ROME — A Vatican theologian who told a Milan newspaper he is gay will not be allowed to continue working in his professional capacities, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday.

Krzysztof Charamsa, an assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission who teaches at the Pontifical Gregorian University, told the daily newspaper Corriere della Sera he was gay.

“I would like the Church and my community to know who I am: a homosexual priest, happy and proud of my own identity,” Charamsa said.

Catholic Church teachings hold homosexual acts as sinful and “contrary to the natural law.” Charamsa is the first theologian with an active Vatican role to identify as homosexual.

Charamsa has also said that he has a partner.

“The time has come for the Church to … recognize its suggested solution of complete, lifelong abstinence is inhumane,” Charamsa said.