Friday 24 February 2017

Catholic whistleblower Charasma can't be held up as a martyr to his sexuality

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

There is something quite refreshing about the latest sexuality scandal to engulf the Vatican. And, in many ways, senior Church members will at least be grateful that it doesn't involve the abuse of children.

In one of the more unusual stories of the last few days, Monsignor Kryzsztof Charasma came out as a gay man, and spoke to a number of Italian and Polish newspapers about his life as a gay priest in a loving relationship with his long-term boyfriend.

"I have to say who I am. I'm a gay priest. I'm a happy and proud gay priest. It's time the Church opened its eyes and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman," said the 43-year-old cleric.

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