the sins of Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa

UPDATE: monsignor Charamsa has now been laicized (defrocked) by his Bishop for breaking his vow of chastity.

This story is overshadowing the news about the opening of the Synod. A Catholic priest, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, who worked for many years for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, has publicly stated that he is gay, that he has a gay lover (Eduard), and that he rejects Church teaching that gay persons must be chaste.

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Quotes from the Msgr. Charamsa:
“Christianity is the religion of love, and love is central to the figure of Jesus we bring to the world. A lesbian or gay couple should be able to openly say to their Church: ‘we love each other according to our nature, and offer this gift of our love to others, because it is a public matter, not just a private one; we are not merely engaged in some extreme pursuit of pleasure”.

Msgr. Charamsa says “love” but he means sex. The Church has no prohibition on anyone loving, in a pure spiritual manner, any and all persons. He says “love .. according to our nature”, meaning a sexual relationship. And when he says “a public matter” and, elsewhere, “Everyone has the right to love, and that love must be protected by society and law,” he hints at his approval for gay marriage.

He know that his position is contrary to Church teaching: “No, this is not the position of current Church doctrine.”

Msgr. Charamsa says: “The Bible says nothing on the subject of homosexuality. It instead speaks of acts that I would call ‘homogenital’. Even heterosexual people may perform such acts, as happens in many prisons, but in that case they are acting against their nature and therefore committing a sin. When a gay person engages in those same acts, they are instead expressing their nature. The biblical sodomite has nothing to do with two gays that love each other in modern-day Italy and want to marry.”

This interpretation of the Bible is self-serving and ridiculous. The man of the city of Sodom in the Old Testament were homosexuals, and their behavior is condemned. The references in the Bible to “the effeminate” refers to homosexuals (1 Cor 6:10). And in any case, the Magisterium is the authoritative interpreter of the Bible, and the Magisterium condemns these acts, regardless of the orientation of the persons who commit them.

Again, the Msgr. suggests his own approval for gay marriage. He also explicitly rejects Church teaching against sex outside of marriage, and same-gender sexual acts.

Msgr. Charamsa: “Moreover, I now have a partner who has helped me transform my fears into the power of love”.
“I know that the Church will see me as someone who has failed to keep a promise, who has lost his way, and what’s worse, not with a woman, but a man! I also know that I will have to give up the ministry, even though it is my whole life. But I’m not doing this so that I can live with my partner. The reasons are much wider-ranging and based on a reflection on Church doctrine”.

He admits that he has broken his vow of celibacy by homosexual relations, on a continuing basis. He expects to be laicized.

Canon Law states that a priest who “has committed an offense against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue” (not only adultery, but any grave sexual sin) will be suspended from the clerical state, and if he persists, will be dismissed from the clerical state. There are specific laws against a “cleric who lives in concubinage”, meaning sexual cohabitation (whether heterosexual or homosexual), and against persisting “with scandal” in any grave sexual sin. Msgr. Charamsa’s public unremorseful admission of guilt, and his utter rejection of Church teaching on the topic is certainly scandal.

I must also point out that his obstinate public rejection of Church teaching on sexual ethics and gay marriage is the sin of formal heresy, which carries the penalty of automatic excommunication. The Monsignor is currently excommunicated (latae sententiae) by the very commission of the offense (formal heresy). I expect him to be excommunicated by a judgment also (ferendae sententiae), and laicized.

From my translation of the Bible (CPDV)

{7:20} “But,” he said “the things which go out from a man, these pollute a man.
{7:21} For from within, from the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
{7:22} thefts, avarice, wickedness, deceitfulness, homosexuality, an evil eye, blasphemy, self-exaltation, foolishness.
{7:23} All these evils proceed from within and pollute a man.”

[1 Cor]
{6:9} Do you not know that the iniquitous will not possess the kingdom of God? Do not choose to wander astray. For neither fornicators, nor servants of idolatry, nor adulterers,
{6:10} nor the effeminate, nor males who sleep with males, nor thieves, nor the avaricious, nor the inebriated, nor slanderers, nor the rapacious shall possess the kingdom of God.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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