In the closet of The Vatican Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy

Frédéric Martel, 1967-

Book - 2019

"A startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican. In the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing 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 - all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy. In the Closet of the Vatican is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from 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 fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay. "Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life." These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them, the Pope has unlocked the Closet. 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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Published
London : Bloomsbury Continuum 2019.
Language
English
French
Item Description
"Published [simultaneously] in France as Sodoma by Éditions Robert Laffont ... 2019"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xv, 555 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781472966148
1472966147
9781472966247
1472966244
Main Author
Frédéric Martel, 1967- (-)
Other Authors
Shaun Whiteside (translator)
  • Part I, Francis
  • Part II, Paul
  • Part III, John Paul
  • Part IV, Benedict.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Asserts that corruption and hypocrisy lie at the heart of the Vatican and explains why things have gotten to this point.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An investigative work based on four years of research reveals the Catholic Church's culture of secrecy based on the hidden lives of gay priests and bishops that allows corruption to flourish and covers up sexual abuse and financial malpractice.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican.In the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing 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 – all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy.In the Closet of the Vatican is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from 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 fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay."Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life." These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them, the Pope has unlocked the Closet.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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The New York Times bestselling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican.