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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy; THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER free read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ó [Download] ➺ In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy; THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AuthAls a truth that is extraordinary and disturbingThe New York Times BestsellerAn earth shaking expos of clerical corruption National Catholic ReporterIn the Closet of the Vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today 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 a prelate is homophobic the likely it is that he is himself gayBehind 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 ClosetNo one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbi. This excellent book is an in depth chronicle of the 'World's First Multinational' entity that has provided rich livings for its 'senior executives' As to a need to verify the findings surely the raft of lawsuits and massive fines provides thatThe over arching idea is of a top tier of mostly homosexual homophobic hypocrites mostly out for themselves The institution was of course the successor to the Roman Empire from the fourth century with bishops replacing generals and a broad territorial overlap from Bordeaux to the Crimea The good men out to save souls rarely advanced in the system which is perhaps why there is little mention of the Irish missionary priests trained in four seminaries three of which have recently been closed for lack of applicantsThe 'Great Schism' in the heirarchy described has been between the 'traditionalists' and the 'moderates' It has in modern times involved intransigent laypeople eg Trump's Steve Bannon and so called aristocrats eg 'Princess' Gloria von Thurn und Taxis' aka TNT The south German remnants of the Holy Roman Empire supported Cardinal Ratzinger later Pope Benedict XVI whose long term management role had been as 'CEO' of The Congregation for the Doctrine etc aka The Inuisition In the end he fell into confusion and non performance and was uietly obliged to resign which is a better end than to be given Black Nightshade the traditional method for removing 'infallible' Holy FathersThe author a French gay activist clearly considers that the successor pope the Argentinian Francis of Italian family is a better man busily engaged in getting a grip on an institution that has lost its way It is recorded that Francis has an effective way to remove traditionalist 'blockers' by appointing a deputy to whom all work is directed such that it becomes clear that the senior man is ineffectiveThe front runner in terms of homophobia and spokesman for 'traditionalists' is given as Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke with traditional Irish names but living in the USA 'Oscar Wilde would have loved him' so to speak Burke has a great love of large hats and lots of lace and it must have been an awful shock to him in 2015 when the democratic vote in Ireland chose the legalisation of gay marriage and subseuently a gay prime ministerMartel offers a small hope for the now far from 'catholic' Church in the increasing influence of the 'moderates' who have been organising for years as the 'St Gallen' group and managed to get Francis in place Francis apparently 'let them traditionalsts have it' 'when he choose sic to move on uestions of family and sexual morality' issuing a catalogue of fifteen 'diseases' of the Curia eg 'spiritual Alzheimer's' and 'existential schizophrenia' Among the progressives is the long established 'British' Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor with such a wonderfully Irish name

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On Thursday January 21 2019 the openly gay French sociologist and journalist Dr Frederic Martel’s new book about the Vatican was released in eight languages and 20 countries The English translation released in the United States the United Kingdom and Canada is titled In the Closet of the Vatican Power Homosexuality Hypocrisy translated by Shaun Whiteside Bloomsbury ContinuumFrederic Martel born in 1967 is also author of the 450 page book The Pink and the Black Homosexuals in France since 1968 translated from the French by Jane Marie Todd Stanford University Press 1999; orig French ed 1996 and of the 250 page book Global Gay How Gay Culture is Changing the World translated from the French by Patsy Baudoin MIT Press 2018; orig French ed 2013Of the than 40000 libraries that participate in the database known as WorldCat 345 libraries hold copies of Frederic Martel’s book The Pink and the Black Homosexuals in France since 1968 and 200 libraries hold copies of Martel’s book Global Gay How Gay Culture is Changing the World Conseuently it strikes me as fair to assume that most American Catholic academics have probably not heard of Frederic Martel – or of his two books published in the United States by prestigious university pressesFrederic Martel worked on his perceptive new book for four years and interviewed almost 1500 people in 30 countries including 41 cardinals 52 bishops and monsignors and 45 apostolic nuncios and foreign ambassadors page vii This is remarkable access However the book does not have an index – and many Americans may not be familiar with all of the Vatican officials that Frederic Martel discussesFrederic Martel discusses the reigns of Pope Francis pages 1 152 Pope Paul VI pages 153 190 Pope John Paul II pages 191 417 and Pope Benedict XVI pages 419 532For further discussion of the reigns of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI