"The Vatican has denounced as “very serious and irresponsible” the decision by Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), to announce publicly, on the eve of the synod of bishops on the family, that he is homosexual and has a partner. It said he can no longer work in that congregation, or teach theology in the Pontifical universities
Mgr. Charamsa, 43, a native of Gdynia, Poland, was a middle-ranking official at the CDF when he gave the interview. He has been in Rome for 17 years, and taught theology at two pontifical universities in Rome: the prestigious Jesuit-run Gregorian University in Rome and the Ataneo Regina Apostolorum’, run by the Legionaries of Christ. He is also assistant-secretary of the International Theological Commission.
He declared his “coming out” in a front page interview with Corriere della Sera, a leading Italian daily, October 3. Speaking frankly he said: “I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a homosexual priest, happy and proud of his own identity. I am ready to pay the consequences of this, but the moment has come for the Church to open its eyes to gay believers and to understand that the solution which it proposes to gays, namely total abstinence from a love life, is inhuman.”
Bridget Mary's Response: I applaud Mgr. Chraramsa for his courage in sharing his identity as a homosexual priest. It is time for the Vatican to to be transparent and encourage priests to come out of the closet without any punishments or pressures. The Vatican's present policy is a denial of reality and hypocritical! Pope Francis must affirm primacy of conscience and tell the CDF, their mantra should be "who are they to judge". Jesus calls us to love, that is the only thing in the end that matters. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org