A Polish priest who lost his job at the Vatican earlier this month after revealing that he is gay and has a boyfriend has been suspended by the church in Poland from performing the functions of a priest.

Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, came out as gay and criticized the Vatican for its approach to homosexuality on the eve of a major meeting of world bishops in Rome. The Vatican immediately fired him from his job with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

On Wednesday Charamsa's home diocese of Pelplin said Charamsa has been suspended as a priest for his way of living and can no longer wear priestly vestments. It said the punishment can be reversed if he returns to the "true teaching of the church and Christ's priesthood."