Gay Vatican official who 'came out' may influence Synod in a way he didn't expect--or want

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Oct 05, 2015

Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa evidently thought that he was advancing the homosexual cause by coming out as gay on the eve of the Synod of Bishops. I think he miscalculated badly.

The Vatican quickly dismissed Msgr. Charamsa from his post at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). He had anticipated that, and said he was willing to accept it for the good of the cause. “I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realized that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman.”

Sure, the Polish priest captured the headlines. When an official of the Roman Curia proudly announces that he has a homosexual lover, he will draw plenty of publicity. Given the sympathies of the mass media, most of that publicity will be favorable.

But Msgr. Charamsa said that he wanted to influence the Synod by his announcement; he wanted to impress upon the bishops that homosexual love “must be nourished by the Church.” Is that the lesson that bishops will learn from his shocking announcement?

By making his shocking announcement, Msgr. Charamsa alerted the Catholic world to the fact that he—an official at the CDF, which handles questions of doctrine; and a theology instructor at two pontifical institutions—actively opposes the teachings of the Church. For years he has been working inside the Vatican, not to defend Church teaching but to change it. He has been, in effect, a double agent.

After Pope Benedict XVI resigned, and through the first few months of the current pontificate, there was a great deal of talk in Rome about an alleged “gay lobby” at the Vatican. Discussion of that topic gradually died down; now it has resumed. How can an active homosexual, with a gay lover and an animus against Church teaching, thrive within the Roman Curia? Msgr. Charamsa’s press conference has given new life to that discussion.

During the next three weeks, whenever the subject of homosexuality is discussed at the Synod, bishops will naturally think about the Charamsa scandal. They will wonder once again about the influence of a “gay lobby,” and wonder whether that lobby is working with the Synod itself. They might even ask themselves how much damage the lobby has already done.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2015 7:17 PM ET USA

    One of my daily Rosary intentions is for the cleansing of the Curia and the priesthood of unrepentant sodomites as well as Modernist heretics. I also pray for their repentance and conversion of heart. I fear the smoke of Satan within the hierarchy is much thicker than most of us thought, even at our most pessimistic moments. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Oct. 07, 2015 10:12 PM ET USA

    People who believe that there are enemies of the Church who have held and hold positions of honor and trust are vindicated. It's nothing to gloat about, but it's the sad reality. So don't scoff when people write about "the smoke of Satan".

  • Posted by: Langton7139 - Oct. 06, 2015 6:49 PM ET USA

    We should pray for him. The path he has chosen will be far different from the life he has led thus far. Did he really think through all the implications of this decision for him personally? I doubt it. He needs prayers.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Oct. 06, 2015 3:23 PM ET USA

    As Fr. Richard John Neuhaus said when identifying the real failure of the priests involved in the sex abuse scandal, It's Fidelity, Fidelity, Fidelity.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Oct. 05, 2015 8:28 PM ET USA

    Yes he had - thank God - terrible timing. For his cause that is.