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Vatican fires priest after he came out as gay

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome October 3, 2015. The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Charamsa from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay.ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome October 3, 2015. The Vatican dismissed Monsignor Charamsa from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay.

A high-ranking priest was dismissed from his post at the Vatican Saturday after he came out as gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality.

Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa was removed his post with the Vatican’s doctrinal arm, where he had worked since 2003.

Charamsa, 43, a Polish theologian who also taught at the prestigious Jesuit-run Gregorian University in Rome, announced he was gay and had a partner in an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper Saturday.

“I want the church and my community to know who I am — a homosexual priest, happy and proud of his own identity,” Charamsa told the paper.

Father Krysztof Olaf Charamsa (l.), who works for a Vatican office, poses with his partner Edouard after revealing his homosexuality during a press conference on October 3, 2015 in Rome.TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

Father Krysztof Olaf Charamsa (l.), who works for a Vatican office, poses with his partner Edouard after revealing his homosexuality during a press conference on October 3, 2015 in Rome.

Pope Francis listens to prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein during an audience to the participants of a meeting organized by the "Food Bank" on October 3, 2015 at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis listens to prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein during an audience to the participants of a meeting organized by the “Food Bank” on October 3, 2015 at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican.

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  • Father Krysztof Olaf Charamsa (L), who works for a Vatican office, poses with his partner Edouard after revealing his homosexuality during a press conference on October 3, 2015 in Rome. The priest said he wanted to challenge what he termed the Church's "paranoia" with regard to sexual minorities, claiming the Catholic clergy was largely made up of intensely homophobic homosexuals. The Vatican condemned the coming out of a Polish priest on the eve of a major synod as a "very serious and irresponsible," act which meant he would be stripped of his responsibilities in the Church's hierarchy. In a statement, a spokesman said Krzystof Charamsa would not be able to continue in his senior position in the Vatican and that his future as a priest would be decided by his local bishop. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
  • Pope Francis listens to prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein during an audience to the participants of a meeting organized by the "Food Bank" on October 3, 2015 at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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He later appeared with his partner, a Spanish man, and gay activists at a Rome restaurant.

A Vatican official said Charamsa was let go, but not defrocked.

The outing came a day before a meeting of bishops who will discuss family issues, including how to reach out to gays.

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