1500 interviews went into the making of this explosive tome.
Scripture is pretty clear about holding our leaders to a higher standard. For that to TRULY happen, it takes some whistleblowers telling us the truth about what’s really going on.
As strange as it sounds, we just might need books like this one, written by an outsider to Christian belief, who is himself openly gay to push what’s been lurking in the shadows into the light.
The book, “In the Closet of the Vatican”, written by French sociologist and journalist Frederic Martel, reports that around 80 per cent of clerics working in the Roman Curia are gay – although not necessarily sexually active – and details how they adhere to an unspoken code of the “closet”.
After four years of gathering material which took him across the world Martel, a non-believer who is openly gay, spent around a week a month in Rome, sometimes staying in residences inside the Vatican or on Holy See property. He claims to have completed 1,500 interviews with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than 200 priests and seminarians. The book is due to be published on 21 February simultaneously in 8 languages across 20 countries and will hit stores as bishops from across the world gather to discuss how to respond to clerical sexual abuse.
…Sources say that Martel’s research reveals that while some gay priests accept their sexual orientation and a number maintain discreet long term relationships, others live more extreme double lives through casual encounters and the use of male prostitutes, while others are in denial about their sexuality. He is said to argue that the intra-church battles of recent decades should be read through a closeted gay paradigm. Those with knowledge of “In the Closet” say the French writer reserves his harshest criticism for senior figures in the Church who have attacked homosexuality yet are secretly gay. One of the “rules” of the Vatican’s closet, Martel argues, is that the more a cardinal or bishop denounces homosexual behaviour or same-sex couples the more likely they are to be gay.
If the Church were truly serious about keeping its own house in order, God would not have to send outsiders digging around the dark corners with flashlights.
If we mean for God’s People to walk with any moral authority whatsoever, we need to remember — and take seriously — the words of the Apostle Peter.
Pretty sure he’s still a big deal in the Catholic Church, isn’t he…?
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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