see Matthew Fox’s fine book The Pope’s War Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved Sterling Ethos 2011For further discussion of Pope Francis’ thought see Rafael Luciani’s book Pope Francis and the Theology of the People translated by Phillip Berryman Orbis Books 2017Disclosure I was born before the end of World War II and I attended Catholic educational institutions For a period of time 1979 1987 I was in the Jesuits – and I was celibate However for many years now I have not been a practicing Catholic Today I would describe myself as a straight theistic humanist as distinct from an atheistic humanistIn general I find nothing that Frederic Martel says about Vatican clerics to be inherently implausible But I find much of what he says sad – enormously sad However in my estimate American Catholics tend to idealize Vatican clerics Conseuently they may find much of this book challenging to read – just as many American Catholics found it challenging to read about President John F Kennedy’s sex life after he had been assassinated in Dallas Texas on November 22 1963 The loss of our idealizations is a loss we need to mournNow in the first chapter pages 3 20 Frederic Martel introduces us to Francesco Lepore who is now an ex priest but who as a priest worked in the Vatican Francesco Lepore re appears repeatedly through out the book At a certain point in their conversation Frederic Martel asks him “to estimate the size of this homosexual community in the Vatican all tendencies included” page 18 He then uotes Francesco Lepore as saying “‘I think the percentage is very high I’d put it around 80 per cent’” uoted on page 18 In the carefully orchestrated rollout of Frederic Martel’s new book the media often reported this 80 per cent estimateSubseuently in his lengthy discussion of the reign of Pope Francis Frederic Martel describes America as “a country where Catholicism is a minority religion and has long had a bad press and is often the subject of probes in the media” page 39 Nevertheless I do not expect to see Frederic Martel’s new book widely discussed in the secular press in the United States even though the author is writing for the court of public opinionAlso in his lengthy discussion of the reign of Pope Francis Frederic Martel pages 46 53 discusses the open letter published online by the former nuncio to Washington DC Carlo Maria Vigano in the late summer of 2018 which he characterizes as “opening Pandora’s box” page 53 Among other things Frederic Martel says that “in Europe and America since the 1990s we have moved from the criminalization of homosexuality to the criminalization of homophobia expressed in hate crimes” page 51In his discussion of the reign of Pope Paul VI in the subsection titled “The Maritain Code” pages 155 169 Frederic Martel discusses the influence of the lay French philosopher Jacues Maritain 1882 1973 a convert to Catholicism in 1906 One of Frederic Martel’s strengths is his familiarity with French cultureFrederic Martel stands in the long established tradition of French anti clericalism But his unreverent tone as manifested for example in his refusal to capitalize terms such as the Holy See that reverent journalists capitalize is open to criticism from people who would prefer to see him maintain a consistent tone of seriousness However it may be impossible for a non Catholic gay man to maintain a consistent tone of seriousness in writing about the artful chicanery in the Vatican Remember too that Frederic Martel is writing for the court of public opinion in the twenty countries in which his new book is being published A consistent tone of seriousness might not be the most effective tone for him to use in the court of public opinionIn the final analysis however much of what he writes about perceptively is sad – profoundly sad In the epilogue pages 533 550 Frederic Martel recounts the sad story of how a certain priest named Father Louis “had an important influence on me during my youth” pages 544 550 The sadness of that story reminded me of the sadness of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” 1914In the prologue to his new book pages viii xv Frederic Martel says that he has formulated “14 general rules in this book” page xii I will now list the rules and pages where you can find each ruleRule 1 “For a long time the priesthood was the ideal escape route for young homosexuals Homosexuality is one of the keys to their vocation” page 8Rule 2 “Homosexuality spreads the closer one gets to the holy of holies; there are and homosexuals as one rises through the Catholic hierarchy In the College of Cardinals and at the Vatican the preferential selection process is said to be perfected; homosexuality becomes the rule heterosexuality the exception” page 10Rule 3 “The vehemently opposed a Vatican cleric is to gays the stronger his homophobic obsession the likely it is that he is insincere and that his vehemence conceals something” page 34Rule 4 “The pro gay a Vatican cleric is the less likely he is to be gay; the homophobic a Vatican cleric is the likely he is a homosexual” page 41Rule 5 “Rumors gossip settling of scores revenge and sexual harassment are rife in the holy see The gay uestion is one of the mainsprings of these plots” page 60Rule 6 “Behind the majority of cases of sexual abuse there are priests and bishops who have protected the aggressors because of their own homosexuality and out of fear that it might be revealed in the event of scandal The culture of secrecy that was needed to maintain silence about the high prevalence of homosexuality in the Church has allowed sexual abuse to be hidden and predators to act” page 