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Priest claims Pope Francis sacked him over pro-gay views

Priest claims Pope Francis sacked him over pro-gay views

An Australian priest is claiming he was excommunicated by Pope Francis over his liberal views of homosexuality.

Greg Reynolds, an Australian, was reportedly defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and the gay community.

The excommunication document, written in Latin, gives no explicit reason.

Speaking to The Age, Reynolds said he had expected to be laicised (defrocked) but not excommunicated.

‘In times past communication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect,’ he said.

‘I’ve come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.’

‘The Vatican never contacted me, and it gives no explanation.’

According to Fairfax Media, the only other Melbourne priests laicised against their will have been paedophiles.

Just last week, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become ‘obsessed’ with preaching about small issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

‘We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.’

But his words were short-lived when he preached vehemently against abortion when speaking to gynaecologists a day after this speech, urging for the rights of the unborn child.

Last July, the Pope stunned the world when he said: ‘Who am I to judge gay people?’