Four in five Vatican priests are gay, claims book

Joanna Estrada
February 19, 2019

Eighty percent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, a new book claims.

Writes the publisher, Bloomsbury: "In the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today".

Francis famously stated "Who am I to judge?" when asked about gay people in 2003 - but a year ago described homosexuality as "a very serious issue", and said gay candidates for the priesthood must be "adequately discerned" from other potential clergymen.

French journalist Frederic Martel's new book, 'In the Closest of the Vatican, ' claims that the more homophobic the priest, the more likely they are to be gay.

On 21 February, the opening day of the Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Frédéric Martel's In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy will be published simultaneously in eight languages and twenty countries. "The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, 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".

The book contains some 1500 interviews that reveal that priests have maintained discreet relationships and have led dual lives with casual sex with gay partners and male prostitutes.

Martel spent 200 weeks in residences inside the Vatican, according to The Tablet - and interviewed more than 200 priests, 41 cardinals and 52 bishops and monsignors.

Colombian cardinal, the late Alfonso Lopez Trujillo who has held senior positions at the Vatican, defended the church's teaching on homosexuality and contraception whilst using male prostitutes.

But critics of the book said 'it is not always easy to tell when Martel is trafficking in fact, rumour, eyewitness accounts or hearsay, ' according to the Tablet.

The book is set to be released February 21, in eight languages and across 20 countries. While the book does not focus on the Catholic Church's problems with child sex abuse, Martel thinks the secretive sexual culture makes it hard for secretly gay priests to denounce abusers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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