“In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy” by Frederic Martel— Now It Is Documented

Martel, Frederich. “In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy”, translated by Shaun Whiteside,  Bloomsbury Continuum , 2019.

Now It Is Documented

Amos Lassen

We have suspected it for years and now we have documentation on the state of homosexuality and the Catholic Church. I am stunned that there are those who do not believe what is going on in the Church and this lets us know how powerful and destructive brainwashing can be. It is indeed fascinating that the Church survives after all we know about its being involved in pedophilia. Even the known sale of indulgences way back when did not rock the  foundations of “Mother Church” but we should expect it to be shaken by a priest having sex with underage boys yet not giving its lay followers a chance at acceptance.

“In the Closet of the Vatican” is being published to coincide with the opening day of a conference at the Vatican on sexual abuse and it claims that 4 out of 5 Vatican priests are gay.

French journalist and author Frédéric Martel wrote 570 pages about his findings. He is a former adviser to the French government and conducted 1,500 interviews while researching the book, including with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than 200 priests and seminarians. Many spoke of an unspoken code of the “closet, with one rule of thumb being that the more homophobic a cleric was, the more likely he was to be gay.”

Published by Bloomsbury, the press maintains that it  exposes “the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today.” The book “is based on four years’ authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis –are issues  that are clouded in mystery and secrecy.”

Bloomsbury adds: “In the Closet of the Vatican is a book that  There is a system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself. It is based on the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia. The resulting schizophrenia in the Church is hard to understand. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.”

“Martel alleges that one Colombian cardinal, the late Alfonso López Trujillo, who held a senior Vatican position, was an arch-defender of church teaching on homosexuality and contraception while using male prostitutes. The author found that some gay priests accepted their sexuality and a few maintained discreet relationships, but others sought high-risk casual encounters. Some were in denial about their sexuality.”

Many senior Vatican priests who attack LGBTI causes are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Allegedly 80% of priests working at the Vatican are gay, though not all are sexually active.

Martel’s book is a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican”, Bloomsbury says. Previously, Martel denounced the Vatican’s stance on homosexuality in a 2014 interview in Huffington Post. Then Martel said: ‘In short, the more you are gay in private, the more you will be homophobic in public. This is the Vatican’s secret.’ ‘The [Vatican’s] refusal to acknowledge gay rights is based on hypocrisy since many people within the Vatican are gay. As a result ‘they show an excessing anti-gay behavior.

The book is set for a 21 February release and on the same day more than 100 bishops will gather in Vatican City to hold a four-day summit discussing sexual abuse allegations. Martel’s research found a secretive culture among priests created conditions in which abuse remains un-confronted.

“No one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book. It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbing.”

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