when asked about homosexuals in the Church and the rumoured network of gay Vatican leaders.
But Father Charamsa denied the rumours.
‘I met homosexual priests, often isolated like me… but no gay lobby,’ he said, adding that he also met gay priests who were ‘homophobes’ and had ‘hatred for themselves and others’.
Charamsa said he wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to convey his spirit of openness to bishops at the synod, where Church leaders discussed marriage and family teachings.
Since 2005, the Church has forbidden the ordination of priests with homosexual tendencies.
But this rule is applied in different ways, with many bishops turning a blind eye as long as priests remain celibate.
Charamsa says he has stayed faithful to his vow of celibacy because he has ‘never touched a woman’.
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