Advocate says pope read, liked new book on gays in the VaticanSome of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican. It is being published in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday, coinciding with the opening day of a conference at the Vatican on sexual abuse, to which bishops from all over the world have been summoned. Martel, a former adviser to the French government, conducted 1, 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 priests and seminarians, according to a report on the Catholic website the Tablet. 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.
Four in five Vatican priests are gay, book claims
It includes the claim that about 80 percent of the male Roman Catholic clergy members who work at the Vatican, around the pope, are gay. It contends that the more showily homophobic a Vatican official is, the more likely he belongs to that crowd, and that the higher up the chain of command you go, the more gays you find. And not all of them are celibate. Not by a long shot. Hooray for the exposure of hypocrisy in high places and the affirmation that some of our tormentors have tortured motives. Thank heaven for the challenge to their moral authority. Let the sun in.
CNN Early in his salacious new book about homosexuality in the Vatican, the French journalist Frederic Martel asks a source to estimate the number of Vatican clergy who are "part of this community, all tendencies included.
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Pope Francis pauses as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Skopje, North Macedonia, to Rome May 7, He said it was good and that he knew of many of them. The author said that so far, his book has sold over , copies worldwide and has been published in eight languages with more on the horizon — including a new English translation. In France alone, the book has sold , copies, making it one of the most sold publications on religion in decades. Italy is not. In Italy the book sold only 10, copies and the author blamed a complacent local media that he believes is unwilling to ruffle the feathers of the Vatican. Another source of criticism for the book was its release date, which coincided with the beginning of the summit of bishops on the protection of minors at the Vatican called by Francis to address the clerical sexual abuse crisis.