Continuing with my free translation of gay theologian Monsignor Charamsa’s interview in Religion Digital.
Will you remain a priest, will you ask for secularization or will they impose a penalty?
I am and I remain a priest. I’m a better priest than I was before today. Conversely, it is I who will ask Church to open eyes.
Do you plan to write a book about his experiences in the Vatican?
Yes, I believe it my duty to further explain my experience in the Church, and do it for the good of the Church itself, which must become and apologize for their institutional scandals, for its delays, its irrational paranoia of homophobia. Anyone who sees and experiences it has a duty to awaken the Church, which has already exceeded all tolerable limit.
If the pope asked you personally, would you leave your partner and return to the Vatican?
No, I would not leave my partner because I love him and because there is no doctrinal reason to. For a priest having a partner, whether male or female, is not against the faith, it is not against the doctrine of our faith. Conversely, it is the Church and the Pope who should start thinking seriously about the inhuman discipline of mandatory celibacy and the Church’s obsession with homosexuality and human sexuality in general.
Go back to the Vatican? No, never. I would be a masochist, a person who seeks suffering and offennds against their own identity. I’m not a masochist. The Vatican is one of the least holy places I’ve ever met in my life. I want to live happy, I want to be holy, what it means to be happy and live in the light of God and the dignity of man. In the Vatican most people are not happy. It is a place that needs a spiritual and mental conversion. It needs the air of God. air that is lacking there.
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