80% of Vatican priests are gay and lead double lives of homophobic priests, claims explosive book
The author Frederic Martel, French sociologist and journalist spent nearly four years conducting 1,500 interviews for the book
At least 80 percent of Vatican priests are homosexuals and are living in the closet, claims a new explosive book. The exposé, titled 'In the Closet of the Vatican', which is set to be released next week claims that at least four in five clerics in the Roman Catholic Church are gay. The 570-page book, however, claims that the closeted priests are not necessarily sexually active, according to reports.
The author Frederic Martel, a French sociologist and journalist, spent nearly four years conducting 1,500 interviews for the book. Martel reportedly found out that some of the priests maintained discreet long-term relationships while others lived double lives, portraying homophobia outside while having casual sexual intercourse with gay partners and using male prostitutes.
The writer also found out that many clerics spoke of an unspoken code of the "closet", with the rule of thumb being that the more homophobic they were, the more likely it was that they were gay, according to Daily Mail.
Martel, a former adviser to the French government, in his book also claimed that the late Colombian cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, who held senior roles in the Vatican, was an arch-defender of the church's teaching on homosexuality and contraception while using male prostitutes.
British publisher Bloomsbury deemed the book a "startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican." The publisher, in its marketing material, also claimed that the book "reveal secrets" about celibacy, misogyny, and plots against Pope Francis.
According to Catholic website The Tablet, critics of the French journalist's book have said that "it is not always easy to tell when Martel is trafficking in fact, rumor, eyewitness accounts or hearsay."
Martel, who is openly gay, has claimed that he spoke with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops, and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than 200 priests and seminarians as research for the book.
The book is set to be released in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday, February 20, the day Pope Francis is scheduled to hold a summit at the Vatican on sexual abuse. The summit will be attended by bishops from across the world.
Attenzione al nuovo libro bomba di @martelf sulla #omosessualità in #vaticano, uscirà tra una decina di giorni in diverse lingue. Scoop su potenti cardinali, a iniziare da uno storico nemico di @Pontifex_it ... pic.twitter.com/Ywbf7Pmcbj— Gianluigi Nuzzi (@GianluigiNuzzi) February 9, 2019