Home bishopric pronounces suspension

Home bishopric pronounces suspension

Krzysztof Charamsa (43), ex-employee of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is no longer allowed to work as a priest after his outing until further notice.

Bishop Ryszard Kasyna in Pelplin, northern Poland, Charamsa's home diocese, suspended him from his priestly duties and barred him from wearing priestly clothing, a diocese spokesman confirmed Thursday in response to a query.

Charamsa had come out as homosexual in early October in Italian and Polish media and at a press conference together with his Catalan partner in Rome. He accused the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for which he had worked, of "paranoid homophobia". He immediately lost his post at the Vatican and his authorization to teach at pontifical universities.

Charamsa receives the punishment provided for in canon law

His home bishop had initially only called him to return to the "way of the priesthood of Christ". However, since Charamsa "continues to live a life outside the regulations for Catholic priests" and lacks "any will to correct his life," he will now be subject to the punishment provided for this in canon law, the diocese said in explaining its decision. The suspension should bring him to reflection. It can be cancelled if the theologian corrects his life.

Charamsa worked in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2003 and was also associate secretary of the Vatican's International Commission of Theologians. He was also a lecturer at the Pontifical Jesuit College (Gregorian University) and the College of the Legionaries of Christ (Regina Apostolorum).

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