Developing: Vatican Responds to Gay CDF Priest
Vatican Spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi issues statement on Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa
ROME, October 3, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has issued a statement on Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa, the scandalous priest who yesterday declared his open homosexuality and demanded the Church change Her teachings.
"With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure. Msgr. Charamsa will certainly be unable to continue to carry out his previous work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical universities, while the other aspects of his situation shall remain the competence of his diocesan Ordinary."
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Gay CDF Priest ‘Comes Out,’ Declares Church Must Change
by Matthew Pearson
ROME, October 3, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Polish priest working at the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has admitted his homosexuality and issued a manifesto demanding changes to Church teaching.
The priest, Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa, is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University and has been on the Vatican's International Theological Commission since 2009.
In a video released yesterday by the Polish LGBT activist group Artykuł osiemnasty, Msgr. Charamsa declares his homosexuality and admits to having a boyfriend.
Also released along with the video was a 10-point manifesto of demands.
1. Disposal of homophobia and anti-gay discrimination ...
2. Condemnation of punishment for homosexuality ...
3. Cessation of the Church's interference in guaranteeing human rights by democratic states ...
4. Canceling incompetent and prejudicial documents
We demand the Pope revise the Catechism and repeal all the cruel documents that are incompetent to deal with the issue of homosexual persons, who are the object both of the Church's compassion and stigmatization — in particular, the documents of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the heir to the Holy Inquisition. Unacceptable documents include:
a) the declaration Persona Humana from 1975, discussing among other things the "pathological constitution" of homosexual persons, which by their nature supposedly "have difficulty adjusting socially" and carry an "disorder" that "without the necessary and significant adjustment" is considered a "depravity";
b) Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons of 1986, which calls for "compassion" for homosexuals, who "suffer" from same-sex attraction, and which accepts the existence of "fair discrimination" against homosexuals and rejects only "unjust discrimination" against them;
c) the outrageous Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons in 1992;
d) Considerations Regarding Proposals to Legalize Unions Between Homosexual Persons from 2003, according to which homosexuality is "devoid of any genuine affective maturity," and homosexual relationships are devoid of any "human and ordered form of sexual relations";
e) the Catechism of the Church Catholic, sections 2357–2359, teaches that not only same-sex acts but also homosexual orientation are "objectively disordered." It also emphasizes that by nature, homosexuals have no emotional complementarity with other human persons they love. And it adds that for most of us orientation is a difficult experience requiring compassion toward our neighbor, but not without avoiding just discrimination. How does the Church know what is our suffering and difficulty? Well, it is not sexual orientation, but homophobia from the Church. Learning via the Catechism is offensive, apart from the fact that the very definition of homosexuality is deficient, if not quite false. The analysis of the situation of homosexual persons is also deficient.
5. Immediate cancellation of discriminatory instructions about denying the priesthood to homosexual persons ...
6. Initiate a serious interdisciplinary scientific reflection over the morality of human sexuality ....
7. Revision of the interpretation of biblical texts on homosexuality
8. Adoption of ecumenical dialogue with our Lutheran and Anglican brothers about homosexuality ...
9. The need to ask for forgiveness toward homosexuals ...
10. Respect for and belief in homosexuals and change in the distorted position of the Church on what a homosexual Christian life should look like ...
Text of "Gazeta Wyborcza" received from Fr. Christopher Charamsy via Vox Cantoris. Translation slightly edited for clarity.
My name is Krzysztof Charamsa. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa. I am a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ... the second secretary of the International Theological Commission. I'm a theologian, philosopher; I lecture in bioethics at the Pontifical Gregorian University. ... I am gay. ... I love our country, our fatherland, I am a patriot. ... when in parliament, in my fatherland, someone can put down a homosexual person with impunity, with impunity! And he does not turn off the microphone!
If someone can travel around, as does Fr. [Dariusz] Oko in my country with his theater of the absurd, demagoguery, ideologies, and do so with impunity!
When someone becomes the president of this country, and can be allowed with impunity to make insinuations about improper attire of my social group, and the next day not apologize for his words —with impunity!
When the former president for five years, didn't meet with homosexual families, not even for half an hour, to look them in the eye. With impunity ignore them! Those for whom they were established to serve.
The Church is silent, hideously silent, and when Dominic from Bierzun takes his own life, because he can't endure homophobia, the hate ... Then the Church is then silent, and legally, leaves everything before some prosecutor. When the Church should be a moral authority, She is then silent. That means we have struck a growing crisis, hypocrisy, falsehood, insensitivity. Where is our Gospel?
(Transcript courtesy of Toronto Catholic Witness)
Msgr. Charamsa is expected to give a press conference on Saturday at noon in Rome.