In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy


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The New York Times Bestseller

"[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption." - National Catholic Reporter

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, the cover up of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472966148
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 12,978
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Frédéric Martel (PhD) is a French writer and researcher. He is also a journalist for French national radio and the author of ten books, which have been translated and published in more than 25 countries. He lives in Paris.
In the Closet of the Vatican is published simultaneously in eight languages.

Table of Contents

Note from the author and the publishers vii

Prologue viii

Part I Francis

1 Domus Sanctae Marthae 3

2 Gender theory 22

3 Who am I to judge? 54

4 Buenos Aires 72

5 The Synod 87

6 Roma Termini 125

Part II Paul

7 The Maritain code 155

8 Loving friendship 170

Part III John Paul

9 The sacred college 193

10 The Legion of Christ 231

11 The ring of lust 251

12 The Swiss Guard 265

13 The crusade against gays 272

14 The pope's diplomacy 303

15 Strange household 335

16 Rouco 349

17 CEI 366

18 Seminarians 398

Part IV Benedict

19 Passivo e bianco 421

20 The vice-pope 453

21 Dissidents 481

22 VatiLeaks 501

23 The abdication 516

Epilogue 533

Acknowledgements 551

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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ohiointheusa 12 months ago
Only gave it "excellent" because it lifts the curtain on the topic like nothing else has. It's a bit stupefying, though I can think of numerous gay priests and brothers I have known of over the's quite grotesque, though, to read their rationalizations and to think they hand out communion with a air of privileged holiness, much less hear people's confessions. If you are or were Catholic, you will need to say a lot of Hail Marys to get the info out of your head.
Boysie More than 1 year ago
Amazing - well researched and clearly, concisely written. Impressive on all levels.
Anonymous 11 months ago
That there are sexual problems in the Vatican should be no surprise. Wherever there are human beings, sexuality, both healthy and unhealthy is likely to be found. The many presumptions this author makes severely limit his credibility. One who rejects homosexuality need not be homophobic, let alone “in the closet”. Anyone who is aware of how the AMA changed the Diagnostic Manual regarding homosexuality could be against the current social trends based on solid evidence. The Catholic Church is the only global institution with 2,000 years of history with a mix of both great good and at least some tragic contributions to human society. It would be wonderful if we could be free from the weeds among the wheat, as the parable describes. Failing that, it is all the more remarkable how much good is produced by the Church which is in such great need of reformation.