Charamsa urges Christians to accept him

Krzysztof Charamsa is has urged catholics to be more accepting.

Krzysztof Charamsa and partner

Krzysztof Charamsa, a priest who was dismissed by the Vatican, has stated that he has no regrets about coming out of the closet.

Charamsa, who publicly announced he was gay on the 3rd of October, was fired by his diocese. The Vatican called the declaration "very serious and irresponsible," dismissing Charamsa from his work there and from his teaching roles.

"I am a gay priest and I am happy to say that I am a gay priest. I lost my work in the Vatican, in university, but I think I found my courage, my liberty, my dignity," he said in an interview after his declaration.

Charamsa has now revealed that he is writing a book about his experience. The 43-year-old, in a recent interview with AFP, said, "I now feel better gay and more of a priest than before.

“It’s not like the Islamic State (group) that hounds homosexuals by killing them. The Catholic Church doesn’t actually kill people, but it kills them psychologically.

“It kills them with its backward stance, with its reject, contempt and constant preaching against homosexuals.”

"I needed to say to my church, to reveal 'I am gay and I am not sorry,' and please you — my church, my community — must seriously think about persons like me. We have many good, fantastic homosexual persons — also lesbians — in religious life."

He also talked about his “New manifesto for gay liberation” which he hopes will change the Catholic's stance on homosexuality. The manifesto, which asks that the Vatican discard Church documents that are hostile towards homosexuals, also urged them to allow gays to become priests, and also to revise its interpretation of Biblical texts on this issue.


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