The Priest Who Came Out of the Closet

I spoke to Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa recently in Barcelona, where he now lives with his boyfriend. He had not yet been defrocked, but was expecting the axe to drop at any moment, and was meeting his fate with composure.

I have rarely spoken to anyone who so clearly articulated a vision of religion grounded in rationality, compassion and tolerance. Whatever else Charamsa may be, he is a man who has fully considered his identity, his reasoning and his actions.

On Wednesday, the Roman Catholic Church asked him to leave its priesthood.