Krzysztof Charamsa, the Polish priest who was fired for coming out gay, says that the Roman Catholic Church forces gay priests to hate themselves.

“Many priests, many bishops, many persons in Catholic clergy are gay, are homosexual people. With sensitivity of homosexuals. But they must hate themselves,” something Charamsa described to the AP as a “special kind of homophobia.”

The 43-year-old Charamsa announced that he is gay and has a partner, Spaniard Eduardo Planas, on the day before Pope Francis opened the Synod of Bishops, a three-week assembly of bishops from around the world looking at issues facing Catholic families.

The Vatican called Charamsa's actions “irresponsible,” adding that he “will certainly be unable” to continue as a theologian at the Vatican.

Last month, a Polish bishop defrocked Charamsa, saying that he failed to abide by his vow of celibacy.

Charamsa, who now lives with his partner in Barcelona, described himself as “a happy gay priest.”

“And I can say it with transparency, with all my truth,” he continued. “We fought this horrible lying of my Church, of the Vatican. And as for the Vatican I think their first reaction was panic. Panic and automatic elimination of this man. In one moment I was out from the Vatican.”