A high-ranking Polish priest who was fired after coming out as gay has accused the Catholic Church of making life ‘hell’ for millions of homosexuals.
Father Krzystof Charamsa was stripped of his post earlier this month on the day he announced he was in a relationship with another man.
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.
Source: Daily Mail UK