92Rule 7 “The most gay friendly cardinals bishops and priests the ones who talk little about the homosexual uestion are generally heterosexual” page 123Rule 8 “In prostitution in Rome between Vatican priests and Arab escorts two sexual poverties come together the profound sexual frustration of Catholic priests is echoed in the constraints of Islam which make heterosexual acts outside of marriage difficult for a young Muslim” page 129Rule 9 “The homophiles of the Vatican generally move from chastity toward homosexuality; homosexuals never go in reverse gear and become homophilic” page 169Rule 10 “Homosexual priests and theologians are much inclined to impose priestly celibacy than their heterosexual co religionists They are very concerned to have this vow of chastity respected even though it is intrinsically against nature as Frederic Martel understands nature but not as nature is usually understood in the Roman Catholic tradition of thought” pages 176 177Rule 11 “Most nuncios ie the pope’s ambassadors to other countries are homosexual but their diplomacy is essentially homophobic They are denouncing what they are themselves As for Vatican cardinals bishops and priests the they travel the suspect they are” page 311Rule 12 “Rumors peddled about the homosexuality of a Vatican cardinal or a prelate are often leaked by Vatican homosexuals themselves closeted attacking their liberal opponents They are essential weapons used in the Vatican against gays by gays” page 388Rule 13 “Do not ask who the companions of cardinals and bishops are; ask their secretaries their assistants or their proteges and you will be able to tell the truth by their reaction” page 537Rule 14 “We are often mistaken about the love of Vatican priests and about the number of people with whom they have liaisons when we wrongly interpret friendships as liaisons which is an error by addition; but also when we fail to imagine friendships as liaisons which is another kind of error this time by subtraction” page 538Now the openly gay columnist for the New York Times Frank Bruni who previously covered the Vatican for the Times for nearly two years obtained a copy of Frederic Martel’s book in advance of its release on February 21 2019 and wrote about it in a column titled “The Vatican’s Gay Overlords” in the Times dated February 18 2019httpswwwnytimescom20190215opinionvatican gay priestshtmlactionclick the homophobic a Vatican cleric is the likely he is to be homosexual” page 41 – and in the Vatican according to Frederic Martel heterosexuality is the exception not the ruleOf course Frederic Martel’s rule for interpreting Vatican clerics who are publicly homophobic may be correct – those clerics may be themselves secretly homosexualBut is this way of interpreting those Vatican clerics also a useful interpretive strategy for interpreting conservative Americans who tend to express homophobic views Perhaps not Let me explain why notConsider for example the conservative American Catholics I mentioned above Consider how fierce the anti abortion zealotry of certain conservative American Catholics is to legalized abortion in the first trimester Surely their fierceness cannot plausibly be attributed to any secret homosexuality But what can we attribute the fierceness of their anti abortion zealotry against legalized abortion in the first trimester to For the sake of discussion let’s attribute it to their religious conviction that the church’s teaching about abortion is correct and worth defendingBut if we allow this role in the case of the church’s teaching about abortion shouldn’t we allow a similar consideration regarding religious conviction about the church’s teaching about homosexuality supposedly being “intrinsically disordered” However if we do allow such a consideration then we should take Frederic Martel’s first interpretive strategy regarding Vatican clerics with a grain of salt – and not just with respect to his first interpretive strategy but of much of what he saysAs to Frank Bruni’s concern about how “militant right wing Catholics” might use certain points in Frederic Martel’s book as “a stockpile of ammunition” “to conduct a witch hunt for gay priests” I would say that Frank Bruni’s concern is well founded – conservative American Catholics tend to feel that their religious convictions are under siege and they could use Frederic Martel’s book that way But is that the only way it could be usedNow I would invite you to engage in a thought experiment about the church’s teaching that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” To blunt the force of this claim church officials have reminded practicing Catholics that they are morally obliged to love homosexuals – instead of engaging in homophobic name calling – or worse behavior But why don’t the Catholic bishops officially expunge the claim that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” from the record – and thereby declare that it is no longer the church’s teaching Because the Catholic bishops tend to venerate the church’s official teachingsHowever if the Catholic bishops were to officially expunge this teaching about homosexuality being “intrinsically disordered” then the church’s central teachings about sexual morality would thereby be in danger of collapsingBut the Catholic bishops are not yet ready to have the church’s central teachings about sexual morality collapse – and neither are conservative American CatholicsConseuently the Catholic bishops and practicing Catholics in the twenty countries in which Frederic Martel’s book is being published will now have to confront the hypocrisy of the double lives of certain clerics in the Vatican