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


                            80% of Vatican priests are gay and lead double lives of homophobic priests, claims explosive 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.

St. Peter's Basilica stands in Rome on August 31, 2018, in Vatican City, Vatican. Tensions in the Vatican are high following accusations that Pope Francis covered up for an American ex-cardinal accused of sexual misconduct. Many Vatican insiders see the dispute as an outgrowth of the growing tension between the left-leaning Pope and the more conservative and anti-homosexual faction of the Catholic Church. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
St. Peter's Basilica stands in Rome on August 31, 2018, in Vatican City, Vatican. Tensions in the Vatican are high following accusations that Pope Francis covered up for an American ex-cardinal accused of sexual misconduct. Many Vatican insiders see the dispute as an outgrowth of the growing tension between the left-leaning Pope and the more conservative and anti-homosexual faction of the Catholic Church. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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.

Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo gives the Mass of The Lords Supper in St Peter's Basilica March 24, 2005, in Vatican City. (Getty Images)
Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo gives the Mass of The Lords Supper in St Peter's Basilica March 24, 2005, in Vatican City. (Getty Images)

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."

Pope Francis attends the festival of families at Croke Park on August 25, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. Pope Francis is the 266th Catholic Pope and current sovereign of the Vatican. (Getty Images)
Pope Francis attends the festival of families at Croke Park on August 25, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. Pope Francis is the 266th Catholic Pope and current sovereign of the Vatican. (Getty Images)

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.