Vatican fires gay priest

Polish priest says he made the statement because he wanted to bring attention to the issue of homosexuality.

A general view of St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican City. Picture: AFP.

ROME - The Vatican has fired a priest after he announced that he is gay and revealed he has a boyfriend.

Polish priest, Krystof Charasma, says he made the announcement because he wanted to bring attention to the issue of homosexuality.

He says the decision was a difficult one, given what he called, the homophobic nature of the Catholic Church.

It's reported that Charasma came out in a video message saying he was gay, that he has a partner and accusing the church of being homophobic and silent on gay issues.

The Vatican released the statement saying that the priest will be unable to continue in his duty, so effectively firing him.