Friday 30 October 2015

The Suspension of Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa ~ complete English translation

From the website of the the Diocese of Pelplin. Toronto Catholic Witness translation. [you may use freely, but must credit us]

On October 3, 2015, the Bishop of Pelplin admonished and urged Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa to repent and return to the true teachings of the Church and the priesthood of Christ.
In the absence of any manifestation of any correction in the life of  Fr. Charamsa and his public declarations attesting to live not in accordance to the conduct of a Catholic priest, the Bishop of Pelplin, according to the norms of the Code of Canon Law, on 17 October 2015 imposed on Fr. Christopher Charamsa the penalty of suspension, prohibiting him from any actions that pertain to the power of Orders,  and of wearing clerical garb.
This penalty is to awaken Fr. Charamsa to the need of an actual correction of his life, upon which the suspension may be lifted. However, this depends on the further conduct of the said priest.

In the Catholic Church the punishment of suspension is a call to repentance. The duty of a bishop, imitating Jesus Christ - the Good Shepherd, is to seek out those who err in their views by their rejecting the teachings of the Church. Having this hope in mind, the Bishop of Pelplin used the first canonical admonition.

Without losing hope for the full return of Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa to the priesthood of Christ, the Bishop of Pelplin asks that all priests and faithful pray for this intention.
Fr. Ireneusz Smagliński
Spokesman for the Bishop of Pelplin

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