A Polish priest who was fired by the Vatican after coming out as gay has now been defrocked for breaking his vow of celibacy.
Krzystof Charamsa can no longer celebrate mass, administer sacraments like communion and baptism or wear a cassock, according to a statement from the Pelplin diocese in his native Poland.
‘Considering Father Charamsa’s lack of will to correct his behavior and public statements indicating he will continue to break rules governing the behavior of Catholic priests,’ the statement said.
‘This penalty is intended to encourage Father Charamsa to mend his ways and can be rescinded depending on his behavior.’
The 43-year-old priest angered the Vatican earlier this month when he came out as gay the day before a synod on the Catholic church’s relationship with LGBTI believers.
Charamsa was immediately fired from his senior position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
After coming out, Charamsa claimed that the majority of priests were gay and issued a 10-point ‘liberation manifesto’ against the ‘institutionalized homophobia in the Church.’
He is also writing a book about his 12 years at the Vatican.