In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy; THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy; THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


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"[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. Now in a revised translation and with updated material, 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: 9781472966186
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 166,230
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(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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