The Vatican has come under fire after sacking high-ranking Polish priest Father Krzystof Charamsa, on the same day that he came out as gay. The 43-year-old, who has held a post at the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith since 2003, revealed that he had a long-term Spanish partner in interviews with Italian and Polish newspapers.
He dedicated his 'coming out to all gay priests', saying that he wishes them happiness even though 'most of them will not have the courage to make the gesture I have made today'. But the Vatican insists the dismissal has nothing to do with his coming out, and is instead because of his timing. It claims Father Charamsa chose to draw 'undue media pressure' to tomorrow's meeting of bishops, due to discuss homosexuality.