Gay Italian Catholic priest booted out of church

Don Mario Bonfanti made the headlines after coming out on Facebook, but now the Bishop has excommunicated him

Gay Italian Catholic priest booted out of church
02 November 2012

A gay Italian Catholic priest who came out on Facebook has been excommunicated by his bishop.

Don Mario Bonfanti, a priest in a small town in Lombardy, made the headlines when he wrote on Facebook: ‘I’m a gay priest, I’m a happily gay priest.’

Now Monsignor Giovanni Dettori, bishop of Ales-Terralba, in Sardinia, decided to wipe don Mario Bonfanti’s name from the official register of priests.

But the move came after the gay priest had written a letter to the bishop saying: ‘I don’t believe in this Church, anymore. I am against its choices and decisions.’

The bishop considered this letter an act of what is called ‘apostasy’, the denial of the Church’s rules by one of its members.

Don Mario Bonfanti, in the last years, has been warned over his behavior and his thoughts. He defended the idea of gay marriage and holy communion for the divorced.

The last straw was his coming out on Facebook, where he usually promotes anti-war associations, Amnesty International and pro-gay groups and movements.

The bishopric’s newspaper published an article on him, declaring the Church’s position: ‘His letter and his departure make us sad.’ 



No thumbnail available

Nicki Minaj to teach Stephen Fry to rap

American rapper Nicki Minaj wants to teach 54-year-old British presenter to perfect rhyming technique
No thumbnail available

Duchess of Cambridge secretly visits Brunei hotel in middle of gay boycott

Kate has decided to not side with the many celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, who are boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei
No thumbnail available

Final vote for Malta gay civil unions tonight

Gay campaigners ‘jubilant’. Civil unions could be signed into law as early as tomorrow
No thumbnail available

Report sheds light on HIV among gay men in Burma

Those who already have the virus are being neglected, says Doctors Without Borders
No thumbnail available

Sexual orientation soon to become protected class in US military

gon is updating its Military Equal Opportunity policy to cover gays, lesbians and bisexuals
No thumbnail available

US First Lady Michelle Obama on why she supports gay marriage

'Discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right'
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay politician in North Dakota is caught sending photos of penis on Grindr

Republican lawmaker Randy Boehning has voted against bills granting gays legal protections against discrimination
No thumbnail available

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, comes out publicly as gay man

Pete Buttigieg leads city best known as the home of Notre Dame University
No thumbnail available

Largest US Latino rights group supports marriage equality

Latino rights group endorses marriage equality on the heels of Obama's announcement of support
No thumbnail available

Sweden’s foreign minister: Russia’s anti-gay laws are ‘inhuman’

Former Swedish Prime Minister said the homophobia rising in Russia is 'disgusting' and should be stopped